Events

Events in December 2016


  • Bright Lights: Do Not Resist with alum/ director Craig Atkinson

    Dec620167:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Alumni Relations

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder


    Directed by Craig Atkinson, documentary, 70 minutes, USA, 2016.
    Do Not Resist is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Opening on startling on-the-scene footage in Ferguson, Missouri, the film then broadens its scope to present scenes from across the country—a conference presentation where the value of high-end weapons technologies is presented to potential police buyers, a community that has just received its very own military-grade tank, and a SWAT team arriving at a home to execute a warrant. The cumulative effect of these vignettes paints a startling picture of the direction our local law enforcement is headed. Discussion with director and alum Craig Atkinson (MA '08) to follow. 

  • Bright Lights: The Dying of the Light with VMA Professor/ Director Peter Flynn

    Dec820167:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder


    Directed by Peter Flynn, documentary, 95 minutes, USA, 2015.
    Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age. The practice of handing and projecting film is in danger of being lost, and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction. The Dying of the Light explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies—and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

    Discussion with director and VMA senior scholar-in-residence Peter Flynn to follow.