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  • MA – Wolf Children Screening


    Director Mamoru Hosoda screens his new anime film “Wolf Children” (2012, Japan) at MIT on Thursday March 14th at 7:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Room 26-100, MIT– Come see the new award-winning anime film “Wolf Children” (2012) followed by a Q/A with the director Mamoru Hosoda, who also wrote the story and the co-wrote the screenplay.  This is the New England premiere of the film, and the only area showing.  “Wolf Children” is the brilliant third feature from Hosoda, whose “Summer Wars” (2009) and “Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006) have established him as one of the world’s top creative forces in animation.  In Japanese with English subtitles, recommended for ages 9 and up.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the MIT Cool Japan research project.


    MA – Soul of Anime Signing

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    Celebrate the publication of Ian Condry’s new book The Soul of Anime:  Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story at MIT in Room E51-149 on Thursday March 14th at 4:00 pm.  Why is Japan the world leader in animation?  Cultural anthropologist and professor at MIT, Condry will give a multimedia presentation on his book’s findings.  Based on fieldwork in Tokyo’s anime studios, he argues that collaborative creativity, which connects manga, anime, toys and fans, is the key to anime’s global success. Talk is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the MIT Cool Japan research project.

    MA – Julius Schwartz Lecture

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

    Press Release

    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.