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Celine Song shares her past lives at Master Class

March 3, 2024 by Nicholas De Lucca | Master Class

Two days into the COVID-19 pandemic, Celine Song’s play, “Endlings” was brought to a sudden halt. Song’s theater approached her about a potential Zoom performance, but she had seen enough attempts from others to know she would decline. Soon after, the experimental theater director would develop her most ambitious piece yet to adapt to the

Hi, Barbie!: America Ferrera visits Dodge for Master Class

February 28, 2024 by Molly Rose Freeman | Master Class

America Ferrera has been ready for her Oscar since she was five years old.  The actress and activist has been making headlines as a key part of Greta Gerwig’s smash hit “Barbie” — nominated for eight Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Ferrera. Her career has spanned over two decades, and it

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Billie Eilish and Finneas (‘Barbie’)

January 8, 2024 by Scott Feinberg | Master Class

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg’s recaps his December Dodge College conversation with the Oscar- and Grammy-winning sibling singer/songwriters. During that chat in the Folino Theater, the duo took questions about their path to music, why they love writing songs for movies and how their latest song, “What Was I Made For?,” came to be.  

Oliver Stone Keeps it Candid at Master Class

November 22, 2023 by Nicholas De Lucca | Master Class

In his Folino Theater conversation with Dean Stephen Galloway on Nov. 13, three-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone brought a wealth of filmmaking wisdom, an honest outlook on his past and a cornucopia of blunt assertions regarding media propaganda, foreign politics and American history.

King of comedy Judd Apatow returns to Chapman University

November 8, 2023 by Molly Rose Freeman | Master Class

On Oct. 25, after a screening of his 2015 romantic-comedy “Trainwreck,” comedic filmmaker Judd Apatow had a chat with Professor Jill Condon on the stage of the Folino Theater in what was his second stint as a Dodge College Master Class guest. He previously spoke to the Chapman community via Zoom in 2021.

Chloé Zhao reflects on career during Dodge Master Class

November 1, 2023 by Cameron Scherer | Master Class

In director Chloé Zhao’s experience, crafting a film doesn’t always involve elaborately designed productions and nuanced planning. Sometimes, determining a take is as simple as seeing how someone responds to being filmed on an iPhone. Such was the case when she utilized non-professional actors in her Academy Award-winning film “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand.

Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Visits Dodge

October 10, 2023 by | Events

On Oct. 9, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Lawrence Sher (“Joker,” “The Hangover”), visited Dodge College for a screening of “Joker” and a post-film Q&A with students, moderated by Dodge lecturer Carolyn Giardina. Projecting scenes from “Joker” on screen from his laptop, Sher talked passionately about how he approaches cinematography and shared highlights of his journey from

Fall Master Class series kicks off with producer Jeremy Thomas

October 4, 2023 by Cameron Scherer | Events

Jeremy Thomas has achieved historic feats across the landscape of cinema over the last five decades. He’s contributed to cult classics such as “Sexy Beast” and “Crash” and is an Oscar winner for  “The Last Emperor.” On Sept. 25, Thomas discussed his career during Dodge College’s first Master Class of the fall semester.

Charles Burnett and the L.A. Rebellion Master Class Series: Tuesday, April 4

April 10, 2023 by | Events

Between the 1960s and 1980s, against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and continuing through the period of Blaxploitation films, an inaugural group of African-American students were welcomed to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as part of an Ethno-Communications initiative designed to be responsive to communities of color. These artists, now

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