Carnegie Mellon University

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

Now Playing: "The Boys in the Band"

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Join CFA alumnus Matt Bomer for a discussion of the process of bringing “The Boys in the Band” from the stage to the screen and what the piece has meant to the LGBTQ+ community.


"Blade Runner"

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"Blade Runner" was produced by alumnus Bud Yorkin (ENG 1948, HON 2006).  

The Role of A.I. and Technology in Society Panel:
Alex Chouldechova, Estella 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 (SCS 2007, 2009, 2012), assistant teaching professor, School of Computer Science
• Ralph Vituccio (CMU 2012), teaching professor, Entertainment Technology Center

Recorded August 2020

"Black Panther"

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"Black Panther’s" main-to-end title sequence and Wakanda technology were designed by alumnus Jeremy Lasky (CFA 1995).

Lasky shares the secrets behind Black Panther’s visual effects.

Recorded August 2020



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Alumnus Tommy Oliver (DC 2006) wrote, directed and produced "1982."

Oliver joins Michael Murphy (HNZ 1986) for an exclusive Q&A.

Watch an introduction to the film by Michael D. Smith, professor of information technology and marketing, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Recorded August 2020

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

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Several Tartans worked on this film, which was shot in Pittsburgh. CFA alumna Ann Roth (CFA 1953) received an Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work on the film.

CFA alumni Gina Cercone (CFA 2019) and Derek St. Pierre (CFA 2021) take us inside the world of costuming and their experience working with Roth on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Recorded April 2021


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"Marshall" was produced by trustee and CFA alumna Paula Wagner and co-produced by CFA alumna Lauren Friedman, who also is an actor in the film.

Wagner shares an insider view of the making of "Marshall."

Recorded August 2020


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"Marshall" stars alumni Josh Gad (CFA 2003) and James Cromwell (CFA 1964). Alumnus Tim Monich (CFA 1973, 1975) worked as a dialect coach on the film.

Gad and Joe Trotter, Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, explore the history behind the film.

Recorded August 2020


"The Iron Giant"

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Laura Harkcom (DC 1993) was the Creative Executive, Director of Creative Affairs and Acting Department Head for "The Iron Giant."

What if the “The Iron Giant” had been a rock opera set in England? Harkcom explains how storytelling can shape the entertainment landscape. Listen in as she discusses the art of crafting a story — and shares a secret scene that was cut from “The Iron Giant.”

Recorded May 2021


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Alumna Ming-Na Wen (CFA 1986) stars in this animated film as "Mulan" and kicks off a favorite family film.

Recorded August 2020



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"Chicago" was directed by alumnus Rob Marshall (CFA 1982), with lighting design by alumni Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer.

Marshall joins Drama professor Rick Edinger for an exclusive Q&A.

Recorded August 2020