Carnegie Mellon University

Movies play a central role in our lives. They stir our emotions. They move us to the edge of our seats. They touch our hearts. And while movie theaters are closed and film premieres are on hold, we still love our favorite pastime. 

We are putting the spotlight on films that feature Carnegie Mellon University alumni with the inaugural Tartans in Film series.  Join us to celebrate the work that happens on and off the screen of our favorite films. 

You’ll get exclusive behind-the-scenes insights from special guests, discuss the films with fellow Tartans and join a star-studded lineup of alumni. 

It’s the hottest ticket around!

Friday, August 7

6 p.m.
Join Tris Jahanian for a special Tartans in Film kickoff introducing an exciting alumni lineup and six films.

6:15 p.m. 
Get an exclusive look at what happens behind the camera from alumni lighting designers Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer and visual effects designer Jeremy Lasky (A 1995).  


Available on: Prime Video | YouTube 

7 p.m.
Producer Paula Wagner (A, Trustee) shares an insider view of the making of "Marshall."

7:15 p.m.
Join actor Josh Gad (A 2003) and Joe Trotter, Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, to explore the history behind the film

Blade Runner

Available on: iTunes | Prime Video | Vudu

The Role of A.I. and Technology in Society Panel

10 p.m.
Alex ChouldechovaEstella Loomis McCandless Assistant Professor of Statistics and Public Policy, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
David Danks, L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Stephanie Rosenthal (CS 2007, 2009, 2012), assistant teaching professor, School of Computer Science
Ralph Vituccio (CMU 2012), teaching professor, Entertainment Technology Center

Wear your 80’s dystopian best! Share with us on social media using #TartansinFilm

Saturday, August 8


Available on: Disney+ | iTunes | Prime Video | Vudu | YouTube

10 a.m.
Actor Ming-Na Wen (A 1986) kicks off a favorite family film.


Available on: HBOMax | Hulu | iTunes | Prime Video | Showtime | Vudu 

2 p.m.
Lighting designers Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer introduce the Academy Award-winning film.

4 p.m.
After the screening, "Chicago" director Rob Marshall (A 1982) holds a special movie discussion. 

Wear your Roaring 20’s (1920 or 2020) best! Show off you flapper dresses, zoot suits, bandeaus, beads and everything between! Share with us on Instagram at #TartansinFilm


Available on: iTunes | Prime Video | Vudu | YouTube 

7 p.m.
Mike Smith, professor of information technology and marketing, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, introduces the film.

8:30 p.m.
After the screening, “1982” writer, director and producer Tommy Oliver (DC 2006) holds an exclusive Q&A.

Black Panther

Available on: Disney+ | iTunes | Prime Video | Vudu | YouTube

10 p.m.
Start your "Black Panther" viewing with visual effects designer Jeremy Lasky (A 1995), principal/founder: Perception.

Visit the Marvel HQ Black Panther Landing Page for fun behind-the-scenes character information as well as online games to get a deeper dive into the movie.

Sunday, August 9

1:45 p.m.
Join us for a rebroadcast of an exclusive look at what happens behind the camera with alumni lighting designers Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer and visual effects designer Jeremy Lasky (A 1995).

ua-20-304_tartansinfilmsq_02encore.pngChicago Matinee and Live Twitter Tribute
2:30 p.m.
Actress and alumna Gabrielle McClinton (A 2011) will be live on Twitter to share her experiences performing in "Chicago" on Broadway.

Follow along on Twitter

A Salute to Chicago
Ask the Director

5 p.m. 
Join us as the curtain closes on this special weekend.  

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Revisit your favorite film from the weekend by programming your Sunday night.