Cinematic Arts Newsletter

Hawkeyes in Hollywood

By Camden Kent, B.A. Undergrad and Department Student Ambassador

On Friday, November 11th, 2016 I attended an event entitled "Blazing a Trail West: How Two Iowa Law Grads Became Big Names in California Entertainment Law." The main speakers of the event, Zachary Beckman and Andrew Randone, were graduates from Iowa's College of Law who had taken their chances by moving to Los Angeles to make a career in the film and entertainment industry. During the discussion, Zachary and Andrew spoke about their different experiences in the industry and told their inspiring stories of working their way up from internships to their current positions. They also discussed the evolving nature of the entertainment industry, and their particular legal areas, from smaller scale independent productions to the rise of digital streaming services like Netflix. While the discussion was geared towards law students, I found it very informative and eye opening as a cinema major. During the Q&A portion of the event, both speakers mentioned their love of movies, and how cinema classes in their undergraduate careers inspired them to work in the movie business. As a cinema major, it can sometimes seem as if the most obvious way to follow your passion for cinema is through a career in production. However, Zachary and Andrew show that a passion for movies and a strong work ethic can lead to a wide variety of fulfilling career paths.  

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    Vertical Cinema's inaugural year was a tremendous success. We started out the first semester by collaborating with the Headroom Screening Series to bring filmmaker Christopher Harris and curator and archivist Ruth Hodgins to campus. 

  • The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival

    The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival returned to Iowa City this spring with 70 films and videos from across the globe screened between FilmScene, Adler Journalism Building, and RADInc, April 20-22.

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  • Director Clay Tweel and producer Mary Rohlich shared their filmmaking expertise with Cinematic Arts students during a Q&A on Friday, August 26, 2016

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  • Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, was invited to present his recent work on experimental videogames.

  • Students from Bettendorf Middle School, and Mike Gibisser

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