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Robin McMullan

In September 2012 veteran Hollywood costumer and designer Robin McMullan spoke at Hollins about the costume and wardrobe profession. Her credits include Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, The Soloist, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hunger Games, and the TV series "Numb3rs."

 

Mari Kornhauser

Mari Kornhauser, a graduate of U.C.L.A. Film School, will talk about her experiences writing for television and her thoughts on directing in March 2013. Her debut feature, Housebound, that she wrote and directed, has won awards at film festivals around the world. Kornhauser is currently writing for the HBO series "Treme."

 

Ross Spears

In April 2011 Emmy winner and Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Ross Spears lectured about his series for PBS primetime on the natural and cultural history of the Appalachian mountains titled Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People. He has won such prestigious awards as the Lyndhurst Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

Spike Lee

Award-winning director Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X) visited campus and spoke with students in April 2002.

 

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Hollins film majors benefit from regular vists by internationally recognized artists and scholars.

 

Guest artists

Motion picture sound engineer Tom Ryan of Parabolic Studios in New York will discuss in 2012 post-production sound and what it's like to work with directors such as Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Terry George and Morgan Spurlock.

In April 2011 Emmy winner and Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Ross Spears lectured about his series for PBS primetime on the natural and cultural history of the Appalachian mountains titled Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People. He has won such prestigious awards as the Lyndhurst Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In September 2012 veteran Hollywood costumer and designer Robin McMullan spoke at Hollins about the costume and wardrobe profession. Her credits include Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, The Soloist, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hunger Games, and the TV series "Numb3rs."

Mari Kornhauser, a graduate of U.C.L.A. Film School, will talk about her experiences writing for television and her thoughts on directing in March 2013. Her debut feature, Housebound, that she wrote and directed, has won awards at film festivals around the world. Kornhauser is currently writing for the HBO series "Treme."

Hollywood producer E. Bennett Walsh (The Kite Runner, Disturbia, Kill Bill) addressed a capacity crowd in the Wetherill Visual Arts Center's Niederer Auditorium in April 2008.

Filmmaker/actor/writer Roger Guenveur Smith (Do the Right Thing, American Gangster) came to Hollins in 2007.

Tom Noonan, the Sundance Grand Prize-winning director (What Happened Was...) and feature film actor (Knockaround Guys, Last Action Hero, Manhunter), visited the summer screenwriting & film studies program and led acting workshops for graduate and undergraduate film students.

Gulpilil—One Red Blood, the documentary by filmmaker Darlene Johnson about Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit-Proof Fence) was recently shown at Hollins. Gulpilil and Johnson were both present at the film screening.

Film director Lizzie Borden (Working Girls) has lectured at Hollins. Acclaimed Berlin filmmaker Ula Stöckl and German filmmaker Doris Dörrie have each spent a semester at Hollins as artists-in-residence.

Documentary filmmakers Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) have also visited the Hollins campus.

Sundance and CineVegas Film Festival programmer Mike Plante recently spoke with students about the short film form and presented award-winning short films.

Independent filmmakers Laura Colella, Kevin Everson, Martha Colburn, Bill Brown and Tom Comerford have visited Hollins to show their work and speak with students.

 

Scholars

Dr. Ray Carney, an authority on American independent filmmaking, including the work of the late John Cassavetes, recently visited campus, presenting alternatives to mainstream moviemaking.

Film scholar Renata Jackson lectured on Maya Deren, one of the early American women filmmakers and an essential figure in avant-garde cinema.

David Bordwell, film scholar and author of standard film texts (Film Art, Film History and On the History of Film Style) has given presentations on campus.