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International Film Festival Adds Memorial Tribute to Professor Paul Goodman

The late Paul Goodman – a world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist and Carnegie Mellon University professor– was an active proponent of introducing global theory and a wide variety of multimedia elements into the classroom.

Goodman, the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Organizational Psychology in the Tepper School of Business, did this because, “When students leave [Carnegie Mellon], I want them to be not just a good chemist or a good linguist,” he said. “I want them to have some greater appreciation of global issues.”

To honor his passion for filmmaking and advocacy for global awareness, Goodman’s wife, CMU University Professor Denise M. Rousseau, made a gift to establish the Goodman Faces of Work component of the university’s International Film Festival. The permanent feature will incorporate Goodman’s films with international films related to his professional focus, the theme of work. “Goodman Faces of Work” will debut at the 2013 festival.

"With this new component, we intend to continue Paul's legacy by reinforcing his vision of integrating the themes of globalization and the work environment into the Carnegie Mellon curriculum, which represents more than 30 professors from every college and school on campus,” said Jolanta Lion, director of the film festival. “It also allows us to bring amazing new productions from all over the world to Pittsburgh – all on his behalf.”

The first Goodman film screened as part of the series was “Nurse,” and it premiered with the festival’s sneak preview of “Danube Hospital” on Feb 22. “Nurse” analyzes the daily work-life of one of the health industry’s most essential employees.

During the festival, which will run from March 21 – April 13 at various locations throughout Pittsburgh, three additional Goodman films will be shown. “Managing in China,” Goodman’s short documentary that focuses on a Chinese woman educated in the U.S. but works for a Chinese firm, will accompany the popular Chinese film “Crocodile in the Yangtze.” Screening on March 22, “Crocodile in the Yangtze” tells the story of the slow yet victorious rise of entrepreneur Jack Ma and his journey building the first Chinese Internet startup company.

“The Lobsterman,” a story about a beloved veteran and father who worked as a self-employed lobsterman for 65 years, will screen on March 24 before the showing of the Japanese film “Sushi: The Global Catch.”

Goodman’s film “Chinese String Quartet” – which highlights a group of University of Singapore musicians with entrepreneurial spirits, will play on April 6 before “Fame High,” an American film about talented high school students who aspire to become professional artists.

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