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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, 20147:00 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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David Angelini: "Having it both ways: The Developmental Genetics of Dimorphisms in True Bugs"

David Angelini: "Having it both ways: The Developmental Genetics of Dimorphisms in True Bugs"

December 4, 20144:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

David R. Angelini, assistant professor of Biology at Colby College, addresses the growing field of evo-devo and the interest in the developmental and molecular genetic aspects of morphological evolution. He examines how the use of developmental genetics, molecular biology, morphometric and phylogenetic methods help understand the interactions and functions of genes and their networks in the evolutionary histories that have led to animal diversity.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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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, 20146:00 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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Music at the Museum: Baroque Chamber Music with George Lopez

Music at the Museum: Baroque Chamber Music with George Lopez

December 11, 20146:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Boyd Gallery

***Please note that this event is sold out***

George Lopez performs an evening of  17th and 18th century Baroque chamber music to highlight the exhibition, Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

For more information please contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu or (207) 725-3276.

Illustration: Psyche's Banquet, ca. 1660. Wool, silk, and gold thread.  Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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