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Two award-winning filmmakers to visit St. Olaf
October 21, 2008
St. Olaf will host more than just the Coen Brothers this fall, with two more award-winning filmmakers set to visit campus Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.
|Pedro Castaneda, left, seen here with actress Veronica Loren in a scene from August Evening, will visit campus Oct. 23.|
A week after Eska's visit to campus, award-winning film director Lance Hammer will host an exclusive screening of his movie Ballast Oct. 30, the day after it screens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Buntrock Commons Viking Theater.
The screenings are a result of the energy revolving around film at St. Olaf this year as part of an effort to create a film studies concentration, says Boldt Professor of Humanities Diana Postlethwaite. Right now the college curriculum committee is reviewing the proposal, and Postlethwaite hopes the film studies concentration will be added to the curriculum by fall 2009.
Ali Selim, visiting artist in residence in English, is teaching a course at St. Olaf in screenwriting and is the director of Sweet Land, an award-winning independent film. Selim has been involved in coordinating the screenings of the two movies. He says they are simply great works of film and hopes that students, whether film buffs or not, will attend the screenings. "I am not a critic or a theorist," he says. "My response to any film is entirely emotional. I just love these films and want as many people as possible to share them."
|A scene from Ballast, directed by Lance Hammer.|
Ballast is a drama documenting the grief of three main characters -- Marlee, a single mother; James, her 12-year-old son; and Lawrence, the twin of Marlee's ex-husband -- in the Mississippi Delta following a suicide. The film features all non-professional actors and won directing and cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival.