How does the work of filmmaking turn people in the real world into characters in a documentary? What makes for a good on-screen character? How do you squeeze the messiness of real life into a neat narrative framework? Join Pacho Velez, 2015-2017 Princeton Arts Fellow, for an informal discussion of these and other questions on Tuesday, November 15.

The dinner conversation is for Princeton students only — seating is limited. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the Private Dining Room at Mathey College on the University campus.

Pacho Velez works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His current project, The Reagan Years, explores a prolific actor’s defining role: Leader of the Free World. His last film, Manakamana (co-directed with Stephanie Spray) won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and played around the world, including at the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto International Film Festival. His earlier film and theater work has been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and on Japanese National Television. Velez completed his MFA at CalArts. He has taught at Harvard University, Bard College, Parsons the New School, and MassArt. In 2015, he was awarded a Princeton Arts Fellowship.