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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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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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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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.

**This film is intended for mature audiences, due to sexually explicit and violent content.**

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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BFS Weekend Film Screenings - Barbara

BFS Weekend Film Screenings - Barbara

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

East Germany, 1980. Barbara Wolff is a young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. She must weigh her absolute dedication to her patients against a potential escape to the West, and her new found attraction to a doctor in whom she sees a kindred spirit.

Barbara
is a story of self-sacrifice and freedom and quiet heroism at a time and place when such values are at a premium. It is also about a healer whose morality and set of personal ethics are being called into questions by circumstances specific to that same time and place in history.

Sponsored by the Department of German and the German Information Center, in collaboration with the Bowdoin Film Society.

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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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3rd Digital Computational Studies Initiative Hackathon

3rd Digital Computational Studies Initiative Hackathon

November 12, 2014 5:00 PM  – 11:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Room 304 (North)

Hack much? Well, now you can. Come start work on a project, learn a new coding language, visualize data, or how to protect your online privacy. DCSI students and hackers from Code4Maine will be there!

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'Nowhere to Call Home' : Film Screening with Filmmaker Jocelyn Ford

'Nowhere to Call Home' : Film Screening with Filmmaker Jocelyn Ford

November 18, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Nowhere to Call Home: a Tibetan in Beijing provides a rare glimpse into the world of a widowed Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village near the epicenter of Tibetan self-immolations, this gripping story of a woman determined to beat the odds puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet. 


Beijing-based award-winning radio correspondent and filmmaker Jocelyn Ford hosts this screening, along with the following panel discussion. Ford has been a journalist in Asia for three decades and has a passion for stories on under-represented social issues. For over a decade, she was bureau chief for U.S. public radio's premier national business show, Marketplace, first in Tokyo, later in Beijing. In Japan, as the first foreigner in the prime minister's press corps, she persistently challenged unspoken taboos. In 2001, Ford became the first foreigner to co-produce and co-host China Radio International's first live drive-time news show.

The screening will begin at 7:00pm.

This event is sponsored by the departments of Visual Art, Cinema Studies,  and Gender and Women's Studies. 

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Nick Caloyianis: "Close Encounters with the Supersharks"

Nick Caloyianis: "Close Encounters with the Supersharks"

November 19, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Award-winning underwater photographer Nick Caloyianis will present a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at some of his groundbreaking film and research projects including the first-ever underwater encounter by man with a free-swimming Greenland shark, first-ever underwater footage of a Great White shark in Atlantic waters, and the first-ever underwater footage of Basking sharks in the Gulf of Maine. To learn more about Nick's work, see his Demo Reel (try Internet Explorer)

Caloyianis' still pictures have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications, including the highly popular summer read, The Shark Handbook, which he co-authored with Greg Skomal, Ph.D. Over a span of 30 years his artistry has been honored with numerous awards, including an Oscar, Primetime Emmys, and a NOGI in the Arts. He has directed and produced films for the National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and has filmed for IMAX and Hollywood screens. He continues to collaborate with marine scientists not only to record their work, but to help them make their remarkable discoveries, and has used his photographs to lobby for the protection of sharks and the creation of undersea parks and sanctuaries. His company has been instrumental in raising funds to help restore marine habitats, and recently his visuals have helped gain awareness for much needed Federal protection of vital natural reefs located in our mid-Atlantic waters offshore.

Caloyianis has been Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover's primary underwater director of photography over the past 15 years. While at Bowdoin, he will work with students in Conover's class, 'Seashore Digital Diaries' at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, kicking off a project on underwater filming.


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'Frozen' : Bowdoin Premieres Disney's Family-Favorite Film

'Frozen' : Bowdoin Premieres Disney's Family-Favorite Film

November 22, 2014 10:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"Let it go" all over again with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf! Kids and kids-at-heart are invited for this special Saturday morning sing-along screening of the acclaimed Disney film, Frozen. 

Coffee, juice, and Frosty's famous doughnuts will be served!

Free and open to the public. No tickets required. For more information, contact the Bowdoin Cinema Studies Program at 207-725-3552.

With generous support from the Bowdoin Film Society, Residential Life, and the English Department. 

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

November 22, 2014 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students organize and present "Family Saturday" with activities related to exhibitions currently on view. Enjoy interactive learning and fun!

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Documentary Film: 'Pump'

Documentary Film: 'Pump'

November 22, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Pump is a documentary film that chronicles the story of America's addiction to oil, from Standard Oil's illegal tactics to the monopoly that oil companies enjoy today. The film explains how we can end this monopoly--and win choices at the pump.

Pump explores the roots of America's dependence on oil and considers how that has affected the United States, showing ways that an open fuel market would benefit both the environment and the economy. Watch the film that crtics are calling "entertaining" (Variety), "powerful" (Huffington Post), and "well-reasoned and compelling" (LA Times). Afterward, Mark Rosenblatt from Freedom Fuel Foundation, the organization that produced Pump, will be available via skype for a question and answer session.

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Roundtable Discussion of the Animated Disney Film "Frozen"

Roundtable Discussion of the Animated Disney Film "Frozen"

December 1, 2014 6:00 PM  – 8:45 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The popular animated film "Frozen" (2013) has earned the undying allegiance of most of its young viewers and over a billion dollars worldwide for Walt Disney Pictures. One factor behind the movie's commercial and critical success is the broad appeal of its protagonist, whose transformation from a misunderstood loner into a glamorous queen has been read as both a coming of age tale and a coming out story. Please join Bowdoin faculty members Jen Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women's Studies; Sarah Braunstein, Visiting Assistant Professor of English; and Allison Cooper, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Cinema Studies for a round table discussion of the film at 7:45 pm in Smith Auditorium, immediately following its screening at 6 pm on Monday, December 1st.

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'Sleep Dealer': A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Alex Rivera

'Sleep Dealer': A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Alex Rivera

December 3, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker and Digital Media Artist Alex Rivera visits Bowdoin to screen and discuss his award-winning film, Sleep Dealer

Rivera’s work has been telling new, urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science fiction tale set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. His film was also screened as part of ‘New Directors/New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center and had a commercial release in the U.S., France, and Japan. 

Sleep Dealer tells the story of Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña), a young man in near future Mexico. When is family falls victim to a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrants can not cross this new world border – it’s been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America. 

Sleep Dealer carries embedded in it profound political and economic critiques about issues as diverse as labor and immigration, technology and ethics, globalization, and the environment. 

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Sociology and Anthropology, Romance Languages, Latin American Studies, Cinema Studies, the Office of the Dean of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

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'The New Black' : Documentary Screening and Discussion with Yoruba Richen

'The New Black' : Documentary Screening and Discussion with Yoruba Richen

December 8, 2014 6:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen returns to Bowdoin for a screening and discussion of her new, award-winning documentary The New Black.

Richen has directed and produced films in the United States, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Her award-winning work, Promised Land, was screened at Bowdoin in Spring 2011, and has since screened at numerous festivals around the world. It received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and won the Fledgling Fund Award for Social Issue Documentary. 

She has produced for the investigative unit of ABC News and the independent news program Democracy Now. In 2007, she won a Fulbright Award in filmmaking and traveled to Salvador, Brazil, where she began production on Sisters of the Good Death, a documentary about the oldest African women’s association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery. In 2012, Richen won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and became a Guggenheim fellow. She is a graduate of Brown University and teaches Documentary Film at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. 

Free and open to the public

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Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North

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

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