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Department of Visual & Media Arts

Events in March 2015

  • Bright Lights and Balagan present: Brle la mer (Burn the sea), Nathalie Nambot & Maki Berchache in 35mm

    3/05/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    75 minutes, 35mm, color, French and Arabic (subtitled in English)
    Through a collaboration with Balagan and collective Film Organics, we are very proud to present a brand new 35mm copy of Brûle la mer (Burn the Sea), made by Nathalie Nambot and Maki Berchache in 2014 and partially completed at the independent filmmakers' collective and laboratory L'abominable. A very special thanks to MoMA and the filmmakers for this fortuitous opportunity!

    Brûle la mer stands at the paradoxical crossroads between the lively energy of a revolution in progress (Tunisia), the momentum of a departure to Europe, and the violence of a welcome declined. The film targets what constitutes the sensitive framework of an existence at a time of rupture; that which is the smallest, the most common, far from exoticism, but haunted by a dream, like an exhortation. It is not a film about emigration or revolution, it is an essay on freedom, or rather an essay that stages freedom: a real and fictitious attempt to escape which involves the making of a film, taking part in the process of emancipation: burning the sea, borders, laws, papers, etc. What does it mean to break with one's past life, leave one's country and family in which, somehow or other, strong links of solidarity, mutual assistance and ancestral ties to the land still prevail, and join a world mythologized and dominated by capitalist relationships? What is meant by 'living one's life'?

    Up until 2009 Nathalie Nambot worked mainly as a theatre actress. She directed her first film Ami, entends tu in Moscow in 2010. She spends part of her time at L'abominable. She is also active with political collectives and illegal migrants fighting against social exclusion and repression.

    Maki Berchache was born in Zarzis, Tunisia. He left school early and worked in several hotels and tourist complexes on the South East coast of Tunisia. He arrived in France just after the fall of Ben Ali. He was introduced to cinema at L'abominable by Nicolas Rey and Nathalie Nambot.
     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey

    3/17/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Steve Onderick Onderick, 100 minutes, US, 2014
    Vermin Supreme is no ordinary presidential candidate. Promising a free pony for every American, a fully funded time travel research program, and unprecedented zombie preparedness initiatives for a new American Republic, he truly is the people's candidate and the friendly fascist par excellence. Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey follows Vermin Supreme's raucous 2012 campaign from the Rainbow Gathering in the the Cherokee National Forest to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to Occupy Wall Street protests, and all the way to heart of the American Empire in Washington, DC. From the unsettling gravitas of marauding riot police to the unbridled joy of songs sung for police officers and pranks played on anti-abortion fanatics, Who Is Vermin Supreme? is certain to show you America as you've never seen it before.

    Filmmaker Steve Onderick will be in attendance.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • 15th Annual Emerson College Film Festival

    3/22/15
    6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Come join us in the Bright Family Screening Room for the 15th annual Emerson Film Festival. An afterparty will follow at Salvatore's restaurant.

    Program one: ANTI-GRAVITY 56 minutes 6pm

    Le Cygne (Jon Denton) - An abstract short film exploring the preservation of light, motion, and memory.

    Easy (Saoli Nash and Elliot Barnes) - A naive boy finds himself in an unfortunate situation on the street.

    How To Make a Nightmare (Noah Aust) - Where do nightmares come from? They're cooked up in strange, underground laboratories. A dark fairy tale about an ugly job.

    Lloyd and the Priest (JP DiScisio) - A young priest's ideals are challenged when he performs last rites for a dying man with a penchant for nuisance.

    All the Difference (Matthew Chauby) - A lonely and disillusioned businessman realizes he has gone down the wrong path.

    Very Happy Life (Cooper Vacheron) - A reflection on a life lived to the fullest.

    Beautiful Thing (Sofia Caetano) - A woman's daily appointment at Felizberto's salon is her sacred ritual and the most vital event of her daily routine.

    Two Stroked: A Love Story (Jacqui Carriere) - Come along for the ride with Jacqui, Lucian, and the Uglies from Lucky 2 Strokes as they show you their wonderful/horrible world of mopeds.

     

    Program two: GRAVITY 69 minutes 8pm

    Goodbye (Gabriele Urbonaite) - A short story about two people and their last morning together.

    Austerity (Renos Gavris) - A story about one man's personal uprising against the severe austerity measures imposed on the common people during the Greek financial crisis.

    Brotherhood (Dillon Puswald) - During a crisis in his mother's life, a man returns to his family.

    Goldfish Alley (Hao Zheng) - A teenager tries to escape home but is held back by his conflicted feelings toward his family.

    Drink to Live Dream to Die (Hao Zheng) - The memory of a relationship from beginning till end.

    Wonderment (Daniel Orentlicher & Zachary Bernstein) - A coming of age story about two brothers who take a short journey from home.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Orphan Morphin: Creative Pludering of the Archive with Craig Baldwin

    3/24/15
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    San Francisco filmmaker, curator, and archivist Craig Baldwin will be presenting a feature-length program of both old and new work, consummating in an expanded cinema performance. Mr. Baldwin will introduce sizeable excerpts from more than three titles in his filmography, in order to generate – in a sort of 'Artist Talk' mode – an argument about the possible uses of archival footage. The arc will proceed from collage to collage-essay to collage-narrative, demonstrated by sections from his early, middle, and current filmmaking periods.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Rocks in My Pockets with director Signe Baumane

    3/26/15
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Signe Baumane, 88 minutes, USA/Latvia, 2014
    In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.
    Discussion with filmmaker Signe Baumane will follow the screening.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky

    3/31/15
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Michel Gondry, 88minutes, France, 2013
    From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art. Discussion with VMA faculty who contributed to the production will follow.

    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.