'Temple Grandin' screenwriter to discuss creative work

Director and screenwriter Christopher Monger will offer a screening and discussion of his work in a free public appearance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center auditorium.

Christopher MongerMonger, an artist-in-residence for SUNY Oswego’s “Telling Tales” initiative, has directed such feature films as “The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain,” starring Hugh Grant; “Waiting for the Light,” with Shirley MacLaine; and “Voice Over,” starring Ian McNeice.

The Welsh-born artist was Emmy-nominated for the screenplay of the 2010 HBO biopic “Temple Grandin,” about an autistic woman, played by Claire Danes, who became one of the top scientists in the humane livestock-handling industry. The movie earned seven Emmy Awards and was named the American Film Institute’s Television Program of the Year for 2010.

Working with students at SUNY Oswego during his residency, Monger has stressed the need to identify and develop a healthy creative process, regardless of the artistic discipline one wishes to pursue. In today’s competitive market, successful artists must bring something of themselves and their experience to their art form, he said.

“I have worked as a journalist, exhibited paintings, directed theatre and written and directed films,” Monger said. “Uniting my work in all these fields is an emphasis on process rather than the final product.”

Monger’s two-part SUNY Oswego residency will include class talks on cinema production and careers in filmmaking. Artswego’s “Telling Tales: The Arts and Discovery” is a fall-to-spring effort in which artists-in-residence work with students, faculty and the community to explore and engage with the many ways humans tell stories through art, literature, music and performance.

Parking is free in campus lots for those attending this appearance.

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(Posted: Jan 16, 2012)