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  • Bright Lights: Mad Max: Fury Road (rated "F" for Feminist)

    9/08/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Directed by George Miller, narrative (sci-fi/action), US, 120 min, 2015, DCP.

    This is an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa is a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Faculty-led discussion to follow. 

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: BOSCPUG Filming MAD MAX: FURY ROAD with Michelle Pizanis AC

    9/10/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Get out to meet & mingle with fellow filmmakers in the Bright. Enjoy a great night of networking, engaging screenings & conversation: swap stories and business cards, discover talent and crew for your next project, and interact with members of Boston's Production and Post community.

    Then, join us for an industry reception featuring Refreshments + Networking next door at SALVATORE'S.

    Michelle started her career in film after 11 years as a successful stills photographer. On Mad Max: Fury Road, Michelle was the camera coordinating AC, working with Academy Award winning DP John Seale. While shooting a number of scenes in Sydney, Australia, Michelle and John used Blackmagic Cinema Cameras EF for some of the film's key scenes, including an exciting escape scene and a large, climatic action sequence involving exploding trucks and cinematic mayhem. The scenes were shot in RAW, which allowed the team to capture as much detail as possible within each shot, giving the VFX artists a huge amount of data to work with.

    We're thrilled to have Michelle with us for a special conversation on filming with Blackmagic Design Cameras on Mad Max: Fury Road, her role in working with DP John Seale on the film, and her experiences in working in the industry.

     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with BOSCPUG

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805

  • Bright Lights: AIFF presents: No le Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) with activist Angy Rivera

    9/15/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Directed by Mikaela Shwer, documentary, USA, 71 minutes, 2015, blu-ray.

    In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she's ever known—the United States. Hers is the quintessential American success story: Angy is the author of the country's first and only advice column for undocumented youth, and her YouTube channel boasts over 27,000 views as she comes out of the shadows to inspire her peers.

    Discussion with activist Angy Rivera to follow the screening.

     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Arlington Int’l Film Fest, The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), FWD.us, AMIGOS, and the Office of Violence Prevention

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805

  • Bright Lights: Do I Sound Gay?

    9/17/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Directed by David Thorpe, documentary, USA, 77 min, 2014, blu-ray.

    Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? Why do some people "sound gay" but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Do I Sound Gay? explores these questions and more and includes revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, and George Takei.

    Discussion led by Assistant professor and speech-language pathologist Dr. Kelly Farquharson.

     

     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Boston LGBT film festival, and eQual

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805

  • Bright Lights: The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen with director Jennifer Abod

    9/22/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

     Director Jennifer Abod, documentary, US, 84 min, 2014, blu-ray.

    For six decades Angela Bowen, classical dancer and teacher, black lesbian feminist activist, and professor has influenced and inspired untold numbers speaking out as strongly for the Arts, Black and Women's Rights as she has for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The film depicts Bowen's life across the decades, from the early fifties, with historic footage, photographs and interviews including her dance mentor, dance partner, former husband, partner, children, activists, scholars, and dance and university students.

    Discussion with co-director Dr. Jennifer Abod to follow.

     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Boston LGBT Film Festival, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, EBONI, and EAGLE

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805

  • Bright Lights: DER presents: Mystic Mass with director Karim Haroun

    9/24/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Directed by Karim B Haroun, documentary, Canada, 70 min, 2014, DCP.

    Every year, thousands of Shia gather in the town of Nabatiyyeh, Lebanon, to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, killed in battle 1,434 years ago. They take part in very long processions, self- flagellation and self-mutilation, and reenact the martyrdom of Imam Hussein with their own blood and flesh. Mystic Mass documents the ceremony, and provides an exhaustive description of how the mass forms, how it reaches the highest levels of mysticism, and how it dissolves – all in 24 hours.

    Discussion with filmmaker Karim B Haroun and faculty Kathryn Ramey and Yasser Munif to follow.

     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Documentary Educational Resources

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805

  • Bright Lights: I am Michael with director Justin Kelly and writer professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis

    9/29/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

     Directed by Justin Kelley, narrative (drama), USA, 98 minutes, 2015, DCP.

    I am Michael depicts the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze (James Franco), the charismatic and outspoken co-editor of the iconic XY Magazine. Following a traumatic health scare and plagued by fear, Michael begins to question his beliefs and his identity. He leaves his charming and intelligent boyfriend (Zachary Quinto), renounces his gay life, and, after a period of spiritual exploration, eventually becomes the pastor of his own church. More than just a story about "a gay man who goes straight," I am Michael examines the power of belief and the desire to belong.

    Discussion with writer and faculty Benoit Denizet-Lewis and director Justin Kelly to follow the screening.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Boston LGBT Film Festival, EAGLE, and the Department of Writing Literature and Publishing

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805

  • Advanced Screening of SUFFRAGETTE (Emerson Community only)

    9/30/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Seating on a first come basis. Doors open at 6:30.

    This is a drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality—their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder
    617-824-3805