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Avila to host Creativity Symposium

November 28, 2011

On February 8, 2012, Avila University and Steven Fischer will present Secrets of Success: The Nature of Creativity, an interactive panel discussion exploring how a person can tap into his or her full creative potential.

The discussion will examine what makes us passionate and willing to take risks, what prevents us from responding creatively to challenges as well as numerous other topics related to creative self-improvement. Some of the discussion questions may include: How does environment stimulate or stifle creativity? What is genius and where does it come from? Who or what determines success? Do you have to suffer to succeed?

Join us for a thought-provoking day of inspired discussion. For more information contact Nicole Esquibel, Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media.

The Moderator:
Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy® nominated writer/producer whose live action and animated work includes scripted narratives, documentaries, industrials, and TV programs for Nextel, Maryland Public Television/PBS, TV Asia, AmeriCorps, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He has taught storytelling at the college level and spoken nationally on creativity at Script DC, St. Thomas University, American University, Hollywood Shorts, Maryland Film Festival, Show off Your Shorts Film Fest, Global Theater Miami, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Goethe-Institut, and The Creative Alliance. He is the creator of the cartoon comedy team Steve & Bluey.

His documentary and docudrama work includes This is CLEARCorps (1996), Carl Clark: Life at 1/125 of a Second (2000), Now & Forever Yours (2007), Belvoir (2008), Francis Scott Key: Legacy of a Life in Service (2008), and Cryptology at War (2009). Freedom Dance (2007) is an animated documentary about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, narrated by Mariska Hargitay. In 2008 it won the coveted CINE Master Series Award.

In 2011, Snag Films released Old School New School, Fischer's personal study on creativity featuring celebrated actor Brian Cox, jazz legend McCoy Tyner, and six-time Oscar® nominated cinematographer William Fraker.

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