Marking the 35th anniversary of his Movies 101 course, professor Richard Brown will return Wednesday after a 30-year absence to the campus of NYU to resume his adult-education film studies program in its original location.
After establishing the series on March 3, 1969, Brown relocated from NYU to the New School from 1974-94 and then ran the course independently.
Brown’s return to the NYU campus coincides with the recent completion of the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, which will be equipped with 35mm projection facilities for special advance-premiere screenings organized as part of the course. Program runs under the banner of NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Credited with helping to invent the now widely used model of opinion-maker screenings, Brown first teamed with Fox in advance of the release of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to conduct a screening and discussion with his students.
“What I try to do is set up a new framework for appreciating and understanding film that gets away from simply relying on critics for opinions,” Brown said.
Working in collaboration with the major studios and specialty distribs, which benefit in terms of feedback, Brown will continue those screenings in the current eight-week course, drawing from the student pools of seven NYU campus schools to create specifically tailored target audiences.
New program kicks off with an advance unspooling of Focus Features’ “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Latter thesp will participate the following week with Brown in an interview and discussion of her career.