At The Indy, the bulk of making things pretty is handled by our staff photographer Paul Wellman (center), whom you might find shooting portraits in the morning, covering court trials in the afternoon, riding his bike to shoot breaking news around sunset, and then scrambling in front of the Bowl’s stage to snap the latest pop superstar. And in 2007, Wellman had plenty of help, both from the dependable David Bazemore (right), who’s covered cultural events around Santa Barbara for years, and from backcountry legend Ray Ford (left), who joined the paper this year as our outdoors editor and caught many scenes from the Zaca Fire with his camera.
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This past year was a banner year for film, so coming up with the best 10 is a difficult exercise. I started with a list of 25, and had to simmer that down substantially, eventually cutting out some favorites along the way. So before we get to my top 10, here are some movies worth mentioning:
I JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES: Newspapers would be nothing without the photographs to pull the reader along, provide a visual record of the week’s events, and make everything look pretty.
Based on historical events and figures, Debaters tells the story of Professor Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington) and the debate team he coached to renown in 1935 at Wiley College, a small black college in Marshall, Texas – defeating teams from other black colleges first, and then taking on teams from white universities.