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Ask a Recent Alum Series Part 4 – Featuring Taylor Dickson ’13

Taylor Dickson

Taylor Dickson ’13 is a proud alumna from the Department of Communication. She also received her minor in sports communication and enjoyed being involved in HawkTV. Taylor landed her first job with the National Basketball Association in 2014 as a production trainee. She navigated her career path within the NBA and is currently an associate manager of International Events, leading events across the globe. Most recently, she headed the NBA Season Restart in Orlando. Taylor is excited to speak about navigating your career path and the importance of finding the right job for you.

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On Screen in Person: The Hand That Feeds

Co-Directors Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick

Behind the scenes of the 63rd Street Hot and Crusty café in New York City’s affluent Upper East Side, undocumented immigrant workers face pay below minimum wage, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. The Hand That Feeds follows a group of workers who risk deportation and the loss of their livelihoods to team up with a crew of innovative young organizers and form their own independent union.

There will be a post-screening Q & A with the filmmakers. 

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

On Screen in Person: Fly by Light

Director Ellie Walton

A group of teenagers leaves the streets of Washington, DC, to participate in an ambitious anti-violence education program in rural West Virginia where they confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. Fly By Light is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey that follows as they attempt to rewrite their futures.

On Screen/In Person is pleased to present advanced screenings of the film in the mid-Atlantic region prior to its world premiere.

There will be a Q&A with director Ellie Walton following the screening.

Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

On Screen in Person: The Phantom Tollbooth

Director Hannah Jayanti

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations playfully examines the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most beloved children’s books of our time. Through interviews, animation, and archival imagery, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer.

There will be a Q&A with director Hannah Jayanti following the screening.

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

On Screen in Person: Rebels With a Cause

Director Nancy Kelly
 
Rebels With A Cause explores how a handful of politically savvy activists fought to protect San Francisco’s Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area from the threat of sprawl and over-development at a time when California was the nation’s fastest-growing state. Their efforts set new precedents for protecting open space and helped shape the environmental movement as we know it today.

There will be a post screening Q&A with the director Nancy Kelly

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

On Screen in Person: Still Dreaming

Co-Directors Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson

Still Dreaming follows a group of elderly entertainers living at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey and a pair of young directors hired to stage an in-house performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As the once-celebrated performers struggle with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and physical disabilities, the play’s themes of perception, reality and memory take on new relevance and poignancy.

There will be a post screening Q&A with the co-directors Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

On Screen In Person: Tie it Into My Hand

At once entertaining and deeply insightful, Tie It Into My Hand is an unprecedented look at the life of an artist, told entirely through interviews with pre-eminent directors, filmmakers, visual artists, writers and performers, including Alan Cumming, Barbara Hammer, and Harold Bloom, among many others. The filmmaker sets his interactions with the artists in the context of a fake violin lesson while using his personal struggle to play the violin despite a chronic hand injury as the catalyst for dialogue.

There will be a Q&A with the film’s director Director Paul Festa directly after the film.

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

2015 Black Maria Film Festival

From the world-renowned Black Maria Film Festival, the Department of Communication presents a screening of highly-recognized and award-winning short films, spanning across several genres and topics. Introduction and post-screening discussion to be held by Specialist Professor Matthew Lawrence.

Monmouth University Award for Communication Excellence (MACE) Award

Presentation of this year’s Monmouth Award for Communication Excellence (MACE) will be to film producers/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. The event includes a discussion about their award-winning filmmaking techniques moderated by Monmouth University Professor Rob Scott.

A cocktail reception preceding the presentation will be held at 6 p.m. in the Gallery of Pollak Theatre.

The award presentation and program will be held in Pollak Theatre.

The program is free but registration will be required. For more information please contact Nicole Frame, Assistant Director of Conference Services and Special Events, at 732.571.3473 or nframe@monmouth.edu.

About the Honorees:

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful films, including, The Lego Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In 2014, the duo saw incredible success at the box office and were the only writers/directors with two films ranked among the top highest grossing features of the year. Up next for film, the duo will be directing the highly anticipated untitled Star Wars Anthology. Focusing on a young Han Solo, the feature is slated for a May 25, 2018 release date and will be written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.

For more information on this event, please visit the MACE Award web site.

BLACK MARIA FILM FESTIVAL

The Black Maria Film Festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, NJ. Now in its 37th year, the festival attracts and showcases the work of independent filmmakers internationally. The festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts. Unlike other major film festivals, the Black Maria Festival is not presented in only one location. Instead, the winning films are presented at universities, museums, libraries and cultural centers across the country all year.