Events in April 2015

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  • Hearts and Minds with Peter Davis

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

    Many times during his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson said that ultimate victory in the Vietnam War depended upon the U.S. military winning the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people. Filmmaker Peter Davis uses Johnson's phrase in an ironic context in this anti-war documentary, filmed and released while the Vietnam War was still under way, juxtaposing interviews with military figures like U.S. Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland with shocking scenes of violence and brutality.

    In his multifaceted career as a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author, Peter Davis has courageously addressed some of the most explosive issues and events of our time: student rebellion, homosexuality, the Six-Day War, racism,poverty, the Vietnam War, and the disintegration of the American dream.
    Among his screen works, Hearts and Minds (1974) received the Academy Award and Prix Sadoul (France); The Selling of the Pentagon (for CBS News,1971) received an Emmy and a Peabody and generated a political firestorm for the network and the Pentagon; and Middletown, the landmark six-part series for PBS (1982), was nominated for 10 Emmys. He covered the Iraq war for The Nation and his first novel, The Girl of My Dreams, set in 1930s Hollywood, will be published in May.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: It's All True documentary Showcase

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

    Chosen by Visual and Media Arts faculty at Emerson, the 10 selected student documentaries for this year's It's All True film festival cover a wide range of stylistic approaches, perspectives, and social concerns. Remember Us Now, Wandering evokes the memories and struggles in the Aida refugee camp in the occupied West Bank; Black Lives Matter highlights the "Black Lives Matter" protests and reminds us that we are not a post-racial society; and Finding Gino is the story of how a mysterious American Bandstand dancer from the '70s became a beloved icon of the Boston Celtics decades after his death.

    Additional Student Documentaries to Be Screened:

    The Honey Man (5:00)—Shot on black and white film, this creative treatment displays the story of Yugoslavian World War II survivor Jakob Keller, who found salvation through farming.
    Two-Stroked: A Love Story (7:22)—This story is a bumpy ride with Jacqui, Lucian, and the Uglies from vintage moped repairs and service shop Lucky 2 Strokes as they exhibit the wonderful and horrible world of mopeds.
    Between Now and Forever (3:59) speculates on the likelihood of extraterrestrial life in parallel to human existence.
    Broken Soil (9:45)—A priest, a college student, and a family man discuss the impact of the recent crisis in Ukraine on the Ukrainian community in Boston.
    The Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters (5:24)—Archival footage from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reveals startling views of Mormon women.
    Brattle (7:08)—A portrait of the Brattle Book Shop, where authors' voices beckon to the browsers.
    Continuous Excavation (30:00)—Archaeologists unearth a 400-year-old necropolis that provides the backdrop for new insight into history and modern life in a tiny town in Tuscany.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • EIV's 40th Anniversary Gala

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    216 Tremont
    Bill Bordy Theatre

    Come celebrate Emerson Independent Video (EIV)'s 40th Anniversary of excellence in television on Saturday April 4, 2015, with a viewing of EIV Turns 40, a live special chronicling the past 40 years of this organization. This is a semi-formal gala event, with an awards ceremony to follow the live broadcast. This event is free and open to the public, however seats are limited, so please reserve your tickets here:

    Students, alumni, and friends are all invited! The doors open at 6pm and live broadcast begins promptly at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there.

    Sponsored by EIV

    For more information please contact:
    William Hart

  • Bright Lights: Pride

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

    Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

    But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

    Co-sponsored by the Boston LGBT film festival

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Imitation Game

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

    In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder