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F.I.L.M. Series


See you in the fall!

All events are free and fully vaccinated folks are 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 (the Hansford fund) and by support from the Kirkland Endowment, the Art History Department, and the Days-Massolo Center.

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

F.I.L.M.

F.I.L.M. Series: William Greaves
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William Greaves Event 2:  Scott MacDonald presents William Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (shot in 1968, first version, 1971).

 By 1968, William Greaves had established himself as a significant contributor to modern documentary filmmaking, as well as an accomplished actor and teacher of actors (at the Actors Studio in New York). When a friend asked Greaves if he had a pet project in mind that might seem so unusual to producers that funding would be unlikely, Greaves admitted he had such a project—and the friend became the film’s a...

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F.I.L.M. Series: Halloween
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

The two decades following the release of Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) saw a range of new forms of horror film, from low-budget, independent productions like Night of the Living Dead (1968) to big budget successes like The Exorcist (1973). John Carpenter’s Halloween is among the most memorable horror films of that era, not only because of its powerful suspense and memorable score, but because of its elegant, pumpkin-colored look. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis—partly a nod to Psycho, since Curtis i...

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F.I.L.M. Series: SHOAH-the complete film
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Claude Lanzmann’s SHOAH (1984)

   “First Era”:  9:00-1:30 (270 minutes)

   “Second Era”:  3:00-8:00 (293 minutes)

 Of the many estimable documentary films focusing on the Holocaust, SHOAH may be the most remarkable. On its release at 9 ½ hours, the film’s epic scope—a premonition of the current trend of long-form documentaries—was much discussed. At initial screenings the film was shown complete, with a single intermission dividing the two eras covered by the film, implicitly a statement that in some instances a cinematic experience...

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F.I.L.M. Series: William Greaves
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William Greaves Event 3: Professor Celeste Day Moore presents excerpts from National Entertainment Television’s breakthrough show, Black Journal (1968-1971).

 In the wake of the unrest that spread across the United States following the murder of Martin Luther King, the Kirner Commission (the President’s Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders), was formed to examine, among other things, the relationship of African America to the American mass media. Among the results was NET’s Black Journal, the first network television news program to focus...

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F.I.L.M. Series: John Knecht
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Media artist John Knecht presents selected films and electronic paintings.

John Knecht’s work, and particularly his recent work, made for flat screen gallery installation and digital projection, has been finding an expanding audience on Facebook, as well as in galleries (and on his website: http://johnknechtart.com/). The various single- and multi-channel works that Knecht has produced since the early 1990s, including such recent projects as Deluge: Studies in the Super Natural (2010) and After Math (...

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