Visiting filmmakers join us for #FresnoFilmFest
Sent to mailinglist subscribers on November 9, 2015
Two visiting filmmakers will travel to the Central Valley for Q&A sessions with our audience at the 2015 Fresno Film Festival on Nov. 13-15 at the historic Tower Theatre.
After the Saturday, Nov. 14 screening of the Armenian historical epic “The Cut” at 3 p.m., join visiting screenwriter Mardik Martin to talk about the movie. Martin immigrated to the United States from Iraq in the 1950s and attended New York University, where he later met and soon became friends with fellow student and now iconic director Martin Scorsese. Martin graduated with a Master’s degree and then went on to teach screenwriting at NYU from 1968 to 1973. In the years following, he wrote and co-wrote screenplays that led to some of the most distinguished American films of the 20th Century: Scorsese’s “Mean Streets,” “New York, New York” and the Oscar-winner “Raging Bull.” Martin teaches as a Senior Lecturer at the renowned USC film school and came out of semi-retirement to collaborate with Turkish director Fatih Akin on “The Cut.”
After the Saturday, Nov. 14 screening of the experimental story of Palestinian resistance, “The Wanted 18,” at 7:30 p.m., join visiting director Paul Cowan to talk about the movie. The Canadian filmmaker has been prolific in his 40-year career for highlighting controversial issues. His previous works include: capturing the rise and fall of billionaire Robert Campeau (“Double or Nothing”), chronicling Dr. Henry Morgentaler on a contentious abortion crusade (“Democracy on Trial”), depicting wrongly-convicted murderer Donald Marshall’s landmark battle against Nova Scotia’s justice system (“Justice Denied”) and more. Cowan has also been nominated for an Academy Award for “Going the Distance,” a documentary about the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
Martin’s visit is sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, with additional support from Dr. Lillian Faderman & Dr. Phyllis Irwin, and Paul E. Pierce & Patience Milrod. Cowan’s visit is sponsored by Aimee and Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, with additional support from V. Ellis Vance & Robin L. Greiner; Kristopher Watanabe, PT; and Christine & Howard K. Watkins.