Why do so many “message movies” feel like sermons and not like entertainment? Can a work of fiction change someone’s mind about the real world? With a presentation that touches on Blaise Pascal, Leo Tolstoy, and the Simpsons, Oscar-nominated director Timothy Reckart proposes a few ideas on why fiction might be the best and also the worst medium for persuasion, plus a discussion of what artists can learn from Monica Lewinsky. Includes a screening of Head Over Heels.
Timothy Reckart is an Oscar-nominated director specializing in stop-motion animation. His animated short, Head Over Heels, won the Cartoon d’Or and the first Annie Award for Student Film and was nominated for an Academy Award. He has a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University and an M.A. in directing animation from the National Film & Television School. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Timothy now lives in Los Angeles.