UMass Graduate Film Certificate Talks & Reception
Friday 12/6 at 2:30pm–4:00pm
Presentations by Dijana Jelaca (PhD, Communication) and Pedro Eiras (MA, Spanish & Portuguese), followed by awarding of Graduate Film Certificates and end-of-the-year reception.
Event is open to all. RSVP not required. Please join us!
Questions? Contact Professor Anne Ciecko: email@example.com
Film Studio Exec Talk: "The Science and Testing of the Audience"
Thursday, 11/31, 11:15am-12:30pm
David Paul Kirkpatrick, former President of Paramount Pictures, Co-founder Plymouth Rock Studios (Mass), Golden Globe Winner will speakk in Kevin Anderson's Comm 231 class. The title of David Kirkpatrick's talk is "The Science and Testing of the Audience."
Video: "My Life In Movies".
Brief Resume for David Paul Kirkpatrick:
Chief of Production (1987-1989) Disney and Touchstone.
Original Voices (The Big Night, The Opposite of Sex).
Good News Holdings (2006)
Golden Globe (1996) for Best Mini-Series (Rasputin)
Screening Mikhail Kalik’s Goodbye, Boys
Tuesday, 11/19 at 7:00pm
In the lazy summer days of the late 1930s, three teenage friends roam the streets of the small Russian seaside town as their youth slips away and World War II looms. The boys, one of whom is Jewish, optimistically look forward to their military careers, getting away from overprotective parents, and becoming heroes. However, in the course of the film, it becomes clear that the inexperienced idealists will be sent off to the front lines where they will encounter horror and tragedy. To tell this story, Mikhail Kalik used excerpts from other films, fictional and documentary, to function as flash-forwards to the war and the Holocaust. In Western Holocaust films flashbacks are common for depicting trauma, but flash- forward was Kalik's remarkable innovation. Introduced and discussed by Olga Gershenson, author of The Phantom Holocaust. Free and open to the Public. Reception to follow. [More...]
Haili Kong Talk on Farewell My Concubine
Wednesday, 11/6, 3:30-5:30pm
"How to 'Read' Chinese Films?--An Analysis of Farewell My Concubine" (In Chinese). Professor Haili Kong has been teaching Chinese language, literature, and cinema since 1994 at Swarthmore College. His publication includes The Melancholic Northeasterner (1998), One Hundred Years of Chinese Cinema (2006), and Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City (2007). [Event flyer]
Mariette Monpierre at an Open Screening of Elza / Le bonheur d'Elza
Monday 10/28 at 3:35pm
UMASS French 350 / Complit 350 French Film invites you to an open screening of Elza / Le bonheur d'Elza (2011), in which a young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island in search of the father she has never known. Elza was selected as the opening film in the 2013 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.
The director (a Smith College alumna, '85) will be present for Q&A and discussion.
New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival
Wednesdays at 5:00pm
The Italian Studies program at UMass Amherst announces the second edition of the New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival. Please join us on campus at 5:00pm on Wednesdays during the month of October for four screenings of recent Italian films that offers a taste of Italian cinema and society today. [flyer | Facebook]
Hip-Hop Film Series
Beats, Rhymes, & Life is a film series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, organized by the Organization of Graduate Students in Comparative Literature and the English Graduate Organization. Screenings are open to the public. [Facebook]
New Asia Cinema Fall 2013
Jodie Mack: "Let Your Light Shine"
Wednesday 11/20 at 5:00pm
Presented by the Cinema on the Edge Film Series. This collection of films investigates the formal principles of abstract cinema while maturing an interest in found materials, evolving modes of production, forms of labor, and the role of decoration in daily life. Prodding at hierarchies of aesthetic value and the tension between high and low, these works question the role of abstract animation in a post-psychedelic climate. Merch tables meet museum gift stores. The sublime meets Sublime the band. Rippling head shop tie dyes and dollar store gift bags form ebullient spectacles from resurrected dead capital and banal everyday objects. These stroboscopic eulogies – celebrating the spectrum of abstraction from transcendent visual experiences to science kit optical fascinations – force a proscenium collision of the arena rock show, the planetarium l. Free Admission. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mack. [Flyer]
Haili Kong Talk on the Works of Wong Kar-wai
Thursday, 11/7, 4:30-6:00pm
"Time, Space, and Being—Wong Kar-wai and His Cinematic Illustration of Hong Kong Identity." Professor Haili Kong has been teaching Chinese language, literature, and cinema since 1994 at Swarthmore College. His publication includes The Melancholic Northeasterner (1998), One Hundred Years of Chinese Cinema (2006), and Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City (2007). [Event flyer]
Female Spanish Noir and Detective Fiction
Thursday 11/7 at 4:30pm
A talk by Eva París-Huesca: "Female Spanish Noir and Detective Fiction: From 1990s to the Present." This talk explores the neo-noir works of Pilar Miró and Patricia Ferreira and how their films subvert the ambiguous role that this genre has given to women. Whereas Miró´s postmodern project deconstructs traditional forms of female representation and reflects on the ambiguity of history and political discourse, Ferreira takes a step further as her film privileges a female gaze and subjectivity that breaks away with gender and genre dichotomies while developing a new feminist discourse to revisit the Spanish Transition to democracy. [More...]
World Cinema, Local Film: A Conversation with Mariette Monpierre
Friday, 10/25 at 12:10pm
Mariette Monpierre, award-winning filmmaker and Smith alumna (AMS '85), who will speak about her artistic and intellectual trajectory from Guadeloupe to Paris to the United States. Monpierre's acclaimed debut film Elza (2012) is the first feature by a female director filmed in Guadeloupe, and has received awards at the Pan African Film Festival, at the Roxbury International Film Festival, and at FESPACO. A screening of Elza (in French and Creole with English subtitles) will take place on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 pm at Stoddard Hall at Smith College. Both events are wheelchair accessible and open to the public. For further information contact Dawn Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org. [Facebook]
An Afternoon with Christine Vachon
Thursday, 11/7 at 4:30 pm
Independent Producer Christine Vachon (producer and founder of Killer Films) produced Todd Haynes's first feature, Poison, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has produced many acclaimed independent films, including Boys Don't Cry (Academy Award), and Far from Heaven (four Academy Award nominations), Mildred Pierce (HBO), Kill Your Darlings, and, upcomning The Bell Jar. She is a graduate of Brown University, and has been on the juries of the Sundance and Venice Film Festivals. She received the Producers Award from the National Board of Review and an award for Outstanding Achievement in Gay and Lesbian Media from Frameline (LGBT) festival. In 2011, Vachon was listed as one of the 50 most powerful Gays and Lesbians by the New York Observer. Free and open to the public. [event poster | Killer Films]
Russian Film Series
The Amherst College Russian Studies Department presents the 2013 Russian Film Series "Russian Cronicles." All films are screened in Russian with English subtitles. [More...]
German Film Series Fall 2013
Thursdays 4:00pm & 7:30pm
The Fall 2013 German Film Series from 9/12 through 12/5.
September 12: Westwind (Robert Thalheim, 2011; 90 min.)
September 26: Barbara (Christian Petzold, 2012; 105 min.)
October 17: For Eyes Only – Streng geheim (Top Secret, János Veiczi, 1963; 103 min.)
November 7: Gripsholm (Xavier Koller, 2000; 102 min.)
December 5: An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr (God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore, Axel Corti, 1982; 110 min.)
Film Studies Alumn Jed Winer wins Audience Award at NoHoIFF
Congratulations to Jed Winer, honors student and Film Certificate alumnus ('13). Jed took home the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2013 Northampton International Film Festival for his film Cheetah Conservation Fund: Change for the Cheetah's Future on the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. [NoHoIFF | Multimedia]
UMB Film Series 2013
See the schedule of the University of Massachusetts Boston Film Series. Screenings are free in the UMB Campus Center Ballroom. [More...]
Polish Film Festival 2013
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation New England Chapter hosts the 12th Annual Polish Film Festival. A celebration of contemporary Polish cinema. All films are free of charge and screened in Polish with English subtitles. [flyer]
Boston Jewish Film Festival
The 25th Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates its milestone year with 48 films from around the world through Nov 18 at Greater Boston area theatres. The films come from 13 countries including Russia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Poland and the Netherlands, and, of course, many from Israel and the U.S. Among them is the 3rd Annual Short Film Competition at the Somerville Theater at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 with six films from the U.S., Israel and England being screened and text voting by those attending to pick the winner. An after-screening party will be held as well, which is part of the cost of admission. Last year's event drew about 350 people. Three directors are coming also. Tickets are available now for all movies at www.bjff.org. [flyer | website]
Northampton International Film Festival (NoHoIFF)
October 11-13, 2013
The 17th annual Northampton International Film Festival continues the tradition October 11-13, 2013. Held at the legendary Academy of Music, the festival will showcase full length and short films from around the world, chosen by a panel of film industry experts. Additional events will include a gala following the opening night feature film, discussion panels with filmmakers and industry professionals as well as the closing awards ceremony. Check out our Award Winners from 2012. [More...]
ITVFest Features Tye Whipple and Adrian Atwood's Honeysuckle
The Independent Television and Film Festival is coming to Dover, Vermont at the end of the month. ITVFest is an annual event celebrating the best and brightest in independent television and short films. This year's festival features UMass Amherst grads Tye Whipple and Adrian Atwood, whose short film Honeysuckle received a Michael S. Roif Award in 2012. Honeysuckle will be screened on each day of ITVFest (three times in all). [ITVFest website | Daily collegian interview with Tye Whipple | Honeysuckle trailer]
Pamela Yates Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Documentary filmmaker and UMass alumna Pamela Yates is among those invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences this year. In recent years, Pamela Yates's work has been featured in both the 2013 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival and the 2012 MMFF, and she and Paco de Onis have given graduate colloquia and addressed UMass classes on documentary filmmaking and human rights. [More...]
Amat Escalante wins at Cannes
Amat Escalante wins Best Director at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for his film, HELI. Escalante spoke about The Hanging Priest (El cura Nicolás colgado), his contribution to the film Revolución at the 2011 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival "Migrations". Synopsis of Heli: Estela is a 12 year old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. Trying to achieve this dream, her family will have to live the violence that is devastating the region. [see Cannes Festival website]
A Companion to the Historical Film
Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film, edited by Robert A. Rosenstone nad Constantin Parvulescu, features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research.
Look for the chapter "Colonial Legacies in Contemporary French Cinema: Jews and Muslims on Screen" by Catherine Portuges.
Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989
Edited by Catherine Portuges and Peter Hames, this collection of essays focuses on cinema in Eastern Europe in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. As Professors Portuges and Hames argue in their introduction, in spite of Eastern Europe's rich cinematic tradition, films from this region are often marginalized. The contributors in this collection seek to fix this by offering textual analyses of films from each country from the former Soviet bloc. In addition, the essays also offer a sustained focus on structural questions of cinematic production. The collective effect of the volume is to offer a picture of Eastern European cinema at a critical historic era and its connection to the emerging world of transnational media. [More...]