Matthew Barney: Film Screening of Cremaster 4 & Drawing Restraint 10 — 9/27

Film Screening: Matthew Barney

In association with Mixed Signals:  Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports on view at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through October 23, 2011  Co-sponsored by ARHA and PHED.

Cremaster 4 (1994) and Drawing Restraint 10 (2005)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 7:30pm
Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

Winnerof the Guggenheim Museum’s inaugural Hugo Boss Award (1996), Matthew Barney entered the arts world to almost instant controversy and success after he graduated from Yale University in 1991. Known for his intermingling of sports and art, his Cremaster films are a series of visually extravagant works that feature Mr. Barney in myriad roles, including characters as diverse as a satyr, a magician, a ram, Harry Houdini and even the infamous murdererGary Gilmore. The ongoing Drawing Restraint series was started in 1987 as a studio experiment, built upon the athletic model of development in which growth occurs only through restraint (i.e., literally restraining the body while attempting to make a drawing). Drawing Restraint 10 features Mr. Barney jumping on a trampoline which has been set at an angle, attempting to draw two linked field emblems on the ceiling.

Co-sponsored by Film Studies

Screening: “Precious Knowledge” — 5/1, 7:30 p.m.

Come to the Wesleyan Premiere of Precious Knowledge, a new documentary about Arizona SB 2281, which banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in the state’s public schools.

 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.

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Foss Hill Movie Night! Fri., 8 p.m.

Dear Students,

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!

The feature presentation, as selected in a school-wide vote, will be: 

–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:


Carib Week: W.A.R. Stories 3/29

Tuesday, March 29, 2011:   Film screening: W.A.R. Stories

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.

Charlie Chan: Film Screening 3/26; Talk 3/31

This event is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of Film Studies. 

FILM SCREENING:  The Black Camel (1929)  and Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)–Sat., March 26,  8 p.m., Goldsmith Family Cinema           


Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History   

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

Ring Family Film Series — The Beetle, 3/3

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

NY Times Film Critic, A.O. Scott — Thurs., 11/4

This Thursday, November 4, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott will give a talk in the Memorial Chapel at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Film & Director: Steal A Pencil For Me — Thurs., 11/4

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

Film Screening: Kubrick’s Paths of Glory


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.” (

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.

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Russian Documentary & Discussion w/Director April 28


“I wanted to make a film for people for whom nobody makes films anymore”



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

                WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 at 4:15 p.m. in FISK210