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Current Mitchell Scholar Events and News

On Friday, September 23, 2022, (top left, pictured from left to right) Aedin Seck, Lauren Freeman, Lauren Horne, Maggie Granata, Zora Kwasnik, Alyssa Thomas, and Nora Pasche gather for a group photo after meeting wtih Dean Curzan during their welcome lunch with Department Chair Yeidy M. Rivero and Mitchell Scholar Liaison Lisa Rohde

    photo courtesy of LIsa Rohde


On Friday, September 30, 2022, Film Producer, Director, and Writer Peter Jaysen (pictured at top, middle) met with the FTVM Mitchell Scholars,  sharing personal stories and fielding questions about how to navigate the industry. Jaysen also provided advice on maintaining a work/life balance and offered guidance to the scholars on maximizing their appeal to recruiters.  

    photo courtesy of LIsa Rohde

On Friday, October 14, 2022, United Talent Agency Co-Founder Peter Benedek met with the FTVM Mitchell Scholars, and advanced screenwriters from FTVM 410 and FTVM 427.

Mr. Benedek opened the floor to student questions, leading an engaging conversation and providing advice how to navigate the industry. Benedek responded to such inquiries as "How do I 'make it' as a screenwriter? How do I secure a 'good' agent? and How do I best present myself to future employers?"

    photo courtesy of Yeidy M. Rivero

Mitchell Scholars Zora Kwasnik, Nora Pasche, Aedin Seck, Maggie Granata, and Lauren Horne (not pictured) met with FTVM's Peter and Barbara Artist in Residence, Screenwriter Cindy Davis (pictured at center) in the FTVM conference room on Monday, October 10, 2022. Davis shared personal stories about her screenwriting career -- including a few "a-ha" moments -- with enthusiasm and honesty, while providing practical screenwriting tips for students to consider as they enter the industry. 

photo courtesy of Carrie Moore 

"The Mitchell Scholars asked wise, insightful questions and engaged me in a lively discussion about what it takes to sustain a career in the film industry. I wish that I had been this on the ball when I was in film school!"      

                                                                                                                                -- Cindy Davis

Mitchell Scholars Aedin Seck, Alyssa Thomas, Maggie Granata, Nora Pasche, Zora Kwasnik, and Lauren Horne met with FTVM's John H. Mitchell Visiting Professor in Media Entertainment, Filmmaker Nancy Savoca (at center), in the FTVM conference room on Monday, November 14,  2022. During the session, Savoca talked about her work in the Indie Film Industry, fielding a wide array of questions and sharing invaluable advice.

Savoca later commented that she was "thrilled to meet our future storytellers." 

photo courtesy of Lisa Rohde