Producer/actor now teaching at SU

Sig Libowitz is a lawyer, actor, writer, producer, and now faculty member at Stevenson University. The Baltimore native is an honors graduate of both New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Sig Libowitz, award-winning producer, is on faculty at Stevenson this semester, teaching a course in film distribution. (Photo from LinkedIn)

Libowitz’s acting career includes roles in both “The Sopranos” and “Law & Order.” According to Revolvy, “Libowitz was a Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Paramount Pictures. Prior to that, he was an executive at Film Four and Good Machine, where he oversaw production of the Academy Award-nominated film, ‘In The Bedroom,’ starring Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson and Marissa Tomei.”

Along with his acting, Libowitz is also an award-winning producer, writer, attorney and former studio and production executive. According to IMDB, “Sig wrote and produced The Response (2008), a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals which was shortlisted for an Academy Award (Best Live Action Short).”

His most recent production is “At Middleton,” which is a romantic comedy starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga. This film was released in 2013, and won multiple festival awards.

Libowitz has received many awards,  but one of the most impressive is the 2010 Benjamin Civiletti DC Pro Bono of the Year award for his work in helping to win the release of a man who had been wrongly convicted and served nearly 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. This is a representation of how his work has had a positive impact on the community.

This also helps to explain why he chose to become a teacher after all of his major awards and accomplishments.

“Since 2009, Sig has lectured and served on panels across the United States and England to discuss Guantanamo, U.S. detention policies post 9/11, the ‘War on Terror’ and how film and theater can transform and add unique perspectives on political & social issues. Sig has guest lectured at Oxford, Harvard, William & Mary, the University of London, George Washington University, Fordham, Columbia and the US Army JAG School, among others,” according to IMDB.

After being a guest lecturer at these prominent schools, Libowitz now serves as an adjunct faculty member, teaching a night class on Owings Mills North on Monday nights. The course, FMI 451, is called Film Distribution/Intellectual Property. According to the course description, “it immerses students in the operational aspects of contemporary film distribution across a wide variety of media and provides students with a firm grounding in the legal issues surrounding copyright, fair use, and contract law. Using crowdsourcing and social media, as well as more traditional techniques, students develop a plan to promote themselves and their work. Students study intellectual property law and how it has changed over time, and apply current legal principles and guidelines to their own work.”

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