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Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to speak at UI Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone arrives at the University of Iowa Wednesday, Oct. 1 to speak about "Making Movies Matter."

Sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee, Stone's visit is part of a nationwide college lecture tour to promote his first novel, A Child's Night Dream, which will be published this fall by St. Martin's Press. At the UI, he will appear at 7:30 p.m. at Hancher Auditorium.

His novel tells the story of a teenager in the mid-1960s who drops out of Yale after his freshman year to search for the meaning of life in Vietnam, Mexico, and beyond.

In his 20 years as a director, screenwriter, and producer, Stone has established himself as one of the most inventive and controversial filmmakers of his time. Stone's films have won critical acclaim and provoked passionate debate -- from his early screenwriting ventures such as Midnight Express, for which he won his first Academy Award, to his most recent films, Natural Born Killers, and NIXON.

Stone's speech is part of the UI Lecture Committee's fall 1997 series. The last lecture in the fall series will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, when Molly Ivins, an award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, presents, "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" at 7:30 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

9/25/97