Producer of Oscar-Winning Film to Advise Theatre 2 Film Students

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Producer Kathleen Glynn

This year’s MSU Theatre 2 Film project will benefit from the advice and expertise of Kathleen Glynn, producer of the Academy Award-winning film, “Bowling for Columbine.”

Theatre 2 Film is a large-scale, collaborative project between the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Arts & Letters and College of Music where students take an original student play and adapt it for the screen. The full-length feature film, created entirely by students, will be shown at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF).

Glynn will visit Michigan State’s campus periodically to advise students and faculty working on the project. She also will help with other MSU entries to the TCFF and organize visits by high-profile media artists and filmmakers who will work closely with the student filmmakers in workshop settings.

"Kathleen brings a wealth of award-winning experience and talent from the movie industry that will have a profound impact on integrated media arts at MSU. Her presence on campus will be of benefit to both students and faculty," said Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. "We are looking forward to working with Kathleen to make MSU a destination university for students interested in media arts."

Kathleen brings a wealth of award-winning experience and talent from the movie industry that will have a profound impact on integrated media arts at MSU.

Prabu David

Glynn produced “Bowling for Columbine,” which received an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2002. She also has two Emmy Award nominations to her credit, taking home the Emmy statuette in 1995 for Outstanding Information Series as the producer of the NBC show, “TV Nation.”

She served as executive producer of “Sicko,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2008, as well as “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Slacker Uprising” and “India’s Daughter.” She was the producer for “Fahrenheit 9/11” (the highest grossing documentary of all time) and “The Big One” and was co-producer of “Canadian Bacon.” She also produced the television series “The Awful Truth.”

The multitalented Glynn has also worked as a costume designer for film and television, having designed costumes for the films “Malcolm X,” “Canadian Bacon” and “My New Gun.”

This year marks the second year in a row for MSU’s Theatre 2 Film project. Last year’s team produced “(313) Choices,” a contemporary human drama of interwoven stories set in and around Detroit, which premiered at the 2015 Traverse City Film Festival.

“This collaboration between ComArtSci, CAL and the College of Music is an excellent example of how shared efforts create a robust arts and culture experience for MSU students," said Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters. “Our three colleges are committed to providing future academic programming that enriches the undergraduate learning experience and provides faculty opportunities to work together on innovative media arts projects in and outside of the classroom.”

The 2016 TCFF is scheduled for July 26 to 31 at multiple locations in Traverse City, Mich.

Read the College of Communications Arts and Sciences article here.