November 12, 2009

Media Advisory -- Steven Poster Availability

Reporters, photographers and camera crews will have several opportunities to interview acclaimed cinematographer Steven Poster this week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Poster is a Chicago native who attended SIUC for two years in the early 1960s.

He will attend a reception Friday, Nov. 13, at University Museum in honor of a 35-piece traveling exhibit, “Steven Poster: Around the Edges.” The exhibition features Poster’s photography through four decades. The reception is from 4 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Poster will offer critiques with selected Department of Cinema & Photography students, followed by a master class “Seeing Light” lighting demonstration that begins at 2 p.m. in the Communications Building, room 1116. At 5:30 p.m., Poster will present a director’s cut of the 2001 acclaimed film, “Donnie Darko,” in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium, followed by a question-and-answer session. All events but Saturday morning’s critique with cinema and photography students are open to the public.

Media interested in interviews in connection with Friday’s exhibit reception should contact University Museum Director Dona R. Bachman at 618/453-7403 or via email at Media interested in meeting Poster during Saturday’s events surrounding Cinema & Photography should contact cinema and photography associate professors Lilly A. Boruszkowski or Bill Rowley. Boruszkowski is available at 618/453-1483 or by email at; Rowley is available at 618/453-2017 or by email at

Poster was the director of photography for a wide variety of films, including the Emmy-nominated “Mrs. Harris,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Donnie Darko,” “Stuart Little 2,” “Daddy Day Care,” “Rocky V,” and “Next of Kin.” The film, “The Box,” directed by Richard Kelly and starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella, opened Friday, Nov. 6.