WFU, NCSA co-sponsor event featuring producer of 'Big Fish,' 'American Beauty'

By Maggie Barrett
November 3, 2005

The Wake Forest University film studies program, in conjunction with the School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts, will host an event featuring Hollywood film producer Bruce Cohen at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in Wake Forest's Carswell Hall, Annenberg Forum, Room 111.

"Big Fish"

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a screening of "Big Fish," a 2003 Tim Burton film starring Ewan McGregor for which Cohen was the producer. After the screening, Cohen will participate in an audience question-and-answer session. A reception will follow.

The event is the second product of a new collaboration between Wake Forest and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In early October, the two schools co-sponsored events featuring veteran Hollywood filmmakers Robert and Helen Elswit, whose film credits include "The River Wild," and the new, highly acclaimed film "Good Night and Good Luck."

During his visit, Cohen will also participate in events at the North Carolina School of the Arts which, due to space limitations, will not be open to the public.

Cohen is best known for his work as producer of the 1999 film "American Beauty," which won an Oscar for best picture. Cohen's producing credits also include "Down With Love" and "The Forgotten." Cohen began his producing career as an associate producer for the 1991 film "Hook," starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow.

"Big Fish" will be screened at Wake Forest in 35 mm film.

"This gives us a special chance to show the film in the crisp, enlarged format it was meant to be seen in," said Peter Brunette, Reynolds Professor of Film Studies and director of the film studies program at Wake Forest.

For more information about Cohen's visit to Wake Forest, call (336) 758-5310.