Cinematographer and director Ferne Pearlstein, whose film The Last Laugh, will screen in Bozeman at the Ellen on Monday, September 11, will be a guest in the VCB to visit with SFP students on Tuesday, September 12, from 4-5:30 PM in VCB 150. This session is free and open to all students and faculty in the SFP and other departments as well.

Ferne Pearlstein won the Best Cinematography Prize for feature documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for her work on Imelda. A graduate of both the International Center for Photography and the Stanford University MA Program in Documentary Film, Pearlstein is one of a handful of female cinematographers featured in Kodak's long-running "On Film" advertising campaign. She has worked on over 30 acclaimed films. A detailed filmography may be found at  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1119279/?ref_=nv_sr_1.

In The Last Laugh comics, actors, filmmakers and concentration camp survivors discuss the ramifications and ethical dilemmas of using the Holocaust as a topic for humor. An all-star cast of comedians including Mel Brooks, Carl and Rob Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, David Steinberg, Sarah Silverman, and Harry Shearer join Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone in the conversation.  Described as “star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, The Last Laugh dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave you both laughing and appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of events that make you want to cry.” The film has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The trailer may be seen here:


For tickets to the Monday evening screening, please visit the Ellen Theatre website at https://theellentheatre.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S0W00000WCQqmUAH.


Simen Johan, a renowned Norwegian-Swedish contemporary artist, photographer and sculptor will be speaking at Montana State University in the first week of October 2017.  A detailed schedule will be announced at a later date.