Cocks and Bloom will be resident film-studies visitorsJay Cocks '67 H'04 and Verna Bloom, both affiliated scholars in the dance and drama department, will spend the week of April 11-17 at the College working with students and faculty on film projects.
During the week of their residency, Cocks and Bloom will give public presentations in addition to conducting small group workshops and laboratories with students and faculty from various disciplines who work in the area of film studies. Several film screenings and conversations with each of the affiliated scholars will be open to the public, with a schedule of events to be announced shortly. The visit is sponsored by the Department of Dance and Drama, the American studies program, and P.F. Kluge, Kenyon's writer in residence.
An English major at Kenyon, Cocks wrote film and cultural criticism for Time magazine and has a highly successful career as a filmscript writer. He has twice been nominated for Academy Awards, once for The Age of Innocence and more recently for Gangs of New York. His other credits include Strange Days and De-Lovely. Bloom, an actor who trained with Uta Hagen, has played a variety of roles in film, television, and on the stage. Her many credits include roles in Medium Cool,National Lampoon's Animal House, The Journey of Natty Gann, and The Last Temptation of Christ.
Bloom and Cocks are familiar visitors to Kenyon. Several years ago they came to Gambier to discuss the film Medium Cool, which Bloom starred in. Last year the College awarded Cocks an honorary degree.