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  • "Second Thursday" Faculty Forum

    Nov820122:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Max Mutchnick Campus Center

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Academic Affairs

    For more information please contact:
    Jill Davidson

    The Emerson College community is invited to the second "Second Thursday" event to hear faculty members share their recent research and creative work.


    • Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury (Journalism) will read from her historical novel, The Communist Cookbook.
    • Jessica Baldwin-Philippi (Visual and Media Arts) will discuss "Building Digital Citizens: From Campaigns to Games, How Digital Tools Create New Forms of Citizenship."
    • Rhiannon Luyster (Communication Sciences and Disorders) will speak on "More Than Just a Cute Face: What Toddlers Can Teach Us About Autism Spectrum Disorders."

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  • Bright Lights: Black Maria Film Festival shorts program

    Nov820127:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

    Emerson College presents the finale program of 31st Black Maria Film Festival which will feature three works by Emerson faculty and three additional works by Boston area makers, among them the notable animation artist, Karen Aqua. The Black Maria Festival is committed to the support and presentation of exploratory short works and takes its name from Thomas Edison's seminal 1893 Film Studio, built in West Orange, NJ. and is a juried international festival offering works from across the USA, and abroad.

    Among the 60 host venues of the 31st Season have been the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, The Edison-Ford Winter Estates and Museum in Ft. Myers, FL, The New York Public Library, The Des Moines Center for the Arts, University of Colorado, Savannah College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Oregon, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Colgate University and University of Delaware.

    The film and video selections described below for the Emerson College program have been drawn from the Festival's Tour Collection of 70 works overall. The program will be introduced by Festival Director and Founder, John Columbus who has been a film programmer, curator, filmmaker, college professor and exponent of independent media since 1970.

    We're Part of the City, 4thMovement
    8 min. DVD by Stanzi Vaubel and Lucas Segall, Brooklyn, NY
    Director's Choice Selection
    "We're Part of the City, 4th Movement"is an astonishing, revelatory experimental work chronicling the New York City 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in a style as renegade as the crusade itself. Fractured sound and images collide and reverse, then repeat in a collage of energy, all of which reverberates with and echoes the vitality, passion and chaos of the movement.

    Hi Neighbor
    13.5 min. DVD video by VMA professor Claire Andrade-Watkins, Brookline, MA.
    Jurors' Citation Selection
    This is a incisive personal documentary about the impact of urban renewal, eminent domain, and the building of a freeway through the videomaker's working class neighborhood. "Hi Neighbor" investigates the issues of race and class in the Fox Point community of Providence, Rhode Island, which rested on the dividing line where the working and patrician classes converged. Claire Andrade-Watkins intertwines the background of herCape Verdean heritage with her experience as a member of an immigrant community down the hill from elite Brown University community.

    Far, and Further
    6.5 min. DVD by Heddi Siebel, Cambridge, MA
    Director's Choice Selection
    Polar explorers penetrate a white landscape from which they may never return and wrestle with fear and longing as they search for value in what becomes a failed attempt to reach the North Pole. "Far and Further" is a metaphorical work employing vintage expedition footage in a series of conceptual juxtapositions with contrasting scenes, some intimate and homey,others predicated on polar science efforts, but fate is not kind, even to the sled dogs.

    Hip Priest
    27 min. DVD video by Gregg de Domenico, Brooklyn, NY
    Jurors' Stellar Narrative Selection
    This is a gritty narrative shot in black and white on location in Brooklyn, NY. The protagonist is a street savvy clergyman who ministers to the local denizens in an uncommon manner. The film's pacing, ambiance, and French La Nouvelle Vague influences (such as the fluid, long take style of Alain Resnais' "Last Year At Marienbad") combine with Neo-Realist tendencies and fuse with a Scorsese-like edginess amplified by a rich sound track to create an evocative narrative fabric.

    Be Filled With The Spirit
    8.66 min. DVD by Mark Rogovin, Evanston, IL
    Director's Choice Selection
    In the mid 20th Century, noted photographer Milton Rogovin photographed black store front churches of Buffalo, N.Y. W.E.B. DuBois endorsed the photographer's work as a true and important documentation of African-American culture. This extraordinary documentary is a journey through time with live sound recorded on site and released in 1957 by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The film features an introduction and lively commentary by the Dean of Howard University's School of Divinity, Dr. Alton B. Pollard III and includes an NPR interview with Rogovin.

    What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians
    13 min. DVD by Ellen Brodsky, Cambridge, MA
    Director's Choice Selection
    As the title implies, this engaging work divulges the thoughts and perspectives of "tweeners" on a certain life orientation being debated in the political arena. The children's matter-of-fact perspectives offer a refreshing antidote to the homophobia which too often motivates some elements of the body politic.

    Susie's Ghost
    7 min. 16mmm film on DVD by Bill Brand in collaboration with Ruthie Marantz, New York, NY
    Director's Choice Selection
    The marks we make leave behind a mystery. The "Susie" in the title refers to my older sister who had died shortly before we shot the film but the "ghost" refers more generally to feelings of lingering loss. Both my photography and the performance of collaborator Ruthie Marantz express a tentative presence and a diffuse sense of disappearance. Is she looking forsomething or someone? Is she really there? Is she really gone? We shot withaging 16mm film in my downtown Manhattan neighborhood, just before construction mania obliterated the last traces of the manufacturing district I'd moved to 35 years earlier. That too has passed.

    4 min. on DVD by Karen Aqua, Cambridge, MA
    Director's Choice Selection
    In this, Karen Aqua's final film (see dedication in annual program booklet), the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, reflecting a world of transience, mutability, and impermanence. Through the metaphor of transformation, this film explores the themes of malleability, instability, and interconnectedness.

    Footprints In The Snow
    4.5 min. 16 mm. film by VMA Professor Paul Turano, Roslindale, MA
    Director's Choice Selection
    The filmmaker states: "With a day off during a heavy winter storm, I defrosted my last few rolls of Plus-X B&W reversal film (Kodak's 16mm movie film) I had stowed in my freezer. I set out to a nearby park seeking reverie in nature. Part of a series of works inspired by late 19th century and early 20th musical form, typically featuring solo instruments - this work was prompted by Debussy's 'Des Pas sur la Neige' (Footprints in the Snow)."

    9 min. 16mm by VMA Professor Robert Todd, Boston, MA
    Director's Choice Selection
    The slightest breeze, piercing eyes, a cut-away to a branch, ablossom, tendrils bowing in a zephyr, ruffles an owl's downy coat in macro close-up, as sunlight and shadows play across leaves. This is the beauty of the noted 'stylographer' Robert Todd's film.