Candidate Talk: “Observational Fiction Filmmaking – A Personal Presentation”

When: April 24, 3:30 pm

Where: Cornerstone Screening Room

Fiction filmmaker Gregori Viens is a candidate for the Visiting Assistant Professor position in filmmaking. In this talk, he will discuss and contextualize his work, exploring themes such as writing for satire, finding realism in acting, depicting cultural change in fiction and nonfiction filmmaking, documentary techniques, and independent film financing. The talk will highlight clips from his feature films, including the documentary “Island of Roses” (1995, Smithsonian Institution, Simon Wiesenthal Center), the feature comedy “Punching the Clown” (Slamdance Audience Award 2010), and his latest feature dramatic comedy “Punching Henry” (SxSW 2017, Showtime), starring Henry Phillips, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, and JK Simmons.

Gregori Viens is a multi-faceted independent filmmaker who holds an MFA from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. He has taught filmmaking for over a decade at the university level, including at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and Occidental College.

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