Hollywood Invades Tempe plans season of screenings, chats with noted filmmakers

The ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents Hollywood Invades Tempe chat and screening series.

The program opens Jan. 24 with a screening of the 2008 Academy Award-winning independent film "Juno" (Fox Searchlight Films, 2007) about an offbeat young woman who, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Talented film artists meet via teleconference with ASU audiences for a Q&A period following the screening of representative work. Hollywood Invades Tempe departs from its teleconference interviews with Hollywood A-listers when directors Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") and John Landis (Animal House) appear on campus for a screening of his film and in person discussions. Because of overwhelming student response, both of these Hollywood Invades Tempe events are open only to ASU students with valid student IDs.

All Hollywood Invades Tempe events take place at 7:30 p.m. (come at 7 p.m. for pizza) at the Marston Exploration Theater at the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4), 850 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe, Ariz. 85287.

Upcoming "Hollywood Invades Tempe" event that is free and open to the public is:

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012); Feb 6; Guest: co-producer Matt Parker

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" has won major film festivals including Sundance and Cannes and has been nominated for several honors including the coveted Independent Spirit Awards. It is a strong candidate for multiple Oscar nominations, which are announced on Jan 10. Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

For more information, contact the ASU School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337 and visit its website. Visit us on Facebook and YouTube.