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February 15, 2006
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"Brokeback Mountain" Writer-Producer Speaks at CSUDH March 3

Diana Ossana will talk about what it took to get the movie onto the screen

Carson, CA— Diana Ossana, co-writer with Larry McMurtry of the screenplay for the movie “Brokeback Mountain,” which is up for eight Oscars at the Academy Awards on March 5, will speak at 1 p.m. on March 3 at California State University, Dominguez Hills. CSUDH President James E. Lyons, Sr. will welcome Ossana.

In her presentation and dialogue, “Is the Success of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ a Sign of the Times?” Ossana will talk about her experiences in getting the movie to the big screen. The movie, which Ossana also produced, is about the lifelong passion and love two cowboys have for each other in a time and place where one of the last things they can do is admit it.

Ossana told The Advocate in January, when “Brokeback Mountain” won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, “A close friend of mine said to me once that people are mainly motivated by two emotions: Fear and love. … [Writing the script for] ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was not a labor of love for most of us. It was a labor of great passion and belief.”

Oscar nominations for “Brokeback Mountain” include Best Adapted Screenplay for Ossana and McMurtry; Best Picture; Best Direction for director Ang Lee; Best Actor for Heath Ledger; Best Supporting Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal; Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams; Best Cinematography; and Best Original Score.

The event is sponsored by the university’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Faculty and Staff Association. It is co-sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services, the MultiCultural Center, the Office of Student Life, the Women’s Resource Center, the Institute for the Study of Diversity and Internationalization, and Interdisciplinary Studies-Program for Adult College Education.

Ossana’s presentation is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall, Room D-165, which is reached from an external entrance on the south side of Welch Hall. Welch Hall is across from parking lot 3, accessible from the Tamcliff Street-Toro Center Drive entrance from East Victoria Street. CSUDH is at 1000 E. Victoria Street, off Avalon Boulevard between the 91 and 405 freeways. It is east of the 110 freeway off 190th Street, which becomes Victoria Street.

Parking is $3. Parking passes are available from the yellow dispensing machines at the perimeters of the lots.

For additional information, call (310) 243-3583 or e-mail sraphael@csudh.edu.

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Last updated February 15, 2006, 4:10 p.m.,
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