T a l k i n g F i l m
Tuesday, 9/15
  • 7:00-9:00PM: Talking Film screening of The Good Fight, in collaboration with the Shouts from the Wall exhibit at Ross Gallery. Introduction by Al Filreis. With archival footage of the fighting, and contemporary interviews with many of the American participants, this moving documentary of U.S. radicals who fought for the Spanish Republic (1936-39) won many awards. Narrated by Studs Terkel.

Friday, 10/2
  • 12:00-2:00 PM: Producer and Director Jon Avnet visits the Writers House!

    Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Jon Avnet attended Penn in the late 1960's. Since then, he has gone on to become a successful feature film producer and director. Included in his directing credits are such successes as "Red Corner" (1997) with Richard Gere, "Up Close and Personal" (1996), featuring Michele Pfeifer and Robert Redford, and the critically acclaimed film "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. Over the past twenty years, Avnet has also produced a number of hit movies including "Risky Business" (1983), "Tango and Cash" (1989), "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), "The Three Musketeers" (1993), as well as the recent blockbuster "George of the Jungle" (1997).

Thursday, 10/15
  • 4:30 pm: Talking Film presents: Owen Levin from the Shooting Gallery. Owen Levin is the Director of Aquisitions and Assistant to the President at TSG Pictures, a division of The Shooting Gallery. He has worked on releases of films such as illtown, Niagara Niagara, I Went Down, and Dee Snider's Strangeland. Levin will lead a conversation about distributing independent films.

Monday, 10/26
  • 12:00-2:00 PM: Talking Film presents Sharon Pinkenson

    Pinkenson is the Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, appointed by Mayor Ed Rendell. Through this office Pinkenson markets the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding region to the film, video, and television industry. She is also the liaison between city service departments and the visiting production company. During her tenure at the Film Office Pinkenson has worked on such films as Philadelphia, 12 Monkeys, Up Close & Personal, Fallen, and Beloved. Previously, Pinkenson worked eight years as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist in the film industry.

Tuesday, 10/27
  • 7:00-9:00 PM: Talking Film presents a screening of The Fallen, an original vampire film written and directed by Penn junior Jordan Rockwell.

    Not able to keep his ambitions inside any longer, Jordan E. Rockwell enrolled in a filmmaking class during his sophomore year of high school and has been hooked ever since, showing three of his short films to the entire student body of St. Paul's School in Baltimore, Maryland, his hometown. The Fallen is his first foray into film at Penn. His next film September Song, which is currently in production, explores the complexities of inter-religious relationships. Rockwell counts Ridley Scott, David Fincher, and Michael Bay as his biggest influences, and hopes to pursue a career in the movie business upon graduation from Penn.

Wednesday, 1/20
  • 1:00-2:30 PM: Talking Film presents a conversation with Gay Talese about the experience of seeing a book transformed into a movie.

    Gay Talese is the author of many books in a category of nonfiction writing that has sometimes been called "the literature of reality," sometimes "the New Journalism," sometimes "fact fiction." Among these works are Thy Neighbor's Wife (1980), Unto the Sons (1992), The Kingdom and the Power (1969), Honor Thy Father (1971), and The Overreachers (1965). For the Spring 1999 semester, Gay Talese will be the first Kelly Writers House Fellow, a project made possible by a generous grant from Paul Kelly. He will be teaching Literary Non-fiction at the Writers House.

Tuesday, 1/26
  • 4:30-7:00 PM: Talking Film presents A Closer Look at Hal Hartley. Talking Film beings a new series, exploring the work of contemporary directors by taking a closer look at scenes from some of their films. This month "A Closer Look" will focus on the work of director Hal Hartley by looking at clips from The Unbelievable Truth, Surviving Desire, Trust and Henry Fool.

Tuesday, 2/2
  • 7:00-9:00 PM Talking Film, Robeson House, and the Greenfield Intercultural Center present a talk from Barbara Savage on film, race, and representation in Oscar Micheaux's 1925 film Body and Soul.

    Barbara Savage is the author of Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (University of North Carolina Press, spring 1999) and recipient of the Smithsonian Institution Post-Doctoral Fellowship. She received her JD from Georgetown University and worked as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Reagan Administration. She is currently an Assistant Professor of History at The University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, 2/9
  • 7:00 PM: Talking Film presents Brian De Palma.

Tuesday, 2/23
  • 7:00 PM: Talking Film presents A Closer Look at Pedro Almodovar. The Closer Look series explores the work of contemporary directors by taking a closer look at scenes from some of their films.

Tuesday, 3/16
  • 8:00 PM: Talking Film presents A Closer Look at Ridley Scott

Tuesday, 3/30
  • 7:00 PM: Talking Film presents Kathy DeMarco
  • Reading by Lydia Davis

Tuesday, 4/13
  • Tentative: Talking Film presents: Alan Rosenthal and a screening of the film Violent. Rosenthal is one of the country's leading scholars of documentary film history, research, production, and funding. Please RSVP for dinner to follow.

Tuesday, 4/20
  • Tentative: 4:30 PM: Talking Film event

Tuesday, 4/27
  • Writers House and Talking Film present visiting poet Ray DiPalma.
    4:30 PM: Screening of two of DiPalma's short films
    6:00 PM: Reading in the Arts Cafe
    Ray DiPalma is the author of more than thirty collections of poetry and visual work. His recent books include The Jukebox of Memnon (Potes & Poets, 1988), Provocations (Potes & Poets, 1994), and Motion of the Cypher (Roof Press, 1995). His work has been praised by such notable poets as Jackson MacLow and Robert Creeley. Of Motion of the Cypher, critic Marjorie Perloff has written, "These chiselled lyric meditations recall Wallace Stevens in their density, but they are written under the sign of Dada - appropriate for the late twentieth century, that casts a cold eye on the margins, the spaces between, where we live."

Tuesday, 5/4
  • Tentative: 4:30 PM: Talking Film event