John Slattery received his BA in English in 1994 from
Weber State University (WSU), followed by time in Morocco in the United States Peace Corps. After returning back to the United States, Slattery began to turn his hobby of filmmaking into a career. We had an opportunity to ask Slattery a few questions about his experiences and time at WSU.
What brought you to Weber State University (WSU)?
I was a cyclist and had heard great things about Utah. While at WSU, I had the opportunity to race with the Ogden Binghams Schwinn Cyclery Club.
How did you get into filmmaking?
While in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer, I started writing and hosting programs for the National Institute for Educational Television. Later, I moved to San Francisco and became involved in the very supportive documentary-making community.
How did what you learn at WSU, prepare you for your future career and experiences?
As an English major I was very influenced by the teaching of Neila and Candadai Seshachari. Their classes which focused on critical approaches to literature and seminars on Thoreau, turned their students to the larger world. Professors like Loughton, Vause, Grove and Wutz brought internationally recognized poets and novelists directly into our classroom. WSU was the ideal place for me to spend my undergraduate years.