F.I.L.M. Series

All events are free and the public is cordially invited.

Unless otherwise indicated, events are scheduled for Sunday afternoons at 2 in the Bradford Auditorium—Room 125, in the Kirner-Johnson Building. Events run between one and three hours.

This series is made possible by the office of the Dean of the Faculty, by the generous support of the Kirkland Endowment, and by the Experimental Television Center re-grant program.

Events are curated by Scott MacDonald, with help from Heather Johnsen and Bret Olsen.


Unless otherwise indicated, events are scheduled for Sunday afternoons at 2:00 in the Bradford Auditorium—Room 125, in the Kirner-Johnson Building.

Sunday, November 6

The Alloy Orchestra ("The best in the world at accompanying silent film" - Roger Ebert) returns to present their new score for the classic German melodrama, Variety (aka Jealousy and Vaudeville), starring Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti, with cinematography by Karl Freund, directed by E.A. Dupont. "Director Dupont's flashy tale of revenge, jealousy and murder made the entire world go mad for the unchained camera (courtesy of cinematographer Karl Freund) and the intense performance of Emil Jannings. Sliced to ribbons by the censors upon its initial release... Variety has probably not looked this good since its original release nine decades ago--Fritzi Kramer, Movies Silently. Alloy is Terry Donahue (accordian, musical saw, junk), Roger Miller (keyboards), and Ken Winokur (clarinet and percussion).

Sunday, November 13

Cinema is the child of photography, and like all children its DNA reflects the DNA or its parents--though lived experience reveals a range of parent-child interrelationships. This program focuses on films that depend upon still photography and in some instances explore the interrelationships between photography and cinematography. The program includes the influential classic sci-fi film La Jetee (1962) by Chris Marker, Disappearing Music for Face (1964) by Chieko Shiomi, (nostalgia) (1971) by Hollis Frampton, Production Stills (1970) by Morgan Fisher, and Pasadena Freeway Stills (1974) by Gary Beydler.

Sunday, December 4

Deep beneath Carlsbad, New Mexico, lies the world's only licensed operating radioactive waste site. Savior of the town? Bulwark against global warming? Or a nuclear gamble for 10,000 years? Veteran documentary filmmaker Robb Moss teams up with scientist Peter Galison (Professor of the History of Science at Harvard and MacArthur fellow) to explore America's ongoing, but increasingly invisible issue with the disposition of nuclear waste. Moss is Chair of Harvard's Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. He has made landmark personal documentaries (Riverdogs, The Same River Twice) and serves annually as creative advisor for Sundance Doc/Edit labs.

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