NYC – First They Killed My Father Screening

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Actor/Director/Producer/Writer Angelina Jolie, with Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung, will talk with Moderator Annette Insdorf about their film, First They Killed My Father, which will be screened after the onstage discussion on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Although Angelina Jolie is best known for her performances in such films as Girl, Interrupted (for which she won an Academy Award), Lara CroftA Mighty Heart (as Mariane Pearl), Salt and Maleficent, she has become a major creative force behind the camera. First They Killed My Father is her fourth film as a director, following In the Land of Blood and HoneyUnbroken and By the Sea.

She also co-wrote the screenplay with Loung Ung, whose bestselling memoir the film is based upon. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five — starting in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge came to power — to nine years old. Ung also serves as an Executive Producer on the film.

First They Killed My Father (2 hours, 16 minutes) is a Netflix film, produced by Jolie and Rithy Panh, the renowned Cambodian director of the Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture, and himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge. It is the official entry from Cambodia for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

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Fashion Institute of Technology – Kaufman Hall
406 W 31st St, New York, New York 10001
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MA – Julius Schwartz Lecture

J. Michael Straczynski (Thor) speaks at MIT on May 22nd.

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The second annual Julius Schwartz Lecture brings J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the cult science fiction hit Babylon 5.

When: May 22nd, 7pm
Where: Building 10, Room 250, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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2009 Speaker: J. Michael Straczynski

This year’s speaker is transmedia creator J. Michael Straczynski, who has most recently entered the motion picture arena, writing the period drama Changeling for Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie, adapting such books as Lensman for Ron Howard, World War Z for Brad Pitt’s company, and They Marched Into Sunlight for Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass, as well as reviving Forbidden Planet for Warner Bros. and selling two new original movies, The Flickering Light and Proving Ground to Universal and Tom Cruise’s United Artists, respetively. He has also begun work on Last Words, a pilot for a new TV series for the TNT network.

Previously known best for his role as the creator of the cult science fiction series Babylon 5 and its various spin-off films and series. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through all of the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season.

His early television writing career spans from work on He-Man, She-Ra, and The Real Ghostbusters through to The New Twilight Zone and Murder She Wrote. He followed up Babylon 5 with the science fiction series Jeremiah.

Straczysnki also enjoys continued success as a comic book writer, working on established superhero franchises, such as Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and Thor, as well as his own original series, such as Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, The Twelve, and The Book of Lost Souls. He is also a journalist, publishing over 500 articles in such periodicals as the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and TIME Inc.

He was one of the first television producers to actively engage his fan community online and has consistently explored the interface between digital media and other storytelling platforms.