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Several HATCHfest events set at MSU Oct. 4-8

September 28, 2011

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HATCHfest, Bozeman's annual four-day festival that supports new creative artists and innovative ideas, will hold several events at Montana State University from Oct. 4-8.

"What it Takes in Today's Music Industry" is set at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct 4, in Reynolds Recital, which is in Howard Hall. Mentors speaking at the roundtable include Grammy-winning producer and musician Patrick Leonard, Sundance Festival Artist of the Year Andy Frasco, and musicians Kostas, Jesse Barney, Frank Bell, Amber Tisue and Jake Fleming. The event is free. Howard Hall is located across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.

Director Matt Russell ("Seven Days in Utopia") and producer Susan Brecker ("More to Live For") will conduct a free film workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in room 125 of Linfield Hall. Russell is a visual effects specialist who worked on films ranging from "Live Free Die Hard" to "Night Museum" until directing his first feature this year, "Seven Days in Utopia," starring Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo and Lucas Black. Russell also co-wrote the screenplay. Brecker is the producer of the documentary about a bone marrow transplant and its effect on three people.

David Klein, cinematographer who has shot several feature-length films as well as episodic cable television shows, will speak at a free session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Visual Communications Building, on the corner of 11th and Grant. Klein shot "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," "Clerks" and "Mallrats" as well as such television series as "True Blood."

NASA designer Evan Twyford will speak on "Designing a Better World" at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in room 258 of the EPS Building, which is located next to the MSU wind sculpture. Twyford specializes in design problems for living and working in extreme environments. He designs vehicles for space exploration at NASA's Johnson Space Center and teaches at the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

Christian Long, vice president for Cannon Design supporting the company's K-12 and higher education practices and founder of Be Playful, a global design agency focused on the intersection between school planning/design and emerging technology, will headline a panel about designing for a better world that will also include MSU architecture professors and graduates. The panel is set for noon Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Emerson Ballroom. MSU professors Mike Everts, David Fortin and Bruce Wrightsman, as well as MSU architecture graduate Michael Spencer will also be on the panel. Spencer has been named a HATCH architectural groundbreaker for his work designing sustainable structures in Kenya and as the principal designer of a proposed ice climbing tower in Bozeman. Admission to the event is $5.

For a complete schedule and mentor biographies please visit

Julie Kipfer (406) 994-5737,