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Department of Visual & Media Arts

Events in February 2015

  • Bright Lights: Schooling the World

    2/03/15
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Schooling the World takes a challenging, sometimes funny, and ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.

    Carol Black, 66 minutes, USA, 2010.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Boyhood with a discussion led by social psychologist Dr Lindsey Beck

    2/05/15
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Richard Linklater, 165 minutes, USA, 2014
    Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

    Dr. Beck is a social psychologist who studies how people initiate, develop, and maintain close relationships. Some of her current research examines how the interplay between newlywed partners' relationship styles shapes their physiological, behavioral, and psychological responses to stress. She uses diverse methodologies to investigate these topics, including developmental approaches, biological methods, field studies, experimental designs, longitudinal methods, and daily-report studies.

    Her work appears in several peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Family Theory and Review. She teaches courses in the psychology of close relationships, social psychology, and introduction to psychology.

     

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Room 237

    2/10/15
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Rodney Ascher, Total running time: 102 minutes, USA 2012
    Many movies lend themselves to dramatic interpretations, but none as rich and far ranging as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. In LA filmmaker Rodney Ascher's Room 237, we hear from people who have developed far-reaching theories and believe they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages buried in the late director's film. Carefully examining The Shining inside out, and forwards and backwards, Room 237 is equal parts captivating, provocative and pure pleasure. It gives voice to the fans and scholars who espouse these theories, reworking the film to match their ideas and intercutting it with layers of dreamlike imagery to illustrate their streams of consciousness. Sometimes outrageous, always engaging, the words of the interviewees are given full force by Ascher's compelling vision.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

  • Bright Lights: Possible Distances: a program of recent motion picture excursions by Rob Todd

    2/12/15
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    This selection of VMA professor Robert Todd's work in 16mm film will include views of local paradises:
    Roadside Attractions: on a single city block, a quiet observer of life finds the mystic playground within the shadows,
    Short: dramatic windings to the surprising glory of summer,
    May I: a dance for the month of Maying: saying, displaying, straying, playing, and
    Slow Rise: a day rises; followed by
    Over Water: a labyrinthine journey that unites and connects scattered pieces of an archaic architecture of water-related infrastructure in the Northeast, including piers, bridges, and canal locks

    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.