Contact

Lisa Zeidner
Director of Film Studies
zeidner@camden.rutgers.edu

Upcoming Events

Toni KalemAn Evening with Toni Kalem

***UPDATE***
This event has been postponed till the Fall Semester.


Toni Kalem wrote the screenplay and directed the movie based on Anne Tyler’s third novel, A Slipping-Down Life, starring Lili Taylor and Guy Pierce (1999). It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  She has also written the screenplay for Rutgers-Camden professor Lisa Zeidner’s fourth novel, Layover, and is in development to direct the movie.

Born in the suburbs of New Jersey, Toni Kalem began her acting career in the late 70s, and her first prominent part was in “The Wanderers” (1979). She’s also done soap opera and TV work, and is best known for her performance as Angie Bonpensiero, the long-suffering wife of Big Pussy on “The Sopranos”(1999). She has written for “The Sopranos” and the series “The Big C” as well.

Toni will talk about careers in acting, screenwriting, and directing, the challenges of adapting novels for the screen, the challenges for women in Hollywood, and the realities of making independent films.  Clips from “A Slipping Down Life” and “The Sopranos” will be shown.

Her talk will be followed by a reception.

Rutgers University-Camden now offers a film minor through its new Film Studies Program. The Film Studies Program is comprised of courses offered by several departments within the university, including: History, Fine Arts, English, Anthropology, German, and French.

This program is a minor and is intended for students in other majors who might be interested in film courses. Students will learn about the history of film as well as how to make them.

For more information on the Film Studies Program contact Lisa Zeidner at zeidner@camden.rutgers.edu.