Award-winning cinematic actor, writer and director Guinevere Turner will be sharing her experiences in the film industry at County College of Morris (CCM).
The event, “A Conversation with Guinevere Turner,” takes place Thursday, April 10, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Dragonetti Auditorium on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. The event is free and open to the public.
“Her visit coincides with the Women in Film course being offered at the college in the fall,” says Deb DeMattio, assistant professor of English, who will be teaching the film course. “Guinevere Turner is an example to students of how hard work, persistence, and the pursuit of one’s passion can pay off.”
Turner is an accomplished actor and screenwriter well recognized for her work in Hollywood, co-starring and writing films with actors including Christian Bale. She has been working in film and television since her 1994 landmark debut film Go Fish. Her acting roles include parts in The Watermelon Woman, Chasing Amy, American Psycho and Treasure Island. Turner also teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the films American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page.
She was a writer and story editor on Showtime’s The L Word, and also played a recurring character on the show. She has written and directed five short films, two of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, she is raising money to direct her feature film, called Creeps.
The scheduling of Turner’s visit to CCM occurred through a chance correspondence on social media after Professor DeMattio spotted Turner’s latest film project on Indiegogo, an international crowd-funding platform, and decided to support it.
“I have been a long-time fan of Guinevere Turner’s indie and feature films, and I’m always excited to see what she’s doing next,” says DeMattio. This first encounter led to a social media correspondence and Turner’s gracious offer to come speak to CCM students. Turner, who now lives in Los Angeles, has ties to Morris County, from her days as a high school student in Dover.
For her work in portraying a strong sense of female community, Turner has won the devotion of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community. Her indie film, Go Fish, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, officially kick-started the New Lesbian film wave in the 1990s.
“Turner has embraced her role as a gay woman working in Hollywood and never fails to reinvent herself,” says DeMattio.
Go Fish broke new ground for lesbians, notes DeMattio, whose film course will explore evolving representations of women on screen.
“She’s an intelligent and sassy woman. CCM is going to love her.”