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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 10, 2004

Paul Schrader Luncheon Tickets Are Available

Tickets for a luncheon with screenwriter and director Paul Schrader on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at noon are now available through Geneva Campus Ministry. The lunch will be on the Sun Porch in the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is $12.

To purchase tickets, contact Jason Chen at Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007.

Schrader will deliver the annual Geneva Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium. The lecture is entitled "Spirituality in Films: Not Likely." Admission is free.

Schrader is one of America's most highly regarded screenwriters. His scripts include "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "The Mosquito Coast." His first screenplay, for "The Yakusa" in 1974, was critically praised and brought him to the attention of such directors as Sidney Pollock and Martin Scorcese. His relationship with Scorcese has been especially fruitful, as it led to his screenplays for "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull," both considered among the best movies ever made, as well as "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Bringing Out the Dead." Among Schrader's other scripts are "Obsession," "Hardcore" and "American Gigolo." His directing credits include "Blue Collar," "Autofocus," and "Affliction," which earned an Academy Award for best supporting actor for co-star James Coburn in 1998.

Founded in 1976, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, 60 nationally and internationally renowned speakers have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa.

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