January 13, 2006
Office of Public Affairs
Governors State University
For Immediate Release
The art of filmmaking, the use of light, shadow and design, and the intricacies of a complex industry will be among the many topics discussed by Michelle Crenshaw, a professional cinematographer in the movie and television industry, on January 25 at 5 p.m. at Governors State University in University Park.
Crenshaw will speak as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
As a cinematographer, Crenshaw has worked on independent and feature films such as “Love Jones,” “Grumpier Old Men,” “Friday,” “Home Alone I and II,” “Gladiator,” “Uncle Buck,” and “Watermelon Women.” As a union focus puller, she is currently working on the TNT drama, “The Closer.” Crenshaw has also taught classes in the technical aspects of camera and lighting. She lives in Los Angeles and in her spare time is producing a digital video documentary about her hometown, Detroit.
“We are very excited to host Michelle Crenshaw at GSU,” said Dr. Sandra Mayfield, interim dean for the college of Arts and Sciences. “As a degree-granting film school, we are pleased to offer our students in media communications the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field. We are also pleased to offer the community the opportunity to share in this presentation.”
In addition to GSU students and community members, the university has also extended invitations to the lecture to several local high schools, Lincoln-Way, Homewood-Flossmoor and Rich South, which offer filmmaking courses.
“As part of the effort to encourage diversity in the film and television industry, we are interested in partnering vocationally with the south suburban high schools,” added Mayfield. “Michelle Crenshaw brings a world of experience in the film industry into our community and we are thrilled to share it.”
For more information, call (708) 534-4101.