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Jim Taylor, Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, to Speak at Pomona College

Jim Taylor, recipient of a 2005 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film Sideways, will talk about his career in screenwriting and screen his award-winning 1999 film Election on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at Pomona College. The talk and screening will take place as part of the college’s 2005-2006 Brian Stonehill Lecture in Media Studies.

Taylor’s lecture will begin at 4:15 p.m. in room 101 of the Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). The lecture will be preceded by a 3:45 p.m. reception. Later that evening, Taylor will introduce the 1999 film Election as part of a special screening at the Rose Hills Theater in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center (170 East Sixth St., Claremont). The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seating for all events is limited—first come, first seated. For more information, call (909) 607-7025.

Taylor, a 1984 graduate of Pomona College, is the long-time collaborator of writer-director Alexander Payne. He and Payne have co-authored the screenplays for the critically acclaimed films Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt and Sideways. In addition to an Academy Award, the duo received an Independent Spirit Award, a Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) Award, and a Golden Globe for the 2004 hit film Sideways.

Taylor and Payne previously won a Golden Globe for About Schmidt and WGA and Independent Spirit Awards for Election. Their films have been honored by film critics’ associations in cities across the country.

The Brian Stonehill Lecture in Media Studies, now in its 4th year, is held in honor of the late Brian Stonehill, a professor of English at Pomona College from 1979 to 1997 and the founder of the college’s Media Studies program. Stonehill was a popular professor and three-time recipient of the College’s Wig Award for Distinguished Teaching Award.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.