July 27, 2016
Advisor, mentor role recognizes filmmakers’ deep commitment to strategic growth of College, unwavering dedication to deliver the best education possible
July 27, 2016, Pasadena, Calif. — The Board of Trustees of ArtCenter College of Design announced today the election of Cruel and Unusual Films Co-Founder Zack Snyder as a Trustee. Snyder, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the College in 1989, will serve on the Board’s Academic Affairs committee to oversee academic programs, policy and strategic planning.
“ArtCenter Film is thrilled to welcome Zack to his alma mater as a Trustee,” said Ross LaManna, chair of the Graduate and Undergraduate Film Departments. “He tells stories on the grandest scale, with dazzling imagery, yet his films still feel intimate because his characters are so richly drawn. Teaching this potent combination of impactful visuals and compelling narrative is the heart of our mission at ArtCenter Film, so Zack’s guidance and mentorship is a priceless benefit to our students.”
As an ArtCenter Trustee Snyder joins 26 board members including fellow leaders in the field of entertainment Greg Silverman, president, Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros.; Ron Bension, CEO of House of Blues Entertainment, LLC at Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. and Jeff Barbakow, former chairman, CEO and president of MGM/UA.
At Warner Bros., Snyder has been busy bringing numerous DC Comics properties to the screen. He most recently executive produced the upcoming Suicide Squad, set for an August 5 release. He’s currently in production on the highly anticipated Justice League movie, producing Wonder Woman and executive producing The Flash and Aquaman. Among the many feature films Snyder directed are Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Man of Steel; Sucker Punch; Watchmen and 300.
While a student at ArtCenter, Snyder met frequent collaborator, cinematographer Larry Fong ASC, whose credits include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Super 8; Sucker Punch and Watchmen.
Additional notable ArtCenter Film alumni include Michael Bay (Transformers franchise, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, Bad Boys), Don Burgess ASC (Forrest Gump, Spider-Man, Cast Away), Tarsem Singh (Self/less, Mirror Mirror, The Cell) and Michael Sucsy (The Vow, Grey Gardens, Don’t Make Me Go).
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Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.
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