Get A Case of the Monday Nights

Mondays can be a drag, but Monday NIGHTS, well, that’s another story. SFTV’s signature Monday Nights Series gives students and alumni access to advance screenings, Q&A’s and masterclasses with some of the most prestigious professionals working in the industry. During the Spring 2013 semester, we welcomed industry executives including writer/producer Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), alum/director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), and just around the corner, LMU alum/writer/director Brian Helgeland will be screening his new film 42.

Now, LogLines gives you a front row seat to Monday Nights as we roll out clips from this past year’s events. Make sure to check our video section where we will regularly post highlights and videos. In the meantime, check out highlights of Jay Oliva’s visit, below.

Monday Nights Series: Director Jay Oliva

Director and LMU alum/instructor Jay Oliva screened his two-part animated film Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Q&A moderated by Chair of Animation José García Moreno.

Jose Garcia Moreno

SFTV’s Chair of Animation José García Moreno was interviewed by Animation Career Review — the site recently ranked SFTV’s Animation Program one of the top in the U.S., calling the school a “gem in animation education.” In this spotlight Q&A, Moreno discusses his work, education and applying universal knowledge to animation.

Marilyn Beker

Senior Screenwriting Professor Marilyn Beker wrote an op-ed about movies and social responsibility. The piece, “Have a Heart!”, was published by the Huffington Post.

J.J. Abrams

On February 9, 2013, J.J. Abrams came to the LMU campus to speak to film students. The creator/director/producer/writer of Lost, Felicity, Alias and, most recently, the next installment of Star Wars, showed clips and shared advice with a packed Mayer Theater. LMU Magazine was on hand to cover the event. Read their piece below to find out the five key lessons he’s learned throughout his career.

Steed Symposium 2013 On Campus Program

A Place at the Table opened in theaters this past weekend, but LMU SFTV will be screening the film on March 31, 2013 as part of The Steed Symposium, the film school’s annual industry event. This year’s theme is Game Changers—filmmakers, executives, and media that act as agents of social change. The program will include a case study with Participant Media executives that will cover how filmmakers can use their craft to impact social change and action, as well as ways to develop effective campaigns to pitch and market social issue films.

Monday Night Series: Cinematographer Robert Yeoman

As part of SFTV’s Monday Nights Series, we welcomed cinematographer Robert Yeoman for a screening of Moonrise Kingdom, followed by a Q&A moderated by Professor Richard Hadley. Check out the video of highlights from the evening’s discussion.

Professor Charles Swanson’s Top Films for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we asked our Chair of Production, Charles Swanson, to suggest films that celebrate the African American experience. Below, he shares his recommendations of movies from African American filmmakers, including both fiction and documentaries. We have focused on a few of them; for the complete list, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Kahlil Joseph

SFTV alum Kahlil Joseph ’03 won the prestigious Short Film Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his short film Until the Quiet Comes. Until the Quiet Comes was shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, and deals with themes of violence, camaraderie and spirituality through the lens of magical realism. The film features music from the Flying Lotus album of the same name.