Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason: Patti Cake$ with producer Michael Gottwald

Monday, October 7, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Patti Cake$

Monday Oct 7 4:30pm

Johnson Center Cinema 

Documentary screening and conversation with producer Michael Gottwald and Lisa Thrasher, Film and Video Studies Concentration Head of Producing and Business. 

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in PATTI CAKE$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, PATTI CAKE$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.


Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Michael Gottwald graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He served as Executive Producer on Court 13's Glory at Sea in 2007. In 2008 he worked for Obama for America as a Field Organizer during the primaries, as Ohio New Media Director during the general election, and he returned to work on the re-election campaign in 2011 as a Digital Program Manager in the Chicago headquarters. With Josh Penn and Dan Janvey, Michael produced Court 13’s first feature film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin. Beasts won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January 2012 and the Camera d’Or at Cannes in May 2012; it was nominated for four Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Michael was one of the producers of Ping Pong Summer, an 80’s era coming of age comedy directed by Michael Tully which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. At the moment he is producing new cycles of the web series “High Maintenance”, as well as Geremy Jasper’s fiction feature film Patti Cake$, which has recently been through the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab.

Michael also produced documentary filmmakers the Ross Brothers’ remarkable second feature, Tchoupitoulas, which premiered at South by Southwest in March 2012 and was distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, in addition to their equally brilliant third feature, Western, which premiered in U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2015. 

YouTube Interview: Michael Gottwald speaking with Virginia Film Production

Interview: "Film Producer Michael Gottwald Has Another Indie Hit On His Hands With “Patti Cake$”"

Our screening of Patti Cake$ will be followed by a conversation between Michael Gottwald and Film and Video Studies Professor Lisa Thrasher, and audience Q&A. 

Our event is sponsored by Film and Video Studies, Film and Media Studies, Global Affairs and Global Programs, University Life, History and Art HistoryDKA at GMU, and Women and Gender Studies.


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Cynthia Fuchs