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spring 2014

THE RED VIOLIN (1998)

FRIDAY, FEB. 7 | 7:30 P.M.
GCPA, KRESGE AUDITORIUM

Directed by Francois Girard, this 1998 drama spans four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners. Robert Ebert called it "heedlessly ambitious.” Composer, John Corigliano (visiting DePauw from Feb. 10-14, 2014), received an Academy Award for its Best Original Score. With Samuel L. Jackson, Carlo Cecchi, and Greta Scacchi. Co-sponsored by the School of Music.

12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)

FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 6 | 7:30 P.M.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Directed by Seven McQueen, screenplay by John Ridley, based on the book by Solomon Northup, the film has been nominated for 9 Oscars. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, and Michael Fassbender. Hosted by the history department. DePauw students admitted free with ID.

There will be a discussion of the film after the showing Tuesday, March 4, commencing around 9:30 p.m. in Social Center A of the Inn at DePauw.

HYSTERIA (2011)

MONDAY, MARCH 10 | 7:30 P.M.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

A 2011 comedy that chronicles how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science – a cure for female “hysteria.” With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center.

FRUITVALE STATION (2013)

MONDAY, MARCH 17 | 7:30 P.M.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

From director/writer, Ryan Coogler, the purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident on the last day of 2008, before his deadly encounter with the police. Released in 2013, starring Michael B. Jordan. Co-sponsored by Conflict Studies, AAAS, and The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. 

Post-film discussion will be held at the Emerson Room at the Inn at DePauw at 9:30 p.m. Representatives from AAAS, Conflict Studies, and Prindle Interns will be there. Moderated by Professor Karin Wimbley. Refreshments provided.

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2014: LIVE ACTION

MONDAY, APRIL 7 | 7:30 PM.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

The best live action short films of the year; these unique gems of the screen, from comedy and drama, from short to very short, are hot off the press at the Academy Awards, 2014. One of them is the winner! Co-sponsored by the DePauw English department. 

BRIGHT (2011)

Visiting Writer/Actor/Filmmaker Benjamin Busch screens and discusses this short film.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 | 4 P.M. 
PEELER ART CENTER, AUDITORIUM

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Busch is the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer award for nonfiction. He’s also a photographer with three traveling exhibits, TV actor (best known for his role in the HBO series The Wire), and filmmaker who wrote, produced and directed his 40-minute short film, Bright.

ALEXANDER NEVSKY (1938)

MONDAY, APRIL 21 | 7:30 P.M.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

The story of how a Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights, this 1938 film, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, is said to be comprised of some of the most striking images in film history. Its score was written by master composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Co-sponsored by Russian Studies and DePauw Public Occasions.

FALL 2013

MUD LOTUS (2013)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 | 7 P.M.
THE PRINDLE INSTITUE FOR ETHICS, AUDITORIUM

Here is a second chance to see this twenty-five minute short, written and directed by DePauw English Professor Chris White, and produced by White and DePauw Communication Professor Jonathan Nichols-Pethick – this time at the Prindle Institute for Ethics. Shot in Putnam County, utilizing the talents of DePauw faculty, students, alumni, Greencastle natives and film professionals including Hollywood actor Rae Dawn Chong, New York City cinematographer Eric Branco, and Philadelphia composer John Avarese. Mud Lotus tells the story of Nawang, a Tibetan monk who comes to rural Indiana in search of the reincarnation of his late teacher.

RUST AND BONE (2012)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 | 7:30 P.M.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

 Ali, a former prizefighter, and his son Sam, land in Antibes to start a new life. Ali meets Stephanie, an Orca trainer who suffers a tragic accident. New York Times critic A.O. Scott writes, “If this is a love story, it is also a combat picture, in which the principal characters are at war with themselves, each other and the cruelty of the world.” Directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet).

 ALTERED STATES (1980) 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 | 7:30 P.M. 
PULLIAM CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY MEDIA, WATSON FORUM 

Ken Russell directs this tale of a respected scientist who undergoes a series of shocking transformations when he engages himself in a series of experiments involving a sensory deprivation tank and hallucinogenic drugs. Paddy Chayefsky adapted the screenplay from his novel of the same name. John Corigliano, who will be in residence at DePauw in February 2014, composed the score and was nominated for an Academy Award. This screening is made possible by the generosity of the DePauw School of Music.

SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN (2012)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 7:30 P.M. 
PULLIAM CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY MEDIA, WATSON FORUM 

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album that they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

THIS BOY’S LIFE (1993)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 7:30 P.M.
ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

A single mother seeking to escape an abusive boyfriend, and her son land in a small Northwestern town and find themselves mired in another abusive relationship with the mother’s new husband. The film is adapted from writer and professor Tobias Wolff's 1989 memoir of the same name. Presented as part of ArtsFest and in conjunction with Tobias Wolff’s visit as part of the Kelly Writers Series. 

MUD LOTUS (2013)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 8:30 P.M. 
MEMORIAL STUDENT UNION BUILDING, BALLROOM



See the world premiere of this twenty-five minute short, written and directed by DePauw English Professor Chris White, and produced by White and DePauw Communication Professor Jonathan Nichols-Pethick. Shot in Putnam County, utilizing the talents of DePauw faculty, students, alumni, Greencastle natives and film professionals including Hollywood actor Rae Dawn Chong, New York City cinematographer Eric Branco, and Philadelphia composer John Avarese. Mud Lotus tells the story of Nawang, a Tibetan monk who comes to rural Indiana in search of the reincarnation of his late teacher.


SPRING 2013

BULLY (2011)

APRIL 15 - 7:30 P.M. - ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.  Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, the film opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.  

REBECCA (1940)

MARCH 11 - 7:30 P.M. - ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

Alfred Hitchcock’s first American feature features Lawrence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, and the great George Sanders in an adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s 1938 gothic novel of the same name.  Fonatine plays the young, naïve  second wife of Maxim de Winter (Olivier), whose first wife, Rebecca, died mysteriously.  The lingering memory of Rebecca haunts not only Maxim, but also his new wife, and Mrs. Danvers (Anderson) who adored her.  The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won for Best Picture and Best Cinematography.  Rebecca endures as one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces and remains a glorious example of Hollywood’s finest days.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (2012)

FEBRUARY 11 - 7:30 P.M. - ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls the film “A blast of sheer, improbable joy.”

FALL 2012

CHICO AND RITA (2010)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 -  6 P.M. - PCCM, WATSON FORUM

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (The Age of Beauty) and famous artist Javier Mariscal, have teamed up to make Chico & Rita, an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris.  Presented as part of the Spanish Film Club series and with generous support from the School of Music.

ALASKALAND (2012)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 - 7:30 P.M. - UB BALLROOM

DePauw alum, Chinonye Chukwu (’07) will present her first feature film in person.  After a tragic accident, Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian, is separated from his younger sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of legal age. Two years later, the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be a Nigerian in Alaska.

NOSFERATU (1922)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 - 7:30 P.M. - GREEN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, KRESGE AUDITORIUM

One of legendary director F.W. Murnau’s masterpieces, Nosferatu is the earliest surviving screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Almost destroyed by Stoker's widow because of copyright infringement, this film has lived on as the seminal moment in the cinematic history of vampires. Roger Ebert once wrote of the film: “To see F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is to see the vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires.”

ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - 7:30 P.M. - ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMAS

Elia Kazan’s classic, award-winning, controversial film is concerned with the problems of trade unionism, corruption and racketeering in the world of New York's waterfront docks, where workers struggled to make ends meet under the control of hard-knuckled, mob-run labor unions. The story paralleled director Elia Kazan's admissions before the House Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC) two years earlier (in 1952) as a 'friendly' witness regarding his one-time membership in the Communist party and the naming of others as sympathizers. Kazan attempted to vindicate himself politically with this semi-autobiographical film.  One of Marlon Brando’s greatest performances.