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F.I.L.M. Series


See you in the fall!

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 (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.

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The Anvil Orchestra accompanies Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)

For more than a decade, F.I.L.M. was honored to present the Alloy Orchestra (Terry Donahue, Roger Miller, and Ken Winokur)—dubbed “the best in the world at accompanying silent film” by the late Roger Ebert—performing their own scores for major classic films. In the fall of 2019, they returned to Bradford Auditorium for one last visit—the musicians were going their separate ways. In the wake of Covid-19, Alloy veterans Terry Donahue and Roger Miller decided to team up with percus...

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The Anvil Orchestra accompanies Buster Keaton’s The General (1926)

For more than a decade, F.I.L.M. was honored to present the Alloy Orchestra (Terry Donahue, Roger Miller, and Ken Winokur)—dubbed “the best in the world at accompanying silent film” by the late Roger Ebert—performing their own scores for major classic films. In the fall of 2019, they returned to Bradford Auditorium for one last visit—the musicians were going their separate ways. In the wake of Covid-19, Alloy veterans Terry Donahue and Roger Miller decided to team up with pe...

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William Greaves, Event 1: David Greaves presents Ali, the Fighter (1975) by William Greaves

Once the long anticipated first bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier had been scheduled for March 8, 1971, the fight organizers realized that this epic collision should be filmed, and they asked William Greaves to take charge. Greaves and his son David filmed not only the fight itself—using a multi-camera approach, new to sports coverage—but events in the lives of the fighters leading up to the fight. There were a series of results: a quickly ma...

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Professor Zhuoyi Wang and filmmaker Dayong Zhau present two recent films: the first, a dramatic feature; the other, a documentary:

At 2:00:  Shadow Days (2014). A young urban couple returns to the rural "ghost town" of their youth in an eerie film about personal secrets and China’s one-child policy.

At 7:00:  The Nailhouse: One Says No (2020). Reports of the demolition of entire city districts in China seem to belong to everyday life; no one in China wants to stand in the way of economic growth. No one? What happens when suddenly one sa...

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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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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 ...

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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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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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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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