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RIT Faculty Speakers Film Series Continues with “Zero Dark Thirty” and Professor Skip Battaglia on January 21 at 6 p.m. at the Little Theatre

(Rochester, New York) January 16, 2013 – The Little Theatre, in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation, present their annual RIT Faculty Speaker Film Series. The series, which runs the third Monday of every month, kicks off on Monday, January 21 at 6 p.m. with Professor Skip Battaglia, who has been an animator and filmmaker for more than 20 years. Professor Battaglia will introduce the first film of the season “Zero Dark Thirty” and lead a discussion after the film. Tickets for the screening are $5 as part of “The Little Theatre’s $5 Mondays.”

The RIT Faculty Speaker Film Series discussions are structured so both casual viewers and film enthusiasts have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn more about the films in the series. The goal is to gain a better understanding of films—with behind-the-scenes stories and experiences or general analysis.

About Skip Battaglia:
Battaglia has been making animated film shorts for 20 years. His animations provide a type of personalized cartoon argument. "At a time when it is so easy to make a realistic image with photography and video and computer, the hand drawing of a motion picture can be regarded as an act of criticism".

He has received grants for his animations from the New York State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute and a Fulbright grant to teach animation at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Battaglia teaches courses in Scriptwriting for Animation, Digital Audio Production, Film History and Criticism, 16mm Film Production and advises on graduate MFA theses.

About the “Zero Dark Thirty”:
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

About the Little Theatre Film Society:
The Little Theatre opened in 1929 and established not-for-profit status in 1998. The non-profit screens more than 100 American independent and foreign films for the greater Rochester community each year. It also hosts a varied slate of art shows, film festivals and series, and music throughout the year. The Little provides filmmakers, local musicians, and fine artists a professional space to share their visions with a diverse audience and to discuss their work through educational talkbacks. www.thelittle.org

About RIT:
Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 17,500 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges as well as its Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 names RIT as a ‘Best Buy,’ and The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT among the “Great Colleges to Work For 2011.”


RIT Faculty Speakers Film Series: Screening of “Zero Dark Thirty” followed by a discussion lead by RIT School of Film and Animation Professor Skip Battaglia, who has been an animator and filmmaker for more than 20 years.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6 pm, discussion to follow directly after the film.
Tickets: “The Little Theatre’s $5 Mondays”= $5 tickets


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