Director Anna Rose Holmer answered questions via Skype for Prof. Andrew Scahill's Intro to Film class as they considered the role of art cinema and subjective narrative in filmmaking. Her award-winning film The Fits offers a dreamy, lyrical portrait of young Toni navigating the space between childhood and adolescence as members of her dance troupe are struck by mysterious seizures and fits. In this clip, Holmer discusses the film's unique visual style and the wide range of in
On December 5, director Sean Baker answered questions via Skype for Prof. Scahill's Film Genre class as they concluded a unit on the screwball comedy. His award-winning film Tangerine chronicles a day in the life of two transgender sex workers in L.A. using a hyper-saturated "pop vérité" style and caused a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival for being shot entirely on an iPhone 5. In the clip above, Baker addresses the political potential of both social realism and come
On Wednesday, November 2, the composer of Mad Max: Fury Road, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenberg), talked via Skype with Dr. Andrew Scahill's Introduction to Film class from his production studio in Los Angeles. Holkenberg is an award-winning and prolific film artist who began his career as a trance DJ and transitioned into film scoring for blockbuster films such as Divergent, Amazing Spiderman 2, Deadpool, and Batman vs. Superman. His background as a classically-trained pianist and a
Students in Dr. Andrew Scahill’s Literature and Film class at Salisbury University recently conducted a question-and-answer session with Academy Award-nominated independent film producer Anne Rosellini. “This is something I’m trying to do more and more in my classes — to get actual industry professionals to talk to students,” Scahill said. Rosellini is best known for the 2010 Jennifer Lawrence film Winter’s Bone by director Debra Granik, based on the book by Daniel Woodrell.
Students in the Honors College at the University of Maryland were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this semester in the course "Deconstructing Breaking Bad." Not only were they able to participate in an innovative multidisciplinary course about the award-winning show, but they ended the semester with an exclusive Q&A with series producer Stuart Lyons. Lyons contacted Prof. Scahill after seeing an article in Entertainment Weekly, which lauded the University of Maryl