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Psychology Department Chair Appears in Documentary


Event: “Lies Uncovered: The Truth About the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys," a documentary

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018

Location: Orlando Urban Film Festival -AMC Theater Universal City Walk, 6000 Universal Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819

B-CU Psychology Department Chairperson, Daniel Hollar, Ph.D., is featured in “Lies Uncovered: The Truth About the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys," a documentary, showing at 6:30 p.m. at the Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF) on Friday, May 25, 2018.

The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in Marianna from January 1, 1900, to June 30, 2011. It was the largest juvenile reform institution in the United States. 

Throughout its 111-year history, the school gained a reputation for abuse, beatings, rapes, torture, and even murder of students by staff. Many of the allegations were confirmed by separate investigations by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 2010 and the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in 2011.  

In the film, Hollar gives an account of his experiences working at Dozier and discusses some of the continued abuses and mistreatment that took place. Dr. Hollar interned at Dozier as part of his FSU doctoral training where he completed a 20-hour weekly rotation working with juvenile delinquents and sex offenders from 2005 to 2007, both at the Dozier School for Boys and the high-risk Jackson Juvenile Offender Corrections Center in Marianna, Florida.  

The documentary is scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. at OUFF followed by the films, "The Groveland Four" and the "Bombing of The Harry T. Moore Home." A director’s chair discussion will take place after the last film. 

“Lies Uncovered: The Truth about the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys,” is produced and directed by Duane Fernandez of the Daytona Times. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased through Eventbrite

For more information, contact Daniel L. Hollar, Ph.D. at 386-481-2526 or

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