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Scholar Series - Night for Day: The XP Story

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Scholars Series: March 28, 2005, presented by Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy - CEO & Campus Dean of UW-Baraboo/Sauk CountyMichael Brophy serves as the Campus Executive Officer and Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. Brophy’s Scholars Series presentation at noon on March 28, “Night for Day: The XP Story,” includes a film that he directed and co-produced in 2004 by the same title.

The film relates how, when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight, XP (xeroderma pigmentosum) patients risk developing cancer as very young children. This genetic condition forces the patients and their families to live very dramatic and unusual lives. The documentary explores how XP families from Cuba, England, Peru, Israel, Australia, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, and the USA live, love, worship and struggle to survive.

In making the film, Brophy was granted full access to XP "camps" in 2002 (upstate New
York) and 2003 (United Kingdom). Additional production took place in Cuba and throughout the USA. The patients range from age 10-65. XP researchers and doctors from Cuba, the UK, and USA are featured throughout the film.

“Night for Day: The XP Story” was produced, edited, and shot by Claude Moyse and Michael Brophy. The cast includes XP patients, doctors, and researchers.

Because of the content of the film, it may be of interest to individuals and groups who are involved in genetics, sociology, health care, Central American studies (about 40% of the film is devoted to Cuban issues, according to Brophy) and documentary filmmaking.

Brophy has taught film studies at Long Island University, the Winchester School of Art (UK) and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. His first feature, “Tina and Lance,” (1996), was selected to the Mannheim-Heidelberg, Philadelphia, and Temecula Valley Film Festivals, and won the "Best Feature" award at New York's Capital Film Festival.

His second feature film, “Victoria Pool/Albany Summer,” (1997), was featured at the Three Rivers Film Festival. His adaptation of Dostoyevsky's “The Brothers Karamazov,” (1998) was optioned by Treasure Isle Productions. Two of his screenplays (“Defiance” and “Father Brown”) were featured at the Independent Feature Project Market (in 2001 and 2002)
As a pianist, Mr. Brophy has accompanied university students, faculty, and choirs and performed in faculty recitals. An accomplished filmmaker, Mr. Brophy’s three films have been featured at film festivals around the world, and his first feature film won the “Best Feature” award at the New York Capital Film Festival. Two of his screenplays were selected to the 2001 and 2002 Independent Feature Project Markets (NYC).

Prior to his appointment as the Dean at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Mr. Brophy served as Dean of Students & Associate Provost at Southampton College of Long Island University (NY), Dean of Enrollment Management at the State University of New York College of Technology at Canton, and Director of Enrollment Management at The Sage Colleges (NY). As a Noel Levitz (CO) enrollment management consultant he has worked with the Kentucky, Indiana and Louisiana community and technical college systems.

As Campus Executive Officer and Dean, Mr. Brophy is responsible for all UW-Baraboo campus operations, and has led the development of first-year, internship, visiting artist, student/faculty exchange, and honors programs. Prior to his position at the University of Wisconsin, Brophy led successful enrollment management and student life programs for fifteen years, producing enrollment increases at Sage, Southampton, and SUNY. This work included the development of outcomes-based strategic planning for recruitment and retention programs. These initiatives led to improvements in geographic and qualitative improvements in enrollment profiles at each campus.

Brophy has presented enrollment and counseling seminars for the New York State and National Associations of College Admission Counselors, AACROA, and the College Board. He is a tenured member of the UW English faculty and has taught English and Film at The Sage Colleges, Long Island University, the Winchester School of Art (UK) and the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. In 2003 Brophy was awarded a Fulbright to study in Bulgaria, and he led a Cuban Arts and Culture course to Cuba in January 2004.

Brophy holds a B.A. and M.A. from the College of Saint Rose (NY), and an M.F.A. from Southampton College of Long Island University (NY).

Posted 1/6/2005