Film Screening: Matthew Barney
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 7:30pm at the Center for Film Studies–FREE and open to the public.
Sponsored by Ajua Campos, Ujaama, American Studies Program, Film Studies Dept., and Residential Life.
The WSA and the Film Board will be co-sponsoring a Movie Night on Foss Hill this Friday. We have contracted a giant 2000sqft screen—the same used for the TriBeCa film festival—and an awesome 4500-watt sound system!
–Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark–
So bring your friends and a blanket to Foss Hill where you can be merry with an awesome movie on a beautiful spring evening. The film will be played at 8PM on Foss Hill this Friday (4/29).
Go Wes, Wesleyan Student Assembly Film Board
Check out the Foss Movie Night Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221481717867514
A documentary on the life and ideology of Guyanese historian and political activist Walter Rodney. The film’s narrative on Walter Rodney is told by over 15 narrators, all people who knew him well or who were tremendously influenced by him. The narrators include some of his Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) fellows in arms, and some of his UWI classmates. The narratives and narrators crisscross, go back and forth across continents, build on each other, and they are filled with humor, horror, sentimentality, and awe.
Q&A with Director Clairmont Chung, Shanklin 107 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of Film Studies.
Yunte Huang (the University of California, Santa Barbara) 4:30 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2011; FEAS Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (343 Washington Terrace)
Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book.
To most Caucasian Americans, Charlie Chan is a funny, beloved film character who talks wise and acts even wiser. But to many Asian Americans, he remains a pernicious example of a racist stereotype, the kind of Chinaman who, passive and unsavory, conveys himself in laughable broken English. Yet despite being a flamboyant cinematic and cultural icon, Charlie Chan and his influence on American culture has remained, until now, virtually unexamined. At last, in this groundbreaking work, scholar Yunte Huang traces the evolution of Charlie Chan using hundreds of biographical, literary, and cinematic sources, both in English and in his native Chinese. This is the first biography of the cinematic hero Charlie Chan, whose character was inspired by the real-life story of Chang Apana, a bullwhip-wielding, five-foot-tall Chinese immigrant detective whose raids on opium dens and gambling parlors made him into a Hawaiian legend. Yunte Huang masterfully re-creates the world in which Apana roamed filled with desperate Chinese who worked as indentured laborers on sugarcane plantations, railroad builders who took on the overly dangerous jobs, and laundrymen who toiled away through steam and starch. Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century territorial Hawaii, Huang follows Apana’s footsteps through the shadowy alleyways of Honolulu’s bustling Chinatown, where the real-life adventures of the cowboy turned constable would eventually become folklore for the local population. The talk will be followed by a book signing.
Yunte Huang a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of Transpacific Imaginations and Charlie Chan. Born in China, he lives in Santa Barbara, California. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/books/11chan.html
Yishai Orian’s journey to save his old beloved VW beetle, starting with finding the previous owners and ending with a journey to Jordan, is the subject of the documentary comedy The Beetle. The movie will be screened as part of the Ring Family Wesleyan University Film Festival on Thursday, March 3 at 8 P.M at the Goldsmith Family cinema. Assistant professor Anne Peters from the Wesleyan Government Department will situate the film within the political context of Israel – Jordan relations. Her talk is entitled Israel-Jordan: Friendly States and Cold Societies.
More information about the movie as well as a video trail can be found at www.iff.site.wesleyan.edu
A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, Mr. Scott was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books and many other publications.
The event is sponsored by the New York Times, the Wesleyan Student Assembly, and the Wesleyan Film Department. We hope to see you at the Chapel this Thursday.
On behalf of the Jewish and Israel Studies and the Film Studies Department with support provided by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, it is my pleasure to invite you, your students and friends to a special screening of Steal A Pencil For Me . “I am a very special Holocaust survivor. I was in the camps with my wife and girlfriend—and believe me, it wasn’t easy”, thus confesses Jack about his love to Ina during the war. When Jack’s wife objects to their relationship despite their unhappy marriage, Jack and Ina start writing secret love letters. This is an amazing film about the power of love to ascend above human suffering.
The event features a special guest, an award winning writer and director, Michele Ohayon, P’14. The movie received the Yad Vashem award at the Jerusalem Film Festival (2007), the ABC/Video source award (2007),the Audience Award at the Sonoma Film Festival as well as the Spirit of Anne Frank Honoree. Michele Ohayon will introduce the film as well as answer questions after the screening. The event is going to take place on Thursday, November 4 at the Goldsmith Family Cinema at 8 p.m. Admission is free. See you at the movies!
Dalit Katz, Wesleyan University, Religion Department
From the Friends of Wesleyan Library,
Screening: Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” (1957)
Thursday September 9, 2010 – 8 pm, Goldsmith Family Cinema
“The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.” (IMDB.com)
This screening is part of “The Adaptation Series” a collaboration between The Friends of the Wesleyan Library and the Center for Film Studies exploring the translation of literary texts to the screen. The film will be preceded by brief introductory remarks by Erhard Konerding, Government Documents Librarian, and Marc Longenecker ’03, Programming and Technical Manager, on WWI and Kubrick’s visualization of Humphrey Cobb’s novel.
OLEG DORMAN, Director
This documentary became the main event of the last television season in Russia and is still the most discussed on the Russian Internet. It is a gripping oral history of our times as told by an extraordinary woman, Liliana Lungina, filmed by the legendary cameraman Vadim Yusov, who worked with Andrei Tarkovsky and Georgii Daneliia.
Director OLEG DORMAN will show parts of the film and discuss his work on