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Film Studies Film Series and Events

Film Studies Film Series and Events

DePauw's Film Studies Film Series screens thought-provoking, critically acclaimed films throughout the academic year. The Fall 2019 season includes:

Free admission 


Us (2019)

Friday, September 6th at 8pm (DePauw After Dark)
Screening and discussion

Screening: PEELER Art Center AUDitorium

Post-Film PANEL Discussion at the Justin and Darriane Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Sponsored by Campus Life's DePauw After Dark Program

Jordan Peele brings us his newest cultural commentary in another horror film. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide Wilson feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

The 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Tuesday, October 1st at 7pm
Ashley Square Cinema

Friday, October 4th at 6pm 
Putnam County Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Putnam County Public Library

ONE WORLD - ONE WEEK - ONE FESTIVAL: Watch the shorts--and cast your vote!
Between September 26 to October 6, 2019, over 100,000 film lovers in over 350 cities across six
continents gather for one reason...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 22nd Annual
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. It's not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films and great artists to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. All films selected in MANHATTAN SHORT 2019, will be eligible to enter the Oscars in 2020, via the MANHATTAN SHORT Oscar Qualifying Screenings at Los Feliz 3 Cinemas in the county of Los Angeles.

Shoplifters (2018)

Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
Co-sponsored by DePauw Asian Studies Program As Part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for
petty theft. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-
radar existence. Shoplifters premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it went on to win
the Palme D'Or. Shoplifters also won three Mainichi Film Awards, including Best Film, and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm in Peeler Art Center Auditorium

Q&A with Toni Morrison scholar, Professor Maisha Wester (Indiana University, Bloomington), immediately following the film.

Co-sponsored by English; Academic Affairs; Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Media Fellows; DePauw Libraries; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies

Synopsis: An artful and intimate documentary on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner, Toni Morrison. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio and the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room —Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history, and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong work. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, and literature, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature, and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel Beloved into a Hollywood film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8sUwXTWb4M

LA Times review: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-toni-morrison-the-pieces-i-am-review-20190619-story.html

Speaker bio: Dr. Maisha Wester is an Associate Professor in American Studies, and in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She was also a Fulbright Scholar to the UK in 2017-2018. She is the author of African American Gothic: Screams From Shadowed Places and co-editor of the collection Twenty-First-Century Gothic. She has also published a range of articles, such as “The Gothic in and as Race Theory,” in The Gothic and Theory: An Edinburgh Companion and “Slave Narratives and Slave Revolts,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Southern Gothic. Dr. Wester's research focuses on racial representations in Gothic literature and American Horror film, and the appropriation of Gothic discourses and tropes in contemporary sociopolitical discussions of race.