Film Studies

Movie Makers and Scholars Series

FST 210 Movie Makers and Scholars features lectures and presentations by filmmakers, film industry professionals, and film scholars. The course is offered as part of the UNCW University Studies curriculum.

The class is held in the King Hall Theater, room 101 from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm each Friday. All Film Studies majors and premajors are welcome to attend guest lecture presentations. For more information, contact the instructor Dr. Lou Buttino at

Past Movie Makers and Scholars guest speakers include:

  • Jim Taylor, Oscar winning screenwriter of Sideways
  • David Bordwell, film scholar, author of Film Art
  • Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker: Titticut Follies, High School
  • Jerry Ziesmer, assistant director: Apocalypse Now, Jerry Maquire
  • Pat Hingle, actor: On the Waterfront, Talladega Nights
  • Tom Priestly Jr., ASC, cinematographer: The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Bob Mondello, NPR Public Radio film commentator and critic
  • Greg Prange, producer and director: One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek
  • David Andrews, actor: Fight Club, Apollo 13
  • Alonzo Wilson, costume designer: The Wire
  • Bill Davis, art director: One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek
  • Mark Fincannon, casting director, location casting: The Blind Side
  • Judith Helfand, documentary director: Blue Vinyl
  • Erica Dunton, director: To.get.her, The 27 Club, Red Means Go
  • Ira Sachs, director and screenwriter: 40 Shades of Blue
  • Patrick Stettner: screenwriter and director: The Business of Strangers
  • Lamont Johnson, director: The Execution of Private Slovik
  • Peter Jurasik, actor: Babylon 5, NYPD Blue, Tron
  • Richard Leder, screenwriter: Ambers Story, The Bad Son
  • David Gatten, experimental filmmaker, Secret History of the Dividing Line, A True Account in Nine Parts
  • Naomi Uman, experimental filmmaker, Removed, Leche
  • Nick Pryor, veteran film actor, Smile
  • Ken Olin, Actor/Producer, currently Executive Producer of Sleepy Hollow
  • George Parra, Executive Producer, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Dan Janvey and Michael Gottwald, Academy Award-nominated producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild


Wilmington Film Industry Professionals including: assistant director Barbara D'Alessandro, cinematographer Joe D'Alessandro, stunt coordinator John Copeman, art director Bill Davis, Wilmington regional film commissioner Johnny Griffin, production designer John Kretschmer, director and camera operator Bo Webb, first assistant camera Dan Turek, and Cucalorus Film Festival director Dan Brawley.