Film Studies offers opportunities to interact with film professionals

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
November 14, 2017

Poster artwork for screening of the film, 24 Hours to LiveKirsten Thompson, director of Seattle U’s Film Studies program, ensures that all Seattle University students have opportunities to learn from many filmmakers from many different industries. Event information for each quarter is available on the Film Studies website.

On Wednesday, November 15, Executive Producer Gary Glushon presents an exclusive screening and Q&A opportunity for his new film, "24 Hours to Live", starring Ethan Hawke. The film tells the story of a career assassin seeking redemption after being given a second chance at life. Rated "R". A limited number of free tickets are available online. The screening is in Wyckoff Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Jonathan Foster, MicrosoftFilm Studies, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, and WriterDuet co-sponsor Screenwriting for Alternative Media: How Artificial Intelligence is Opening Doors for Screenwriters in Tech on Friday, December 1, 7 p.m.  in Bannan Auditorium. Jonathan Foster is responsible for creating the voice of Cortana, Microsoft’s Siri competitor in the artificial intelligence virtual assistant space. He’ll discuss the importance of character and personality in bots and artificial intelligence, and how his team uses dialogue and storytelling techniques to engage the audiences who use them. With an MFA from USC, he brings a unique perspective on how screenwriting skills apply to jobs in tech.

Recent past events have included:

Film Studies director Kirsten Thompson and film artist Val Kilmer

Conversation with Val Kilmer about his film career and his process behind the creation of his one-man play about Mark Twain, Citizen Twain.

A special Q & A with Paul Green (Anonymous Content) who has been an executive producer or producer on such films as The Revenant (directed by Alejandro Iñárritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy), The Fifth Estate (directed by Bill Condon, starring Benedict Cumberbatch), and Laggies (directed by Lynn Shelton, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz.)

Screening of Chasing Coral, followed by a panel discussion with film and environmental scholars.