FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will present

for a special event to open its 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series. Van Til will discuss her films at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

A native of Farmington and graduate of Mt. Blue High School, Van Til studied English Literature at Princeton University, then enjoyed a post-graduate cinema intensive fellowship in Paris before moving to Los Angeles to work in film. She worked with mentor Greg Silverman at Revolution Studios and Warner Brothers, then served for five years as vice president of development for Roth/Arnold Productions.

She associate-produced Gary Winick’s “13 Going on 30” starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalos and Judd Apatow’s “Drillbit Taylor” starring Owen Wilson. In 2004, Van Til adapted and produced the short film “Last Night” starring Frances McDormand, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

In 2007, she moved to Maine with her husband director Sean Mewshaw to create Rusticator Pictures and produce the comedic love story “Tumbledown” from her own script. It is currently in its final stages and stars SNL alum Jason Sudeikis.

Van Til has also written a feature comedy script for Warner Brothers entitled “Married Off.”

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