All events will be held in the AUR Auditorium in Rome and also streamed online via Zoom. Please register, at the foot of this page, to attend live or virtually.

This spring speaker series features monthly spotlights focusing on the innovative and award-winning work being done by alumni who have pursued careers in cinematography, film editing, and video production. 

Hosted by the AUR BA in Film and AUR’s Advancement Office, the conversations will be moderated by AUR Film Program Director Theron Patterson. 


Bronte Stahl
Rocco Anelli
Kelsea Brennan-Wessels


Tuesday, February 14th: Bronte Stahl
The first event, on Tuesday, February 14, will feature Bronte Stahl (Film & Digital Media, 2015), whose short film "Puiet/Sapling" won the award for best short film at the 2022 Venice Film Festival Critics' Week. The jury described the work as "A coming-of-age story immersed in a magical realism that brings us back to the intimate and universal experience of finding oneself.” Bronte will introduce a screening of the film and describe the creative and logistical processes that went into its making. The floor will then be opened for participant questions and discussion. 
Find out more about Bronte here.

Wednesday, March 15th: Rocco Anelli
Rocco Anelli (Film & Digital Media, 2019) graduated from The American University of Rome with a degree in Film & Digital Media in 2019. He also has a diploma in opera singing from the Matera Conservatory and recently directed the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini for the tenth edition of "Noicattaro Lirica" ​​and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi at the Teatro Condominio in Gallarate. He is the writer and director of a short film, I gemelli, an official selection of the European Film Festival for the Puglia Show section, and he has received critical acclaim for his first novel, ‘I Bagnanti.’ Rocco will open with a screening of clips from ‘I gemelli’ and will share his experiences as a filmmaker and writer before opening the floor to questions and discussion.

Tuesday, April 18th: Kelsea Brennan-Wessels 
Kelsea (Communications, 2008) is the Video Production Officer at the European Space Agency in Rome, part of the team that covered the launch of the James Webb Telescope, among other inspiring projects. She leads a team that includes several AUR alumni. Kelsea will describe her experiences as a videographer and share career lessons and experiences since leaving AUR.

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