Are superhero movies cinema? It’s a big debate within the industry and ASU Film Spark is diving in by hosting Q&A sessions with top Hollywood professionals for everyone to stream on the Film Spark YouTube channel. While three have already occurred, there is still one more live-stream to come on Monday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. featuring Matt Tolmach, producer and executive producer, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” ”Venom,” “Jumanji” and “Future Man”.
ASU Film Spark welcomes anyone who is interested in hearing from some of the people who help create your favorite films to join them for the event. If you miss it, no worries. You can always catch up by watching the videos.
This series features conversations with cinematographers, producers and other Hollywood professionals who aim to answer the question, “Are Superhero Movies Cinema?” Past speakers you can watch include:
Scott Derrickson, director, “Doctor Strange” (Video pending clearance)
Larry Sher, cinematographer, “Joker” and “The Hangover” — Watch his session here
Chris Edwards, founder/CEO of visualization studio THE THIRD FLOOR, “Avengers: Endgame”; “The Mandalorian”; “Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker” (Video pending clearance)
“Martin Scorsese’s claim that superhero movies aren’t cinema gives aspiring filmmakers the chance to think hard about the definition of ‘cinema,’” said Adam Collis, founding director of ASU Film Spark.
“And who better to explore this question than some of the best filmmakers working today. ASU Film Spark has been sharing this special class with our friends at Santa Monica College, and, during these stay-at-home times, we are honored and excited to now share the class with anyone who loves movies, cinema or both.”
“I’m proud to have been the first industry guest Adam connected to ASU back in 2009, when we did a video conference with his students,” said Lawrence Sher, cinematographer for “Joker” and “The Hangover” series.
“Since then, I’ve seen Film Spark and the film program grow in astonishing ways. ASU really is the most innovative school in the nation, and their students are spectacular. Our exploration of the superhero genre and the definition of cinema was a blast and one of the more thought-provoking conversations I’ve had on the subject.”
Guests who would like to receive an email reminder on the day of the event as well as updates about future events may RSVP here. RSVPs are not required and you may view the live session by visiting the Film Spark YouTube channel at 8:30 p.m. on April 27 or anytime after.