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Department of Visual & Media Arts

Events in October 2014

  • Bright Lights: Oscar-nominated Omar sponsored by the Boston Palestine Film Festival

    10/21/14
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    When a trio of young Palestinians decides to kill an Israeli soldier, one of them, a baker named Omar, is arrested and beaten by Israeli intelligence agents. Told that he will be given his freedom if he assists in capturing the man they believe to be the shooter, Omar rejoins his friends and begins to suspect that there is an informant among them.

    This is screening is sponsored by the Boston Palestine Film Festival. Discussion with their curator will follow.

    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

    10/22/14
    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

  • Bright Lights: Alone with People

    10/23/14
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Part of Queer Awareness Month
    Drew Van Steenbergen, 30 minutes, USA, 2014
    Emerson alum Quinn Marcus stars in this short LGBT film. Growing up gay in the South, a high school girl seeks the help of a therapist to come out to her family and friends in this coming-of-age, coming-of-gay story.

    Discussion with Quinn Marcus will follow the screening.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Kisses to the Children with director

    10/28/14
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Five Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation, five "Hidden Children" who lived in total silence, tell their stories. Stories of terror, anguish and confusion but also stories of salvation and carefree childhood into the arms of strangers. Secret Gardens of Eden, nests of love away from the horror of the Holocaust. Five children were forced to mature abruptly. Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios grew old, carrying the memory of those children who were never given time to grow up. The movie focuses on these persons, revealing secret aspects of their lives and invaluable personal documents. It also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish Communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.

    Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director and special guests.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Writing Literature and Publishing and the Onassis Foundation

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Only Lovers Left Alive

    10/30/14
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive tells the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness.

    Adam, a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of contemporary Detroit, despairs about human civilization's decline, and worries about future survival. Eve, who is perhaps 3000 years old to Adam's 500, takes a longer view of history and is more optimistic. She leaves her home in the ancient city of Tangier to come to his side.

    As blood has been tainted by the zombies (humans), the formerly immortal Adam and Eve must secure uncontaminated blood from hospitals or they will perish. Eve's close friend, Elizabethan dramatist and unacknowledged author of Shakespeare's plays—Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), is now an elder vampire who provides Eve with hospital blood. Adam gets his supply from Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright), a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price.

    Adam and Eve's precarious footing is further threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska). Unlike Adam and Eve, Ava hasn't yet learned to tame her wilder instincts, and her recklessness concerns Adam.

    Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is a meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

    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.