Department of Communication Studies

Documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry visits UNI, Oct. 15-17

Two-time Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry comes to UNI Oct. 15-17 for the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series.

Curry will host a screening of 2012 Academy Award nominee for best documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation  (Lang Hall Auditorium, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.) The film tells the story of a radical environmentalist who faced life in prison for burning two Oregon timber facilities. It won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Documentary Editing, and was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award.

On Oct. 16, Curry will host screenings of the Academy Award nominated documentary Street Fight (Lang Hall Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.) and Racing Dreams (Lang Hall Auditorium, 8:30 p.m.)  Street Fight won the Audience Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Festival. It also received the Jury Prize for Best International Documentary at Hot Docs and was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award. Racing Dreams follows two boys and a girl who dream of one day racing in NASCAR. The film won numerous awards including the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.

In 2005, Filmmaker Magazine selected Curry as one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” and he was awarded the International Documentary Association’s Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. In 2007, he received an International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes.

Curry has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Duke, New York University and other colleges, and he has served on juries for the International Documentary Association, Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs.  He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Marshall lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The series is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communication Studies, the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, numerous Friends of the Series, and directed by Documentary Filmmaker-in-Residence and Adjunct Instructor David O’Shields.