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Berkeley Talks: Filmmaker Steve McQueen to Berkeley students: 'Take a chance'

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From left: Actors Chiwetel Ejiiofor and Lupita Nyong´o, with director Steve McQueen of 12 Years a Slave at the Mill Valley Film Festival. ( Photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr )

In this episode of Berkeley Talks , British filmmaker and video artist Steven McQueen, best known for his Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, talks about his first experience at Tate Modern in London as an 8-year-old, how he’s never pursued a project for the money and why he thinks experiencing art in the world — and not on a small screen in your hand — is so important.

This March 30 talk was part of UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Thursdays , a lecture series on time-based media art that features leading media artists, curators and thinkers. The series was made possible with support from the Kramlich Art Foundation, run by Berkeley alumna Pamela Kramlich.

Watch a video of the talk on the Arts + Design Vimeo channel .

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