- Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Producer and IU Alumnus Michael Uslan is scheduled to be present.
35th Anniversary Screening. Deep in the Louisiana swamps, botanist Alex Holland (Ray Wise) and his sister, Linda, are in development of a top-secret, government bioengineering project. Just as the sibling team makes a major breakthrough, government agent Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) arrives at the lab to check in. Soon after, the lab is attacked by a paramilitary group—led by the outlaw scientist Anton Arcane (Louis Jordan)—who wants to weaponize the experiment for nefarious purposes. A lab accident ensues, and the rest is settled in the swamps. Based on a DC Comics (later Vertigo Comics) character of the same name, Swamp Thing was brought to the screen by producer and IU alumnus Michael Uslan, who was instrumental in attaching director Wes Craven to the project after securing the rights to the story years prior. Roger Ebert called the film “ … another one of those movies that fall somewhere between buried treasures and guilty pleasures.” (HD Presentation)
Michael Uslan is professor of practice in IU's The Media School andteaches advanced filmmaking, drawing on his professional expertise of film production, including serving as producer for the Batman film franchise. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from IU's College of Arts and Sciences in 1973, a Master of Science degree in urban education from the IU School of Education in 1975, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the IU Maurer School of Law in 1976. In 2005, Uslan donated 40,000 comic books, a collection that filled three rooms in his home, to the Lilly Library. Swamp Thing was the first feature film Uslan produced.