The Media and Culture program offers numerous venues on campus to give students the means to become actively involved with the media industry in the Boston area and beyond. These include the Making Media Conference, hosted in alliance with The Filmmaker’s Collaborative, to film screenings, such as The Black Maria Film Festival, and guest speaker events, including the English Department’s Creative Writing Forum where we have featured Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, as well as speakers in the classroom, such as cinematographer and director Amanda Micheli (HBO’s “Thin” “Double Dare” FX Network’s “30 Days”) and director Ralph Arlyck (“Following Sean”). Virtual events have included a live Internet discussion with filmmakers Arin Crumbley and Susan Buice of the film “Four-Eyed Monsters” and a master-class blogging session with Emmy-award winning screenwriter Daniel Gurksis.
Boston also offers a wealth of exhibition opportunities such as the Museum of Fine Arts, The Independent Film Festival of Boston, Coolidge Corner, The Harvard Film Archives, and the Brattle Theater. With the addition of the recent Plymouth Rock Studios, serving as “Hollywood’s East,” Boston continues to set the stage with respect ect to careers and internships in media.
The Media and Culture program is very involved with the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival internship program offered by the American Pavilion’s Student Filmmaker Program. Students accepted into this competitive program stay in Cannes, France for the duration of the festival, completing a work placement and participating in educational workshops, seminars, pitch sessions, roundtable discussions, screenings, and red carpet events. Each program participant is given an official accreditation badge, allowing access to the Festival and Film Market that is otherwise available only to industry professionals.
Read about Bentley University students who have attended the Cannes International Film Festival: