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Emerson College and ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage Announce the Second Season of Emerson Presents—Screenings with Faculty Filmmakers and Film Scholars at the Paramount Center

<strong>Contact: <a href="mailto:carole_mcfall@emerson.edu">Carole McFall</a>, 617-824-8415</strong>
August 24, 2011

On Friday, September 30, Emerson College and ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage kick off a second season of Emerson Presents—a series of monthly, public film screenings followed by conversations with Emerson College Visual and Media Arts (VMA) faculty scholars and filmmakers.

Associate Professor Eric Schaefer, an expert on exploitation films leads the series with the September 30 screening of the 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis film Scum of the Earth. The film tells the story of an innocent teenage girl who is blackmailed into modeling in the nude for a photographer whose boss illegally sells the photos.

1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis film "Scum of the Earth"

Associate Professor Eric Schaefer, an expert on exploitation films leads the series with the September 30 screening of the 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis film Scum of the Earth.

On October 14, Associate Professor Kathryn Ramey will present a program of her work, starting with her recent video Yanqui Walker followed by Optical Revolution, an exploration of the obscure American expansionist and military dictator William Walker, who through force and coercion became president of Nicaragua in 1856. Blending found footage, documentary photography, ethnographic inquiry, and personal travelogue with experimental techniques the film detours and derails the various approaches to history-making that have been applied to Walker’s story.

“We’re excited to embark on another season of Emerson Presents with Emerson Visual and Media Arts faculty who are active practitioners in the fields of film history and filmmaking, and known internationally for their work,” said Rebecca Meyers, director of film programs for ArtsEmerson. “This season’s line-up showcases a range of filmmaking styles and genres, which I hope will lead to rich discussions following each screening."

On November 4, Assistant Professor Hassan Ildari, a screenwriter and director originally from Tehran, Iran, will show his 1989 feature film Face of the Enemy, based on characters related to the 1979 Iran-US hostage crisis. The screening is especially timely, as 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the 52 American hostages held by the ruling Islamic theocracy of Iran for 444 days at the American Embassy in Tehran.

“This film series is a wonderful opportunity for Boston film lovers to engage with the work of our extraordinarily talented faculty in the intimate setting of the Bright Screening Room,” said VMA Chair and Professor Jonathan Wacks, who’s credits include Powwow Highway, Repo Man,and 21 Jump Street.

Tickets to Emerson Presents screenings are $10; $7.50 for members and seniors (65+); and$5 for students. ArtsEmerson film memberships are available for $60 and include eight screenings and discounted tickets for neighborhood parking, restaurants, and ArtsEmerson theatrical productions. Emerson Presents screenings are once a month and are followed by a discussion. The series is presented in the Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston, and will continue through April 2012. Please check the website for screening times and an updated schedule as additional screenings are confirmed. For more information, visit ArtsEmerson or call 617-824-8400.

PLEASE NOTE: Emerson students receive free admission to ArtsEmerson film screenings through the fall semester.

Emerson College was recently named one of the “25 Best Film Schools” in the world by the Hollywood Reporter.

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