Glenn Close Interview: Passion Projects and New Media

September 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

By Elizabeth Lowe

From 10 a.m. until late into the afternoon, it was a packed day for Glenn Close on SMU’s campus.

The actress came to speak with theater classes in the Meadows School of the Arts, along with producer and friend Bonnie Curtis.

The Daily Mustang was able to sit down with Close for a brief interview on new media – an art form that seems divergent from her principal discipline of stage acting.

Outside of SMU, Close and Curtis are in Dallas this week collecting the final funds for their latest project: a film adaptation of the play “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs.”

Close played the role of Albert Nobbs on Broadway back in the early 80s. It’s a role she says she’s passionate about and a film she is excited to co-produce.

Though we chatted with her about the film project, the Daily Mustang also wanted to talk about her “online diet.” What is Glenn Close’s presence online? And where does she see the convergence of film, stage, and new media?

Video: Interview with Glenn Close from on Vimeo.

Video and Editing by Andy Garcia

Q&A With Producer Bonnie Curtis

September 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Aida Ahmed

Dallas native and film producer Bonnie Curtis came to SMU along with Glenn Close Tuesday afternoon. Curtis and Close are planning to co-produce a film adaptation of “Albert Nobbs,” and were in town to get final financing for the movie.

Curtis, who has worked on films like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Artificial Intelligence”, spoke with the Daily Mustang on how she feels social media and new technology has impacted the art of filmmaking.

DM: Animation and 3-D are a big part of major films these days. How does this new technology affect your work and the art of filmmaking?

Curtis: Well you definitely have much longer time with animation. You have to think different. It’s very different than working with actors and character pieces. Digitial art has brought films like “Benjamin Button.” I like when it’s used like that, to aid a character.

DM: Have you seen social media affect the film industry in anyway?

Curtis: It’s distribution, the new theatrical distribution. I provide content and an iPhone screen is all you need. It’s fine to pass on to all your friends. It’s to be embraced, not pushed away.