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Visiting Speakers and Other Events

Connect with Vandy-in-Hollywood. 


This month, in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Career Center and the VU Cinema & Media Arts Dept., we kick off our Vandy-in-Hollywood Virtual Screening & Speaker Series, featuring online screenings of features, shorts, and TV shows made by Vandy alumni and students… as well as interactive panels and speaker sessions with VU grads now working in entertainment.

This comes after the incredible response to this summer’s ViH Speaker Series. In previous summers, the speaker series has been an exclusive live event for VIH interns in L.A. This year, the pandemic forced us online, and we were finally able to invite the larger ViH community. Now, after such an enthusiastic response to the summer’s program, we’re able to include the entire Vanderbilt community… and also begin having online screenings and other events!

To kick off the series, we’re excited to announce our first event: a screening of writer/director Sam Friedlander’s (A&S, ’00) award-winning feature, Babysplitters, which is also the product of several other young Vandy filmmakers’ work!

Here’s the scoop:

Babysplitters Screening & Filmmaker Panel


• Sunday, 9/27 — 5:00 pm (PT) / 6:00 pm (MT) / 7:00 p.m. (CT) / 8:00 p.m. (ET)

• Meet and chat with the Vandy filmmakers who made the movie! We’ll have a fun, lively discussion with:

Sam Friedlander — Writer/Director
Alicia Robbins — Director of Photography
Jackson McKeever — Production Assistant (and former ViH intern)
Josh Golombek — Production Assistant (and former ViH intern)
Mahtub Machanloo — Production Assistant

• To participate, simply RSVP via the link below.

• RSVP link:


• The movie will be available for Commodores to screen for free one week before the panel, from Sunday 9/20 — Sunday 9/27, via a private, password-protected Vimeo page.

To view the film, via Vimeo, simply RSVP via the link below. The Vimeo link and password will then be emailed to you on Sunday, 9/20.

• RSVP link:

• You can also rent or buy the film, available to view now, via Apple, Amazon Prime, Vudu, or several other streaming services. You can find a complete list of services here:


Babysplitters — Winner of the 2019 Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival, and a selection of over 15 film festivals worldwide, Variety called the movie “Deeply moving and thoroughly entertaining” and FilmThreat said it was “A true crowd pleaser full of warmth and insight”.

Writer/Director: Sam Friedlander
Starring: Danny Pudi (Mythic Quest, Community, Star Trek Beyond), Maiara Walsh (The Last Ship, Zombieland), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Emily C. Chang (The Vampire Diaries), and Eddie Alfano (Shameless)

The story follows Jeff (Pudi) and Sarah (Chang), a couple struggling to come to an agreement about having a baby. Jeff wants to be a father eventually but is afraid to lock himself into his current job situation. Meanwhile, Sarah, nearing 35, feels her biological clock ticking and is impatient to start trying. Friends of the couple, Don (Alfano) and Taylor (Walsh), have the opposite problem. Don has a successful business and is ready to be a dad, but Taylor, an aspiring dancer, is worried that the toll on her body and career will be too much. When the two couples hatch a plan to conceive and share one baby between them, it seems like they may have found the perfect compromise — until things spiral out of control.


CENSORED: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture – Film & Speaker Series – Spring 2020


More information can be found here

Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour

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Thursday 1/30 as part of our iLens program we will be presenting films from the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Program 1.

More information about the film festival tour can be found here and more information about our iLens program can be found here.


The Creative Career Path: Life After the Cinema Major

Friday 10/18 from 3-4:30pm
CMA Atrium, Buttrick Basement

Cinema and Media Arts invites current students and alumni to visit us in our newly renovated space and participate in an alumni panel on post-graduation careers. Come share your experience and ask questions. Reception follows. For more information, email To R.S.V.P., email mary.c.parkison@Vanderbilt.Edu

Rachel Abeshouse (VU class of 2013, B.A. in Film Studies, B.A. in Neuroscience)

Rachel Abeshouse is a Nick kid: She’s currently the Audio Manager/Producer on Nick Jr.’s forthcoming Santiago of the Seas; before that an Associate Producer on Nickelodeon’s Welcome to the Wayne; and before that, an Executive Assistant then Production Coordinator on Dora the Explorer and Dora and Friends: Into the City. She’s worked across many aspects of production, including in audio, casting, design, writing, boards, and post. She loves to make media that encourages kids to be gritty, goofy, and good humans.



Jeannette Francis (VU Class of 2010, B.A. in Film Studies)

Jeannette Francis is a film executive at Bad Robot Productions, the production company behind such films as 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, OVERLORD and the STAR TREK and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchises. Prior to this she worked as an executive at director James Wan’s production company, Atomic Monster, and STX Films.