Cinema Studies Spring 2014 Calendar

Film Screening: "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" (2012)

Film Screening: "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" (2012)

February 13, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Black History Month Film Festival

A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

102 min.

Brought to you by Africana Studies and the African American Society

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CANCELLED: For the Rights of All: Jim Crow in Alaska

CANCELLED: For the Rights of All: Jim Crow in Alaska

February 13, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS, THIS FILM SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. This documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who became an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights.

Free.

Sponsored by the Russell and Janet Doubleday Endowment.

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Memories of Overdevelopment"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Memories of Overdevelopment"

February 17, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

From Monday, February 17th through Sunday, February 23rd, 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. 

All films are at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Monday, February 17:

Memories of Overdevelopment (Miguel Coyula, Cuba, 2010) is presented by Miguel Coyula, Nadia Celis (Romance Languages) & the Latin American Student Organization.

Based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes, the film tells the story of a Cuban intellectual who leaves "underdevelopment" behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life as a professor in the "developed" world. The protagonist is a witness to the Cuban Revolution and the several waves of migration leaving the island from the 60's to the 80's, as well as to the attacks of September 11th in New York.

Memories of Overdevelopment was selected by the International Film Guide as the Best Cuban Film of 2011.

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Tuesday, February 18th – "THE RETURN" (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003) is presented by Kristina Toland (Russian). In this award-winning thriller, a man returns to his wife and two adolescent sons after a long and unexplained absence. Father and sons embark on a fishing trip, but their quest for reunion becomes a struggle for survival.

Wednesday, February 19th – "THE GREAT BEAUTY" (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy 2013) is presented by Allison Cooper (Italian)and Gretchen Williams '14 (Art History/Italian). A love letter to Roman decadence, this tragicomedy of Italy's leisured classes is a sensual overload and a scathing commentary on Italian politics and society.

Thursday, February 20th – "THE AMBASSADOR" (Mads Brugger, Denmark, 2011) is presented by Ericka Albaugh (Government) and Evan Bulman (Reed House). Armed with hidden cameras, black-market credentials, and his wit, a journalist transforms himself into the caricature of a European-African consul to expose Africa's blood diamond trade. 
A post-screening reception will be provided by the students of Reed House.

Friday, February 21st -“MAP of the SOUNDS of TOKYO” Isabel Coixet, Spain, 2009)is presented by David George (Bates College, Spanish/European Studies). A Japanese assassin makes the mistake of falling for her Spanish quarry in this stylish and beautiful thriller set in Tokyo.

Saturday, February 22nd - “PLEASE VOTE for ME” (Weijun Chen, China, 2007) is presented by Shu-chin Tsui (Asian Studies). A democratic experiment is happening in central China's most populous city: third-grade students are electing a class monitor. Their experience reveals the sacrifices and benefits required by democracy's implementation.

Sunday, February 23rd - “BLANCANIEVES" (Pablo Berger, Spain, 2012) is presented by Elena Cueto-Asin (Romance Languages), Tricia Welsch (Film Studies), Birgit Tautz (German), and MacMillan House. This wonderfully eerie silent film treat and Oscar nominee recasts Snow White as a talented bullfighter in 1920s southern Spain. A post-screening reception will be provided by the students of MacMillan House.

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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Making Independent Films in Cuba with Miguel Coyula, Director

Making Independent Films in Cuba with Miguel Coyula, Director

February 18, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Miguel Coyula (Havana, 1977) is one of the most accomplished and internationally acclaimed Independent Filmmakers from Cuba. He is the director of several experimental short films and two feature films, Cucarachas rojas (2003) and Memorias del Desarrollo (2010), which have granted him dozens of awards. Coyula's work is aesthetically focused on exploring new ways of storytelling through digital technology, yet his films are lucid and sophisticated portrayals of a variety of historical events and political matters. Memorias, based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes, tells the story of a Cuban intellectual who leaves "underdevelopment" behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life as a professor in the "developed" world. The protagonist is a witness to the Cuban Revolution and the several waves of migration leaving the island from the 60's to the 80's, as well as to the attacks of September 11th in New York. Selected by the International Film Guide as the Best Cuban Film of 2011, the movie is not available in DVD or for commercial purposes. Therefore, it would be truly an exceptional opportunity for the Bowdoin community to watch this film in the context of the "World Cinema Film Screenings."

Coyula's visit will also include a workshop titled "Making Independent Films in Cuba," open to students, faculty and community members with interest in filmmaking (February 18, Smith Auditorium, 4 pm).

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World Cinema Film Festival: "The Return"

World Cinema Film Festival: "The Return"

February 18, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge 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.

The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003) is presented by Kristina Toland (Russian).  In this award-winning thriller, a man returns to his wife and two adolescent sons after a long and unexplained absence. Father and sons embark on a fishing trip, but their quest for reunion becomes a struggle for survival.

Official trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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World Cinema Film Festival: "The Great Beauty"

World Cinema Film Festival: "The Great Beauty"

February 19, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge 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.

The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy 2013) is presented by Allison Cooper (Italian)and Gretchen Williams '14 (Art History/Italian).  A love letter to Roman decadence, this tragicomedy of Italy's leisured classes is a sensual overload and a scathing commentary on Italian politics and society.

“A deliriously alive movie … a wildly inventive and sometimes thrilling ode to sensibility and to some of its linguistic cousins, like sensation, sensitivity and sentiment.” 
-Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A radiant work on the meaning of life … The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino’s mind, a lot more.” 
-Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

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For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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World Cinema Film Festival: "The Ambassador"

World Cinema Film Festival: "The Ambassador"

February 20, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge 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.

The Ambassador (Mads Brugger, Denmark, 2011) is presented by Ericka Albaugh (Government) and Evan Bulman (Reed House). Armed with hidden cameras, black-market credentials, and his wit, a journalist transforms himself into the caricature of a European-African consul to expose Africa's blood diamond trade.

A post-screening reception will be provided by the students of Reed House.

Official Trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Mapa de los Sonidos de Tokio)"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Mapa de los Sonidos de Tokio)"

February 21, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge 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.

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Isabel Coixet, Spain, 2009) is presented by David George (Bates College, Spanish/European Studies) and Jayanthi Selinger (Asian Studies).

A Japanese assassin makes the mistake of falling for her Spanish quarry in this stylish and beautiful thriller set in Tokyo.

Official trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Please Vote For Me"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Please Vote For Me"

February 22, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge 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.

Please Vote for Me (Weijun Chen, China, 2007) is presented by Shu-chin Tsui (Asian Studies).

A democratic experiment is happening in central China's most populous city: third-grade students are electing a class monitor. Their experience reveals the sacrifices and benefits required by democracy's implementation.

Trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Blancanieves"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Blancanieves"

February 23, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge 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.

Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, Spain, 2012) is presented by Elena Cueto-Asin (Romance Languages), Tricia Welsch (Film Studies), Birgit Tautz (German), and MacMillan House. This wonderfully eerie silent film treat and Oscar nominee  recasts Snow White as a talented bullfighter in 1920s southern Spain.

A post-screening reception will be provided by the students of MacMillan House.

Official Trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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Film Screening: Fruitvale Station (2013)

Film Screening: Fruitvale Station (2013)

February 27, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Black History Month Film Festival

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award of U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008; a day that takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day.

85 min.

Brought to you by Africana Studies and the African American Society

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Science is Fiction; A selection of films by Jean Painleve

Science is Fiction; A selection of films by Jean Painleve

March 3, 2014 6:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This screening and discussion will explore Jean Painleve's "scientific-poetic" films. These dreamlike short films reveal the wonder of sea creatures, presenting their social lives as a challenge to human conventions. Organized in conjunction with Sarah Childress's documentary film course and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's exhibition Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography.

Speakers include: Sarah Childress, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies; Janet Gannon, Lab Instructor at the Bowdoin Scientific Station of Kent Island; Marko Melendy, Bowdoin's Animal Care Supervisor; Andrea Rosen, Curatorial Assistant, Bowdoin College Museum of Art; and students in the Spring 2014 course "The Reality Effect: Documentary Film."

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Film: The Eskimo and the Whale

Film: The Eskimo and the Whale

March 27, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Follow filmmaker Jenn Hofmann as she explores the strength and courage of the Inupiat people struggling to preserve their subsistence whaling culture in the Arctic regions of Alaska.

Presented by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.

Free.




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Discussion and Screening of "The Garden" with Director Scott Kennedy Hamilton

Discussion and Screening of  "The Garden" with Director Scott Kennedy Hamilton

March 31, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Scott Hamilton Kennedy comes to Bowdoin for a discussion and screening of his 2008 Oscar-nominated documentary The Garden. Kennedy's film tells the story of South Central Farm, a community garden and urban farm in Los Angeles. When the landowner decides he no longer wants the farm on his property, the working class families who created and work on South Central Farm protest - confronting a web of backroom land development deals, green politics, and corruption.

Indiewire says of The Garden: "(the film) exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us."

Includes appearances by Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Willie Nelson, and Joan Baez.

The Garden website

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, the Film Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Program, the Center for the Common Good, the Africana Studies Program, and the English Department.

Contact the Film Studies Program at 725-3552 for more information.

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Filming the Sea: a Talk by Documentary Filmmaker David Conover

Filming the Sea: a Talk by Documentary Filmmaker David Conover

April 2, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

As a documentary filmmaker, David Conover has spent twenty-five years on some of the most extreme coasts on earth, sharing his eclectic explorations and innovations with a camera.

Weaving clips and personal stories, Conover's talk is an inter-disciplinary visit to that dynamic zone between land and sea; from Newfoundland to Madagascar, Svalbard to the Galapagos, analog past to the digital future.

Encounters include an around-the-world voyage with geneticist Craig Venter, an excavation of the pirate Captain Kidd's ship, and a paddle with the extinct Great Auk.

Conover is Bowdoin's 2014-15 Coastal Studies scholar and will be teaching courses in the fall and spring semesters of next year.

Sponsored by the Film Studies Program. For more information, call 725-3552.

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The Uncondemned: The Prosecution of Rape at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

The  Uncondemned:  The Prosecution of Rape at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

April 8, 2014 7:30 PM  – 10:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

5.3 From April through July 1994, many Tutsi men, women and children were attacked, abducted, raped and massacred in their residences or at their places of shelter or arrested, detained and later murdered. The Accused commanded, organized, supervised and participated in these attacks.

5.4 These attackers, comprising the members of the Police Communale, Gendarmerie Nationale and Interahamwe militia who were under the control of the Accused, used guns, grenades, machetes, spears, pangas, cudgels and other weapons to slaughter the Tutsis.

5.5 The Accused ordered and witnessed the raping and other sexual assaults on the Tutsi females. At all times material to this indictment, the Accused, as a person in authority over the attackers failed to take any measure to stop these nefarious acts on the Tutsi females. The Accused is responsible for the rape of Tutsi(s) as part of a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population on political, ethnic or racial grounds, and thereby committed CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, pursuant to Article 3(g) and punishable in reference to Articles 22 and 23 of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda.

Join co-producer, director and writer Michele Mitchell on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 PM in Cleaveland 151 to discuss "The Uncondemned:  The Prosecution of Rape at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda." 

Michele Mitchell is the executive editor of Film at Eleven and the filmmaker behind the PBS special “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?” which won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Television Documentary, the Gracie Award for Best Investigative Documentary, the CINE Special Jury Award for Best Investigative Feature and the CINE Golden Eagle for Investigative Feature, among other honors. She recently complete work as co-director of “The Water War” which is currently in post-production.

 Previously, she was the investigative correspondent on “NOW with Bill Moyers” (PBS), where she won a Gracie Award and an honorary citation at the Overseas Press Awards, and political anchor at CNN Headline News. She is the author of three books and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and “All Things Considered” on NPR. A graduate of Northwestern University, she began her career on Capitol Hill.

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Film: Vanishing Point (2012)

Film: Vanishing Point (2012)

April 24, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

7 PM - April 24, 2014
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Navarana is an Inughuit elder from the northern district of Greenland.  In the 1860s, her ancestor led a legendary Inuit migration to Greenland.  More than 150 years later,  Navarana connects with distant cousins and explores these two isolated groups.

Trailer: http://www.nfb.ca/film/vanishing_point/trailer/vanishing_point_trailer/

Website: http://www.meltwatermedia.ca/site/Vanishing-Point-movie.html


Free.

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Queering Chinese 'Comrades': Film Screening & Discussion

Queering Chinese 'Comrades': Film Screening & Discussion

April 28, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Monday, April 28
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Cui Zien is China's first independent queer filmmaker and an outspoken queer activist. Queering Chinese 'Comrades' presents a comprehensive historical account of queer culture in China for the last 30 years. The documentary uses exclusive interviews and original film footage to examine how shifting attitudes in law, media, and education have transformed queer culture from an unspeakable taboo to an accepted social identity.

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, Asian Studies Program, Film Studies, and Gay & Lesbian Studies.

Free and open to the public.

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Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

May 2, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Dana Renga, Assistant Professor of Italian at The Ohio State University, will discuss the ways in which the conventions of melodrama shape the mafia movie, focusing in particular on the Italian box-office hit Romanzo criminale (Michele Placido, 2005). Melodramatic narratives, argues Prof. Renga, create sympathy for the mafia film's brooding anti-hero - a sympathy that is increased when these characters are played by the likes of Italian film idols Kim Rossi Stuart and Riccardo Scamarcio. In "Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama" Prof. Renga examines how such films cause their viewers to forgive the transgressions of their criminal protagonists, and even mourn their deaths.

Prof. Renga works on modern and contemporary Italian cinema and culture, including representations of the Mafia, gender, the holocaust, fascism and terrorism. She has published articles and book chapters on Italian cinema, popular culture, poetry, and literature. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium (University of Toronto Press, 2013), the editor of Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and co-edits The Italianist: Film Issue. She is currently at work on a book entitled Italian Women's Cinema and the Wounded Filmic Body (1915-2015).

This lecture is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Romance Languages, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Gender and Women's Studies Program, with additional funding from the Lectures and Concerts Committee and Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

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Visual Arts Senior Studio Exhibition

Visual Arts Senior Studio Exhibition

May 2, 2014 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Senior Studio: XIX 


The 2014 Senior Majors in Visual Arts cordially invite you to their culminating exhibition. 

Opening Reception Friday, 5/2/14, 5-7pm in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance

Exhibition runs from May 2-7, 2014. 

Come experience the work of this year's talented senior visual artists!

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DamNation Film Screening

DamNation Film Screening

May 4, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning rounds, after decades without access. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

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Open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the Economics Department and the Environmental Studies Program.

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Visual Arts Spring 2014 Open House

Visual Arts Spring 2014 Open House

May 9, 2014 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Come join us for the Spring 2014 Visual Arts Open House! This is an exciting opportunity to view the outstanding creative endeavors of all the students in visual arts courses this spring.


Friday, May 9th, 5-7pm in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance. 

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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