Cinema Studies Fall 2014 Calendar

Film Screening & Discussion: "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" (2013) by Megumi Sasaki

Film Screening & Discussion: "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" (2013) by Megumi Sasaki

September 4, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Herb & Dorothy 50x50, by Megumi Sasaki
Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50x50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.

Followed by a discussion with Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

RSVPs are kindly requested but not required. You may RSVP here:
http://herbanddorothy50x50.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Photo:  Dorothy and Herb Vogel

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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series (Film): Richard III (1995)

Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series (Film): Richard III (1995)

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Richard III (1995), directed by Richard Loncraine, presented by Aaron Kitch, associate professor and chair of the English department. The film is being presented in conjunction with his talk on October 9, "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain." For more information about this, refer to the second issue of the Bowdoin Bulletin or call 207-725-3253.

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Damnationland: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

Damnationland: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Damnationland, now in its fifth year, presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories.

Especially for the Halloween season, this Damnationland retrospective program will feature six short films produced in Maine by Mainers from 2010 through 2013.

These are dark, surreal, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

Syrup (2013)
What begins as a quaint morning in New England becomes a nightmare over breakfast.
Through The Door Productions
Directed by Caroline O'Connor and Everett Bunker

Penelope: Once Upon A Time In The Woods (2013)
A dark fairy tale set in the Maine woods, where evil twists the imagination of a young girl as her older sister gets pulled to the horrors that lurk within.
Moving Circle Pictures
Directed by Jennifer Widor Smith

Last Call (2010)
The story of an ordinary man who has an epiphany and believes he must perform last rites on zombies because they still have souls. Zombie mayhem in Southern Maine.
Directed by Christian and Sarah Matzke.

Merrow (2012)
A study in the calm terror of the inevitable, "Merrow" tells an otherwordly love story between a man and his mistress of the sea. As their intense relationship winds towards its tragic end, the couple becomes more entwined in a macabre dance of strength, support, and codependence.
Written and directed by Allen Baldwin

Raid of the Vomit-Blood Fiends (2012)
All is well when a husband and wife discuss politics over a candlelit dinner. That is, until the butler misplaces the wine.
Written and directed by R.J. Wilson

Are You The Walkers? (2011) - . This film continues in the spirit of the traditional supernatural folktale. Two men seek to deter a creeping divergence in their friendship by retreating deep into the Maine woods for the weekend. Caught in a sudden and severe blizzard, their relationship unravels as they are visited by a voice that calls to them from the storm. Directed by Derek Kimball

To see more: www.damnationland.com


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Film: The Secret of the Grain

Film: The Secret of the Grain

October 15, 2014 7:30 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The Secret of the Grain (French: La graine et le mulet, also released internationally as Couscous) is a 2007 Franco-Tunisian drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The film stars Habib Boufares as an aging immigrant from the Maghreb whose ambition to establish a successful restaurant as an inheritance for his large and disparate family meets skeptical opposition from the French bureaucracy. 

The screening is organized in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Revealing Mediterranean Women at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and other activities around the topic of gender and sexualities in the Mediterranean. 

It will be followed by a conversation with Hanétha Vété- Congolo (French) Russell Hopley (Arabic) and Amina Ben Ismail (17’). 

Open to the public free of charge. For more information call 207-725-3782. Sponsored by the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

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Lunch with Filmmaker James Ault

Lunch with Filmmaker James Ault

October 22, 2014 1:15 PM  – 2:30 PM
Moulton Union, South Private Dining Room

Join Professor Femi Vaughan in welcoming James Ault, award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. 

Mr. Ault will lead a class discussion in Prof. Vaughan's Christianity and Islam in West Africa course on Wednesday, October 22 in Adams 406 at 11:30 am.

Afterward, gather for lunch and conversation with the professor and Mr. Ault in Moulton Union's North and South dining rooms at 1:15 pm. A sign-in sheet will be at the front desk.



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Cinema Studies Program Info Session - for students interested in film courses and the minor at Bowdoin

Cinema Studies Program Info Session - for students interested in film courses and the minor at Bowdoin

October 22, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Passionate about all things film, from Altman to Zefirelli?  Come learn more about the Cinema Studies Program at Bowdoin!  

This is your opportunity to meet professors and current students, learn more about courses in technique, history, and literature of film ... and find out what it takes to minor in Cinema Studies at Bowdoin.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Cinema Studies Program coordinator at lholland@bowdoin.edu.

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Tales from the Hood

Tales from the Hood

October 30, 2014 6:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, The Pickering Room (213)

Tales from the Hood (1995)
Join us for a Halloween film spook-a-thon!  Produced by Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule, "Tales from the Hood" re-poses vignette-driven horror films such as "Tales from the Darkside" and "Creepshow" around contemporary themes in African American life.  This is B-movie horror at its best, combining genre parody, scares and laughs aplenty, and even some biting social commentary.  If you've never seen this masterpiece of ghettosploitation, this is your chance, and at the perfect time of year.  This program is offered in conjunction with Prof. Rael's first-year seminar, "Black Humor."  It is open to the campus community and public.

Join us.... if you dare!  Thursday, October 30 starting at 6:30 pm in Hubbard Conference Room West. 
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"The Gods of Times Square," with Documentary Filmmaker Richard Sandler

"The Gods of Times Square," with Documentary Filmmaker Richard Sandler

November 3, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Filmmaker Richard Sandler shot "The Gods of Times Square" over the course of six years during a radical transformation of the iconic New York City neighborhood. 

Gentrification and the real estate boom squeezed out the mom-and-pop stores, and gone, too, were the colorful characters who made Times Square a "speaker's corner." Only the most strident of religious zealots remained to warn of "eternal sin."

Sandler's film records a time in New York's history when the place most identified with free speech and the soul of New York changed from a democratic, interracial common ground to a corporate-controlled, soulless theme park.

Please join us for a screening of  Sandler's "The Gods of Times Square," followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Generously supported by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the departments of  Visual Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, and Religion, and the Cinema Studies program 

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Film & Conversation: Peter Greenaway's "Goltzius and the Pelican Company"

Film & Conversation: Peter Greenaway's "Goltzius and the Pelican Company"

November 4, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

In Peter Greenaway's imaginative portrait of the mannerist print maker, Hendrick Goltzius appears as an artist who stages his seductive Old Testament images to finance work with new printing technologies. The screening will be followed by a conversation with English professors Aviva Briefel and Aaron Kitch, and curator, Joachim Homann.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://goltziuspelicancompany.eventbrite.com
or email Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Film Still from Goltzius and the Pelican Company.

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Christopher Bolton Lecture "Oshii Mamoru's Avalon: Gaming, Graphics, History, and the Future of Japanese Film"

Christopher Bolton Lecture "Oshii Mamoru's Avalon:  Gaming, Graphics, History, and the Future of Japanese Film"

November 10, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Oshii Mamoru is one of anime's most recognizable directors worldwide. Avalon (2001) is an anime-inspired live-action movie about a grim future in which people escape their grey lives by playing an immersive virtual reality war game. Filmed in Poland with a Polish cast and military hardware borrowed from the Polish army, Avalon combines this setting and a range of subtle visual effects to revisit the history of Japan and the West during the Cold War.

Dr. Christopher Bolton, Associate Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College, is a specialist on Japanese science fiction and animation; he is also the associate editor of the journal Mechademia.

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