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Film and Video Studies

FVS Brown Bag & Occasional Seminar Series

FVS Brown Bag & Occasional Seminars present unique opportunities for FVS faculty and students to meet periodically with visiting members of the film and television industry &/or media scholars to exchange ideas, learn about ongoing production projects, discuss new techniques or technologies in production or to learn about recent scholarly research in film & media. The setting is informal and typically scheduled over the lunch hour (unless otherwise noted).

Everyone is encouraged to bring their lunch and participate in these unique opportunities to meet the "movers & shakers" in film scholarship and film/TV production

A Brown Bag Discussion with Stephen Israel

May 28, 2013
11:30am to 12:30pm
SURC 271

Stephen Israel is a prolific indie producer best known for executive producing the critically acclaimed sleeper hit Swimming With Sharks (1994) – which launched Kevin Spacey on his Oscar winning trajectory. His most recent production, G.B.F. (2013), premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival to universal acclaim, & is currently showing at festivals worldwide. Stephen is here to
screen his film I Do (2012) as part of CWU’s PRIDE Week. The film views marriage equality in the US through
the prism of immigration rights.

Stephen will discuss what led him into becoming a producer as well as answer the perennial question: “what do you know now that you wish you would have known when you started?”

Part of CWU's PRIDE Week
Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Social Justice

Stephen Israel Photo

A Brown Bag Discussion with Joshua Dylan Mellars

October 6, 2012
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Award winning filmmaker Joshua Dylan Mellars will talk about and show clips from his adventures around the world filming music documentaries: traveling the expanse of India from the concert halls of Calcutta to the Moghul fortress of Fatehpur Sikri, walking the cobbled streets of Lisbon's Alfama in search of intimate, candle-lit fado houses, tangoing in the smoky Buenos Aires dance halls by night and dodging rubber bullets and tear gas canisters in the Argentine capital by day.

Free Pizza at the event!

Co-sponsors: Ellensburg Film Festival & CWU Music Dept.

Pic of Joshua Dyllan Mellars

PA 101: I’m On Set…
Now What?

May 17, 2011
5:00pm — 6:00pm

Production Assistants, (PAs) do everything nobody else wants to do. It is an entry-level job and like all entry-level jobs, the object of being a PA is to work yourself out of the job by making yourself too valuable to be kept in an entry-level position. Being a PA is also like an exam with just one question; Are you willing to become the best PA you can, even though you know that you won’t be a PA for long? The logic behind this is that the people above you paid their dues and proved their passion and they expect you to do the same. Therefore, take the job seriously. Be honored and happy to get coffee. If you are an exceptional PA, you will get promoted very quickly, and then the coffee will come to you!

FVS Alumni Gabriel Manjares (2009) and Nicholas Brown (2011) both recently completed a week of work as Production Assistants on a TV pilot episode shot in Matawa, WA by Bull’s Eye TV, producers of distinctive factual and formatted programming for both UK & USA audiences. Both have a lot to say about being a PA!

Co-sponsor: Motion Picture Club

PA 101 Graphic

A Brown Bag Discussion with John Valadez

April 12, 2011 
12:00pm to 1:00pm 
SURC 271

John Valadez has been producing and directing award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 16 years. His present film, The Longoria Affair (2010), tells the story of a key injustice—the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead Mexican American soldier’s body “because the whites wouldn’t like it”—and shows how the incident sparked outrage nationwide. John J. Valadez is also a founding member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. His previous films include: The Chicano Wave (PBS, 2009), The Last Conquistador (P.O.V., 2008), High Stakes (CNN, 2005) Matters of Race (PBS 2001), and Passin’ It On (P.O.V., 1994).

Free Public Screening: The Longoria Affair
April 12, 2011 @ 4:00pm
SURC Theater 

Part of the CAH Diversity Film Festival

Co-sponsor: Center for Latino & Latin American Studies

John Valadez photo

A Brown Bag Discussion with Sage Bannick

January 10, 2011 
12:30pm to 1:30pm in 
SURC 135

Sage Bannick is an independent filmmaker based in Winthrop, WA. Bannick has produced and starred in several short films and produced his first feature film, Just Hustle, in 2004. While promoting his film, Bannick set up Last Night, LLC as his primary production company. For his second feature film The Absent (2010), Bannick not only wrote and produced but also took on the directing responsibilities. This proved to be a creative challenge that has Bannick eager for more.

Free Public Screening: The Absent
January 10, 2011 @ 4:00pm
SURC Theater

Sage Bannick & Camera Op.

A Filmmaker's Q & A with Robert Towne

June 8, 2010 
2:00pm to 3:00pm in 
Black 152

Robert Towne is a writer, director, producer, actor—he’s done it all! He is the author ofmany notable film scripts, including Chinatown (1974), for which he received an Oscar, its sequel,The Two Jakes (1990), the Oscar-nominated screenplays The Last Detail (1973) andShampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films. Towne is also well-known in the motion picture industry as an uncredited script doctor who has worked on such scripts as Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Godfather (1972) and dozens of other notable films.

Robert Towne

A Brown Bag Discussion with Corey Taylor

November 3, 2009
12:00pm to 1:00pm in 
SURC 140

Cory Taylor is a documentary filmmaker and Emmy® Award-winning director with 15 years of experience writing, producing and editing documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, NBC, and the Discovery Channel. Taylor, and Producer Darin Nellis, will speak about the making of their latest film, Power of the Powerless, documenting Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Revolution."

Corey Taylor Pict

A Brown Bag Discussion with Thomas King

October 5, 2009
11:30am to 1:00pm in 
Black 152

Thomas King (Cherokee) whose first novel, Medicine River, was made into a TV movie and won Best Screenplay at the American Indian Film Festival in 1994 — will screen some of his short video projects and speak on issues related to the experience in the first FVS Brown Bag Seminar.

Thomas King Pict