Department of Visual & Media Arts

Events in March 2015

  • Bright Lights: Joystick Warriors with panel discussion

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

    A Media Education Foundation Production.
    Roger Sorkin, 56 min, USA, 2013
    For years, there's been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. Joystick Warriors provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Drawing on the insights of media scholars, military analysts, combat veterans, and gamers themselves, the film trains its sights on the wildly popular genre of first-person shooter games, exploring how the immersive experience they offer links up with the larger stories we tell ourselves as a culture about violence, militarism, guns, and manhood. Along the way, it examines the game industry's longstanding working relationship with the U.S. military and the American gun industry, and offers a riveting examination of the games themselves — showing how they work to sanitize, glamorize, and normalize violence while cultivating dangerously regressive attitudes and ideas about masculinity and militarism.

    Panel discussion will follow led by Associate Producer Nina Huntemann.
    Nina B. Huntemann, Ph.D. is an associate professor of media studies at Suffolk University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Her research focuses on new media technologies, particular video and computer games, and incorporates feminist, critical cultural studies and political economy perspectives. Most recently she co-edited with Matthew Thomas Payne the anthology Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010). She produced and directed the educational video, Game Over: Gender, Race and Violence in Video Games (2000), distributed by the Media Education Foundation, and is currently creating an update to that film. She has published several articles on the image of women in video games, women's use of the Internet for social change, and the political economy of the US commercial radio industry.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

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

    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

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