Thanks to ‘Stranger Things,’ the Duffer Brothers are twin stars of Chapman University’s film school – Orange County Register

Michael Kowalski, a professor at Chapman University’s film school, was in Beirut earlier this year, conducting a workshop on sound design for Lebanese film students, when it struck him just how brightly shines the stardom of Matt and Ross Duffer, creators of Netflix’s smash hit “Stranger Things” and 2007 graduates of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

“I mention the Duffer Brothers and then thought, ‘People in Lebanon aren’t watching “Stranger Things,” ‘ ” said Kowalski, who also serves as the Dodge College’s associate dean of academic affairs. “And I was wrong. They were all very excited.”

So he pulled up a streaming copy of “Eater,” the short horror film the Duffers made as their senior thesis project, and “one of the strongest student films we’d made,” he says. And in a classroom in Beirut, some 7,447 miles, give or take, from Chapman University in…

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