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    SULA hosts "Mr. Church" screening and talkback

    October 28, 2016

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    Los Angeles, CA – Syracuse University Los Angeles hosted a special screening of the film “Mr. Church” at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood on Oct. 19 followed by a talkback with members of the cast and crew. More than 100 Syracuse University alumni, students currently participating in the SULA Semester program, and guests attended the event.

    Screenwriter Susan McMartin, producers David Hopwood and Lee Nelson, composer Mark Isham, and actor Christian Madsen participated in the panel discussion moderated by Linda Ellman, an adjunct professor for the SULA Semester and a director/producer herself.

    The film follows a young girl, Charlie, as she and her fatally ill mother, Marie, acquire a new cook, Mr. Church, played by Eddie Murphy. Writer Susan McMartin says the film is “based on a true friendship” from her early life, although she employed artistic license to fictionalize the story. “I wanted to honor this person who gave me everything and asked for nothing,” she said.

    Nelson remarked on the staggering 12 years it took McMartin to get the film made from script to production, “as long as you don’t quit, you haven’t failed.”  

    Syracuse University’s regional Los Angeles office engages with alumni on the West Coast to bring students, parents, alumni, and prospective students together. The SULA center houses an Admissions office; Development, and the LA Semester program - in conjunction with the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and the College of Visual and Performing Arts - for juniors and seniors to come to LA and intern in the entertainment industry and take classes with industry professionals. 

    Written by Brendan Germain, a senior Television Radio Film major currently participating in the SULA Semester program

    Photographs by Rich Prugh Photography