Quirky, off kilter, stylishly romantic and filled with moments of wry humor, Alan Rudolph makes movies with dreamy-eyed protagonists searching for love in all the wrong places. He often mashes up genres into something new and unique and peppers his films with elements not always beholden to realism. He began his four decade career under the watchful eye of mentor Robert Altman, but he soon created a body of work that is clearly his own vision.
The Unreal Reality of Alan Rudolph: Conversations with the Filmmaker & Collaborators Symposium was held from Sunday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 5, 2018, and included panels of noted film scholars, critics, producers, and actors; screenings of a selection of Rudolph's films (as part of the Cinetopia Film Festival); an official opening of the Alan Rudolph Archive in the Special Collections Library; and a guest panel in the Spring Department of Film, Television, and Media class Women in Hollywood (FTVM 366).
Additionally, this symposium kicked off two exhibits: Still Images, Moving Pictures: The On-Set Photography of Joyce Rudolph in the Institute of the Humanities Gallery (June 1-7) and Nothing Makes Sense, Except Love: The Cinematic Musings of Director Alan Rudolph in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (June 1- August 19).