Jerry Seinfeld isn’t exactly known for his turns on the big screen. Sure, the comic is an icon on the small screen after his award-winning television show – but the big screen? Not so much.
But late last month, two decades after its last episode aired on NBC, Seinfeld made a debut of sorts: On the big screen. Andrew Douglas, director of education at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, believes that the BMFI courses for adults on classic TV shows may be the first such offerings at any art house in the country.
Starting about two years ago with The Wire, Cabrini University’s Paul Wright has taught courses on Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. Sometime in 2019, he plans a course on Mad Men, writes Paul Jablow, for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
.”It brings our courses to new audiences,” Douglas said. “A lot of films and filmmakers we teach are older and more traditional.
Wright came to BMFI in 2006, the year after Douglas arrived to start the education program. He was brought on to teach film courses — which he still does. But he had always been anxious to teach TV as well and approached Douglas about it.
“I thought about it early on,” Douglas said. “But I didn’t think it was smart to begin TV at the beginning of this organization.” It was, of course, establishing its identity as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
But when he approached the board and then-president Juliet Goodfriend, he says, “There really wasn’t any push back.”
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