Visiting Artists Series 

About the Series

The School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artist Series was founded in 2008 as an educational and community outreach program with the goal of bringing innovative practitioners and industry leaders to the DePaul campus. The mission is threefold: to provide students with opportunities to have direct and meaningful contact with established and emerging innovators and professionals in the field; to raise the national and international profile of the School of Cinematic Arts; and to foster a sense of community among DePaul students, faculty, staff and the professional digital media community at large.

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Recent Artists


Christine Vachon

Moderated by: Jonah Zeiger, Assistant Professor, SCA

Independent film producer Christine Vachon describes the time period she entered the business and her role as a producer.


Werner Herzog

Moderated by: Jonah Zeiger, Assistant Professor, SCA

Oscar-winning director Werner Herzog gives advice to aspiring filmmakers.


Dominic Cianciolo

Moderated by: Jake Elliott

Director Dominic Cianciolo describes mapping the writing process for the video game "Injustice: Gods Among Us".


Steve James

Moderated by: Wendy Roderweiss, Instructor, SCA

Oscar-nominated director Steve James talks about creating "Life Itself" his documentary on the life and career of Roger Ebert.


The Wachowskis

Moderated by: Matt Irvine, Director, SCA

Lana and Andy Wachowski share stories about getting started in the business.


The Harvest

Moderated by: Matt Irvine, Director, SCA

Director, John McNaughton, Producer Steven A. Jones and Actor Michael Shannon share the challenges of filming The Harvest and persevering in the business.


Bob Gale

Moderated by: Matt Irvine, Director, SCA

The Oscar Nominated writer of Back to the Future shares his process for writing a successful screenplay.


Lucy Alibar

Moderated by: Kristyn Benedyk, Assistant Professor, SCA

The Oscar Nominated writer of Beasts of the Southern Wild shares the genesis of her film and thoughts on attaining success.


Scott Campbell

Moderated by: Scott Roberts, Associate Professor, SCA

The illustrator and art director for the popular video game Psychonauts reveals how to create a character, how to build a dynamic portfolio and working successfully as part of a creative team.


Steve Levitan

Moderated by: Jose Soto, Visiting Associate Professor, SCA

The Emmy Award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit TV series Modern Family shares his journey on becoming a producer and selling Modern Family to the networks.


Danny Pudi

Moderated by: Brad Riddell, Assistant Professor, SCA

The actor from the hit comedy series Community talks about the actor/director relationship and his process of creating Abed Nadir.


Tim Robbins and Sister Helen Prejean

Moderated by Jonah Zeiger, Assistant Professor, SCA

The director and writer of Dead Man Walking discuss their working relationship and share the story behind the compelling performances of Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.