Symposium and Exhibit Celebrating Filmmaker Nancy Savoca

Savoca looking through a camera on set and smiling

Photograph of Nancy Savoca on the set of Household Saints (1993). From the Nancy Savoca Papers.

Join filmmaker Nancy Savoca at a symposium celebrating her career on Friday, May 10. The symposium will include several panels, an exhibit opening, and film screenings.  Check out the full schedule of events and attend all or any of the programming.

Savoca's first film, True Love (1989), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has built a career telling character-driven stories in films like Dogfight (1991), Household Saints (1993), If These Walls Could Talk (1996), The 24 Hour Woman (1999), and Dirt (2003). Savoca's papers are held in the Special Collections Research Center as part of the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection.

The symposium will also draw on the work of this semster's FTVM 335 "Authorship and the Archive" class, taught by Matthew Solomon. The students will reflect on their semester working with Savoca's papers, followed by the opening of the exhibit they curated, True to Life: Film Director Nancy Savoca's Quest for Authenticity. The exhibit draws on material from the Nancy Savoca Papers, including notebooks, correspondence, on-set photographs, and other documents. It will be on view in Hatcher Gallery from May 9 through June 30.

The symposium is sponsored by Cinetopia International Film Festival, U-M Library, and the U-M Department of Film, Television, and Media.