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Cinema Studies announces the inaugural “Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment in Cinema Studies”

Cinema Studies thanks Harlan and Rima Strauss for their generous support

Harlan and Rima StraussThrough the generosity of Harlan (PhD ’74) and Rima Strauss, the Cinema Studies Program is the recipient of an endowment that brings successful industry filmmakers and emerging talents to campus annually to interact closely with students.

The fund provides the resources for a filmmaker to engage in a two-week university residency, during which the filmmaker will be involved in a variety of campus activities including teaching workshops, mentoring students, and participating in public conversations.

This major gift offers our students a unique and potentially transformative opportunity to engage with highly successful practicing filmmakers as well as help raise the visibility of Cinema Studies on campus and around the country.

“This wonderful gift will provide life-changing opportunities for our students to spend quality time with the best and the brightest from across the industry. Harlan and Rima truly understand how important experiences like this are for students who want to pursue a career in film,” says Associate Professor Michael Aronson, Cinema Studies program director.

Cinema Studies extends its heartfelt thanks to Harlan and Rima Strauss for their generous support.

Producer Neil Kopp is the first visiting filmmaker coming to campus as part of the “Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment in Cinema Studies” 

Neil KoppCinema Studies is pleased to welcome Producer Neil Kopp as the first visiting filmmaker in the endowment. Kopp will engage in a two-week university residency during spring term 2016 and will be involved in a variety of campus activities, including teaching workshops and mentoring students in the CINE 408 “Art of Producing” course, as well as participating in public conversations.

Portland-based producer Neil Kopp has been responsible for generating some of the best independent films of recent years. Balancing good taste, logistical know-how, and productive working relationships, he has had a vital role in bringing to screens the work of some of independent cinema’s most exciting filmmakers. He has had a fruitful collaboration with director Kelly Reichardt, producing her films Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), and Night Moves (2014)Kopp recently completed Reichardt’s Certain Women, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. He also produced Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (2007) and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. His films have garnered many awards and critical acclaim, and Kopp received an Independent Spirit Producers Award. He produces with Anish Savjani through their company filmscience.

For more information about Neil Kopp, please read here.

Working Filmmakers Series Presents: The Art of Producing with Neil Kopp

Tuesday, May 24 – 4:00 pm – Gerlinger Lounge

Kopp will also speak at the upcoming Cinema Studies “Working Filmmakers Series” event May 24, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in Gerlinger Lounge on the University of Oregon campus. At this event, Kopp will discuss his career as a producer in the film industry. The Working Filmmaker Series is an annual series that brings industry professionals to campus to discuss what it takes to make a living in the industry. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, please visit the website and the Facebook Event Page.

Cinema Studies Presents:  A Private Screening of Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women followed by a Q&A with Director Kelly Reichardt and Producer Neil Kopp

UO students, faculty, and staff are invited to an exclusive, advance screening of Certain Women followed by a Q&A with Director Kelly Reichardt and Producer Neil Kopp. For more information, please visit the website and the Facebook Event Page.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

6:00 p.m. – Doors open / 6:30 p.m. – Screening / 8:00 p.m. – Q&A

Lawrence Hall 177

FREE with UO ID (UO ID must be presented for admittance to this event)