The Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment

Through the generosity of Harlan (PhD ’74) and Rima Strauss, the Cinema Studies Department 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. Cinema Studies extends its heartfelt thanks to Harlan and Rima Strauss for their generous support.

“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.”

--- Michael Aronson
Cinema Studies Department Head
Associate Professor of English