October – November 2016
Talk by Suzanne Johnson, Interactive Mobile Gaming App Story Lead
Suzanne Johnson is the creator of an Emmy Award-winning webseries. She is currently a story lead for Pocket Gems’ Episode Interactive mobile gaming app. A former V.P. of Programming and Talent Development for ABC Daytime Television, she also wrote for All My Children and was a story consultant for Nickelodeon International.
A Talk by Young Adult Fiction Writer Karen Bao
Karen Bao began writing her first novel, Dove Arising, at the age of seventeen. Dove Exiled is her second published novel. She graduated in May 2016 from Columbia University.
The Counterfeiters (German: Die Fälscher) is a 2007 Austrian-German drama film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It fictionalizes “Operation Bernhard”, a secret plan by Nazi Germany during the Second World War to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding its economy with forged Bank of England pound notes. The film centres on a Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon ‘Sally’ Sorowitsch, who is coerced into assisting the operation at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
The film is based on a memoir written by Adolf Burger, a Jewish Slovak typographer who was imprisoned in 1942 for forging baptismal certificates to save Jews from deportation, and was later interned at Sachsenhausen to work on “Operation Bernhard”. Ruzowitsky consulted closely with Burger through almost every stage of the writing and production. The film won the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards.
In German with English subtitles
An IST approved event
Talk by Jericho Brown, Poet
Jericho Brown is a poet whose poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book Please (2008) won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (2014) was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront and the Academy of American Poets.
In 1944 Spain young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother’s new husband (Sergi López), a sadistic army officer who is trying to quell a guerrilla uprising. While exploring an ancient maze, Ofelia encounters the faun Pan, who tells her that she is a legendary lost princess and must complete three dangerous tasks in order to claim immortality.
The film is in Spanish with English Subtitles
This is an IST Approved
Talk by Rick Jacobs, Film & TV Producer and SUNY Oswego Alum
Rick’s work has taken him to London, Paris and Stockholm. As a theatre director and playwright, he has staged productions in London theatres, including the Cole Porter musical High Society in the West End. Currently Rick works as a film and television producer, with his latest show, Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery airing in 122 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia.
Hart Hall will host a showing of the documentary These Birds Walk by the Global Awareness Conference speaker Bassam Tariq.
Talk by Marcus Gardley, Playwright
Marcus Gardley is a multiple award-winning playwright. His new play X, about the assassination of Malcolm X, will tour nationally as part of the Acting Company’s 2017 season. His works include The House That Will Not Stand (2015 Glickman award), The Gospel of Loving Kindness (2014 BTAA best play/playwright), Every Tongue Confess, And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, and On The Levee. Gardley has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.