Award-winning Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall is coming to the Cosford Cinema at University of Miami to present on Meaning and Ideas in Film Design on February 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the School of Communication at UM, the event is open to the public and admission is free. The presentation will include clips of her work followed by a Q&A session.

Oppewall won an Art Directors Guild award for Excellence in Production Design for Catch Me If You Can and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award for Best Production Design for Pleasantville. She has received Academy Award nominations for her work on L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and The Good Shepherd.

Born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Oppewall earned her M.A. in Literature from Bryn Mawr College. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles and began working in the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. Charles Eames was a renowned living designer known for his furniture designs for Herman Miller. Eames’ office also created more than 100 cutting-edge short films and large travelling exhibitions for various clients. 

After eight years honing her design skills at Eames’ office, Oppewall created radio documentaries for KPFK Radio and did some freelance writing. She eventually accepted a position working for production designer, Paul Sylbert.

Oppewall served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for nine years, and is currently on the Foreign Language Film Committee. 

Cosford Cinema is located at 5030 Brunson Dr., Memorial Building 227, Coral Gables, FL 33124.

Photo Credit: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences