Documentary filmmaker to show work, speak at Spurlock

Documentary filmmaker to show work, speak at Spurlock

URBANA — The award-winning documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist Irv Drasnin will give a talk titled "The Reporter and Revolution" at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Drasnin will talk about the different roles and expectations of the documentary filmmaker in China and in the United States. He first began filming in China in 1973.

His most recent documentary as producer, writer, interviewer and narrator is "The Revolutionary" (2012) about the Maoist era and Sidney Rittenberg, an American who assumed an unprecedented role for a foreigner in Chinese politics.

"The Revolutionary" will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Spurlock Museum. Drasnin will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Drasnin's career in documentary filmmaking and broadcast journalism includes 35 years at CBS News and public television, with extensive experience in China. He made 30 documentaries.

Drasnin has a master's degree from Harvard in East Asian studies with a specialization in China. He taught the documentary film program at Stanford in 1980-82 and was a founding member of The China Council of the Asia Society and its co-chairman 1981-83.

His talk and the screening are part of the AsiaLENS series. For more on the series, visit