Documentarian Melinda Levin to visit Western

Documentarian Melinda Levin to visit Western

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

GUNNISON, Colo. – Documentary filmmaker and University of North Texas professor Melinda Levin is to visit Western State Colorado University in November to meet with classes and host a screening open to the public.

Levin has shot, edited, directed and produced documentaries across the globe, in North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. These works have been shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Art Museum, several U.S. Embassies, The Society for Applied Anthropology, The American Anthropology Association, and The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as well as on PBS and other broadcast outlets and in theaters.

She is a member of the U.S. Department of State Speakers Bureau and is a former president of the University Film and Video Association.

Levin is visiting Western as part of the Film Studies and Honors Program Guest Filmmaker Series, which is in its second year.

“We feel it’s important to bring artists and filmmakers to interact with our students,” said Jack Lucido, professor of Communication Arts. “It’s particularly important to bring in a female documentarian’s perspective, especially one who has traveled the world doing her creative work.”

While on campus, Levin will host a screening of two of her in-progress works. The free event, open to the community, will take place Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the John & Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall within Quigley Hall.

There, Levin will show two of her documentaries: one about a Cuban arts group that performs in the Pindar del Rio barrio neighborhoods and another about a Mongolian Tibetan Buddhist monk who leads environmental and cultural work. A question and answer session will follow.

While on campus, Levin will also visit individual classes and meet with students one-on-one to review their work.

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