DSU faculty and students attend private screening of “Life Itself”
Recently, a group of DSU faculty and Digital Storytelling and Audio Production students attended a private screening at Cinema Falls of the Steve James’ film, "Life Itself." The documentary is based on the memoir of film critic Roger Ebert. It recently premiered at the Sundance Film festival in January 2014 and has not been released to major U.S. markets at this time.
At the screening, James spoke about his experience as a filmmaker to the audience of students and faculty. His seminal documentary, "Hoop Dreams,” (1994) was the lead-in to the discussion of the documentary format. His successful career as a documentary filmmaker was highlighted by clips from his other film projects.
After the screening, James fielded questions from the host, Julie Anderson Friesen, and from students and faculty. He encouraged students to pursue their passion for filmmaking and pointed out the bright future for aspiring filmmakers with great stories to tell.
“The generosity of James' art and the Cinema Falls organization’s outreach to students and faculty in the region, made this a truly inspirational and first class event,” stated DSU Professor, Alan Montgomery.
The event was by invitation only and the DSU group was joined by film and journalism faculty and students from SDSU, USD, Augustana, Killian, and Dordt College.
Photo (left to right): Scott Altstiel; DSU Professor, Susan Conover; Dan Shay; Matt Bailey; Craig Sanden; Darian DeVries; and Associate Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Benjamin Jones (not pictured, DSU faculty Alan Montgomery and Joseph Staudenbaur)