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      October 15, 2013

      Tuesday   7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

      79 New Montgomery Street
      San Francisco, California 94105

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      AAU and GFV Present: A Night with Donald Spoto

      A Special Presentation from





      (Formerly Rosie and The Film Machine)

      Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00pm, 79 New Montgomery Theater

      Join us for an evening with Donald Spoto, biographer of Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman and more. 


      Women in Film: Then and Now

      Donald Spoto will be discussing the impact of women in film history with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Producer of the documentary "Miss Representation” and Diane Baker, Executive Director of MPT and ACT.


      Alfred Hitchcock Roundtable Discussion

      A discussion on Alfred Hitchcock with Donald Spoto and Diane Baker, Executive Director of MPT and ACT and star of Hitchcock's "Marnie" and Moderator Jesse Ficks, Film History Instructor.
      About the Speakers


      Donald Spoto


      DONALD SPOTO  is the author of 27 books books published worldwide in more than 25 languages -- among them a trilogy of bestselling books about Alfred Hitchcock and the lives of Tennessee Williams, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and the Redgrave family. 


      Spoto was executive producer for the CBS four hour mini-series based on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Also St. Francis of Assisi. His life of Alfred Hitchcock became a BBC/HBO movie, “The Girl” that won BAFTA and GOLDEN GLOBE awards in 2013, and actor-producer James Franco has just taken an option on Donald Spoto's biography of Tennessee Williams.


      Spoto is married to the Danish school administrator Ole Larsen. They live in a small, quiet village an hour's drive from Copenhagen.


      Jennifer Seibel Newsom 

      Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, former actress, advocate for women, girls, and their families, and a mother of young children. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. In response to the film, Newsom launched, a call-to-action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential. In 2012 Jennifer was also an Executive Producer of the Oscar-Nominated documentary, The Invisible War, which unveils the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. And, she is currently producing her next documentary series, The Mask You Live In, which exposes the extremes of masculinity imposed on our boys and men and the resulting sociological, economic, and political ramifications across society. Newsom received both her B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their three young children.

      Diane Baker

      Diane has worked with Anthony Hopkins and Director Jonathan Demme in Silence of the Lambs, and her most recent television credits include several episodes of “House, MD,” “Law and Order, SVU,” “ER” with Noah Wyle and five episodes of HBO’s “Unscripted,” Directed by George Clooney.  Other television credits include “First Monday in October” starring James Garner, “The Blue and the Grey, Inherit the Wind” (for which she received an Emmy Nomination.) About Sarah, and CBS’ four hour miniseries, Jackie O, in the role of Rose Kennedy.

      Diane’s first effort as a producer came in the self-financed documentary, Ashiana, which dealt with the end of feudalism and the beginning of democracy in India then followed by Grandpa Doc Starring Melvyn Douglas and Barbara Rush, Directed by Randal Kleiser.  Several other award winning documentaries followed, including HBO’s To Climb a Mountain. and Emmy nominated Miracles in the Making.  She produced the film Never Never Land in London starring Petula Clark and Cathleen Nesbitt, which opened the door for a future project, the six hour mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance, which recieved an Emmy nomination for Best Mini-Series.

      She has received numerous honors and awards, including multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Irvine in Southern California, and Cinecom Career Award in 2005 given at the legendary Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.  Ms. Baker has been a Motion Picture Academyy of Arts and Sciences voting member since early in her career.   Additionally, Diane studied Telecommunications and Political Science at the University of Southern California.  She is on the Advisory Board of the Documentary Channel.  Diane also serves on the Board of Directors of Roots of Peace, an international non-profit organization working to unearth dangerous landmines in war-torn countries and empower the local communities to build sustainable crops on land once too dangerous to traverse.  The Roots of peace model is Demine/Replant/Rebuild.


       Featured Moderator

      Jesse Ficks


      There will be no at the door sales for this event. 


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