Department of Visual & Media Arts

Events in October 2014

  • Bright Lights: Angkor's Children

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Lauren Shaw, 66 minutes, Cambodia, 2014.
    A film about Cambodia's cultural and artistic renaissance told through the voices of three young Cambodian women. A singer of Buddhist poetry, a circus artist, and former garment workers, grassroots, protest band; these are Angkor's Children. They are members of the generation after the Khmer Rouge regime that tragically killed 90% of artists and intellectuals. Sreypov, Phunam, and Messenger Band have stepped out of the dark past of their parents by expressing the resiliency of Cambodia through their art and advocacy. They are pioneers, and are part of a global movement of women who are changing and inspiring the world.

    Discussion with the director (VMA professor) and artists will follow, and a reception following the film will be held in the Randall lobby on the second floor of the Paramount.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Kill Your Darlings with producer Christine Vachon

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

    Seating is on a first come basis with 100 seats (out of 174) held for the Emerson Community
    Discussion with producer Christine Vachon (see bio below) will follow led by VMA Professor Cristina Kotz Cornejo
    John Krokidas, 104 minutes, USA, 2013. Written by Kenneth Chisholm.

    In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. 

    Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including Far From Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards), Boys Don't Cry (Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo, Kids, Hedwing and the Angry Inch, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Camp, Swoon and I'm Not There (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries Mildred Pierce for HBO.

    Recent work includes: Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed by John Krokidas, Magic Magic starring Michael Cera, directed by Sebastian Silva; Still Alice directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kirsten Stewart and the upcoming Carol directed by Todd Haynes starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, and Sarah Paulson.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Special screening: "Coexist" with Director Adam Mazo and Solange (Rwanda Youth Healing Center)

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

    When hate persists, how will you coexist? Coexist tells the emotional stories of women who survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994. They continue to cope with the loss of their families as the killers who created this trauma return from jail back to the villages where they once lived. Faced with these perpetrators on a daily basis, the victims must decide whether they can forgive them or not. Their decisions are unfathomable to many, and speak to a humanity that has survived the worst violence imaginable. 

    Discussion with the director and special guests will follow.

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    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: The Congress

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

    Discussion with VMA faculty Anya Belkina (animation) and Tom Cooper (ethics) will follow.

    Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2013

    More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio's head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright's digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in "The Congress" convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

    Directed by Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir), the film also stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle and Paul Giamatti.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Sneak Preview: J Street- the Art of the Possible with directors

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

    Discussion with co-directors Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai to follow the screening.

    J Street is on the frontlines of the world's most "intractable" problem. An upstart lobby group in Washington, D.C., J Street dares to assert what to many seems obvious: that a two-state solution is Israel's only future, and any peace deal will require robust American participation. It sees itself playing David to AIPAC, the Israel Lobby's Goliath, and, less than five years old, has been making surprising gains.

    With full access to the inside workings of a lobby group struggling to represent the center ground of Jewish American thought, this documentary tracks J Street as it attempts to change what it means to be pro-Israel in America. We see their missteps and their triumphs as they push the Obama administration to take an active role in negotiating a two-state solution, fend off accusations of harboring 'anti-Israel' objectives and gain influence among America's Jewish population.

    In this urgent political story told with the intimacy of cinema vérité, we feel the pulse of an organization, taking viewers to high-level strategy meetings, and long nights on the road. It is here that our characters come to life and the J Street story unfolds. J Street: The Art of the Possible is at once a gripping story about the desperate need for a two-state solution, and a captivating glimpse at the role of Lobbyists in the American political process.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

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Visual & Media Arts Associate Professor Diane Lake has written screenplays for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, Paramount, and many independent producers.