The Golden Compass is the first novel in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and the movie cast includes Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Sam Elliott and Eva Green and is directed by Chris Weitz. In a recent interview Forte said, "This project for me started almost 11 years ago when I read the manuscript for Northern Lights." [The name for The Golden Compass in the U.K.] She said, "I thought to myself, 'This is an extraordinary writer'. It struck me that this material was singularly visual, emotional and cinematic and I called Philip about making a film."
For more interviews with Deborah Forte '75 and The Golden Compass see About.com
Forte is taking part in a panel discussion "Storytelling: Infusing Words with Life" on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Princeton Club, 15 W. 43rd Street, 4th Floor, New York City at 11:15 a.m. The registration fee is $50 per person and includes lunch.
How are stories brought to life? How does one go from words on a page to moving images on a screen, from the travails of life to American folk ballads, or interpret the work of another to construct a story that builds community? In this session we will discuss various forms of storytelling and how those forms bring people together. Panelists include Deborah Forte, Hamilton trustee, president of Scholastic Media, Inc. and producer of the much-anticipated motion picture The Golden Compass; Lydia Hamessley, associate professor of music; Deborah Pokinski, associate professor of art history; and Steven Yao, associate professor of English and assistant dean of faculty for diversity initiatives.
To register to attend the Hamilton event go to Storytelling.