C of I campus hosts special three-day film event

The College of Idaho will host a special event on campus Oct. 8-10 celebrating the 20th anniversary of late director Robert Altman’s award-winning film, Short Cuts. Local film producer Mike Kaplan, who was an associate producer on Short Cuts and later directed a documentary about it titled Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, will be on campus for the three-day event, which will include screenings of both films as well as Q & A sessions with Kaplan and Tess Gallagher, the writer and widow of Raymond Carver, upon whose writings Short Cuts is based.

Film screenings will take place at 7 p.m. each night in Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, and each screening will be followed by a Q & A with Kaplan and Gallagher. Luck, Trust & Ketchup will show on Oct. 8 and 10, with Short Cuts showing Oct. 9. All three events are free and open to the entire C of I community and the public.

Short Cuts, Altman’s award-winning and Oscar-nominated mosaic of contemporary life, is adapted from Carver’s writings and features an all-star cast led by Robert Downey, Jr. , Julianne Moore, Jack Lemmon, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Tim Robbins,  Andie MacDowell, Frances McDormand, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Lyle Lovett. The panoramic comedy-drama will be bookended by screenings of the illuminating documentary Luck, Trust & Ketchup, which marked the first time Altman allowed full access to his filmmaking process. The entire Short Cuts cast appears in the documentary, along with Altman’s collaborators and Gallagher, Carver’s “voice” during the landmark film’s evolution.

For more information about the event, contact C of I theatre professor Joe Golden at (208) 459-5836 or [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit