Tagged: Film and TV
Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the College of Communication’s (COM) annual Redstone Film Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premiere film and television venues. Featuring film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from COM, this year’s Redstones premiere at BU Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm at the Tsai Performace Center.
Following the Boston event, the festival moves on to audiences in New York and Los Angeles. In New York City, BU alumni in the area have the opportunity to view the finalists and winners from Boston. Hosted at the Viacom Theatre in Times Square on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm, it provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their films to other members of the BU network.
Concluding in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the Director’s Guild of America, the finalist films from Boston compete again, judged by a West Coast panel of industry experts. Alumni filmmakers are also invited to enter the alumni short competition.
Over the years, Redstone winners and finalists have turned out to be some of America’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers. Many films screened at the Redstone festival have been nominated and won in film festivals all around the world. Two have even earned Academy Award nominations. Prizes for this year’s winners will include Canon cameras and accessories, Avid and ProTools software, and MacBook Pro computers for the screenplay winners.
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The Department of Film & Television’s Cinemathèque series has been bringing greats in the film and television industries to COM since its inception and this Fall proves to be no exception. The Cinemathèque series consists of meetings and conversations with filmmakers and televison-makers and free screenings of important, innovative films and television programs.
Two highlights this semester are An Evening with Jay Roewe and Michael Gunn and An Evening with Gregory Waller. BU Film & TV alum, Jay Roewe is Senior Vice President for West Coast Productions of Home Box Office (HBO). He is responsible for overseeing the physical production of television series for HBO. Michael Gunn, also a COM alum, worked for Roewe at HBO before he was hired onto Aaron Sorkin’s prestigious HBO series, The Newsroom, working his way upward, from production assistant to story editor to credited writer. Roewe and Gunn will discuss their experiences with The Newsroom and will show episodes of this provocative behind-the-scenes of a nightly cable news program, starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and Sam Waterston. This screening will be held Friday, October 25.
On Friday, November 22, Dr. Gregory Waller, a professor at Indiana University, will theorize why zombie stores are everywhere in film and TV, and will screen clips from a rich history of zombie movies, some made long before The Walking Dead. Professor Waller is the author of American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film and the classic work, The Living and the Undead: From Stoker’s Dracula to Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.
Cinemathèque is generally held Fridays at 7:00 PM in COM 101 and the complete schedule can be found here. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public.
The Boston University School of Education, College of Communication and on-campus high school, Boston University Academy, are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” tonight at 7 PM in the Tsai Performance Center. The film screening is free and open to the public; tickets are first come, first served at the door.