What you will learn:

American movies that are willing to risk balancing a compelling story while weaving powerful social themes into the fabric of their narratives have often been impeccably crafted by American filmmakers. Whether arriving here as immigrants, or native born, these directors possess a profound awareness of racial discrimination, religious intolerance and social injustice. The treatment of such themes have made an indelible impact on American Life. Championing social causes with a vengeance, their films chronicle the lack of fairness in the workplace as well as the overt dereliction of duty regarding the breakdown of our criminal justice systems to safeguard equal treatment and protection for all. A duty to “repair the world” puts these filmmakers in the vanguard of those who have made movies with a genuine social conscience.

Memorable works include: Michael Curtiz – Casablanca, Fritz Lang – You Only Live Once, William Friedkin – The French Connection, Richard Fleischer – The New Centurions, Sidney Lumet – The Verdict, Arthur Penn – Bonnie and Clyde, Stanley Kubrick – Full Metal Jacket, Peter Bogdanovich – The Last Picture Show, Mike Nichols – Working Girl, and Buck Henry – Heaven Can Wait

About the instructor:


Marc Lapadula, playwright and screenwriter, is an award-winning film producer and university lecturer. As a senior lecturer at Yale University in the Film Studies Program, he has taught screenwriting seminars since 1992.

His stage plays, including StripHer, Not by Name, Two Shakes, Men Like Us, Last Order, The Rains Change, Serial Killer, Water Hole, and In Uniform Thanksgiving, have been produced in New York (off-Broadway), England, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Iowa. He produced Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won, among several other awards, the grand prize at WorldFest Houston. He also co-produced the film Mentor, starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) that premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival.

In addition to Yale University, Marc taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins and The University of Pennsylvania (where he created and ran both Universities’ screenwriting programs) as well as Columbia University's Graduate Film School. He has given many classic films lectures at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC as well as at other venues all around America as well as in Mexico, Canada and England. He has also been a consultant for film producers and studios, including New Line Films. He has been an expert script analyst in major Hollywood lawsuits.

Marc graduated cum laude with a BA in English from The University of Pennsylvania, studied Irish and English Drama at Oxford University, received his M.A. from Malcolm Bradbury’s Creative Writing Workshop at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and earned an MFA in Theatre Arts/ Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop.
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Suggested Length:120 min(Flexible)
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Format: Live via Zoom
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