FILM & EDUCATION
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM, followed by a reception from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored in part by Penn Cinema Studies
Writer/Director Todd Solondz has been accused of many things: from being overly cynical and pessimistic to making “cruel” films that highlight the failings and trappings of “faux liberalism” or blind adherence to the mythos of the American dream. One thing is certain about the cult indie legend: no one can reproach Solondz for disingenuous filmmaking.
A master of his craft, Solondz is interested in exposing certain truths about the world and human nature through unflinching dramatic realism and bitter humor – what Solondz has referred to as his “sad comedies.” Instead of playing to the whims of an audience or a team of Hollywood studio execs, Solondz prefers to make earnest films that explore the remote recesses of what it feels like to be a person. The result: eight feature films to his credit, including Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, Storytelling, Palindromes, Life During Wartime (Happiness‘ semi-sequel), Dark Horse and this year’s highly enjoyable and engaging Wiener-Dog.
In partnership with Penn Cinema Studies, PJFF is offering students, filmmakers, and movie buffs alike an unbelievable opportunity to learn from one of the most unique and remarkable independent filmmakers of our time. In this two-hour Master Class, you will experience a little glimpse of what it’s like to be a student in Solondz’s graduate filmmaking course at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Imagine all of the knowledge you can reap about Solondz’s films, directing, and screenwriting in one unforgettable afternoon!
The event is free and is followed by a complimentary reception. As this event has limited seating, we kindly encourage advance REGISTRATION as early as possible to guarantee your seat.
Guest Speaker: Peter Decherney (Moderator), Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania; Igor Shteyrenberg (Moderator), Director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) and Founder/Director of Popcorn Frights Film Festival