Acclaimed Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh to Speak on March 24 as Part of President’s Lecture Series
Monday, Mar 14, 2011 @ 2:41 pm
Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will speak as part of the 17th annual Pratt Institute President's Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Memorial Hall Auditorium on Pratt's Brooklyn Campus. Soderbergh's lecture, titled "Fresh Direct," will be free and open to the public; however, seating priority will be given to students, faculty, and staff members with valid Pratt identification.
Soderbergh, who will join the Pratt community to share his perspective on the art of filmmaking, recently directed his 24th film, the medical thriller Contagion. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut sex, lies, and videotape and the Academy Award in 2000 for directing the film Traffic, the same year he was nominated for Erin Brockovich. Among his other credits are the films And Everything is Going Fine, The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!, Che, The Ocean's Trilogy, The Good German, Bubble, Solaris, Full Frontal, The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill, and Kafka. In 2009, he created and directed the play Tot Mom for the Sydney Theatre Company. While in Sydney he also directed the film The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg. His film Haywire, starring mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano, is slated for release in 2011.
This lecture is made possible in part through the generous support of Robert H. Thayer, Jr. and the Virginia Pratt Thayer President's Lecture Series Fund.
In advance of Soderbergh's lecture, The Pratt Film Society, a student-run group, has organized a private screening of The Limey on Tuesday, March 22 for Pratt students, faculty, and staff. The screening will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Higgins Hall Auditorium. Please see below for a description of the film courtesy of The Pratt Film Society.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
(1999, U.S., 89 mins)
After the murder of his daughter, ex-con Wilson finds himself in L.A. with friends in tow trying to uncover the truth of her death. Confused by his new environment, Wilson discovers the details of his daughter's messy romance, but also his own failings as a father. Soderbergh's casting of two icons of 1960s cinema, Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda, underscores the film's commentary on a bygone era of filmmaking.