March 18, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOLLYWOOD ICON PETER BOGDANOVICH
WINSTON-SALEM – University of North
Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)
School of Filmmaking Dean Jordan
Kerner announced today that
Hollywood icon Peter Bogdanovich
is joining his faculty.
“I am thrilled that my friend and internationally
acclaimed feature film director Peter Bogdanovich will
be joining our faculty at UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking,”
said Dean Kerner. “Peter is a brilliant visualist and
director of actors as well as being a great performer
himself. He is an immensely talented screenwriter. He
was a chronicler and friend of the iconic feature film
directors Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford as
well as such great modern directors as Quentin Tarantino
and Wes Anderson.
UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri
praised Dean Kerner for his unceasing work to make the
film school a center of excellence. “The addition of
Peter Bogdanovich to the film faculty – along with other
recent faculty appointments Thomas Ackerman, Ron Roose,
Wade Wilson and Susan Ruskin – will make a compelling
case for any student who aspires to be a filmmaker,”
Mauceri said. “With a newly revised curriculum and
construction starting soon on a new animation, gaming
and digital design facility for our Studio Village, the
School of Filmmaking is on the verge of even
Born in Kingston, N.Y., Peter Bogdanovich began his
career as an actor, studying acting with Stella Adler
and appearing on television and in regional theatre. At
age 20, he began directing plays Off-Broadway and
programming movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New
York City, where he featured the work of such prominent
American directors as Howard Hawks. He turned his
program notes into respected literary works about the
directors, which allowed him to write a series of
feature articles and profiles for Esquire.
Another major triumph was in store when he directed the critically acclaimed MASK (1985), starring Cher and Eric Stoltz in a true story about a mother and son affected by the son’s rare, disfiguring disease. Cher received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1990, Bogdanovich directed the well-received sequel to THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, TEXASVILLE, and in 1992, he directed the film version of the classic theatre comedy NOISES OFF… with an all-star cast including Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve, and John Ritter. In 2002, he directed THE CAT’S MEOW (2002), which told the true story of a mysterious 1924 death on board the yacht of William Randolph Hearst, and starred Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, and Edward Herrmann. In 2004, he directed the hard-hitting docudrama HUSTLE, about baseball player Pete Rose, whose career was marred by gambling, and the three-hour ABC-TV special THE MYSTERY OF NATALIE WOOD.
It was in 2000 that Bogdanovich began his six-season run playing the psychiatrist to psychiatrist Lorraine Bracco on the epoch-making HBO Series "The Sopranos."
2006, Bogdanovich heavily revised his 1971 documentary,
DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD, to include interviews with Ford
fans Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Steven
Spielberg; the film had its world premiere at the
2006 Telluride Film Festival. In 2007, he directed the
highly praised four-hour documentary RUNNIN’ DOWN A
DREAM: TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, and won a Grammy
for Best Long Form Music Video.
The RiverRun International Film Festival – of which UNCSA is a sponsor – announced earlier this week that Peter Bogdanovich will receive its Master of Cinema Award during the festival, which runs April 15-25 in Winston-Salem this year.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.