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Dimaio

On April 28 and 29, Class of 2016 alumnus Joe Dimaio, a Creative Director at Stanley Black & Decker, will come to campus to visit classes and present, Thursday 4/28 at 7pm, in the School of Design Soundstage, examples of his work.

The event has no capacity restrictions, though everyone must be masked.

[Poster designed by Graphic Design major Jessica Hernandez]

FA21 AIR

Producer Susan Leber and Director Michael O'Shea—wife and husband—are our Fall 2021 artists-in-residence. On Tuesday, November 16, and Wednesday, November 17, they will visit a few classes, and then on Wednesday, November 17, at 7pm, they will present their 2016 film The Transfiguration and participate in a Q&A afterwards. Here is the description of the film from its official website: "An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City."

The screening will take place in our School of Design Soundstage (SD101). Because of COVID-related social-distancing requirements, anyone wishing to attend in person needs to sign up to do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FDXTW9G. If you are unable to sign up in time or wish to attend virtually, here is a link to the event on BlueJeans: https://bluejeans.com/473619514/4279.

[poster by Art & Graphic Design student Gloria Rose Healy]

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On November 16 and 17, husband-and-wife duo Susan Leber and Michael O'Shea, producer and writer/director of The Transfiguration, will come to campus to visit classes and present, in the School of Design Soundstage, that film (11/17/21 at 7pm). The screening will take place both live and in person (with social-distancing practices in place) and simultaneously via BlueJeans (link to follow). Stay tuned for more details.

Aibel

Hollywood screenwriter Jonathan Aibel is our Spring 2021 (virtual) artist-in-residence. He is an award-winning writer and producer who has worked on shows and films such as King of the HillMonsters vs. AliensTrolls and Trolls: World Tour. He won an Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production in 2008 for Kung Fu Panda (and wrote the two sequels, as well, with script partner Glenn Berger). On March 3 and March 4, Mr. Aibel will visit a few classes via video-conferencing, and then on Thursday, March 4, at 6pm, he will present Kung Pu Panda and participate in a Q&A, afterwards. Come one, come all! Link to the event here: https://bluejeans.com/978436502

[poster by Art & Graphic Design student Angel Loriann Rutter]

Laurens

Stevenson University's Film & Moving Image Department presents, as part of Stevenson's Arts Alive! series, filmmaker Laurens Grant, who after visiting classes will screen her 2016 40-minute documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, followed by a Q&A, starting at 7pm on November 18. At that time, the first 150 people to log on will be able to participate in the session, either via this link or by clicking on the photo, above.

Laurens Grant [pronounced La-RENZ] is a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and a Sundance Institute filmmaker fellow. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Documentary Branch [Oscars], and a voter in the Television Academy [Emmys]. She is also a member of the Television Academy’s Documentary Peer Group Executive Committee.

Laurens Grant is the Producer and Director of Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier [Smithsonian Channel via Hulu+ and Amazon Prime] about the untold story of the Cold War race to get the first Black astronaut into space.

She directed the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement [BET] which received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding News/Information. The film is currently available on iTunes and Amazon Prime.

She produced the Peabody and Emmy-nominated documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution [PBS] that premiered at Sundance, representing her third film to premiere at this prestigious film festival. The film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. She also produced the 3-time Emmy winning documentary Freedom Riders [PBS].

She also directed and produced the Emmy winning documentary Jesse Owens [PBS] which also received two additional Emmy nominations.

 
 
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