American actor, screenwriter, producer and film and television director Carl Franklin will give insight and advice about the film industry to California State University, Northridge students at the screening of his neo-noir film, “Devil in a Blue Dress.”
The event takes place Wednesday, April 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. in CSUN’s Armer Screening Room in Manzanita Hall on the south side of campus, located at 18111 Nordhoff St. Members of the community are invited to attend the event. A Q&A with Franklin will follow the screening.
“The Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) department prides itself on its abilities to introduce students to filmmakers in the industry,” said Dianah Wynter, CSUN CTVA professor. “You could buy a ticket to a movie theater but you’re not going to get the opportunity to have a conversation with the person who made the film and know the journey of their career.”
The film was based off of the mystery-fiction book, “Devil in a Blue Dress,” by Walter Mosley. Although Franklin’s breakout film was the independent movie “One False Move,” he is best known for “Devil in A Blue Dress.”
“We’re celebrating a classic film with the filmmaker,” said Wynter. “‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ explores a unique aspect of life in post-war Los Angeles; the city is not only a sultry backdrop, but it’s also a character itself in a searing social dialogue, that is shared cinematically with the rest of the world.”
Franklin is also known for his work as a director on “House of Cards” and “Homeland.” He recently won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for his work as a director on the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” Currently, he is a director and executive producer for the TNT series “One Day She’ll Darken.”
The event is hosted by the CTVA department. For more information on the event please call (818) 677-3192 or visit the CTVA event website.