A Note from Robert ReevesAssociate Provost, Southampton Graduate Arts Campus
Dramatic changes in the film industry—as an art, as a business—have opened a unique opportunity for Stony Brook to create a high-profile, innovative, advanced master’s level training program in visual storytelling, built around an association with Christine Vachon and Killer Films, her highly regarded film production company.
The MFA in Creative Writing and Literature has been offering screenwriting courses since its formation at Stony Brook in 2006.
In 2008 we launched the Southampton Screenwriting Conference, a cluster of intensive, 3-credit, graduate-level writing workshops held every July, bringing to campus such luminaries as Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer, Bonnie and Clyde), Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me), film critic Molly Haskell, Gene Saks, actor Alec Baldwin, Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), Alexander Payne (The Decendants, About Schmidt, Sideways), and Chris Weitz (About a Boy, New Moon—The Twilight Saga).
In 2011, we began to offer courses in digital filmmaking, led by Emmy Award winning writer-director Mitchell Kriegman.
This past summer we brought Christine Vachon’s Master Class in Independent Filmmaking to campus, and seized the opportunity to work with her to develop a stand-alone film MFA program in Visual Storytelling.