Movie Producer Jesse Shapira '95 Visits Senior School Film Class

Jesse Shapira '95 in Film ClassShady Side Academy alumnus and movie producer Jesse Shapira '95 returned to SSA Senior School on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to speak to students in Mr. Jeff Miller's film class, Modern Narratives.

Shapira, a lifelong movie buff whose appreciation for film only grew while taking Mr. Miller's film class himself, was in Pittsburgh for the local premiere of his latest film, Kin. Shapira was an executive producer of the 2016 Academy Award Best Picture nominee Room and also produced the Daniel Radcliffe romantic comedy What If and the hockey movie Goon. He is a founder and principal of the production company No Trace Camping.

Shapira spoke to the students and answered questions about his career path to Hollywood, the movie industry and how it works, and the different ways that people consume media today.

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