The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clayton State University has announced that renowned marketer, public relations consultant and film producer, Nathan Nazario will guest speak at three classes and give a public presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Nazario will share his expertise and experience in film production at 9:50 a.m. in Jonathan Harris’ Audio Recording Class. This will be followed by a discussion in Dr. Susan McFarlane-Alvarez’ 12:45 p.m. Public Relations Class on tactics being used to promote his film “Old Fashioned” in contrast to the much-anticipated film “Fifty Shades of Grey.” At 3 p.m., Nazario will discuss the cultural context of the film in Dr. Virginia Bonner’s Media and Culture class. At 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom A, Nazario will discuss the funding and marketing of the film in a talk open to the public.
According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, “Old Fashioned” is a faith-based movie that is “comparing itself to “Fifty Shades of Grey” by positioning itself as nothing like “Fifty Shades.” Opening on Valentine’s Day, “Old Fashioned” is the story of a former frat boy who finds faith and sets out to find an old-fashioned relationship.
“This film has already been written up in Time, Variety, USA Today, and many other media outlets, so this really is a great opportunity for our students to learn about how independent filmmakers can create a product that can go head-to-head with a Hollywood big budget film,” notes Harris, assistant professor of communication and media studies.
Nazario, who served as a media relations consultant to USA Network, Miramax Films, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, has overseen PR efforts on films such as “Dead Man Walking,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Fargo.”
Students wishing to attend one of the scheduled presentations on Feb. 10, can participate at either of the following venues and times:
- 9:50 a.m. in Music Education, Room 157 (Audio Recording with Jonathan Harris)
- 12:45 p.m. in Music Education, Room 157 (Public Relations with Susan McFarlane-Alvarez.
- 3:00 p.m. in Music Education, Room 215 (Media and Culture with Virginia Bonner)
- 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom A (The Funding and Marketing of “Old Fashioned”