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Bring Paul Thomas Anderson to Emerson College

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I'll keep this short and simple.

Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) is one of the greatest auteurs of the 21st century. He's a six-time Oscar nominee and is the only person to win directing awards at all the top international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, and Venice). His 2007 film There Will Be Blood was recently ranked by the New York Times as the best film of the 21st century so far. If for some reason you're unfamiliar with his work:

Before PTA began directing features, he spent a year studying English at Emerson College and was even taught by David Foster Wallace. However, he left once Wallace left and used the money he saved to make his short film Cigarettes & Coffee. It was a hit at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival and launched his career. 25 years later, Paul Thomas Anderson's films are constantly in discussion amongst Emerson students. He has a pure sense of focus, emotion, and energy, unlike any other director. He creates characters and worlds that stick with the audience well after viewing. He also takes risks: making frogs fall from the sky, harmoniums appear out of nowhere, and even getting Mark Wahlberg to expose himself. Overall, he expresses himself and impacts his viewers in a way that all filmmakers aspire to.

Emerson College already hosts bi-weekly screenings of independent films followed by discussions with the filmmakers, known as the Bright Lights Film Series. I speak on behalf of the student body in saying that we welcome Paul Thomas Anderson to join this series and come back to Emerson to host a screening/discussion of one of his films. Whether it be one of his classics or his new film set to release this Christmas, we'd love to have him share his experience, knowledge, and passion with the young artists at Emerson.

If Paul Thomas Anderson or his management at Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles gets notice of this petition, please contact Anna Feder ( She is the Director of Programming in the Visual Media Arts department at Emerson College and curates the Bright Lights film series.

Thank you, and please share this petition with other Emerson students and alumni!


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