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Sneak Peak at Award-Winning “Up” Film Series Tonight

The Radio, Television, Film Department’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Documentary Studies and Production is hosting the premiere screening tonight of 56 Up, the latest in the groundbreaking film series that has followed the lives of a group of British men and women since they were children. The sneak peek before the film’s theatrical release in January comes as a result of the MFA Program’s collaboration with P.O.V., public television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films.

The Up series began in 1964 when a group of 7-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams.  Director Michael Apted returned every seven years to film the same subjects and track their lives, and the latest installment finds the group dealing with issues of middle age.   The series won a 2012 George Foster Peabody Award. 

The free screening will be held tonight in Breslin 211 from 7-10 pm, and includes a Q&A with Aubrey Gallegos of P.O.V.

Next week, the MFA program hosts a talk with documentary cinematographer Don Lenzer, who has worked on five Academy Award-winning feature documentaries, as well as on numerous public television programs and theatrical documentaries, most recently 2012’s Wagner’s Dream.  For more information, contact Graduate Program Director Aashish Kumar at


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