2019 Oscars Preview

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Tuesday, Feb. 19 | 6 – 9 p.m.
Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
$10; Complimentary to GAA members
Student price: Complimentary to UNC students with valid One Card; SAA members get free popcorn

We’d love to see you tonight! Please bring cash at the door as pre-registration has closed.

No red carpet here. In collaboration with Carolina Public Humanities, walk the Carolina blue carpet with us at historic Varsity Theatre on Franklin for our annual Oscars Preview. The nominees, the snubs, the trends and outliers of the past year in film are all fair game for film experts Dana Coen and Rachel Schaevitz. Watch clips of the Best Picture nominees plus our panel’s alternative choices. Get insights into your ballot choices, and vote for Best Picture at this informed review of the current movie environment – all before the big event.

Please Note:  We will accept registrations at the door. Must pay by cash.

Evening Schedule

6-6:45 p.m. Carolina blue carpet arrivals and popcorn in the lobby.
6:45-9 p.m. Review of contemporary film with Dana Coen and Rachel Schaevitz.

Professor Bios

DANA COEN is the director of the UNC Writing for the Screen and Stage program, a two-year, interdisciplinary minor, in which selected students study the craft of dramatic writing in preparation for careers in theatre, film and television. He is the creator, artistic director and producer of “Long Story Shorts,” the program’s annual one-act festival.  A volume of 25  plays selected from the festival’s first five years was published in 2017.  He was also the creator and producer of “Activated Art,” an ekphrastic theatre festival, presented in collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum. A former New York actor and director, he has written extensively for television, including co-executive producer/writer positions on the Fox series “Bones”, the CBS series “JAG,” where he spent eight seasons, and a comedy development deal for Walt Disney Studios. Screenwriting awards include The Jewish Image Award and The Templeton Prize. As a playwright, his produced work includes “ Property” at Carrboro’s Redbird Festival, Los Angeles productions of “Internal Bleeding,” “Tinkle Time,” “Bunches of Betty” and “Sympathy,” which was also produced Off-Broadway.

RACHEL SCHAEVITZ is the Associate Director for State Outreach and Strategic Partnership.  She comes to Chapel Hill from Philadelphia, where she earned her Ph.D. in Media & Communication from Temple University, focusing on using media and the humanities as vehicles for social change.  She has a background in independent and studio film production as well as an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University and BFA in Film Production from New York University.  While her personal research focuses on cinema, she works across all the arts and sciences to bring the scholarship of UNC to the public. At Carolina, Dr. Schaevitz teaches courses on media in the public service, pairing film production students with other departments on campus or groups in the community to create educational videos for use in the K-12 classroom. She also heads up Humanities on the Road, which plans regional programs that pair UNC faculty with community colleges across North Carolina.

Parking on the Hill

Parking is conveniently located throughout Franklin Street. Catch all the details.