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Lance Oppenheim.

From the Everglades to Tribeca

‘While other kids were going out for sports teams and trading ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ cards, I was already a 40-year-old, fedora-wearing film snob’

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As a liberal arts college, Harvard doesn’t train its students for jobs in Hollywood. But student clubs, a liaison network, and individual drive prompt some toward entertainment careers, a fact reflected in this year’s Oscar nominees.

Hooray for Harvardwood

Whether working in front of the cameras or behind them, University alumni thrive in the entertainment industry

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“As an artist, you end [up] having to be your own audience a lot, because you’re alone so much of the time,” said artist Meredith James. “Object Lessons” includes two videos by James, which in part work out her obsession with the built environment. (“I grew up in a New York City apartment,” she said, which fueled her fascination with old houses out of scale with those of her childhood.)

Art by degrees

Three graduates return to discuss their work, and then display it

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