NEW FILM Study Series
5 programs $199.99 Runtime: 29 minutes each
THE GREAT DIRECTORS:
21st Century Hollywood is still the Mecca for filmmaking. The studios are still here. The glitz and the glamour are still here. But it is the genius of the American cinema, which has evolved with the times, that has made Hollywood great today. This five part series The Great Directors: The Making of 21st Century Hollywood features the directors that are making the mega-franchise blockbusters bankrolling the whole system; the directors of the small indie films winning Oscars; the directors behind the second Golden age of animation; the directors who have brought feature-length documentaries to the big screen; and the plethora of foreign directors that Hollywood has welcomed with open arms from all over the world. Host and veteran actor Erick Avari showcases the great directors that have led the way to the supercharged Hollywood of the 21st Century.
On camera experts/Professors of Film: Professor Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, PhD, Professor and Chair of Film Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder; Saul Austerlitz, Film Critic; Professor Maria Elena de las Carreras, PhD; Professor of Cinema, California State University, Northridge; Professor Dawn Fratini, Film Historian; Lawrence and Kristina Dodge, College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University; Professor Annette Insdorf, PhD, Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts and Director of Undergraduate Film Studies; Professor Jonathan Kuntz, PhD, Professor of American Film History, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Professor Jon Lewis, PhD, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies in Oregon State University’s School of Writing, Literature and Film; Professor Howie Movshovitz, Teacher of Film Studies, University of Colorado, Denver; Professor Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University; Professor Jennifer Lynn Peterson, PhD, Professor of Film Studies, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Professor Dana Polan, PhD,
Professor of Cinema Studies, NY University
Program 1: The Summer Blockbuster In the 1970s Hollywood escaped slow financial ruin with the emergence of the summer Blockbuster from the genius of such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Program one shows how this idea not only redefined the business of Hollywood, but led to one of Holly- wood's greatest financial marvels – the franchise.
Host: Erick Avari
Program 2: The Independent Auteur
While one half of Hollywood is the big budget action film, the other half is the socially and psy- chologically conscious Indie. From John Cassavetes to the Coen brothers, program two focuses on the independent auteur, the director as author of the “literature” of modern times.
Program 3: Immigrant Filmmakers Hollywood has always attracted foreign directors with unique outsider perspective and filmmak- ing traditions, including film masters such as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Ang Lee. Program three presents the impact of immigrant directors not only on American cine- ma, but their judgment and portrayal of the American story.
Program 4: Documentary and Experimental Film Program four centers on how, beginning in the 30s, directors made documentaries capturing exotic places, animals and people that blossomed into the megahit documentary features of the 21st Century, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars.
Program 5: Animation Animation is as old as Hollywood itself. Program five traces the evolution of animation from the director of the first animation short, Winsor McCay, to the first animated feature, Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the second Golden Age of Animation led by CGI megahits from studios such as Pixar with its lead director, John Lasseter.