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Mondavi Distinguished Speakers Series P A R T N E R S H I P S


UC Davis film students got a brief glimpse into the process and approach of a great filmmaker thanks to


the Humanities Institute’s continued partnership in the Mondavi Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. As a cosponsor of the series, the Institute annually in- vites UC Davis undergraduates to an informal, daytime discussion with that year’s distinguished speaker. In the spring of 2012, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts brought Oliver Stone to campus for an evening en- gaged in dialogue with a large, public audience in Jack- son Hall. Before that event, the Humanities Institute arranged for Stone to talk with a small, more intimate group of UC Davis students enrolled in film courses, including one on experimental digital cinema and an- other on film production.


For nearly an hour, the students enjoyed the chance


to ask the film director about his style, his passions, and what advice he had to pass along. When asked if he thought he had developed an “Oliver Stone style,” Stone suggested that rather than developing his own unique style, he made the style of the film fit the story and built the story on the people. “People are what make it dra- matic. People first. Don’t get lost in the rhetoric,” Stone explained. Overall, Stone encouraged students to “Start from the personal. Everyone has something to give. Life is about finding out what that is.”


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