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  • Bright Lights: Balagan presents Outre Montreal

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

    Montreal continues to be a source of innovative experimental cinema that is rooted in hands-on, formally adventurous production -- thanks, in part, to the exuberant activities of the Double Negative filmmakers' collective. Co-presented with Balagan Films, this program highlights a number of works from DN members and their friends completed in the last several years.

    Guest Filmmakers Daïchi Saïto and Eduardo Menz will discuss the screening with the audience in a post-screening Q&A.

    Program (Total running time: 74 min)

    by Karl Lemieux
    35mm / black and white / Dolby SR / 8 min. / 2010 / Canada
    Projection Format: 35mm (1.37:1)
    At the invitation of Spanish composer Francisco Lopez, Lemieux took part in a creative residency at Lopez's Mamori ArtLab, where sound artists compose from field recordings. Lemieux tried to capture the textures of tropical vegetation and its various transformations according to the phenomena of light.

    Cronograma de un tiempo inexistente (Chronogram of Inexistent Time)
    by Malena Szlam
    35mm, HD / color / silent / 6 min. / 2008 / Canada
    Projection Format: QuickTime Prores 422
    A photomontage composed of 35mm still photos, Chronogram of Inexistent Time is a journey to restore sight, reflecting on the role our memory can play in the reconstitution of what is visible and invisible.

    Lunar Almanac
    by Malena Szlam
    16mm / color / silent / 4 min. / 2013 / Canada
    Projection Format: 16mm (24fps)
    Moons in a journey through magnetic spheres, influencing subtle energies on Earth.

    by Marc Pelletier
    16mm / color / optical mono / 9 min. / 2011 / Canada
    Projection Format: 16mm
    A simple walk in the park can become a spiritual experience, a moment of discovery, a pilgrimage. This film explores the meditative nighttime allure of the Park Lafontaine, Montreal, turning this public space into an abstract form of sanctuary.

    by Alexandre Larose
    35mm / color / silent / 6:30 min. / 2012 / Canada
    Projection Format: 35mm (1.37:1, 24fps)
    A path that extends from my family's backyard into Lac Saint-Charles in Québec City, condensed in multiple temporal layers.

    Las Mujeres de Pinochet (Pinochet's Women)
    by Eduardo Menz
    DV / color / sound / 12 min. / 2005 / Canada
    Projection Format: QuickTime Prores 422
    Through the repetition and alteration of image, sound and text that play on viewer's expectations, Pinochet's Women examines class structure, the meaning of beauty and forgotten history through two very different but significant women during Pinochet's brutal regime of the late 1980s in Chile.

    by Eduardo Menz
    16mm, HD / color / Dolby 5.1 / 28 min. / 2012 / Canada
    Projection Format: QuickTime Prores 422
    The vulnerability of alienated individuals who desperately desire to be noticed and crave for genuine human connection, is exposed as odd and intimate scenes of voyeuristic fantasy, impersonating intangibility, romantic longing, sexual confusion, and liberating daydreams.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Balagan Film Series

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: BOSCPUG Bright Lights: BOSCPUG Featuring Editor Mike Saenz (Boyhood)

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

    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.

    Featured Speaker:
    First Assistant Editor Mike Saenz (Boyhood)
    We are excited to start off our Fall/Winter series at BOSCPUG with Assistant Editor Mike Saenz, who will share with us his role as first assistant editor in working with editor Sandra Adair, ACE on Richard Linklater's Boyhood (IFC Films). Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Mike will share the technical challenges involved in editing a twelve year film shoot, which started on Final Cut Pro and then to Avid and the legacy single finishing workflow that resulted. Mike will also share his view and advice on the role of being an assistant editor. We will allow plenty of time for questions, so bring your questions with you!

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    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • WLP Faculty/Alumni Reading

    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Little Building
    Charles Beard Room

    The Writing, Literature and Publishing Department is proud to kick off its inaugural Faculty/Alumni Reading Series with a reading and Q&A by two distinguished members of the Emerson writing community, Assistant Professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis (Travels with Casey) and BFA Alumnus Gregg Shapiro, '83 (Lincoln Avenue).

    BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS is a magazine writer and author. He contributes primarily to The New York Times Magazine, and his work has been published in Sports Illustrated, The Advocate, and Spin, among others. His most recent book, Travels with Casey, made The New York Times Best Seller List; he was named a "hot summer author" by USA Today.


    GREGG SHAPIRO is an entertainment journalist for LGBT and mainstream outlets such as the Bay Area Reporter and His new collection of short stories is entitled Lincoln Avenue


    Sponsored by Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    For more information please contact:
    Nicole Martignetti

  • Bright Lights: Cylces and Voids with Evan Meaney

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

    A short lecture on the computational value of zero as it applies to art-making and communication, followed by a screening of Meaney's recent work /
    Evan Meaney is an assistant professor of new media and gaming at the University of South Carolina. His work concerns ghosts, glitches, and the computationally undead. He has been an artist in residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts, a founding member of GLI.TC/H, and a contributor to the Atlantic.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Special advanced screening: Kill the Messenger with director

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., Dexter, Homeland and Elementary)

    This is a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner). Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. - and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Documented

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

    Part of Latin American Heritage Month
    Jose Antonio Vargas and Ann Raffaela Lupo, 89 minutes, USA, 2013.
    In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with AMIGOS, Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder