Writer/director Ben Lewin screened and discussed his work on the critically-acclaimed film The Sessions. Q&A moderated by Professor Paul Chitlik.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all know the high-price that comes with breaking the law. In his short film Counterfeiters, alum Bryce Hirschberg ’12 shows how a gang of kids who get involved in the … Read more
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.
The short films Counterfeiters, directed by recent SFTV alum Bryce Hirschberg and 2012 FOF’s Best Picture winning film, and Dreams- A Trayvon Martin Story, directed by SFTV sophomore Isidor ‘Izzy’ Pollak, have been selected as part of KCET’s Annual Fine Cut Student Film Festival. KCET’s annual festival honors filmmakers from eight of LA’s film schools. Fine Cut will air each Thursday over the course of five-weeks beginning January 17, 2013 at 9 p.m. The series airs during KCET’s arts and culture series, Open Call, hosted by Suzanna Guzmán.
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Counterfeiters will air February 7, 2013