University of Pittsburgh
April 5, 2007

Pitt Film Studies Program to Host Lecture by Film Scholar Tom Schatz April 9

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Program in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Steeltown Entertainment Project, and Pitt in Hollywood will host a lecture by Tom Schatz, executive director of the University of Texas (UT) Film Institute, at noon April 9 in the Cathedral of Learning, Room 501, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This event is free and open to the public.

Schatz, a professor in UT's College of Communication, will talk about its unique film-making program, which provides students with hands-on experience on the set of professional, feature-length motion pictures. The film institute's goal is to enable students to become skilled as professionals, artistic visionaries, and pioneers in an ever-changing medium.

Schatz received the B.A. degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1970. He coproduced "The Territory," a long-running regional PBS series that showcased independent film and video work. Schatz has written many books, including "Hollywood Genres" (McGraw Hill Humanities, 1981), "The Genius of the System: Hollywood Film Making in the Studio Era" (Owl Books, 1996), and "Boom and Dust: American Cinema in the 1940s" (University of California Press, 1999). His writing has appeared in numerous magazines as well as "The New York Times" and the "Los Angeles Times."

For more information about the event, contact Jennifer Florian at 412-624-6564 or e-mail