Director of The Kings of Summer joins Woodbury for Rethinking Media Series

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of The Kings of Summer, visited Armen Karaoghlanian's Rethinking Media Series class on Thursday, October 3rd, for a Q&A following a screening of his film.

The director offered advice for aspiring filmmakers and shared his experiences of making his first feature film.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts spoke about the challenges of living in Los Angeles as an aspiring filmmaker and the obstacles he was faced with while making his first feature film. “The best thing you can do is fail,” said Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who started his career producing short comedy videos.

In addition, he also shared his experience of reading writer Chris Galletta’s screenplay for the first time, stating he had never laughed out loud while reading a script. “I thought it was a joke,” he commented, in disbelief over the fact that a director wasn’t attached to the project. The director also spoke in detail about film criticism and his appreciation for film critics that articulate their personal feelings about films, rather than offering general summaries.

The Kings of Summer premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. The film was subsequently purchased by CBS Films and received a limited U.S. release in May 2013. The film was also recently the number one independent film on iTunes.

The Rethinking Media Series features film screenings throughout the school year and welcomes industry professionals, such as writers, directors, producers and actors for Q&As. These Q&As and discussions are open to the campus community. The Rethinking Media Series will welcome Hrach Titizian from Showtime's Homeland on October 17th and Charles Baker from AMC's Breaking Bad on October 24th. You can find a photo from the event here: www.facebook.com/woodburyu