Skandalaris Event: Dialogue with Michael Shamberg

This has been an excellent week for me, as a film buff. The St. Louis International Film Festival is in town and while I don’t have nearly enough time to attend the number of events I want to, I would recommend it to anyone. I saw some wonderful experimental shorts on Saturday night. In addition to this local festival, a Washington University alum, Michael Shamberg, visited with a group of student in the Skandalaris Center.

Currently working with Buzzfeed, Shamberg is a prolific producer. Most of the films he touches are critical and commercial successes. He has worked with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and many others and his resume includes the films Pulp Fiction, The Big Chill, A Fish Called Wanda, Erin Brockovich, and Django Unchained. His IMDB page is voluminous to say the least. He is also extremely knowledgeable on the business side of the entertainment industry, so much of the crowd was made up of business students.

I do not want to directly quote Mr. Shamberg at risk of misquoting, (I was too invested in the very intimate atmosphere of the dialogue to take notes,) but he made it abundantly clear that it is a great time to enter the entertainment industry. The opportunities are there for any innovative minds who know how to, I remember a quotation here, “assess their self-motivation.” Shamberg made clear that this was the key to being successful in the entertainment industry. If the motivation to learn from failures and drive to succeed is there, then the opportunities in the industry will arise for anyone.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to say the least and much praise goes to the Skandalaris Center for making events such as this happen. Visit for more information on upcoming events, many open to any and all WUSTL students.

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