2016 Series Preview

Another semester, another slate of screenings! As the Programming Board Chair, I am proud to fully reveal our slate of films to be screened this semester. All screenings are on Fridays, at 5:00 PM, in Social Sciences 203, and are open to members. This semester, we have three new screening series, along with the returning series The Canon. Here’s a look forward to what you can expect this upcoming semester!
Imitations of Light
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Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy) – Jan. 15
Far from Heaven (2002, Todd Haynes) – Feb. 12
Hard Eight (1996, Paul Thomas Anderson) – Mar. 18
Our first series, called Imitations of Light, is a series about stylistic tributes. Some of the biggest cinephiles in the world are filmmakers themselves. Is it any surprise then, that some of our biggest filmmakers often seem like they are channeling some by-gone era, or mimicking the style of an earlier director or film movement? In this series, you’ll find films which, for some reason or another, feel like they are “calling” to the great filmmakers of cinema’s past. Each screening will be preceded by a short clip of a film which the featured film is stylistically imitating.
Women Directors
Fire (1996, Deepa Mehta) – Jan. 29
Surprise Screening (2010s) – Mar. 11
Sita Sings the Blues (2008, Nina Paley) – Apr. 8
There are many inequalities in the film industry, but perhaps the most prominent one to come up in recent discussions have been the inequality between men and women in leading creative roles. Only 5% of studio directors and 10% of independent directors in America are women, and while that number is increasing, it is still mind-bogglingly low. In our Women Directors series, we honour three women who have directed personal, exciting works of art, and contribute to the changing, male-dominated directing world.
Trash or Treasure
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John Travolta Surprise (1980s) – Feb. 5
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970, Russ Meyer) – Mar. 4
Sleepy Hollow (1999, Tim Burton) – Apr. 1
How is it possible that someone’s trash is somebody else’s treasure? That’s the question we’ll be asking you at the end of the screenings for this series of films. Or should we call them movies? What makes a film trash, what makes a film bad, and what is the difference? If a film is “bad” but we enjoy the experience of watching it, how should we consider that film? And what are the sociological, political, and metaphysical ramifications thereof? Join us as we tackle (some more than others) these questions in our Trash or Treasure series.
The Canon
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The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin) – Jan. 22
The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman) – Feb. 26
Come take a chance to catch up with movies you should have seen (as somebody else might tell you). The Canon is a recurring series of “canonical” films, that is, films which are widely regarded by critics as classics. Whether these films truly live up to the title is up for you to decide.
Again, all screenings are on Fridays during the semester, and take place in SS 203, at 5:00 PM. I hope to see you there!
By Kevin Dong

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