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March 12, 2013

In Memory

International Film Festival Adds Tribute to Professor Paul Goodman

By Shilo Rea

The late Paul Goodman - a renowned filmmaker, psychologist and University Professor - was an active proponent of introducing global theory and a wide variety of multimedia elements into the classroom.

Goodman, the Richard M. Cyert University Professor of Organizational Psychology in the Tepper School of Business, did this because he thought a well-rounded student needed to be exposed to what is happening in the world.

"When students leave [Carnegie Mellon], I want them to be not just a good chemist or a good linguist," he said. "I want them to have some greater appreciation of global issues."

Goodman died Jan. 24, 2012. To honor his passion for filmmaking and advocacy for global awareness, Goodman's wife, Denise M. Rousseau, University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at the Heinz College and Tepper School of Business, made a gift that established the "Goodman Faces of Work" component to the university's annual International Film Festival.

The permanent feature will incorporate his films with related international films. During his career, Goodman produced more than 20 educational films and documentaries, including a three-part documentary series about work in developing countries. The films, which aired on PBS, offer new and important insight on work and production in such countries as India and Brazil, and Goodman argued that the lessons they taught could benefit American businesses open to new ideas.

The first installment of "Goodman Faces of Work" will debut at this year's festival.

"With this new component, we intend to continue Paul's legacy by reinforcing his vision of integrating the themes of globalization and the work environment into the Carnegie Mellon curriculum, which represents more than 30 professors from every college and school on campus," said Jolanta Lion, director of the film festival. "It also allows us to bring amazing new productions from all over the world to Pittsburgh - all on his behalf."

The first Goodman film screened as part of the series was "Nurse," which premiered with the festival's sneak preview of "Danube Hospital" on Feb 22. "Nurse" analyzes the daily work-life of one of the health industry's most essential employees.

The 2013 International Film Festival will run from March 21 - April 13 at theaters throughout Pittsburgh.

A trio of screenings will include additional Goodman films:

"University President," Goodman's short film that focuses on a Carnegie Mellon University president in his attempt to foster connections among technology, business, and the humanities, will accompany the popular Chinese film "Crocodile in the Yangtze." Screening on Friday, March 22, "Crocodile in the Yangtze" tells the story of the slow yet victorious rise of entrepreneur Jack Ma and his journey building the first Chinese Internet startup company.

"The Lobsterman," a story about a beloved veteran and father who worked as a self-employed lobsterman for 65 years, will screen on March 24 before the showing of the Japanese film "Sushi: The Global Catch."

"Chinese String Quartet," which highlights a group of University of Singapore musicians with entrepreneurial spirits, will play on April 6 before "Fame High," an American film about talented high school students who aspire to become professional artists.

For complete details on CMU's 2013 International Film Festival, the Goodman Faces of Work series and ticket information, visit