This Just In: Awesome Ringling College continues to be awesome.

Herzog getting strangled by Klaus Kinski
Herzog getting strangled by Klaus Kinski

I've spoken at length before about what an awesome awesome program Ringling College is running over in Sarasota – in short, their Computer Animation kids are budding Pixar geniuses – but they've really stepped up the film side lately.

The Ringling Digital Filmmaking program is now in its fourth year and they have some major plans this year. Here's a brief recap based on their announcement today:

- Screenings and Q&As with Bill Paxton (Twister, Feb. 19), screenwriter F.X. Feeney, producer Marshall Persinger, & director Werner Herzog (Z-Channel, March 15) and Andy Garcia and producer Paul Schiff (City Island, April 5).

- Schiff, who's produced everything from Rushmore to My Cousin Vinny, has been signed by Ringling as a consultant for their project and production development labs. He'll also be hiring interns from the programs.

- Herzog, who has taught labs at Ringling before, is now Ringling's "charter advisor" and will conduct post-pro on his next project on campus with the students' help.

- IFC will host a pitch contest for juniors annually.

Fucking Herzog. Your move, Full Sail...

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