Documentary filmmaker Bill Shebar will address “Of Poetry and Pixels: The Power of a Liberal Arts Education in TV, Film and Journalism” on Oct. 25

Documentary filmmaker Billy Shebar will discuss how being a philosophy major at Harvard and an English MA student at King’s College, London, has formed his filmmaking work for the BBC, Showtime, and other media outlets. This event will take place on October 25 at 4:30.

Shebar is a writer, director and producer of TV series and independent films. He helped develop, and produced two episodes of, the new documentary series Dark Net which premieres on Showtime in January 2016. An Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Shebar has made TV documentaries and episodes for major networks including PBS (America by the Numbers, History Detectives), Discovery (King Tut Unwrapped), A&E (The First 48), and TNT (Boston’s Finest).

Shebar has also written several narrative features, including Dark Matter (2007), which starred Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, and Aidan Quinn. Dark Matter won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was chosen for Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects series.  The New York Times called it “a movie of ideas that does an exemplary job of translating scientific speculation into layman’s language,” and TV Guide called it a “hypnotic, culturally pertinent drama.”  His previous screenplay, 50 Ways to a Better Memory, won the Grand Prize at CineStory, and was read at Nuyorican Poets’ Café’s acclaimed Fifth Night series. To learn more about Shebar, visit his bio page or view a detailed listing of his work.


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