Cinema Studies Spring 2015 Calendar

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with 'Nanook of the North'

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January 25, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This event is sold out; a limited number of tickets may become available at the door.

Internationally acclaimed performer Tanya Tagaq will appear in concert in Pickard Auditorium, Bowdoin College at 7 pm on Sunday January 25, 2015. This avant-garde music sensation will create exciting new music against the backdrop of the Inuit film Nanook of the North. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Smith Union Information Desk on the college campus beginning January 19, 2015.

Tagaq is a ground-breaking performer who has taken the traditional Inuit throat-singing she heard growing up in Cambridge Bay in the Canadian Arctic and transformed it, infusing it with jazz, punk, and other contemporary music, to create an exciting new sound. Reviewers describe her performances as "fierce," "exquisite," "unnerving," and"emotionally gripping."

She evokes the sounds, visions, and emotions of the northern landscape with her remarkable voice. Tagaq has performed with musicians ranging from Bjork and the Kronos Quartet to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's top music awards, and her newest album, Animism, was listed as one of the top albums of 2014 by CBC Radio.

Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty's classic 1922 silent film about life among the Inuit of northern Quebec, is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern documentary films. In 2012, Toronto International Film Festival commissioned composer Derek Charke, along with Tagaq, and her collaborators violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin, to create a new soundscape for this silent classic. Drawing on her love of her northern home, Tagaq brings a depth of emotion and understanding to Flaherty's essentially colonial vision, reclaiming Nanook for contemporary Inuit.

This concert is presented by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center with support from the Departments of Music, Cinema Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology, Student Activities, the President's Office Wabanaki Initiative, and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.

For more information call Kristi Clifford at 725-3062, or visit the museum's web page www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum


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Film: 'For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska'

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This one-hour, award winning documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Like Native Americans in the lower forty-eight states, Alaska Natives struggled to keep their basic human rights, as well as protect their ancient ties to the land. The Bill of Rights did not apply to them.

Elizabeth Peratrovich, a young Tlingit woman and mother of three, testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed their vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the U.S. since the Civil War.&


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Sherryl Vint: "To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction in a Global Perspective"

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Sherryl Vint is professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she co-directs the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. She is the author and/or editor of several books, including Bodies of Tomorrow (2007), Animal Alterity (2010), The Wire (2013), Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed (2014), and The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011, with Mark Bould). She co-edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies.

Her talk will present an overview of science fiction in a global context, exploring the ways common science fiction icons appear differently when embedded in multiple local contexts, and will discuss the significance of the recent explosion of science fiction across the globe. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Arielle Saiber at asaiber@bowdoin.edu.  

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and the Cinema Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Programs.

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Film, Dinner, and Discussion: 'Growing Local'

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February 10, 2015 6:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Growing Local is a short series by Maine Farmland Trust about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The series weaves together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. The goal of the project is to help fellow Mainers, and hopefully others around the country, better understand the agrarian landscape surrounding us and the important role it plays in growing community as well as food. The film makers hope to inspire viewers to actively seek out local foods for their own health, the health of their communities and that of the planet. 

See the trailer and join us for dinner (get dinner 'through the line' and eat in Daggett Lounge), watch the film (starting at 6:30) and participate in conversation with table mates and local farmers. 

This event is being hosted at Bowdoin by the Environmental Studies Program, Sustainable Bowdoin, and Bowdoin Dining.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival

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February 16, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Film Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival

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February 17, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Film Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival

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February 18, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Film Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival

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February 19, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Film Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival

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February 20, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Film Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.

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Film and Lecture with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

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February 26, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This award-winning documentary tells the incredible forgotten story of the passenger pigeon, its unlikely extinction, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Almost 100 years ago on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon in existence (named after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A superabundant species of billions that darkened the entire sky disappeared in a matter of decades. 

What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. Discover how and why this bird went extinct, and how this anthropogenic extinction foreshadows more recent, rapid, ongoing destruction of species in the wake of the deforestation, rising ocean temperatures, acidification of bodies of water, and melting of polar ice shelves that are of vital concern to the current generation of students. 

Director and co-writer David Mrazek and co-producer and co-writer Joel Greenberg enter into discussions with biologists concerning the current unsustainable taking of sharks, acidification of oceans and bleaching of coral reefs, destruction of reptile habitat, and "de-extinction" of lost species through genetic manipulation. 

View the trailer and information on the filmmakers at passengerpigeon.org.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Departments of Art History, Biology, Cinema Studies, Education, Environmental Studies and Visual Arts.


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