Symposium celebrates the Robert Altman collection at U-M

May 2, 2013
Robert Altman and Eliott Gould on the set of California Split (1974)

Join us for any or all of the symposium,

Altmannerisms: Conversations Celebrating the Opening of the Robert Altman Archive.

Legendary filmmaker Robert Altman, the director of M*A*S*H, The Player, Gosford Park and dozens of other acclaimed films, had strong ties to U-M; he taught classes, directed a Stravinsky opera, and filmed Secret Honor on the campus. The symposium, which includes several screenings, brings Altman collaborators and scholars from around the globe to Ann Arbor to discuss what made him unique.

The symposium is free and open to the public, although attendees must purchase tickets to view the three Cinetopia films.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are held in the Gallery of the Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Remember to allow time to view the Gallery exhibit The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema.

Friday, June 7

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks by Frank Beaver, U-M Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of Screen Arts & Cultures
9.30 - 11.30 a.m.
Acting and Performance with Virginia Wright-Wexman, University of Illinois; Michael Murphy, actor; Pierre Mignot, cinematographer; and Terry Lawson, U-M screenwriting lecturer and film critic, moderator.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sound and Music with Eliza Paley, sound editor; Gayle Magee, University of Illinois; William Bolcom, composer; Krin Gabbard, Stony Brook University; Caryl Flinn, U-M professor and moderator
4:00 p.m. Official Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Paul Courant, U-M Dean of Libraries, and Mrs. Kathryn Altman
5:00 p.m.
Screening in Angell Hall, Auditorium A:
Secret Honor (1984) and Tanner ’88: The Dark Horse (1988)
Q&A after the film with Michael Murphy, actor; Pierre Mignot, cinematographer; Eliza Paley, sound editor; Matthew Seig, producer; and Mrs. Kathryn Altman

Saturday, June 8

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Roundtable: Altman in the Archives with Ron Mann, documentary filmmaker; Nathan Koob, U-M; Daniel Blim, Drew University; Doris Piller, Vienna; Dimitri Pavlounis, U-M; Greg Brown, U-M; Katherine Sherry, U-M; Matthew Solomon, U-M professor and moderator
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. American Maverick with Alan Rudolph, director; Joyce Rudolph, photographer; Kathryn Altman; Robert Self, professor emeritus, Northern Illinois University; and Frank Beaver, U-M professor emeritus and moderator
4:30 p.m. Screening at the Michigan Theater:
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Q&A after the film with Pierre Mignot, cinematographer; Mrs. Kathryn Altman; and Matthew Seig, producer

Sunday, June 9

12:30 p.m. Screening in Angell Hall, Auditorium A:
Nashville (1975)
Extended introduction before the film with Michael Murphy, actor; Mrs. Kathryn Altman; and Alan & Joyce Rudolph, director & photographer
Sponsored by the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, Sheldon Cohn Fund, Department of History, Program in American Culture, Department of Composition, University Library, Institute for the Humanities, Penny Stamps School of Art & Design, Office of Vice-President for Research, Rackham Graduate School, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Michigan Theater, and Cinetopia.
























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