Learn from the best with the annual visiting filmmaker series

Students with a camera

April 16, 2024 - 3:00 p.m. 

Dive into the art of producing with a hands-on immersive experience through the University of Oregon’s “The Art of Producing” Visiting Filmmaker Series 2024 . Hear firsthand from the producer who brought “The Last of Us” to the screen, explore the craft of horror cinema and learn about a variety of possible careers in the film industry.

Every year, the cinema studies department invites accomplished industry filmmakers and rising talents to campus, allowing cinema studies students and the university at large to interact closely with them. All events are free and open to the entire UO community.

The award-winning filmmakers and producers, including Carter Swan, who was a producer on popular films like “Unchartered” and “Gran Turismo” as well as the hit show “The Last of Us,” will be teaching workshops, mentoring students and holding public conversations.

“The Visiting Filmmaker Series 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,” said Priscilla Peña Ovalle, a cinema studies associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The next event in the Art of Producing Visiting Film Series 2024 is April 17 featuring writer, director, and producer Alejandro Brugués for a screening of three of his short horror films followed by a discussion and reception. The events run through June 13, with a spring showcase of short films produced by cinema studies students.

  • Horror Cinema: Screening of Short Films by Filmmaker Alejandro Brugués: Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Lawrence Hall 115.
  • “The Art of Producing” Talk and Reception with Producer Carter Swan: Wednesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gerlinger Hall Lounge.
  • Meet and Mingle with Bob Werner from Marmoset Music: Tuesday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room.
  • Screening of "Race to Survive: New Zealand” and Q&A with Emmy Award-Winning Television Series Producer Jeff Conroy: Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in Lawrence Hall 115.
  • The Art of Producing Spring Showcase: Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the Redwood Auditorium.

This annual event is possible thanks to the generosity of Harlan (PhD '74) and Rima Strauss. Harlan and Rima’s endowment greatly represents their understanding of how important experiences like these are for students who want to pursue a career in film.

— By Harper Wells, College of Arts and Sciences