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 (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.

Fall 2019 Schedule

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

Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28

9/27 (Friday evening at 8:00) Buster Keaton’s The General (1926), accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra performing their original score.

9/28 (Saturday afternoon at 4:00), Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra performing their original score.

For more than a decade, F.I.L.M. has been 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. This fall, they return to Bradford Auditorium for one last visit—the musicians are going their separate ways—to accompany one of the great American comedies: Buster Keaton’s The General; and one of the great sci-fi/fantasy films: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

Alas, we will not hear their like again. Students: if your family is visiting this weekend, bring them with you; they’ll thank you for it and it’ll give you something fun to talk about!

Sunday, October 13 

Paweł Wojtasik and John Bruce, in person, with End of Life (2019)

Paweł Wojtasik (Single Stream, Nine Gates) returns to F.I.L.M., this time with co-director John Bruce, to present their new feature film, End of Life, a series of portraits of women and men at the edge of mortality itself.

Wojtasik is known for his poetic reflections on cultures and ecosystems in films and large-scale installations. His investigations into overlooked corners of the environment have led him to sewage treatment plants, pig farms, auto wrecking yards, autopsy rooms, flood-damaged neighborhoods, and cremation sites. His work has been shown at MASS MoCA, the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of the Moving Image...  John Bruce has served as production manager and art director for a number of feature films, and platform producer for several transmedia projects addressing social issues. He teaches at Parsons School of Design, where he leads the Design for Living and Dying studio in the Transdisciplinary MFA program. 


Sunday, October 27

Jay Craven, director of Cinema Sarah Lawrence will present a work-in-progress rough-cut of sections of a new film, Martin Eden.

During the spring semester of 2019, four Hamilton students—Karina Bayrakdarian, Jane Nealey, Vale Medina, and Ava Witonski—along with students from other colleges and professional actors and crew members from around the country, participated in the production of a new feature film based on the Jack London novel, Martin Eden. Jay Craven, director of Cinema Sarah Lawrence (and of Martin Eden) will bring a rough-cut to Hamilton in the hope that the Hamilton participants in the program and those of you who see the film-in-progress might have useful suggestions for him.

November 3-4: Special 2- Day Event

Paul Cronin, in person, presents A Time to Stir (2018), his epic, 7 ½-hour immersion in the Columbia University revolt of 1968.
Saturday, November 3rd, from 12:00-4:00, followed by short discussion with Cronin and Hamilton’s prize-winning historian Maurice Isserman
Sunday 12:00-3:30, followed by discussion with Cronin and Isserman

For 11 years, Paul Cronin worked to provide an immersive experience that could document the student uprising that took control of Columbia University from April 23rd to April 30th, 1968, in order to protest the University’s contributions to the war in Vietnam and the racism implicit in Columbia’s decision to build an athletic facility in one of the few open spaces remaining in Harlem. Cronin recorded conversations with 700 veterans of that moment—students, faculty, Harlem residents, police, anyone who had clear memories to share—and in 2018 finished editing this remarkable document of a crucial moment in American political history.

A Time to Stir is your opportunity to cinematically Sit In with the Columbia students and share the experience of those who witnessed the events; you’ll see, hear, and feel what this event was and something of what it meant.


Sunday, November 10

The Goddess by Yu Yonggang, accompanied, live, by Min Xiao Fen on pipa and Rez Abassi, on guitar, playing Min Xiao Fen's original score.

The Goddess is a 1934 Chinese silent film, about a young woman trapped in the sex trade. The young woman is played by Ruan Lingyu (also known by her English name Lily Yuen), one of the most prominent Chinese film stars of the Thirties. Her exceptional acting ability (and suicide at the age of 24) led her to become an icon of Chinese cinema.Few artists have done more to both honor and reinvent the 2000-year history of the pipa than renowned soloist, vocalist and composer Min Xiao-Fen, who has collaborated with such inventive luminaries as Wadada Leo Smith, John Zorn, Christian Marclay and Björk.

Voted #1 Rising-Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and subsequently recognized as a “Top-Ten Guitarist,” alongside luminaries Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, Rez Abassi has recorded with many jazz greats.


Wednesday, November 20

(Wednesday, 4:15) Sharon Lockhart returns to Hamilton to do an artist’s talk and present her newest film Rudzienko (2016)

Canonical photographer and filmmaker, Sharon Lockhart has, in recent years, been working in Poland, doing a kind of cine- and photo-archeology of everyday life. Rudzienko was shot over two years in collaboration with the residents of the Youth Center for Sociotherapy in Rudzienko, Poland. Lockhart conceived of a series of workshops to empower young women and worked with a group to develop dialog and enacted movements based on their collective activities. The resulting film proposes an innovative approach to the relationship between image and language.

            Lockhart’s feature landscape film, Double Tide (2009), will be shown in KJ125 at 1:00 as part of Scott MacDonald’s Avant-Garde cinema class—all are welcome to this screening.


Sunday, December 8

(2:00) Dominic Gagnon, in person, with Going South (2018)

One of the pioneers of a new kind of found-footage cinema, Montréaler Gagnon has been exploring YouTube and other on-line posting sites for a decade, as if they were new geographic territories, and providing engaging and often disconcerting reports on what he has found. His controversial of the North (2015) was the first installment of a planned series of four feature videos, designed for the big screen, each of which will focus on postings that Gagnon discovered by using as search engines the words for particular directions—“north,” for of the North; and most recently, “south,” for Going South. No matter how many YouTube videos you’ve seen, you haven’t seen them this way!

Feel free to join Scott MacDonald’s avant-garde film class in KJ125 on December 4th to see of the North.


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