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NFL Filmmaker to Deliver 2017 Lobene Lecture in the Humanities

March 30, 2017

Three-time sports Emmy award winner Michelle Girardi Zumwalt ’04 will deliver the 2017 Lobene Lecture in the Humanities, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Basil 135.

Michelle Girardi Zumwalt ’04 will deliver the 2017 Lobene Lecture.

Girardi Zumwalt, a senior producer with Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE), will deliver the lecture, What Are The Snake Pits?  The Story Behind Telling Kevon Seymour’s Story. The talk will go behind the scenes of the making of “The Snake Pits, That’s Where I Grew Up,” a short film about Buffalo Bills cornerback Kevon Seymour and his journey to the NFL. The short was produced as a part of a series of videos, “Beyond the Blue and Red,” which aims to raise awareness of the players and tell a different side of their story.

During the lecture, she will discuss the idea behind the “Beyond the Blue and Red” series, the planning and logistics that went into producing the video spots, and how the team uses music, sound, and visual effects to create an emotional connection with audiences and capture their attention from start to finish.

Girardi Zumwalt, who studied communication/journalism and English at Fisher, spent more than a decade working with NFL Films on projects that included packaging the Buffalo Bills highlights films after each season and compiling “NFL: History of the Buffalo Bills.” She also served as a producer on several television shows, winning three Sports Emmys for work on “Inside the NFL,” “SoundFX,” and the HBO Sports series “Hard Knocks.” Her work on “Four Falls of Buffalo,” an installment of the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary series, was featured in a winter 2016 issue of Collegium. In June 2015, she joined PSE as a senior producer.

The Lobene Lecture Series is sponsored by Mark Lobene, with support from the Sport Studies Department and the School of Arts and Sciences.