SPECIAL EVENT: Filmmaker, Tom Schiller

January 29, 2010
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Director Tom Schiller, an analog man in a digital world, and a burgeoning foreign film director when there were only three networks, will be on hand to show some of his SNL shorts and recent comedy spots. He’ll hold forth on his favorite subject – his life and times – and among other things,  answer any questions regarding the creative process and what it was like to learn from Buckminster Fuller and Charles Eames, talk tropics with Henry Miller, and hang out with John Belushi.

topics will include:
analog vs digital film making
eliciting laughter with media
getting by without knowing much technology
how to nurture ideas
the illusion of celebrity
Age 11, first short film “The Door,” with best friend Jeff Benjamin.
Projectionist and delivery boy for designers Charles and Ray Eames.
Studied filmmaking with Robert Snyder, student of legendary documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty (“Nanook of the North.”) Worked on films about inventor Buckminster Fuller, artist Willem de Kooning, diarist Anais Nin, and writer Henry Miller.
First solo doc “Henry Miller Asleep & Awake,” 1973
Original writer on Saturday Night Live and writer/director short films “Schiller’s Reel” and “Schillervision” 1975-80 and 1989-1993.
Wrote and directed MGM feature “Nothing Lasts Forever,” 1983. Honored at Lincoln Center, BAM and Sitges International Film Festival, Spain.
Director, TV commercials 1998- present.
Winner 3 Emmies for writing on SNL, plus multiple Writer’s Guild awards.
Advertising awards include Cannes Golden Lions and Clios.
Film work selected for archives at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
Lives in New York City and Connecticut with wife Jacque.

Monday, January 11th, 2010
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