Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Independent filmmaker Joshua Zeman to speak at Driver Lecture

Randolph College will host New York filmmaker Joshua Zeman for a film screening and lecture on independent film making at 7 p.m. Thursday in Nichols Theatre.

The lecture is part of the Sara Driver ’77 Digital Filmmaking and Lecture Series, which is funded by Martha (Lou) Miller Driver ’50 and Al Driver.

Zeman will show his critically acclaimed horror documentary Cropsey, which explores a boogeyman-like figure in New York urban legends. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times called Cropsey “one of the best movies of the year” and “one of the scariest movies of the year.”

Communication studies professor Jennifer Gauthier said the lecture will provide students, as well as the general public, with the opportunity to learn about the independent film industry from a professional. “He has a wealth of experience in many different roles, including producing, directing, screenwriting, and serving on film festival juries,” she said.

Zeman has been creating independent films for more than 10 years. In addition to Cropsey, which he wrote and directed with Barbara Brancaccio, Zeman is the writer and director of The Urban Legends Project, a documentary premiering this spring that examines the true crimes that inspire urban legends. Currently, he is directing his first narrative feature, No Man’s Land, which focuses on a well-respected journalist who agrees to interview a family of right-wing extremists involved in a tense standoff with the FBI.

Zeman is currently in residence at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia.