Class Notes

Charlie McSpadden ’06 Update

February 8, 2012

Hello Deerfield!

I have had an exhilarating and exhausting year and a half in the film industry, working on the set and in the production office of four feature films made in New York City. I began on the Whit Stillman film “Damsels in Distress”—his first in 13 years, and in which I have a brief cameo—followed by the Steve McQueen sex-addiction drama “Shame” which garnered awards and praise for its stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. I then worked on the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”, for which I retrieved my trusty copy of the Fitzgerald classic, replete with notes from Ms. Buron’s junior year English class. During a rehearsal one day, having just come from my 5th Year Reunion weekend, I bonded with lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio over his “The Departed” character’s Deerfield heritage. Finally, this past fall I worked on Stuart Blumberg’s “Thanks for Sharing”, another addiction narrative, which featured Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow. I recently wrote an article for the Duke magazine about my experiences which you can read here: http://dukechronicle.com/article/reel-world-reflections. I have been blessed with great opportunities thus far and eagerly await future projects. Hope all is well in the valley!