Creative Speaker Series: "Digital Horror"

Friday, October 24, 2014; 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Campus Location: Visual Arts Building, Auditorium(132)
Cost: Free and open to the public

An examination of the modern American horror tale and its shifting character in an era of technological evolution


Daniel Powell - Dan is a Professor of English (composition, film criticism, and literature) at Florida State College at Jacksonville and a current UCF Texts & Technology doctoral student. He has taught a number of special topics courses at FSCJ on subjects ranging from contemporary ghost stories to the uncanny in American literature.


Barry Sandler currently teaches screenwriting in the Film department here at UCF. With a BA and MFA from UCLA Film School, Barry Sandler has written screenplays for numerous
motion pictures, including CRIMES OF PASSION, THE MIRROR CRACK’D, EVIL UNDER THE SUN, THE DUCHESS AND THE DIRTWATER FOX, THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, GABLE AND LOMBARD, ALL-AMERICAN MURDER, THE LONERS, THE VALLEY, EVIL NEVER DIES, THE KANSAS CITY BOMBER, and the groundbreaking classic MAKING LOVE, the first major studio film to present a positive portrayal of gay people. His newest film, Knock 'em Dead, is a horror/comedy that will be released on
November 7.

Robin Cowie is a film and television producer and UCF alum, known for his work on The Blair Witch Project (1999), V/H/S/2(2013) and Lovely Molly (2011). A former commercial producer for the Golf Channel in Orlando, Rob was recently appointed Creative Director for the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Rob’s latest horror film, EXISTS, opens October 24 at Universal.

Zach Beckler is a filmmaker and graduate of UCF Film. His short film, Sèance (2012), has played at festivals around the world, including Fantastic Fest 2012, Florida Film Festival 2012, and Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2013. The sequel, Where Is Alice?, was an Official Selection of the Florida Film Festival 2014 and Knoxville Horror Film Festival 2014. His debut feature film, INTERIOR, a continuation of his short film projects, is an Official Selection of Freak Show Horror Film Festival 2014 and Atlanta Horror Film Festival 2014.

Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay are a husband and wife writing team who has written television pilots and award-winning short films, and their first feature film premiered on cable television in 2014. Their first book, The Anatomy of Fear: Conversations with Cult Horror and Science-Fiction Filmmakers, was released on September 15 by NorLights Press.

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