Spring 2009 Film Forum Schedule Announced!

Series brings award-winning filmmakers to campus to discuss the art and business of filmmaking

Tuesdays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: University Hall, Rm 1040– open to all – admission free
Sponsored by the Montclair State University Film Program
Contact: Roberta Friedman, Visiting Filmmakers Coordinator,

Montclair State University’s Film Forum brings prominent contemporary filmmakers to campus to screen their films and speak about their work and the profession. Sponsored by the Filmmaking Program of the College of the Arts, the screening and discussion series is held every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in University Hall Room 1040, and is free and open to all students and the general public.

As in previous years, the Forum will feature noted industry professionals and filmmakers such as Henry Bean, writer of INTERNAL AFFAIRS, award-winning writer/director of THE BELIEVER, and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, producers of the award winning film TROUBLE THE WATER, as well as Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE.. The Forum offers a unique opportunity for audiences to hear personal inside stories and to ask questions of some of the most successful and innovative filmmakers working today.

January 20, 2009 - no schedule

January 27, 2009 - HENRY BEAN, writer, director.
Bean is a writer/director/actor/novelist- Best known as a scriptwriter, Bean wrote Internal Affairs, Deep Cover, Venus Rising, The Believer (which was awarded the dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival), Basic Instinct 2 and Noise. Bean acted in The Believer, and was a producer on Deep Cover and Noise. He was the director for The Believer and Noise. Henry Bean was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature for THE BELIEVER by the 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards. Henry Bean will be screening THE BELIEVER, and will discuss the role of the screenwriter as director.

February 3, 2009 - DAN LEVIN, filmmaker with CLAYTON PATTERSON, star
Dan Levin will be screening CAPTURED, a documentary by Dan Levin, Ben Solomon and Jenner Furst, about Clayton Patterson and the Lower East Side of New York City. Clayton Patterson will be there with one of the filmmakers to answer questions and take photographs. Patterson, a photographer and filmmaker, has spent much of the past 25 years obsessively documenting the artists, drag queens, heroin addicts, rabbis, dealers, and new immigrants of the Lower East Side.

"History" is the key word, he said. "For over a hundred years, the Lower East Side was a magic crucible where people were inspired to great art and ideas. The Lower East Side probably changed the history of America five hundred times."

February 10, 2009 –ALIX LAMBERT, Screening her film THE MARK OF CAIN.
Alix Lambert's feature length documentary "The Mark of Cain" was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and aired on Nightline. She went on to produce additional segments of Nightline as well as produce 7 segments for the PBS series LIFE 360. Lambert has written for a number of magazines including Stop Smiling, The LA Weekly, and GQ, among others, and is an editor at large for the literary journal OPEN CITY. She wrote Episode 6, season 3 of Deadwood: “A Rich Find” and was a staff writer and associate producer on John From Cinicinnati. As an artist Lambert has exhibited her work to international critical acclaim, showing in The Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art, The Georges Pompidou Center, and the Kwangju Biennnale, to name a few. Her Amonograph: MASTERING THE MELON is available through D.A.P. Her book THE SILENCING is available through Perceval Press. Her book CRIME is available through Fuel Publishing. She is currently in preproduction producing an hour long segment on criminal tattoos for The History Channel.

February 17, 2009 - ALAN BERLINER, filmmaker
Filmmaker and media artist Alan Berliner will be screening his film WIDE AWAKE. Berliner is a recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Jerome Foundation Fellowships, has received multiple grants from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA and in 1998, won his third career Emmy Award (he has also received six nominations) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. WIDE AWAKE, received its world premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and its international premiere at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, and is an idiosyncratic and cinematically innovative essay exploring Berliner’s lifelong obsession with insomnia, WIDE AWAKE received its American television premiere on HBO in May 2007.

February 24, 2009 WEI K. PUN, Director of Photography
Wei will be giving a lighting/steadicam workshop in the afternoon, (location TBD, open to all students). At 7 :00 PM she’ll be screening some of her work at the Film Forum. She will also demonstrate the use of the color light meter and steadicam in film and video production at the Film Forum.

Wei was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was fascinated with photography and cinematography when she was little. After graduating high school she traveled to work and study cinematography and photography in Hong Kong. She started out as an assistant cameraperson and, shortly after, moved up to operator and later DP. She works with the leading agencies in Hong Kong, Shanghai Beijing, China, i.e. Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB, Dentsu, Grey Worldwide, among many other agencies and leading production houses. Clients have included Hutchinson Telecommunication, Nestlé-Nescafé, Rejoice, Epson, Matsushita Electronics and HSBC, to name a few. She has also worked with celebrities such as Zhang Ziyi, Eric Tsang, Athena Chu, Gigi Leung and many others.

March 3, 2009 - EMILY KUNSTLER. Filmmaker.
Emily Kunstler will screen and discuss the film she made about her famous father, William Kunstler, the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist. Emily worked as a video producer for Democracy Now!, an independent national television and radio news program that broadcasts on the Pacifica Radio Network and on public access and satellite television. She was a studio art fellow with the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2004. Emily was an associate producer on Alison Maclean’s "Persons of Interest" (Sundance, 2004). At Off Center Media, Emily has produced, directed and edited a number of short documentaries, including "Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War" (2003), which won Best Documentary Short at the Woodstock Film Festival, and was instrumental in winning exoneration for 35 wrongfully-convicted people, and "Getting Through to the President" (2004), which has aired on the Sundance Channel, Current TV, and Channel Thirteen/WNET.

March 10, 2009 -TIA LESSIN & CARL DEAL, director/producers
Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal will present TROUBLE THE WATER, a film they produced and directed and which was a winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and a Gotham award winner. The film tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning. It’s a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen.

March 24, 2009 - NINA PALEY, director/writer/producer/animator.
Screening of SITA SINGS THE BLUES. Nina Paley is a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating "Fluff" (Universal Press Syndicate), "The Hots" (King Features), and her own alternative weekly "Nina's Adventures." In 1998 she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, "The Stork." In 2002 Nina followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of 5 years on a home computer. Nina teaches at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan and is a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow.

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told." The filmmaker will be present.

March 31, 2009 DAVID GOTHARD, film theorist
David Gothard is Associate Artist in Dublin at the Abbey Theatre. Although the is a director of plays, initially under the great director Lindsay Anderson, he has been associated with key moments of film creativity. This really began when he was the artistic director of London's international contemporary arts forum, the Riverside Studios where the generation of Peter Greenaway and Hanif Kureishi flourished in the eighties.He was a close colleague of Andrei Tarkovsky during the development of "The Sacrifice" and was planning to produce "Hamlet" with him.

From his post-graduate days at the Bela Balasz Studios in Budapest through early work with first time directors and writers for Channel 4,he has been associated with individual voices and the resurrection of lost causes.He teaches as regular guest at the National Film School, Chelsea Art College, and the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is currently producing an experimental group of 1000k cheap films with Mike Figgis and others.

April 7, 2009 EDDIE SCHMIDT, filmmaker.
Eddie Schmidt is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work ranges from powerful, real-life dramas to razor-sharp satirical comedy. The latter is in evidence in the acclaimed IFC documentary THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, which he will be screening tonight. It is an irreverent investigation into the MPAA film ratings system and its impact on American culture that Schmidt produced, co-wrote, and shot much of. Nominated for Critic's Choice and GLAAD Media Awards, RATED caused a sensation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and later in theatrical release, where it earned raves from the NY Times, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone, among others


April 14, 2009 AUSTIN STARK, filmmaker
Austin Stark is the Head of Production at Paper Street Films. This past year he produced the thriller, Homecoming, directed by Sundance-winner Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane), and starring Mischa Barton, Matt Long and Jessica Stroup. In 2007, Austin also produced the romantic drama, Peter & Vandy, directed by Jay DiPietro, and starring Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler and Jesse L.Martin. He was also an executive producer on the animated film, My Biodegradable Heart, directed by Dana Adam Shapiro (Murderball), which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, among others

April 21, 2009 LEE DANIELS, producer, director (tentative).
Lee Daniels film producer and director, is best known for his Academy Award production Monster's Ball.

Monster's Ball, the first production of Lee Daniels Entertainment, marked Daniels as the first African-American sole producer of an Academy Award-earning film. It became a substantially critical and box office success. Monster's Ball was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2002: Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress, for which Halle Berry won an Oscar.

Daniels' next producing effort was The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Nominated for three 2005 Independent Spirit Awards, the film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Deauville International Film Festival and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

Daniels made his directorial debut in 2006 with Shadowboxer, which starred Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Ferlito, Mo'Nique, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Macy Gray. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and received a nomination for the New Directors Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

April 28, 2009

IF you want to suggest an artist for next semester contact Prof. Tony Pemberton @ The Dept of Art and
Design 973-655-7200 / Film@montclair.edu