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MSU hosts national film professor conference Aug. 6-9

August 5, 2014

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Leading film production professors from throughout the United States and overseas will gather at Montana State University from Aug. 6-9 as part of the 2014 University Film and Video University Association conference.

The 68th meeting of its kind, the conference is hosted by MSU"s School of Film and Photography and College of Arts and Architecture. The meeting is for the teachers who make films as well as talk about them, focusing on members' film screenings, panel discussions related to all areas of teaching film and video, new media installations, and conversations among the various professional caucuses within the organization. The theme for this year's meeting is Nature and Narrative, in recognition of both the growing importance of environmental issues in media and the emergence of MSU's multiple award-winning MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking as a leader in innovative nonfiction production.

Enrolled conference participants include more than 400 people representing all aspects of film, video, and digital media production. Thirty leading media and equipment companies are also participating.

Oscar-nominated producer Christine Vachon ("Far From Heaven," "Velvet Goldmine," "Boys Don't Cry," "Mildred Pierce") will deliver the keynote speech about the role of the producer and her career in films focusing on independent productions and cutting edge subjects. Vachon's honors include Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards and the Frameline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media.

The Ronald B. Tobias Award for Achievement in Science and Natural History Filmmaking will be awarded to Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and conservationist, who will discuss her now-legendary career and current efforts to save the world's ocean environments.

The conference will also feature sessions in scriptwriting, documentary, entertainment industry practices, film history and theory, and new media that will involve updates on technological impacts and calls to action.

Patrick Markey, film and television producer, (“ARiver Runs Through It, “The Horse Whisperer” and “The Bridge,”)  actor Philip Winchester (Cinemax's “Strike Back,”) producer-director Cindy Meehl (“Buck”) and writer William Hjortsberg (“Legend,” “Falling Angel/Angel Heart”) in a panel about what they look for in film school graduates.

More than 30 leading media equipment, software, publishing and support companies including Entertainment Partners, Axle Media, JVC, Sony, Final Draft, Fuji Film of North America, and the Montana Film Office support the meeting.

More information may be obtained at the conference website.


Dennis Aig, MSU School of Film and Photography, (406) 570-9505 or