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    SULA hosts Pixar screening and talkback

    October 17, 2016

    pixarClick here to view the photo gallery from the event

    The lobby of the Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood was a tight squeeze for the mass of Syracuse University alumni, students, and guests who attended a special screening of the PIXAR animated film “Inside Out” on Sep. 28 followed by a discussion with studio heads.

    “Inside Out” follows the life of an 11 year old girl named Riley and her personified emotions – joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust – that live inside her head. More than 200 guests attended the event that began with a pre-screening reception where alumni and students currently participating in the SULA Semester program had the opportunity to mingle. The screening began with SULA’s Assistant Vice President of Regional Programs, Joan L. Adler, welcoming the crowd and encouraging the audience to prepare questions for the panel following the screening.

    The all-SU alumni panel included Pixar Animation Studio President Jim Morris ’77, G’78, “Inside Out” Screenwriter Meg LeFauve ’87, and DisneyToon Studios Senior Vice President/General Manager Meredith Roberts ’88. Each panelist reflected on his or her time at Syracuse, how they achieved their career goals, the making of “Inside Out,” and answered questions from the audience about the production process.

    “We ask two questions at Disney: why do I need to buy this ticket? And why opening weekend,” Roberts said. 

    LeFauve said the ‘why’ factor for audiences is centered on the stories being told. This is still the driving force pushing viewers to the theaters.

    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. 

    Brendan Germain, a senior Television Radio Film major currently participating in the SULA Semester program, contributed to this article