Hanson Happenings, Fall 2019                        View this email in your browser

WAKING DREAM tracks the lives of award-winning poet Rossy Lima (pictured) and five other undocumented DACA recipients stuck in limbo between deportation and citizenship. DocScapes, a collaborative project of the Hanson FilmTV Institute and the Center for Documentary initiative, presents this timely docu-series followed by a panel with filmmaker Theo Rigby, series participant Marisol, and Darío Andrade Mendoza, a UA graduate student and DACA recipient.

WHAT  DocScapes presents Waking Dream
WHEN  Wednesday November 20, 6pm 
WHERE  Gallagher Theatre at the UA Student Union, 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson

In October, we welcomed back to campus acclaimed director Brian Levant (The Spy Next Door, Beethoven). Brian led two TV Sitcom Writing Labs - a professional training opportunity for UA Theatre, Film & Television students to write and hone sitcom concepts over the course of 3 weeks. The labs culminated with a pitch session via Skype with producers in Los Angeles.

Brian also directed "School Spirit," a ghostly Sitcom Pilot written by students participating in his Sitcom Boot Camp. Brian cast student and local actors and we staged a hilarious Table Read for an audience at the Leo Rich Theater as part of this year's TenWest Impact Festival. Congrats, TV writers!
Also in October, the Hanson FilmTV Institute and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television co-presented Moving Panels: Comics to Screen. At the TenWest Festival event, a panel of industry insiders discussed the high profile and profitable relationship between comic books and the screen.

Panelists included comic book writer Steven Grant (2 Guns, The Punisher), film and television producer Matt Skiena (The LEGO Movie), producer Erik Olsen (The Dirt, The Book of Eli) and film and television producer and comic book creator and UA Film & Television Professor Shane Riches (The Fog). Pictured below: Panelist Matt Skiena chats with UA student Linda Varela after the panel.
In July, Hanson partnered with Northern Arizona University's Cline Library to present the inaugural edition of the Flagstaff Red Screen Film Festival. The festival drew full houses for Indigenous films from across the U.S., Australia, Scandinavia and Canada. Nearly a dozen filmmakers joined us in Flagstaff, including UA alumna SarahDel Seronde, Blackhorse Lowe, UA alumna Stacy Howard, UA alumnus Christopher Nataanii Cegielski and and Deidra Peaches (pictured below with festival co-director Shepherd Tsosie at left). Ahé’héé’!
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