Independent Filmaker to Visit Ithaca College

Screenwriter Howard Rodman will show two of his works and hold a question-and-answer session during his visit to Ithaca College on Thursday, Sept. 11. Rodman will screen a pair of half-hour episodes from “Fallen Angels,” an anthology of short film noir on the Showtime cable network. His 8 p.m. presentation in Park Hall Auditorium is free and open to the public.Rodman’s films include “Savage Grace,” starring Julianne Moore; and “August,” starring Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn and David Bowie. Both films had their U.S. debuts at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.He most recently wrote a one-hour dramatic pilot for HBO, entitled “213,” produced by Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney and Grant Heslov. In addition to Soderbergh, who directed the two Showtime episodes being screened, Rodman has worked with such distinguished directors as David Lynch, John McTiernan and Peter Bogdanovich.Rodman is active as an educator and a promoter of independent filmmaking. He is a professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; a member of the board of directors for the Writers Guild of America, West; and an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs. He founded and continues to chair the Writers Guild Independent Film Writers Committee.A graduate of Cornell University, Rodman will screen “Savage Grace” at Cornell Cinema on Sept. 12 and 13.For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, coordinator for special programs and public relations in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.

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