Gore Verbinski’s Education Background

Director Gore VerbinskiGregor “Gore” Verbinski was born on March 16, 1964 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is the son of Vic and Laurette Verbinski. His father  worked as a nuclear physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Verbinski is the third of five children. His siblings are Janine, Claire, Diane and Steven.

In 1967 the Verbinski family moved to Southern California, where Verbinski grew up in the town of La Jolla. Verbinski attended Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, and La Jolla High School. He went on to attend UCLA Film School. Verbinski graduated with his BFA in Film from UCLA in 1987.

Early in his career, Verbinski was active in several rock band in the Los Angeles area. His directing career began when he started directing music videos for bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, 24-7 Spyz and Monster Magnet. Verbinski was working at Palomar Pictures at this time.

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The First Grader Reveals the Power of Education at Any Age

The First Grader Movie PosterUltimately, The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, is exactly what you want it to be: an uplifting story about the power of perseverance and the healing powers of understanding. It’s based on the true story of an ex Mau Mau who fought for Kenya’s freedom from British colonial rule. As an 84-year-old man, he faces a new struggle: learning to read. Holding his government to its promise to provide “free education for all,” Kimani N’gan’ga Margue seeks to become a student at an elementary school, to finally receive the schooling colonialism and poverty denied him.

The film illustrates the importance of teachers driven by ideals. Naomie Harris plays the dedicated and perhaps preternaturally patient head teacher Jane, who faces her set of difficulties and personal challenges when confronted by this unusual student.

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Steven Spielberg’s Education Background

Updated August 18, 2018

Steven Allan Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the son of Arnold Spielberg and Leah Adler. His was was an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers. His mother was a restaurateur and concert pianist. He was the only son out of four children.

Where Did He Go To High School?

Spielberg spent his childhood in Haddon Township, New Jersey and Scottsdale Arizona. Spielberg attended Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona for three years. After his parents divorced, Spielberg moved to California with his father and graduated from Saratoga High School in 1965. Spielberg also obtained the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time.

Steven Spielberg’s College Education

Spielberg applied to the film school at the University of Southern California twice. He was never accepted. He attended California State University, Long Beach. While attending UC Long Beach, Spielberg began as an unpaid intern at Universal Studios, this is where his career began. Spielberg was eventually awarded an honorary degree from USC in 1994 and in 1996 became a trustee of the university. In 2002, 35 years after starting his college career, Spielberg finished his degree. He received his B.A. in Film Production and Electronic Arts with an option in Film/Video Production.

Professional Career

Spielberg’s legendary career has boomed over several decades. His famous films include Jaws, The Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. The list of film and production credits is quite extensive. His directing and producing skills have landed him four Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and multiple nominations. Spielberg has many other accolades to add to his lists of achievements.

Spielberg has one child with is first wife. He and his current wife have a total of seven children combined. Spielberg’s success has placed his personal net worth at $3.6 billion.

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Waiting for Superman Inspires to Fix Education

waiting for supermanIn a new documentary, Waiting for Superman, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim  provides us with a real-life look into how the American education system is seen and experienced through the eyes of five American kids.

“As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying ‘drop-out factories’ and ‘academic sinkholes,’ methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems,” writes the Sundance Films Festival.

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Movies Filmed on University Campuses

clapperboardImagine walking to class one morning and running into a camera crew following your favorite actress or actor. If you attended these schools, you might have seen a movie or two being filmed on campus. Hey, you even could have been one of those extras in the background! That’s worth writing home about, right?

Arizona State University – Jerry Maguire (1996)

Boston University – 21 (2008)

Bunker Hill Community College – Good Will Hunting (1997)

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No Porn for Students at University of Maryland

pirates-ii-stagnettis-revengeAllow students to watch a XXX porn movie in the student union or risk budget cuts by the state. That was the dilemna facing University of Maryland this week after they’d elected to screen “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge” in its student union. Students across the country have been attending screenings of the big-budget porn flick on campuses, but when Maryland State Senator Andy Harris heard about the busty event, he made moves to have it stopped, by threatening to suspend state funding (about $424 million).

“I am pleased to know that the university did the right thing and canceled this movie,” said Harris. “Students can’t light up a cigarette in the student union but can watch a hardcore XXX porn film. Occasional viewing of porn is more dangerous than occasionally lighting up a cigarette.”

No surprise that the film and the recent move at U of M are stirring debate, talks of the First Amendment, and whether or not colleges should be an advertising medium for such films. Following the movie at the university, a representative from Planned Parenthood was scheduled to discuss safe sex. In December, the movie was shown at UCLA, after which students held a Q&A with the filmmakers and grilled them about porn’s role in the exploitation of women. Read the rest of this entry »


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