Stu spent the majority of his undergraduate weekends driving 2000 miles from the University of Colorado to Austin, where he’d catch a couple B3 trio gigs and get back in time for class on Mondays. Escaping with a BFA in Film Production and a BA, cum laude, in Film Studies, he landed in Austin permanently, where he expanded his thesis film, Spent A Year There One Knite, and wrote a few (yet-unproduced) features, while taking in the music scene on a full time basis.
His research interests lie mainly in the ‘American New Wave’ of the 1970s, both as a period of film history and the thematic ideas explored. He is especially drawn to the alienation, spiritually and suffering in Martin Scorsese’s films; his undergraduate thesis examined Mean Streets (1973) and Who’s That Knocking At My Door (1967).
Stu sees a career in festival programming as his best chance to affect change on the current state of the industry by providing a platform for important new films to reach audiences they might otherwise not. (Feel free to chat w/ him about that.)