Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Special Guest: Tom McCarthy

boston college arts council

Tom McCarthy, class of '88

Recipient of the 6th Annual Arts Council Award for Distinguished Achievement

Tom McCarthy 
This year the Boston College Arts Council has selected filmmaker Tom McCarthy to receive the annual Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in the spring of 2008. He will make a Boston College appearance at the 10th annual Boston College Arts Festival (April 24-26). While on campus Mr. McCarthy will participate in a career-related program, Inside the BC Studio, for students exploring a career in film and acting, and will receive the Arts Council award at the annual Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival on Saturday, April 26.

Tom McCarthy is a filmmaker and actor.  He graduated from Boston College in 1988 and went on to receive theatrical training at the Yale School of Drama.  Tom has amassed an extensive list of theatrical, film, and television acting credits and has seen great success as a filmmaker. 

The Visitor, Tom McCarthy’s follow up film to the critically acclaimed feature The Station Agent, premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and will be released by Overture Films. The Station Agent, released by Miramax in 2003, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was bestowed The Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. It was also awarded the BAFTA for Best Screenplay and two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassevetes Award. The National Board of Review named it third on their list of Ten Best Films of the Year. It was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Ensemble and was also nominated by the Writer’s Guild for Best Original Screenplay. The film also won awards at many film festivals including San Sebastian, Stockholm, Mexico City and Aspen.

As an actor, some of McCarthy’s feature credits include; Flag of Our Fathers, Syrianna, Goodnight and Good Luck, The Year of the Dog and Meet the Parents. He will soon be seen in the final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The WireTom just completed Peter Jackson’s film The Lovely Bones and is currently working on Mammoth with Lukas Moodysson directing.

  • Tom McCarthy Tribute Video: Film shown at Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival 2008 where Mr. McCarthy received the 2008 Arts Council Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement.  Film made by James Zhen '07.
  • Inside the BC Studio with Tom McCarthy; interviewed by BC professor Luke Jorgensen 
  • Tom McCarthy's  IMDB
  • Tom McCarthy in Boston College Magazine
  • Tom McCarthy's Film The Visitor
  • Tom McCarthy's Film The Station Agent



Friday, April 25

8:00-10:30 PM

O’Neill Plaza, Main Tent

FREE Public Screening of The Visitor

“Talk Back” with the Director following the film

Written and directed by Tom McCarthy ‘88

A college professor travels back to New York City and finds   a young couple living in his apartment. Boston College Magazine


Saturday, April 26

4:00-5:00 PM

O’Neill Plaza, Main Tent

Inside the BC Studio

A live public interview with Tom McCarthy, modeled after Bravo TV’s Inside the Actor’s Studio.  With BC professor Luke Jorgensen ’91. 


Saturday, April 26

5:30-7:30 pm

Lyons Hall, Welch Dining Room

Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival

Buffet reception, live music, cash bar, and presentation of Arts Council Alumni Award for distinguished achievement by University President, Fr. William P. Leahy to Tom McCarthy.

To Purchase Tickets


back to Special Guests page

back to Arts Festival homepage