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Jodie Foster Visits Art Center as Part of Film Department’s Distinguished Filmmakers Series

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Dan Perri talks with Jodie Foster in the Ahmanson Auditorium. Photo: Chuck Spangler.

Actor-director-producer Jodie Foster visited a packed Ahmanson Auditorium earlier this afternoon for a discussion and Q&A with Film instructor Dan Perri as part of the Film Department’s Distinquished Filmmakers Series. Foster, who’s next starring in director Roman Polanski’s Carnage (trailer embedded below), shared with Art Center students her experiences as a director on the sets of Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays and The Beaver, as well as her thoughts on filmmaking in general and a few of the great directors that she’s worked with.

Here are a few highlights from the event:

Foster on when she first became interested in directing: “When I was six years old I did a television show called The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. One day, the director showed up and it was the other actor, Bill Bixby, and my mouth just hung open. That’s when I realized actors could be directors and I remember thinking that someday that’s what I wanted to do.”

On the importance of words: “I don’t write, but I love writing. I was a literature major and I’m all about words. That’s my connection. And that’s even my connection as an actor, strangely. I’m one of the few actors I know that connects with words first and images later. I don’t make action films, I make personal films, so I have to download my psyche onto the script before I even start shooting so that the film reflects my personal psychological evolution. If it doesn’t, then I’m not engaged.”

On working with producers: “I love the creative partnership between the producer and the director. In the world of studio movies, everybody has this idea that a producer is an antagonist. In the best of all possible worlds, the producer is your brother or sister. They’re your right hand person that goes through the entire process with you and that loves your child as much as you do. You’re there to create this thing together.”

On juggling producing and acting: “I prefer to direct and produce at the same time. Producing and acting is a bad idea. It makes for a very difficult relationship with the director. The director should never have to have a budget schedule conversation with another actor. The director should never have to have conversations about the costars with another actor. There are many conversations that shouldn’t happen between a director and an actor, and unfortunately when you’re producing a movie, you have to have those conversations.”

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Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Bill Duke [UPDATE 2]

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Actor, director, producer and writer Bill Duke

Film Department instructors Dan Perri and David Kellogg will host actor, director, producer and writer Bill Duke on Tuesday, Nov. 1 as part of the Distinguished Filmmakers Series.

Duke became a familiar face to moviegoers in the hit comedy Car Wash and followed up that performance with unforgettable roles in films such as American Gigolo, Commando and Predator.

Duke transitioned into directing, helming such films as A Rage in Harlem, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and Hoodlum, as well as dozens of episodes for T.V. shows including Miami Vice, New York Undercover and Strong Medicine.

Duke continues to act and direct–his latest film, the documentary Dark Girls, premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival–while also serving as a mentor for young African Americans aspiring to work in the performing arts.

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Bill Duke
Tuesday, November 1, 2:00 p.m.
L.A. Times Media Center

See a trailer for Duke’s Dark Girls documentary after the break.

UPDATE 2: This event has been moved up a week, from November 8 to November 1.

UPDATE: This event was originally scheduled for October 4.

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POSTPONED: Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Bill Duke

Monday, September 26th, 2011

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

Film Department instructors Dan Perri and David Kellogg will host featuring actor, director, producer and writer Bill Duke at the first Distinguished Filmmakers Series event of the term on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Duke became a familiar face to moviegoers in the hit comedy Car Wash, following up with intense, unforgettable performances in films such as American Gigolo, Commando, Predator, X-Men: Last Stand and many more. Duke made the transition to successful feature director with a string of well-received films, including A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, The Cemetery Club and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

Concurrently, Perri helmed dozens of TV series episodes for hit shows including Knots Landing, Miami Vice, Crime Story, Matlock, and PBS’s American Playhouse. Duke continues to act and direct for film and TV while generously serving as mentor for young African Americans aspiring to work in the performing arts.

This event is open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Bill Duke
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
L.A. Times Media Center

Joe Dante to Speak Thursday

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Undergraduate Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host famed director, producer and editor Joe Dante to campus Thursday for a lecture and Q&A.

Like many directors of his generation, Dante began his career with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures in the ’70s, starting as a trailer editor and soon directing hit films for New World and then the majors.

Known for his vivid, highly inventive visual style, Dante directed such films as Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment three), Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, The ‘Burbs; Gremlins 2:

The New Batch, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and the upcoming Monster Love.

This event is open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Joe Dante
Thursday, April 14, 1 p.m.
Ahmanson Auditorium

Special Documentary Screening: Allen Daviau

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Don’t miss a special screening and Q&A session this afternoon with
 British documentarian John Henderson about his work-in-progress documentary based on Art Center faculty member
 Allen Daviau.

E.T., Daviau

Henderson has been creating a series of in-depth documentaries about the world’s great cinematographers, and the first film in the series is about famed cinematographer and Art Center instructor Daviau.

Allen’s first feature film was E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, earning the first of five Oscar nominations and launching his career as one of the industry’s leading cinematographers. Since then, he has worked on such notable films as The Color Purple, Falcon and the Showman, Empire of the Sun, Avalon, Bugsy, Congon and Van Helsing. He has been nominated for three American Society of Cinematographers Awards, winning twice, and has received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. Stop by and meet the legendary cinematographers who will be attending the screening, including Vilmos Zsigmond, Haskell Wexler and Owen Roizman. The event is open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Special Documentary Screening: Allen Daviau
Thursday, March 24, 1 p.m.
Ahmanson Auditorium

Owen Roizman: The Craft Behind the Art

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

“You have to learn the craft in order to perform your art.”

Good advice from famed cinematographer Owen Roizman, speaking at Art Center last Thursday as part of the Film Department’s Distinguished Filmmaker Series.

Roizman got his start in the business at a young age. His father was a cinematographer for Fox Movietone News, and he spent summers working at a camera rental store, where he became adept at threading film, taking apart cameras and putting them back together, and understanding the uses of various lenses.

After college Roizman sought employment in his chosen field—physics—and was dismayed to find the profession paid so little. He discovered he could make much more money working as an assistant cameraman, and a career was launched.

He ended up filming some of the world’s favorite movies: The French Connection, The Exorcist, Network, Wyatt Earp, Tootsie, The Taking of Pelham 123, True Confessions and many more.

His first film, Stop, was shot in Puerto Rico with a meager budget of $300,000 and was never released. From that, he got the job shooting The French Connection. Subsequently, he was known as a “gritty New York street photographer” even though he had never shot in that style prior to working on that film.

He expounded on some cinematographer’s tricks he used during the filming of that film, including how he force developed and underexposed the film to thin out the blacks and make them more milky.

His advice to students?

  • “Always do your best work: When this is edited together, no one will know it is 3 a.m. and you’re exhausted.”
  • “You always have to do the best that you can. You can’t let yourself fall to tiredness.”
  • “Whatever is on the screen, that’s you. That’s what counts.”

Distinguished Filmmaker Series: Janusz Kamińiski

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host a Q&A today with famed cinematographer Janusz Kamińiski.

Kamińiski

Among Kamińiski’s many credits are the films Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad, Artificial Intelligence: A.I., Jerry Maguire, How Do You Know, Funny People, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and the upcoming film War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg.

Kamińiski has won Academy Awards for his cinematography work for both Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.

The event will be held today at 1 p.m. at Ahmanson Auditorium. It’s open to all Art Center students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Art Center Film Department Distinguished Filmmaker Series Presents:
Janusz Kamińiski

Thursday, March 3, 1 p.m.
Ahmanson Auditorium

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: David Gale

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Film Department instructor Lee Rosenbaum will host a discussion with MTV Films founder David Gale about current trends in new media today at 12:30.

Under Gale’s visionary leadership, MTV Networks became a leader in the creation and distribution of new media content. He is currently executive vice president of MTV New Media.

Gale’s producing credits include Beavis and Butthead Do America, Varsity Blues, Election, The Original Kings of Comedy, Orange County, Jackass: The Movie, Couch Carter, The Longest Yard, Aeon Flux and many more. The event is open to all Art Center students, faculty and staff.

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: David Gale
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m.
L.A. Times Media Center

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Richard Rush

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Film Department instructor Dan Perri will host director, producer and writer Richard Rush today for a lively Q&A session as part of the Distinguished Filmmakers Series.

Rush’s credits include Thunder Alley, Hell’s Angels on Wheels, Psych-Out, Freebie & The Bean, Color of Night, and one of the greatest movies ever made about making movies: The Stunt Man starring Peter O’Toole.

The event begins promptly at 1 p.m. and is open to all Art Center students, faculty and staff.

Distinguished Filmmakers Series:
Richard Rush

Tuesday, November 30, 1 p.m.
L.A. Times Media Center

This Week at Art Center

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

It’s another busy week here at Art Center. Just some of this week’s events:

Photo © Steven A. Heller/Art Center College of Design

  • It’s International Education Week, and there are a ton of fun events planned. Dotted Line Blog
  • Director of Photography Paul Goldsmith, whose credits include Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings, will be on campus for the Distinguished Filmmakers Series Tuesday at 2 p.m. More info.
  • East or Beast: What does Jaws have in common with Slumdog Millionaire? Sarha Moore, soprano saxophonist in the Bollywood Brass Band and Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield will discuss the topic and air clips of great movies and music. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1-2 p.m., Room 208, Hillside Campus.
  • Blurred Boundaries: Interactive Design and the digital agency Schematic invite a host of industry professionals to explore how the shrinking space between brand communication and product design is changing the way we design. Thursday, Nov. 18, 7-9 p.m., L.A. Times Media Center. More info.
  • Art Center Student Government elections will be held this Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Save the date: registration is now open for Imaging DNA 2011, held on March 26 at Art Center. Imaging DNA