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.


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust