Hollywood Producer Herskovitz to Screen ‘quarterlife’

Posted: June 18, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz

American film director, writer and producer Marshall Herskovitz will visit Mason’s Fairfax Campus this week as part of the Mason Festival of the Arts to screen his innovative web-to-television series, “quarterlife.”

Herskovitz has produced Hollywood films such as “Blood Diamond,” “The Last Samurai” and “Traffic,” and he is the creator and executive producer of TV’s “thirtysomething” as well as “My So-Called Life.”

President of the Producers Guild of America, Herskovitz will be at Mason on Friday, June 20, when “quarterlife” will be shown in the Johnson Center Cinema at 7:30 p.m. The show is about a group of artists in their mid-20s who are coming of age in the digital generation. Following the screening, Herskovitz will lead a question-and-answer session. This is a free event.

Herskovitz will also be the keynote speaker at the Theater Lover’s Day luncheon at George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center on Saturday, June 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. A repeat screening of “quarterlife” will take place at the Johnson Center Cinema at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Known for their insightful portrayal of relationships and experiences during life stages, Herskovitz and his longtime collaborator Edward Zwick developed “quarterlife,” which focuses on the crucial years between ages 20 and 30, when so many important life decisions are made. The show features six young creative men and women who chronicle their thoughts and experiences through blogging and social networking. The show debuted online late last year.

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Like Herskovitz and Zwick’s earlier series, “quarterlife” is committed to realism and recognizing universal human themes through the truthful depiction of the ways young people interact with each other and find their way through life, love and careers.

The show starts with Dylan (Bitsie Tulloch), a young woman who reveals secrets about her roommates and closest friends on her videoblog on quarterlife.com. After discovering Dylan’s blog, her friends – filmmakers Danny (David Walton) and Jed (Scott Michael Foster), actress-bartender Lisa (Maite Schwartz), geek Andy (Kevin Christy) and still-tied-to-her-parents Debra (Michelle Lombardo) – all begin blogging about their own lives, relationships, work and creative projects. Additionally, the social networking web site, quarterlife.com, which was launched along with the show, has become an international destination with members in 60 countries.

Born in Philadelphia, Herskovitz attended Brandeis University before moving to Los Angeles in 1975, where he attended the American Film Institute and met creative partner Zwick.

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP is the Festival Principal Sponsor, and Boeing Corporation is the Festival Theater Sponsor. Marshall Herskovitz and “quarterlife” Weekend is the Film Event Sponsor.

The Theater Lover’s Day package is $60, and includes the luncheon with Herskovitz, plus one ticket to each of the day’s events, including the 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances of “Two-Bit Taj Mahal” and “Mariela in the Desert,” as well as the 8 p.m. performance of “Love’s Comedy.” The luncheon only is $20 and includes the Saturday screening of “quarterlife.” Tickets for the Mason Film Festival are $5 for a day pass.

Charge tickets by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com. Festival discount packages are available at the Concert Hall box office at 703-993-2787.

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