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Cinetopia Film Festival to celebrate U-M maverick Alan Rudolph

Cinetopia Film Festival to celebrate U-M maverick Alan Rudolph

Director Alan Rudolph will discuss his career (or what he jokingly refers to as a “careen”), the joys of directing, working with actors, and the difficulties of getting films financed at the 2018 Cinetopia Film Festival.

The U-M Library is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of several American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines including Robert Altman, Ira Deutchman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy Savoca, John Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make U-M a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers.

The U-M Library will partner with the Cinetopia Film Festival in Ann Arbor to present a symposium celebrating U-M indie film maverick Alan Rudolph. The festival, which features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals, is taking place until June 10, 2018.

Alan Rudolph will attend this year's symposium. Photo courtesy the University of Michigan Library Mavericks and Makers collection.

Alan Rudolph will attend this year’s symposium. Photo courtesy the University of Michigan Library Mavericks and Makers collection.

Alan Rudolph began his professional filmmaking career as the assistant director to fellow maverick Robert Altman and worked on Altman’s The Long Goodbye and his masterpiece Nashville.  The two remained lifelong friends and collaborators as Rudolph struck out on his own as director (with Altman remaining as producer on many of the projects), making quirky ensemble based examinations of lonely people often in troubled, desperate situations, among them Welcome to L.A., Choose Me, Remember My Name, The Moderns and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleHe often mashes up genres into something new and unique and peppers his films with elements not always beholden to realism. He created a body of work that is clearly his own vision after his work with Robert Altman.

U-M Library’s collection on Alan Rudolph covers the careers of both Alan Rudolph and his wife, photographer Joyce Rudolph, and includes production notes, script drafts and revisions, and the wondrous photographs Joyce Rudolph took as on-set photographer.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public, but attendees must purchase tickets to view Cinetopia films. Join for any or all of the symposium.

 

SYMPOSIUM

Monday, June 4

Location: Gallery, Hatcher Graduate Library

913 South University Avenue

1:00 p.m. Opening Remarks
1:30 p.m. A Knack for the Unexpected: Why Alan Rudolph’s Films Matter

Krin Gabbard, Professor, Stony Brook University

Richard Ness, Professor, Western Illinois University

Dan Sallitt, Film Director and Critic

Caryl Flinn, Moderator and Professor, University of Michigan

3:15 p.m. Alan Rudolph in Conversation: A Singular Perspective

Alan Rudolph, Film Director

Tuesday, June 5

Location: Michigan Theater

603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

6:30 p.m Making Movies with Alan Rudolph: A Behind-the-Scenes Perspective

David Blocker, Producer

Ira Deutchman, Moderator and Producer

Pam Dixon, Casting Agent

Sondra Locke, Actress/Director

Carolyn Pfeiffer, Producer

Joyce Rudolph, Set Photographer

 

SCREENINGS

Sunday, June 3

Location: Michigan Theater

603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

7:00 p.m.

Midwest Premiere

Ray Meets Helen (Alan Rudolph, 2018)

Includes Q&A with director and actress, Sondra Locke

Monday, June 4

Location: Michigan Theater

603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

7:00 p.m. Remember My Name (Alan Rudolph, 1978)
9:00 p.m. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph, 1984)

Tuesday, June 5

Location: Michigan Theater

603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

8:15 p.m. The Moderns (Alan Rudolph, 1988)

EXHIBITS

June 1-7 Still Images, Moving Pictures:

The On-Set Photography of Joyce Rudolph

Location: Gallery, The Institute for the Humanities

202 S. Thayer

June 1 – August 19 Nothing Makes Sense, Except Love:

The Cinematic Musings of Director Alan Rudolph

Location: Gallery, Hatcher Graduate Library

913 South University Avenue

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