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
May 28, 2013
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
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
A Brown Bag Discussion with Joshua Dylan Mellars
October 6, 2012
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!
PA 101: I’m On Set…
A Brown Bag Discussion with John Valadez
April 12, 2011
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
A Brown Bag Discussion with Sage Bannick
January 10, 2011
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
June 8, 2010
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.
November 3, 2009
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."