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November 14 , 2003

Hollywood Designer to Discuss Her Film Work

Jeannine Oppewall, one of the leading production designers in Hollywood, will speak at Mount Holyoke on November 21 about her work in the film industry. Oppewall’s design credits include Seabiscuit, Pleasantville, and LA Confidential. She recently received an award from the Art Director’s Guild for Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, coming out ahead of such films as Lord of the Rings and Chicago.

Oppewall began working as a set designer in Hollywood in the early 1980s and worked her way up through the ranks as art director, and finally production designer. Over the course of her career she has worked on more than 30 films, including Tender Mercies, Cat People, and Snow Falling on Cedars. “Jeannine is a woman who has been very successful in a profession dominated by men,” said Robin Blaetz, visiting associate professor in film studies.

Oppewall graduated in 1968 from Calvin College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan and received a master’s degree in medieval studies. Blaetz said Oppewall’s success demonstrates the “need to see and study not only all of film history but the history of all the arts and history in general. It is this palette of ideas and images provided by a liberal arts education that separates the film artist from the mere technician.”

Oppewall’s talk will be held Friday, November 21, at 3 pm in Room 220 of the Art Building.






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