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Fall 2014

PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2

AN EXHIBIT OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SINGLE-CHANNEL VIDEOS

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)

WEDNESDAY, 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.


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.

THE CINEMATIC VISION OF SERGEI EISENSTEIN

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 | 4:45 P.M.
PEELER ART CENTER, AUDITORIUM

Russian Studies will host a lecture on this Russian master filmmaker, by Dr. Dodona Kiziria, Professor Emerita of Slavic Studies at Indiana University.

After attending All Union Institute of Cinematography of the U.S.S.R., Dr. Kiziria came to the United States and completed her Ph.D. in 1986 with a dissertation on the "Influence of Cinema on Literature." Among students and colleagues, Professor Kiziria is known as a masterful speaker and teacher, and a true specialist in Russian, Soviet and Georgian cinema. She taught for many years at Indiana University and is a celebrated poet in her native Georgia.

A LONG WALK (2013)

TUESDAY, APRIL 29 | 4 P.M.
STUDENT UNION BUILDING, BALLROOM

Professor Samuel Autman will read a brief excerpt from his manuscript in the works, Sanctified. A screening of A Long Walk, a short film by Chinonye Chukwu '07, based on Autman’s work, will follow. Afterward, join the author and director for a Q&A session. At the conclusion of the Q&A, join Chukwu for a screening of her 11-minute short Bottom.
Sponsored by the English Department and the Office of the Dean of Academic Life

CHASING THE RAINBOW

Hollywood Film Veteran, DAN BRONSON talk and Q&A

FRIDAY, MAY 9 |4 P.M.
PCCM, WATSON FORUM

Previously a professor at DePauw, film veteran Dan Bronson will speak about life in the Hollywood film business.

Dan worked as Senior Story Analyst at both Universal and Paramount Pictures, served as Executive Story Editor at Paramount, and served as the executive in charge of Godfather III, before he became an independent writer-producer, with five cable and network movies to his credit (as well as uncredited work on Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Hear No Evil). He's been nominated for an ACE Award for Best Writer, wrote Death of a Cheerleader and The Last Innocent Man, a film described by The New York Times as the movie that marked HBO's coming of age. He's worked with the likes of Ed Harris, Jason Bateman, Henry Thomas, Bruce Willis, Marlee Matlin, and Valerie Harper, executives including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner, Dawn Steel, and Ned Tanen, and directors Roger Spottiswoode, John McTiernan, and Robert Ellis Miller.

This is a unique opportunity to hear some insider perspective on Hollywood over the last several decades. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating hour-long Q&A.

 

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.