The following is from the April 14, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News.
By Alan Peppard
Screenwriter and SMU alum Jim "J.V." Hart was back on campus in Dallas on Sunday to be honored by his alma mater.
The Fort Worth-raised moviemaker penned Hook for Steven Spielberg, Contact based on the Carl Sagan novel and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also teaches screenwriting at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts.
On Sunday, J.V. attended the "ring ceremony" at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium, where seniors preparing to graduate are given their class rings. Each year, they choose an alum to be an honorary recipient of a class ring. J.V. was this year's choice.
He is currently working on his first animated movie with children's book illustrator (and fellow SMU alum) William Joyce.
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