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Emmy-Award Winning Director to Offer Lecture

David Crank will speak to students, public Oct. 27

10/23/2008 8:35:24 AM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph College will feature a lecture by David Crank, an Emmy award-winning art director, Monday, October 27. Crank, known for his work on productions such as “John Adams” and “There Will Be Blood” will deliver the annual Driver Lecture. He will attend film classes during the afternoon and present a public talk at 7:30 p.m. in Martin 415. The event is free to the public.

Originally from Richmond, Crank received his undergraduate degree in Studio Art from the College of William and Mary and his MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. He went on to study art at the City of London Polytechnic and then lived in New York working in the theatre from 1988-1994. He began his film work as a scenic artist on the films Mississippi Masala (1991) and Love Field (1992).

He recently won an Emmy for his work on the HBO mini series, “John Adams,” and was recognized by the Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design for his work on the Paul Thomas Anderson film, There Will Be Blood (2007), with Production Designer Jack Fisk. He has also worked as an Art Director on the films Hannibal (2001) and The New World (2005) and the television movie, Iron-Jawed Angels (2004). Most recently he worked with Terrence Malik as Production Designer for the new film, The Tree of Life, which is currently in post-production.

Crank’s maternal grandparents were from Lynchburg, and both his parents attended college in the area.

Crank’s visit is sponsored by the Sara Driver ’77 Digital Filmmaking Course and Lecture Series, funded by gifts from former trustee Martha (Lou) Miller Driver ’50. Introduced by the Communication Studies Department in fall 2006, the fund provides resources for classes, visiting film industry professionals, and equipment purchase and replacement.

Driver’s daughter, Sara Driver ’77, was a theatre major at R-MWC and is now a talented and well-respected independent film director, producer, and screenwriter. Her vision to expose Randolph students to the 21st century world of filmmaking inspired her mother, Martha, to fund classes and a lecture series. Martha Miller Driver, who has had a highly successful career in financial services, and now with her husband, publishes Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a trade publication aimed at corporate business attorney. They believed this initiative would add an exciting dimension to the college’s academic curriculum.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations