The University of Michigan Library is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of several unconventional American filmmakers: Robert Altman, Ira Deutchman, Alan Rudolph, John Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make U-M a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers. Last year’s Symposium honored Alan Rudolph, and this year’s featured artist will be Nancy Savoca, who will be in attendance.
A graduate of NYU’s noted Tisch School of the Arts, Nancy Savoca hit it out of the ballpark when her film “True Love” took the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. Together with husband and producing/writing partner Rich Guay, Nancy’s work foregrounds the female perspective and explores topics like unrequited love (Dogfight), three-generations of Italian-American women (Household Saints), abortion (If These Walls Could Talk), working mothers (The 24 Hour Woman), Latina lesbians (Reno: Rebel Without a Pause), illegal immigrant maids (Dirt) and estranged sisters (Union Square).
The Symposium will take place May 10th through May 12th during Cinetopia, and will feature three of Nancy Savoca’s films as well as events and discussions with the filmmakers.
Films featuring in the U-M Film, Television and Media Mavericks and Makers Symposium