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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.

Monday, 11/23
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM: Talking Film and the Alumni Writers Series present: Alec Sokolow. Sokolow is a Penn alumnus, and he has written the scripts for Toy Story, which received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and the new film Goodbye Lover which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and comes out later this year. He has written or co-written about 20 feature length screenplays, including an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and a sequel to The Mask.

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