Director Reitman ’95 to host installment of annual interview series

Jacob Goodman

“Speaking of Movies,” the Harvard-Westlake interview series that features director Jason Reitman ‘95, will have its sixth annual presentation Oct. 9. at 7 p.m in Ahmanson Lecture Hall with a guest who was unnamed at press time.

The series is co-produced by upper school visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke and visual arts teacher Kevin O’Malley.

“The kind of people that Jason invites are often not people that are really well established, but more cutting edge new talent,” Gaulke said. “Jason has an incredible knack for knowing who’s going to be the next hot property. Often times Reitman will suggest people he would like to interview and O’ Malley and I, who both produce the presentation, wonder, ‘Who?’”

The interview series started in 2008 when Reitman interviewed Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody who wrote the feature film “Juno.” The interview is open to Harvard-Westlake students and parents.

Reitman “is a great interviewer,” Gaulke said. “He makes it so fun. He digs down deep and has people share stories in a way that is very thought-provoking and information giving but is also just extremely entertaining.”

Gaulke and O’Malley also film Reitman’s interviews and post them on Youtube so that they can reach a broader audience.

“[An interviewer at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth] thanked me for producing ‘Speaking of Movies,’” Gaulke said. “They said for people who can’t afford film school: thank you for putting those videos up online. It’s amazing when you go out into the world and something that you’re doing at your school is actually helping people somewhere else in another state be exposed to advanced film writing and producing.”