At the Hop: Film and Media Alumni Fest

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Students and others will have a chance to meet alumni who are involved in film and media.

Eddie Murphy stars in Dolomite Is My Name
Eddie Murphy stars in Dolomite Is My Name, which will be presented by Michelle Brattson Majors ’96, who was production manager for the movie. (Image courtesy of the Hopkins Center for the Arts)

Students and the community beyond the campus will have a chance to meet and hear from Dartmouth alumni active in film and media—and see some of their latest projects—during a weekend of special screenings, networking events, conversations, master classes and more, Nov. 15–17 at the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Guests and events share an emphasis on the representation in film and media of diverse ethnic and gender identities, whether approaching the matter as an artist, producer or academic.

Alumni guests include independent film producer Alix Madigan ’84 (Winter’s Bone); Mac Simonson ’16, of A24 Films, the company behind Lady BirdMoonlight, and other films; Netflix production manager Michelle Brattson Majors ’96; Florentine Films producer Julie Dunfey ’80; music supervisor Barry Cole ’93, whose company’s credits include The Chi, American Psycho, Super Troopers and Marley, for which he received a Grammy nod; game designer and Rochester Institute of Technology professor Owen Gottlieb ’95; Los Angeles Times writer Tara Paniogue ’14; Cornell University professor Samantha Sheppard ’07, who writes extensively on issues of race, gender, and representation in media; Allie Young ’13 from Harness, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of entertainment and social justice; and CUNY Queens College professor Noah Tsika ’05, whose work explores the politics of representation in media, emphasizing race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and nationality.

The weekend is co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Additional support for the weekend comes from the Dartmouth 250 Committee, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Center for Professional Development, East Wheelock House and South House.

The weekend includes ticketed screenings of three brand-new films, with post-show conversations, in the Loew Auditorium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center:

  • Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Waves, the epic emotional journey of a successful African American family, produced by A24 films and presented by Simonson
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.: 1982, a look at the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon from the point of view of an 11-year-old boy at a Beirut private school, presented by Madigan, the film’s producer
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.: Dolemite Is My Name, a biographical comedy starring Eddie Murphy as “blaxploitation” filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, presented by Majors, the film’s production manager.

The weekend includes public roundtables featuring the guests reflecting on the current state of film and media, and how their Dartmouth education prepared them for their current careers, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. and noon. Other events cater specifically to students, offering them chances to meet the alumni and others throughout the weekend.

The Hopkins Center website has a listing of the weekend’s events.

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