The first AFI Dallas International Film Festival held this spring included a substantial contingent of SMU students, faculty and alumni, as well as numerous screenings and master classes held on campus. Opening the master classes was screenwriter Jim Hart (’69), who spoke on his newest movie, “The Last Mimzy.” Other master classes were held with director Sydney Pollack, film music composers Alan and Marilyn Bergman and composer Marvin Hamlisch (right). In addition, SMU student-produced short films were screened at the nearby Magnolia Theater. Alumni film contributions included “Boy Next Door,” written and directed by Travis Davis (’94) and produced by Cale Boyter (’94), and “Midlothia,” directed by Bill Sebastian (’99). Talent agent Stephen Rice (’90) spoke to a class, and James Faust (’97) and Sarah Harris (’05) supervised numerous SMU student interns and volunteers during the festival.
August 6, 2007