Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spanish filmmaker Mariano Barroso to visit Watkins Friday

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will welcome Spanish filmmaker Mariano Barroso to campus tomorrow, Friday, August 26, for a screening of his 1996 thriller Extasis, starring Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, and a Q&A session led by Associate Professor Charles Kanganis, head of the directing concentration at the Watkins Film School. The screening begins in the Watkins Theater at 1:00 p.m., with the discussion to follow at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

An internationally-feted producer, writer, director and editor, Mr. Barroso is currently head of directing at el Centro de Estudios Ciudad de la Luz film school in Alicante, Spain. His numerous writing and directing credits include series episodic television, documentaries and feature films, most notably In the Time of the Butterflies, starring Salma Hayek, Hormigas En La Boca, and three collaborations with Mr. Bardem.

Mentored by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mr. Barroso is a graduate of the American Film Institute and the Sundance Film Institute, and has taught film in Los Angeles, Madrid and Cuba.

Tonight, Thursday, August 25, one of Mr. Barroso's other works will screen at Watkins in 608 - either "In the Time of the Butterflies" with Selma Hayak or "Hormigas En La Boca". The screening tonight is also free of charge.

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