Academy Award Nominee visits the Cinema Studies Institute

Cinema Studies graduate student Stephanie Lam shares her impressions of screenwriter Tim Sexton's visit to CSI.


Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton

As part of the Cinema Studies Institute’s Universal Screenwriter-in-Residence program, students and faculty enjoyed a special day-long visit from award winning screenwriter Timothy Sexton.  Sexton’s screenplay for the futuristic dystopian tale, Children of Men (2006) -- adapted from P.D. James’ novel of the same name and co-written with director Alfonso Cuarón -- earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Sexton is also the recipient of the 2002 Paul Selvin Award for For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2003 for his work on Live from Baghdad

The afternoon unfolded with a well-attended Screenwriting class where Sexton presented some practical tips for aspiring writers and offered personal reflections on the creative process and the film industry at large.  Sexton contributed his knowledge, warmth and sense of humor to the open discussion period that followed his presentation, attending to questions from students with thoughtfulness and respect. 

Following an intimate reception with students and faculty, Sexton presented a screening of Children of Men to a packed Innis Town Hall.  The day’s events culminated in a lively post-screening Question & Answer session that was kick-started by two thought-provoking talks given by Professor Corinn Columpar and Professor Rob King of the Cinema Studies Institute.  Sexton’s visit no doubt provided a rare opportunity for students, faculty and industry creatives to gather together and share their sometimes divergent, but always inspiring thoughts on filmmaking as a form of cultural practice.


                                                                                                Stephanie Lam
MA Student


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