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New Media Series hosts Microcinema co-founder

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Feb. 8, 2008)--The UTSA New Media Series, a program of the Department of Art and Art History, will host a lecture and film presentation by Patrick Kwiatkowski, co-founder and CEO of Microcinema International, from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11 in the Buena Vista Theater at the Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kwiatkowski will present a selection of experimental films and videos from the Microcinema library and will discuss how the company began and is evolving. The organization now is exploring content delivery through new technologies such as the Web and mobile telephones.

Founded in 1996, Microcinema International is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts." Based in San Francisco, Calif., with an office in Houston, the organization specializes in the acquisition, exhibition and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially relevant nature.

Patrick Kwiatkowski co-founded Blackchair Productions LLC in 1996 and Microcinema Inc. in 2000. He has more than 17 years of expertise in international sales, marketing, distribution and business development with private and Fortune 500 corporations.

He received a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and an engineering degree from Michigan State University. Born in Michigan, Kwiatkowski has resided in numerous places including Akron, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, Paris, France and now Houston. Active in commercial and independent radio for 10 years before forming Microcinema, he created, produced and hosted "Ketchup and Marmalade," a two-hour alternative music weekly in French on radio OUI-FM Paris, France, as well as radio shows in Chicago and San Francisco.

For more information about the New Media Series, call (210) 458-4386.

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Next in the New Media Series

The New Media Series is coordinated by Leslie Raymond, UTSA assistant professor of art and art history. Next in the series is a presentation by Andrea Grover, founder and artistic director of Houston's renowned Aurora Picture Show. The event is 7-9 p.m., Monday, March 3 in the Buena Vista Theater.

Aurora Picture Show is a nonprofit cinema dedicated to short films, video and new media. Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Though screenings are in a variety of settings, the home venue is a 1924 church building in Sunset Heights, Houston.

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