Presenter: Andrew Patrick Nelson

  • Date: Monday, Mar 20
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn

In this engaging, interactive introduction to the art and craft of cinema, we’ll explore how everything we see and hear on-screen – the shots, the cuts, the sets and props, the music, the acting – comes together to tell compelling stories that make us laugh, cry, and even, yes, think. We’ll start by looking at scenes from famous (and a few infamous) films that illustrate key techniques of film style and storytelling. Then we’ll put this knowledge to use in a close analysis of the film masterpiece Citizen Kane.

Participants will emerge from this side trip as more sophisticated and astute film viewers and critics!

NelsonAndrew Patrick Nelson is assistant professor of Film History and Critical Studies at Montana State University. He has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a guest film curator at the Autry Museum of the American West. He is author, most recently, of Still in the Saddle: The Hollywood Western, 1969-1980, and appeared as a commentator in the first two seasons of the Fox News documentary series Legends & Lies.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust