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‘Before the Music Dies’ filmmaker Andrew Shapter to lecture Nov. 4
Filmmaker Andrew Shapter, who won critical acclaim for his 2006 documentary “Before the Music Dies,” will present a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:45 p.m. in Lender Auditorium, located in the Whitman School of Management. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $5 in the University Avenue Garage.
Shapter graduated from Texas State University in 1992 and began a career as a professional photographer specializing in music and fashion photography. As he began to garner recognition from magazine editors and ad agencies in New York City and abroad, his career gained momentum that led to work in other markets, including Barcelona, London and Los Angeles.
After working for 15 years in the photography market, Shapter turned his attention to his first passion: filmmaking. His first effort, “Before the Music Dies,” featured such prominent musicians as Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Questlove and was a hit with music fans worldwide. His follow-up film, “Happiness Is” (2009), explores the truths and myths of the “pursuit of happiness” in America.
Shapter is currently working on “The Teller and the Truth,” a film project about a legendary Texas bank robbery. He also shoots music videos and works with such television networks as National Geographic.
The lecture is part of the Bandier Program’s Soyars Leadership Lecture Series in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). For more information, contact the Bandier Program at (315) 443-1388.