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Film Studies Series and Events

DePauw's Film Studies Series screens a series of thought-provoking, critically acclaimed films throughout the academic year. The Fall 2014 season includes:

admission free unless otherwise noted



SEPT. 8 – DEC. 12
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

Following the widespread popularity and success of Project 35, ICI has collaborated with 35 more international curators to produce Project 35 Volume 2. ICI draws from its extensive network of curators to trace the complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners and the variety of approaches they use to make video. A new selection of 35 curators from 6 continents each chose one work for this compilation of the latest approaches to the medium.

Project 35 Volume 2 is a traveling video exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation, the ICI Board of Trustees and donors to ICI's Access Fund.

The Cats of Mirikitani

Monday, September 8 | 7 P.M.
Pulliam center for contemporary media, Watson Forum 

Filmmaker Linda Hattendorf will introduce, screen and conduct a Q&A on her award-winning 2006 documentary, The Cats of Mirikitani. The film skillfully weaves Hattendorf’s evolving friendship with a homeless, Japanese-American street artist, Jimmy Mirikitani, with historical events that marked Jimmy’s life – the bombing of Hiroshima, forced internment in a relocation camp in World War II and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It is a story about political injustice, ethical decision-making, loss, identity and the healing function of art.

12 monkeys (1995)

tuesday, september 9 | 7:30 p.m.
ashley square cinemas

Imprisoned in a 2030s’ world devastated by disease, where Earth’s inhabitants are forced to live underground, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis at his finest) is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s to find the origin of the plague. This Terry Gilliam film immerses its audience in a disorienting, frenetic dystopia, with an intoxicating mix of romanticism, madness, and dread. It’s an American-made/British directed/sci-fi/cult classic/blockbuster/adventure/romance/phenomenon/based on a French sci-fi short. Brad Pitt won a Golden Globe for his dazzling, manic performance. Also starring Madeleine Stowe and Christopher Plummer.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

, September 17 | 8 P.M.
The Prindle Institute, Courtyard

The film, directed by Bill Siegel of Kartemquin Films, focuses on the difficulties that Ali faced as he converted to Islam and refused to serve in the Vietnam War. It specifically deals with the conflict between personal values and public image. Bruce Ingram of the Chicago Sun-Times calls the movie "… a mind-blower. Especially when you see the way Ali stood firm – and seemed to grow mature – as be became a highly visible lightning rod for all of the most hotly contested social and political issues of the late '60s." 

S'mores and apple cider will be served. A shuttle will depart from the Union Building at 7:45 p.m.. This screening is cosponsored by the Prindle Institute and Conflict Studies.

winter's bone (2010)

tuesday, september 23 | 7:30 p.m.
ashley square cinemas

A brutally realistic Jennifer Lawrence stars in this Academy Award-nominated film, an unflinching portrait of an Ozark Mountain girl hacking through dangerous social terrain, as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. Dark, dangerous, and gritty, the film is directed by Debra Granik, with John Hawkes. In addition to Best Picture, it garnered an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role (for Lawrence) as well as three more Oscar nominations – Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role – and a number of wins at Sundance. Sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Douglas I & Ann U Smith Endowed Fund for Ethics at the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

A post-film discussion will be held at the Emerson Room at the Inn.

the shining (1980)

tuesday, october 29 | 7:30 p.m.
ashley square cinemas

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – or, rather, a homicidal boy, in Stanley Kubrick's masterful (if controversial) 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. When a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter, an evil spiritual presence goads the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. With iconic performances by Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd, and some of the most famous sequences in film history, this is a unique chance to see this perennial classic on the big screen – just in time for Halloween.

the grand budapest hotel (2014)

tuesday, november 4 | 7:30 p.m.
ashley square cinemas

An ArtsFest: Art & Laughter Event 

The latest, critically acclaimed, Wes Anderson film is a darkly comic banquet for the eyes and heart, as it chronicles the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The mind-boggling cast includes Ralph Fiennes (as Gustave), F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and Tony Revolori as Zero. Co-sponsored by the DePauw Public Occasions Committee.

the act of killing (2012)

tuesday, december 2 | 7:30 p.m.
ashley square cinemas

This Oscar-nominated, genre-breaking documentary challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. Brutal, visually stunning, and, ultimately transformative, director Joshua Oppenheimer calls it a documentary of the imagination: “The film is not an historical narrative. It is a film about history itself, about the lies victors tell to justify their actions, and the effects of those lies; about an unresolved traumatic past that continues to haunt the present.” (Director's cut version)

Co-sponsored by The Prindle Institute (The Anne Prindle Johnson and David S. Johnson Speaker Fund), Conflict Studies and Asian Studies. 

A Skype session with director, Joshua Oppenheimer, will be held at Watson Forum, Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., to discuss the film.

skype discussion with award-winning filmmaker, joshua oppenheimer, director of the act of killing

wednesday, december 3 | 4 p.m.
pccm, watson forum

Joshua Oppenheimer is an American film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His film, The Act of Killing, was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and won the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, the 2013 Asia Pacific Award for Best Documentary Feature, and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in 2013 (among many others). Join him in this unique Skype opportunity, as he discusses this haunting and transformative film with a DePauw audience. (Film screening on previous night, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., at Ashley Square.) Co-sponsored by the Prindle Institute, Conflict Studies, and Asian Studies.