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West Michigan Film Video Alliance selects Amy Heckerling, award-winning writer and director, to present at the 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series

The two-day seminar and workshop is scheduled for September 9 & 10 at venue partner Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids

Her filmsincluding major, generation-defining teenage hits Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, and slapstick riots like Johnny Dangerously and Look Whos Talkingare uncommonly intelligent mainstream comedies that are endlessly rewatchable.  Metrograph, New York City

Register for Friday, Sept. 9 HERE
Register for Saturday, Sept. 10 HERE

Register separately for each day at links above.

Friday, Sept.  9

WMFVA Members $10; non-members $15
7-9pm      Film screening of the classic film Clueless and Q&A with Amy Heckerling
9-10pm    Reception with Amy Heckerling 

Saturday, Sept. 10    

WMFVA Members $75; non-members $85
11:30am    Registrant check in
12-1pm      Luncheon with Amy Heckerling
1-3pm        Seminar "A Filmmaker's Perspective: Battle Scars and Victory Laps"
3-3:30pm   Wrap-up social with refreshments

WMFVA member registration begins on August 9, 2016
Non-member registration begins August 16, 2016

Space is limited. Register today
(If youre not yet a member, you can become a member today.)

Additional major community partners who are instrumental in supporting the WMFVA Visiting Film Artist Series include Meijer, Inc., Grand Valley State University, West Michigan Film Office, and Michigan Film Digital Media Office. University partners include Grand Valley State University Film and Video Program in the School of Communications and Calvin College Film and Media Studies, Western Michigan University Film, Video and Media Studies, and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts. Friday night reception courtesy of Lowing Light & Grip, Saturday Snack Fest sponsored by Sound Post Recording Studios, and support for the WM Film Community provided by DVS.

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Amy Heckerling, award-winning writer and director, is scheduled to lead the 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series (VFAS). Heckerlings talent and contribution to the industry has been recognized with a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Best Screenplay Written Directly for Screen, Women in Film Crystal Awards, and the American Film Institute Franklin J. Schaffner Award. The Visiting Film Artist Series, which debuted in 2015 with accomplished screenwriter Paul Schrader (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) to a sold-out audience, is dedicated to exploring the unique perspectives, experiences, and knowledge of professionals who have made a significant contribution to the art and craft of film.

WMFVA developed the VFAS as an integral part of professional development opportunities for their members and others who live and work in West Michigan and contribute to its thriving film and digital media community and culture. The series is open to the public, though WMFVA members receive a discount and early registration privileges. New members are eligible for the benefits immediately upon joining. The VFAS appeals to the many area universities who offer distinguished film-related programs; the VFAS offers an important opportunity for aspiring filmmakers and content creators to connect directly with industry veterans.

The VFAS is a two-day program that includes a film screening and Q & A by the film artist followed by a reception, a next-day two-hour seminar/workshop on the artists topic of choice, and includes a luncheon for seminar participants.

 We are thrilled to welcome such an accomplished artist to West Michigan and introduce her to the thriving film and digital media community here. We think shell be impressed with the talent and tenacity of the creative community here and we are excited to make the connection, said WMFVA Chair Deb Havens. Amy Heckerling has made a significant mark in the film industry, creating films with humor and heart that stand the test of time. She has successfully navigated a notoriously difficult industry and the knowledge and experience she can share with WMFVA members and others in our community is extremely relevant to todays challenges.

Celebration! Cinema North is the VFAS venue partner for the event, ensuring a state-of-the-art film viewing experience for the Friday evening screening, with the workshop and luncheon held in the versatile and spacious Wave Room on Saturdayafternoon.

 Weve been presenting movies for more than 70 years in West Michigan, said Emily Loeks, Director of Community Affairs for Celebration! Cinema.  We get to be part of the magic that happens when people laugh and cry and connect with each other through the viewing of a movie.  We love to take opportunities to encourage local film-makers and are glad to support the WMFVAs efforts to bring inspiration and resources to students.

Additional major community partners who are instrumental in supporting the WMFVA Visiting Film Artist Series include Meijer, Inc., Grand Valley State University, West Michigan Film Office, and Michigan Film Digital Media Office. University partners include Grand Valley State University Film and Video Program in the School of Communications and Calvin College Film and Media Studies. Friday night reception courtesy of Lowing Light & Grip, Saturday Snack Fest sponsored by Sound Post Recording Studios, and support for the WM Film Community provided by DVS.

Related Programming:

Thursday, September 1, Downtown Grand Rapids, GoSite and Parsleys

6:30-7:30pm  Diverse Perspectives in the Teen Comedy Film Discussion - a casual discussion in the comfortable GoSite space at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, evaluating the films of Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless) and the ways in which viewers identity with and are often influenced by characters on screen.

7:30-9:00pm  80s vs. 90s: Fast Times vs. Clueless Trivia Night - After the discussion, walk across the street from the GoSite for a lively game of trivia pitting these two generation-defining classics against each other. Drink & food specials, and prizes for trivia winners!

Attendance for both is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 8, GVSU Allendale Campus, Lake Superior Hall Room 154

6:00 7:00pm  Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Porkys: Gender Perspective in the Teen Comedy presented by film scholar Kerri VanderHoff based on the essay http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1058&context=mcnair

Lecture presentation and Q&A, attendance is free and open to the public.

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