Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, HBO’s epic Game of Thrones is notable for its high production values, expansive cast and engaging backstory. The story of a succession war between powerful families is set against a genre-subverting backdrop of gritty realism. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones has become a widespread cultural phenomenon. In anticipation of the start of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones (which begins on Sunday, April 14), the Carsey-Wolf Center invites you to experience the finale of Season 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” at the Pollock Theater.
Jeremy Podeswa, director of “The Dragon and the Wolf,” joined Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan for a post-screening discussion.
Director Jeremy Podeswa
Jeremy Podeswa (Image Arts, ’80-’84) is an award-winning feature film and television director who has been nominated four times for an Emmy Award: for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific (for which he was also nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award), and two times for Game of Thrones. He has directed for many innovative cable television series and mini-series, including, for HBO, Alan Ball’s Here and Now, True Detective, The Newsroom, True Blood, Rome, Six Feet Under, and Carnivàle; for Showtime, Homeland, Ray Donovan, The Borgias, The Tudors, Dexter, Weeds, The L Word, and Queer as Folk; for AMC, The Walking Dead and Rubicon; for F/X, American Horror Story: Asylum, American Horror Story: Coven, Tyrant, Nip/Tuck, and The Riches; and for TNT, the mini-series Into the West (produced by Steven Spielberg).
Recent credits include the premiere and finale episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7 and two episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2) for MGM/Hulu. He has also written and directed three award-winning feature films: Fugitive Pieces (Opening Night, Toronto International Film Festival); The Five Senses (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes); and Eclipse (Berlin and Sundance). Other credits include the TV movie After the Harvest (Lifetime), starring Sam Shepard, winner of the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best Direction. Upcoming credits include the new series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, produced by George Clooney, and the mini-series The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts.
Moderator Matthew Ryan
Matthew Ryan is Director of the Pollock Theater, where he pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which offers students the opportunity to develop professional production skills through hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests like writer/director Jordan Peele (Get Out), writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), writer/director Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), and writer/producer/director David Mandel (VEEP), actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP) and actor Tony Hale (VEEP).
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Department of Film & Media Studies, the Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting, the Rick Rosen Fund for Television Studies, and HBO.
Script to Screen
The Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors. The Pollock Theater connects artists to our audience of aspiring production students, and Guild & Academy Members. Our Q&As transform into a television show that airs on the UCTV cable station. The series is hosted by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and co-produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.
In recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of the Center’s namesakes, Dick Wolf and Marcy Carsey, the Carsey-Wolf Center is committed to examining television as an institution, industry, and cultural form. In our post-network, multi-channel, multi-media environment, understanding television demands understanding its past as well as its future, through exploration of individual episodes, mini-series, and documentaries.