Filmmaker and screenwriter Paul Schrader plans Coe presentation

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-03-28 09:03:56 - General

Award-winning filmmaker, director and screenwriter Paul Schrader will discuss “Film: Past, Present, Future” in an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, April 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Schrader will show and discuss a short montage of clips from several of his films. He will also field questions from the audience on filmmaking, screenwriting, film history, new media, and related topics.

Schrader’s 28 films include popular productions such as “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Affliction,” “ Adam Resurrected,” “Bringing Out the Dead,” “Cat People,” and “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” Other well-known Schrader movies include “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Blue Collar,” “City Hall,” “Patty Hearst,” “American Gigolo,” “The Mosquito Coast,” “Auto Focus” and “The Comfort of Strangers.”

Among the awards he and his films have received or been nominated for are the Golden Globe award for “Taxi Driver,” Cannes Palme d’Or prize for “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” and an Oscar for “Affliction.” Schrader has received a Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting Award from the ScreenLit Festival in Nottingham, England, and the Distinguished Screenwriter Award from the Austin Film Festival.

Schrader has served on several international film juries and has appeared in numerous documentaries about film, filmmaking and Hollywood.

The presentation is sponsored by the Coe English Department. For more information, go to or call 399-8581.