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Exclusive Screening of Slow Learners
The screening will be preceded by a discussion with Tiehel-Stedman and fellow alumna and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance Michelle Volanksy ’90.
Graduating from Washington College in 1986, Tiehel-Stedman was an international studies major and a member of the varsity lacrosse team, where she became the college’s fourth-highest all-time scorer with 164 points. In 2004 she was inducted into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also the winner of the 2001 Alumni Citation Award, which goes to an alumnus who “has made a significant contribution to, or accomplishment in his or her field of endeavor.”
Tiehel-Stedman received her Master of Fine arts from the American Film Institute in 1997. Since graduating, she has gone on to produce over 100 hours of film for television, including numerous documentary specials for TLC and The Discovery Channel. She has also produced numerous films, including the short film My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York, which won the 2000 Oscar for “Best Short Film—Live Action.”
In an interview with The Dream Share Project, Tiehel-Stedman remarked that, “Growing up, I thought filmmaking was something only people in Los Angeles could do and that I should just get a ‘real’ job. While attending Washington College, I took my first film class and it opened up a whole new world for me. Our teacher showed us a few low-budget independent productions and it was the first time I ever thought, ‘This is something I can do.’” Her latest film Slow Learners stars Adam Pally and Sarah Burns as two friends who, when they find themselves with no romantic prospects and nothing to lose, go after a wild summer of booze and sex to become the cool, sexy, dangerous people they want to be.
Slow Learners is rated R. The discussion and screening will begin at 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 12 and will be held in Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall. Both screening and discussion are free and open to the public, and popcorn will be provided.