News and Events


Oscar-Wining Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy @ SU - September 13, 2018

The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival presents a very special evening with the two-time Academy Award-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. The program will consist of a screening of her Oscar-winning documentary A Girl In The River, followed by a conversation with Sharmeen about her work as a documentary filmmaker. She will be receiving the prestigious Tasveer Emerald Award 2018.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is the only female director to have been awarded two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Since 2001, she has made over two dozen multi-award films in over 16 countries around the world. Her films include Student-Athlete, Girl in the river, Song of Lahore, Saving Face, Peace Keepers, and Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret.

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival presents a very special evening with the two-time Academy Award-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on September 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

 

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Two New Faculty to Join Film Studies in Fall of 2018

We are thrilled to welcome two new TT faculty to the program: Dr. Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa and Dr. Alexander Johnston.

Film Production faculty Dr. Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa will begin teaching for SU in Fall of 2018.Dr. Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa earned his PhD in Film and Digital Media from University of California Santa Cruz and his MA in Media Studies from The New School. His research and teaching focus on the History of Scientific Filmmaking, Nontheatrical Film, Animal Representations on Film, Science Fiction and Horror. He has several forthcoming publications on these topics, including a chapter detailing connections between the Victorian visual culture of physiology and early debates about filming vivisections for the book Viscera, Skin, and Physical Form: Corporeality and Early Cinema; an article examining the influence of rat experiments on the use of educational media during the 1950s, which will be published in the Winter 2019 edition of Film History; and an essay analyzing the multiple uses of film in B.F. Skinner’s World War II research into pigeon-guided missiles, which will be in Summer 2019 edition of Cinema Journal. He looks forward to teaching History of Film, Animals and Film, Science and the Cinema, Film Theory, and Science Fiction Film in the Film Studies program at Seattle University in the upcoming academic year.


Film Studies faculty Dr. Alexander Johnston will begin teaching for SU in Fall of 2018.Dr. Alexander Johnston is a documentarian, media maker, and media scholar. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Documentation from the University of California Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media, also from UC Santa Cruz. His research and creative work examines the politics and aesthetics of documentary and new media practices, with an emphasis on histories of race, class, and gender. His scholarship has been published in a number of academic and art forums, including Docalogue, The Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. His films and GIF cycles, including Way Down in the Hole (2011), NOW! AGAIN! (2014), Ra*ist President (2016) and Evidence of the Evidence (2017), have screened at a wide variety of venues, including the Berlinale, IndieLisboa, Walker Art Center, San Francisco’s Other Cinema, and the Miners' Colfax Medical Center, a convalescent home for retired hard rock and coal miners in Raton, New Mexico. Alex is also the managing editor of the radical online media journal NOW! A Journal of Urgent Praxis. (NOW-Journal.com) He is excited to teach Filmmaking I, II & III this year, as well as courses on Found Footage and Documentary Media production. 

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“Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, #TimesUpNow, and Social Media”

Dr. Kirsten Thompson presenting “Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, #TimesUpNow, and Social Media”  at the Criminal Justice Research-athon at Seattle Univeristy on Saturday June 2, 2018.

Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Director of Film Studies, presents at Seattle U's Criminal Justice Research-athon on June 2, 2018.Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Director of Film Studies, presents at Seattle U's Criminal Justice Research-athon on June 2, 2018.Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Director of Film Studies, presents at Seattle U's Criminal Justice Research-athon on June 2, 2018.

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Senior Showcase - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Come join us tonight in Wykoff at 7 pm for a Celebration Film screening of our graduating students’ films! Popcorn will be served as well as some gift certificates. Bring your friends and family!

On June 14, 2018, the Film Studies program will host a senior showcase event for graduating seniors and their friends/family.

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"White Ravens" Screening at NWFF - Saturday, June 2, 2018

Featuring Filmmaker and former SU Film Studies faculty, Georg Koszulinski, and Haida Poet Towustasin Stocker.

Saturday, June 2 at 7 PM
Northwest Film Forum - Cinema 2
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Free tickets at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-ravens-northwest-film-forum-documentary-screening-tickets-46242409291 

For millennia, the Haida People have lived on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii. In the wake of the forced assimilation brought about by the Indian Residential Schools, the Haida Nation continues to face great challenges in retaining their cultural and economic sovereignty. From the perspective of a young Haida poet (Towustasin Stocker), 
White Ravens bears witness to the transgenerational trauma of colonization as survivors, their children, and grandchildren struggle with the effects of substance abuse, suicide, and interfamily trauma.

White Ravens focuses on patterns of resistance, from Towustasin’s family history of blockading corporate logging operations, to the Haida Nation’s resurgence of the potlatch—the gift-giving ceremony that remains central to the self-governance of all Coastal First Nations People. On the eve of a historic chieftanship potlatch, the film meditates on the Haida legacy of resistance and resurgence, presenting a portrait of a First Nation community in healing.

Georg Koszulinski's original film, White Ravens, will be shown at NWFF on June 2, 2018.

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Gabby Antonio Smashes the Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy!

Thursday, May 31, 12:30 PM / 5:30 PM in STCN 210

Gabby's web series discusses the trials and tribulations of a young woman of color who struggles to do good in the whitest city in America - Portland, Oregon. Watch one of two screenings on May 31, in Student Center 210.

Gabby Antonio's web series about racism, cultural appropriation, gentrification, and all the ups and downs of nonprofit life will be shown at SU on 5/31.

 

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Wendy Kram Returns to Seattle - June 8 & 9, 2018

L.A.-based creative manager and consultant, Wendy Kram is coming back by popular demand. In early June, Wendy will give follow-up talks and a new lecture.

June 8: Mastering Your Cold-Call to Open Hollywood Doors
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: TBD
FREE to NwSG Members
General Public: $20

June 9: Workshop: Creating the Series Bible
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (tentative)
Location: TBD
Pricing: see NwSG website for details: https://nwsg.org/events/ 

L.A.-Based Creative Manager and Consultant, Wendy Kram

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"The Secret Life of Muslims" Special Screening and Live Event

Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 PM in Wyckoff Auditorium

Join us for an engaging and interactive evening as we explore social justice filmmaking, the importance of storytelling, advocacy, activism, and global citizenship.

A special screening of the Secret Life of Muslims is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 in Wyckoff Auditorium at 7:30 PM.

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The Seattle International Film Festival is Happening Now!

The 44th Annual SIFF is running from May 17 - June 10, 2018. Check out the website for the full festival lineup: https://www.siff.net/festival/film-guide

Seattle University's Film Studies Program is a proud sponsor of SIFF - this year we are sponsoring the films Prospect and Return to Mount Kennedy.


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Screening of Alvin Tsang’s Film "Reunification", followed by Q & A with the Filmmaker

May 22 at 3:45pm at Wyckoff Auditorium

Synopsis: In this deeply personal award-winning film that gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, divorce and family psychology, and the personal filmmaking process, filmmaker Alvin Tsang reflects on his family’s migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s - fraught with betrayal from his parents’ divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children.

This screening is a collaborative project sponsored by the Psychology, Film Studies, and Asian Studies departments, as well as the CAS Events Committee.

Trailer at www.ReunificationTheMovie.com

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Check out Focus Features' new upcoming film, Pope Francis - A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders’ new documentary, Pope Francis - A Man of His Word, is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The Pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.

View the trailer, here.

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Upcoming Events for Spring 2018:

 

A Talk with Creative Manager and Consultant Wendy Kram

Saturday, April 14th, 7pm, Bannon Auditorium

Wendy Kram brings over 20 years of experience as an entertainment industry executive, consultant, and producer, developing and producing projects for Disney, Universal and Sony Studios, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, NBC, ABC, CBS and USA Networks. Credits include "Mad Money" with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes, the award-winning miniseries "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal" for CBS with Sam Neill, and current projects she's producing with Anonymous Content (the company responsible for "True Detective", "Mr. Robot", "The Revenant", and "Spotlight"). As the founder of L.A. FOR HIRE, an international consulting firm, clients come to Wendy for her expertise in script development and the ability to connect projects with Hollywood A-list talent and decision-makers.

 

The Tasveer Film Festival on Campus

All day Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 in Wyckoff Auditorium.

No ticket purchase needed, free for all students & faculty with ID.

For the first time on campus Seattle U Film Program partners with the Tasveer South Asian Documentary International Film Festival (For schedule of films see http://said.tasveer.org/2018)

Tula Toli: Testimonies of a Massacre

Shafiur Rahman || 21 mins || Bangladesh/UK || 2017

Filmed in the border areas between Myanmar and Bangladesh and also the Rohingya refugee camps, this film tells the stories of survivors of what is likely to be the worst massacre of the Rakhine crisis of 2017 – Tula Toli.

The Unreserved

Samarth Mahajan || 60 mins || India || 2017

The Unreserved is an intimate inquiry into the lives of passengers who use the Unreserved Compartment, the cheapest way to travel across India on the Indian Railways system. The film portrays the passengers’ aspirations, efforts, and opinions through conversations and personal stories.

Ask the Sexpert

Vaishali Sinha || 83 mins || India || 2017

Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about a highly popular 93-year- old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai

 

John Trafton Research Talk

Thursday, April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Casey 516

A Land of Wolves: Sicario and the New Drug War Film:

Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (2015) is part of a search for a new filmic language to represent the U.S./Mexican drug war and border conflict on screen, shifting away from the traditional crime film conventions and incorporating the audio/ visual techniques of contemporary war films. Sicario conveys a sense of battlefield haunting, constructs its audio-visual strategy around surveillance technology and modern-day targeting, and relies on a mapping impulse, a cinematic articulation of space and territory that corresponds to the cartographic crisis of contemporary war films. This talk will show how the “new drug war film,” embodied by Sicario, has developed in conjunction with changes to the codes of war cinema, which, in turn, are essentially informed by the paranoid techno-aesthetics of modern warfare.

 

Seattle University Film Festival (SUFF) 2018

All Films will be Screening Tuesday, May 8th, 7pm, in Pigott Auditorium

Submissions now open and due by 4/26. Any student may submit a film!

Submit to the Media Production Center on the first floor of the Lemieux Library. Open to all students!

Come join us to see all the competition screenings!

Info: libguides.seattleu.edu/suff

 

Screening of Alvin Tsang’s Film Reunification, followed by Q & A with filmmaker

May 22 at 3:45pm at Wyckoff Auditorium

Synopsis: In this deeply personal award-winning film that gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, divorce and family psychology, and the personal filmmaking process, filmmaker Alvin Tsang reflects on his family’s migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s - fraught with betrayal from his parents’ divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children.

This screening is a collaborative project between the Psychology and Film Studies Departments.

Trailer at www.ReunificationTheMovie.com

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Featured Presentation: Wendy Kram, L.A.-Based Creative Manager and Consultant - April 14, 2018

L.A.-Based Creative Manager and Consultant, Wendy Kram

April 14, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle University - Bannan Auditorium
FREE to NwSG members and Seattle University students
General public: $20 at the door

To make a living as a producer, writer, or actor in Hollywood and advance your career, you must feel comfortable cold calling people to present yourself in the best position and make yourself stand out. Done wrong, a cold call leads to a dead-end. Done right, it can open important doors. This workshop will provide you with the foundation to feel confident cold-calling agents, managers, production company executives as well as prepare you for networking events with industry professionals.

What you’ll learn in this 90 minute, highly interactive workshop:

  • Insider tips and trade secrets to build a cold call script that puts your best foot forward, makes you worth listening to, and increases your chances of piquing interest from the person you are contacting.

  • Determine who to contact, when to call them, and what to ask them for.
  • Manage the gatekeepers who have been hired specifically to protect the people you are trying to call.

  • The best ways to approach managers, agents and production companies.

Cold calling is not a replacement for the actual work – e.g. if you are an actor, you must have tape, if you are a screenwriter, you must have a writing sample, if you are new to the industry and searching for a job, you must have a resume. However, arming yourself with a strong cold call and personal pitch is often the best tool to launch your career or to remedy a stalled one.

Syllabus:

  • Present at least one of the following in two minutes or less: elevator pitch about your background and career specialty or objective (actor, writer, author, producer), a logline for your feature film or TV project if you have one and how you came up with the concept. Don’t worry about trying to be perfect. That’s what this workshop is for!
  • You will receive live feedback from Wendy on your logline and mini-bio, learning what works and why so you’ll be able to fine-tune them.
  • After the feedback, you will revise your logline, pitch, and mini-bio to come up with a series of statements that are easy to deliver, engaging, and effective at getting the desired response.
  • You will learn when, where, how, and who to contact through cold calls, including where to get the numbers to call, how to get past gatekeepers when appropriate, and novice mistakes you should avoid.
  • You’ll have an opportunity to practice your final pitch in a variety of scenarios, including in groups and to Wendy directly.

Who Should Attend:

  • Screenwriters and TV writers
  • Authors and Journalists
  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Aspiring Agents & Managers
  • Film School Students and Graduates looking for their first break
  • Anyone seeking a career in the entertainment industry
  • Industry professionals needing to re-position themselves

Wendy Kram brings over 20 years of experience as an entertainment industry executive, consultant, and producer, developing and producing projects for Disney, Universal and Sony Studios, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, NBC, ABC, CBS and USA Networks.

Credits include “Mad Money” with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes, the award-winning miniseries “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal” for CBS with Sam Neil, and current projects she’s producing with Anonymous Content (the company responsible for “True Detective”, “Mr. Robot”, “The Revenant”, and “Spotlight”).

As the founder of L.A. FOR HIRE, an international consulting firm, clients come to Wendy for her expertise in script development and the ability to connect projects with Hollywood A-list talent and decision-makers. With longstanding industry relationships, Wendy understands buyer and creative talent needs, and has direct access to principals at the major studios, networks, streaming providers and agencies. Creative Screenwriting Magazine ranks Wendy and L.A. FOR HIRE as one of the industry’s premiere script consulting firms.

Wendy has conducted workshops and seminars at Harvard University, NYU Tisch School of Film & Television, and UCLA. Previously, she has served as a guest speaker during Talent Week at USC Cinematic Arts. Wendy has also secured representation and high-six figure deals for her clients.


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Special Film Screening of Promised Land, followed by a Q&A with the Filmmakers and a Member of the Duwamish Tribe - April 5, 2018


When: Thursday, April 5th – 6 p.m.
Where: Wyckoff Auditorium

Synopsis: Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, both in our regions shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

About the Directors: Vasant and Sarah Salcedo are a filmmaking partnership based in the Pacific Northwest. They both have degrees in English Literature and Cinema Studies from the University of Washington. They have been writing and filming together for the past decade and PROMISED LAND is their first feature. Their next project after the documentary is a short musical and a female-led science fiction feature.

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Professor John Trafton (traftonj@seattleu.edu)

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Join us for the 48 Hour Film Festival - February 23 - February 25, 2018

Check out the films featured in this year's festival, here!

The 48 Hour Film Festival will take place at SU from February 23 - 25, 2018.

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NEW! Online Film Studies Classes Offered for Summer 2018!

Not a current Seattle U student? Contact our admissions office to learn how you can register: 

Phone: 206-220-8040
Toll-free: 800-426-7123
Email: admissions@seattleu.edu

 

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#MeToo: A Post-Weinstein Conversation on Women, Media, and the Law - January 16, 2018

#MeToo: A Post-Weinstein Conversation on Women, Media, and the Law. Panel discussion on January 16, 2018.

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Avengers, Wonder Wom[e]n, and Predators: Sharing Experiences and Strategies for Women Working in the Film Industry - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Click here to check out King 5's coverage of this event!

Panel members are introduced at the Avengers, Wonder Wom[e]n, and Predators event on January 10, 2018. This event discussed shared experiences and strategies for women working in the film industry.

 The audience listens intently during the Avengers, Wonder Wom[e]n, and Predators film industry panel discussion on January 10, 2018.

Panel members speaking at the Avengers, Wonder Wom[e]n, and Predators event on January 10, 2018. This event discussed shared experiences and strategies for women working in the film industry.


 

Join us for a conversation with women in the film industry and local film community about gender discrimination and sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

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Guest Presenter, Jonathan Foster of Microsoft Artificial Intelligence - Friday, December 1, 2017

RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jonathan-foster-of-microsoft-artificial-intelligence-tickets-39666322037 

Jonathan Foster of Microsoft Artificial Intelligence will join us on Friday, December 1, for a guest presentation.

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SU Filmmakers’ Club Silver Scream Halloween Film Festival

This year's Halloween Film Festival featured a variety of awesome submissions. Check out these examples, produced by our oh-so-talented students!

Nyctophobia won the audience award for best film, and Don't Be Scared of Me got rave reviews from peers!

 

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Visiting Producer, Gary Glushon of Fundamental Films - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/24-hours-to-live-film-screening-and-qa-tickets-39400775781 

Watch the trailer: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/24-hours-live-trailer-ethan-hawke-gets-john-wick-action-exclusive-155744032.html 

 

Executive Producer Gary Glushon comes to SU on November 15 to screen his new film, 24 Hours to Live, starring Ethan Hawke.

 

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Visiting Producer, Paul Green of Anonymous Content - Friday, October 20, 2017

 

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Promised Land  
Film Screening - Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

 

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Chasing Coral  
Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Friday, September 29, 2017

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Weirdos  
Film Screening - Friday, September 22, 2017

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Film Studies professor John Trafton explores the cinematic building blocks that inspired the cultural phenomenon of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008).

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Students from FILM 3910 were included on the Wallflower soundtrack via a “walla” session at Bad Animals sound stage.

SU is in the DNA: http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/wallflower-review-1202463549/

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SU Film Studies Alumni to be Featured at Frameline

Alumni Christopher Schaap's feature film, Prom King, 2010, was screened at SIFF in May, 2017. The film will be shown at Frameline, San Fransisco's famous LGBTQ film festival, June 15 - 25.

Click here to read more about this film being featured at Frameline.

Official film website: http://www.promking2010.com/

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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), May 18 - June 11, 2017

Find details about the festival here: https://www.siff.net/festival

Learn more about the featured screenings that are sponsored by Seattle University's Film Studies Department: SIFF 2017 Promo Flyer

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Val Kilmer Visits Seattle University

Film Studies Director Dr. Kirsten Thompson and visiting guest Val Kilmer discuss Kilmer's one-man play about Mark Twain, titled Citizen Twain.

Special guest Val Kilmer visited Seattle University on May 4, 2017, to participate in a Q&A about his film career, and the share insight on his process behind the creation of his one-man play about Mark Twain: Citizen Twain. Following the Seattle University event, Kilmer visited Seattle's SIFF Uptown Theater, as the first stop on his US tour of screenings of the play. The film screening tour is titled Cinema Twain.

Learn here to learn more about the Cinema Twain tour.


Film Studies Director Dr. Kirsten Thompson and visiting guest Val Kilmer discuss Kilmer's one-man play about Mark Twain, called Citizen Twain.

Students engage in conversation with visiting guest Val Kilmer, who came to Seattle University to discuss his one-man play about Mark Twain, titled Citizen Twain. Kilmer is currently touring the US sharing a recorded version of the play, titled Cinema Twain.

Students wait for their turn to present questions to visiting guest Val Kilmer, who came to Seattle University to discuss his one-man play about Mark Twain, titled Citizen Twain. Kilmer is currently touring the US sharing a recorded version of the play, titled Cinema Twain.

Students enjoyed our May 4, on-campus Q&A session with visiting guest Val Kilmer, who came to Seattle University to discuss his one-man play about Mark Twain, titled Citizen Twain. Kilmer is currently touring the US sharing a recorded version of the play, titled Cinema Twain.

Val Kilmer, actor
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Want to learn more about the courses we're offering in Spring 2017? Watch our exclusive trailer!

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There's still time to enroll in Film-3910-02: Classical Cel Animation! This class can fulfill your genre requirement for film majors (PEP required). More here: Film Studies 3910 Promo.

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Megan Leonard, Film Studies alum and Seattle International Film Festival programmer, was featured in the Seattle Times. “I started as a programming assistant at SIFF when I was a sophomore film student at Seattle University, and basically never let go.” Read the story.

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Film Faculty Member Justine Barda talked to KING 5 about the effects of the Trump travel ban on the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival. Watch the interview.

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Kirsten Thompson named Director of Film Studies program. Fall 2016.

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Rian Williams, class of 2017, is honing skills as a double major in psychology and criminal justice with a minor in film studies. Williams produced a 10-minute short film, Insurration, a psychological horror that led to a feature spread in Cinewoman magazine. More here.

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Film Studies Professor Georg Koszulinski showcases the Vodou religion as practiced in rural Haiti in his latest documentary, "Loa: Encounters with the Sacred Spirits of Haiti".