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Forum season to conclude with presentation by 'Batman' producer

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2011

Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan

EAU CLAIRE — Filmmaker Michael Uslan will conclude the 69th season of The Forum lecture series March 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His presentation, "From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring 'Batman' to the Silver Screen," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Uslan is best known as the originator and executive producer of the "Batman" movie franchise — from Tim Burton's 1989 film to 2008's record-breaking "The Dark Knight." Less well known is that Uslan worked for more than two decades to bring his serious, dark version of the character to the screen. The principles that helped him persevere through years of rejection came from his blue collar New Jersey family, which taught him to "take what you love and make it your work."

Uslan's presentation is a highlight of the campuswide "Be a Hero" campaign.

"Cookies for a Cause," an Artists Series initiative to spotlight nonprofit community organizations, will be adopted by The Forum for this event. Cookies made especially for the program by Blugold Dining will be sold ($2, cash only) at the event, with profits going to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. The Boys and Girls Club helps young people reach their full potential, gain self-esteem and become responsible citizens.

Established in 1942, The Forum presents the world's greatest minds and imaginations. A typical Forum includes a 60-minute lecture, a 30-minute question-and-answer session and an open reception. The program will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assisted listening devices and large print programs are also available upon request.

Tickets are $8 for the public, $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half price, $2, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum. The Forum is also funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989), 3340 Mondovi Road, is The Forum's exclusive accommodations partner.

The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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