Blogger matches film scenes with their real-life locations

A few years ago, a website called Dear Photograph popped up on which people matched up old photos they had taken with the current-day location. The differences were often exciting and resonated emotionally with readers. FILMography is a similar blog that follows the same premise – but with stills from movies. The author appears to … Continue reading “Blogger matches film scenes with their real-life locations”

A few years ago, a website called Dear Photograph popped up on which people matched up old photos they had taken with the current-day location. The differences were often exciting and resonated emotionally with readers.

FILMography is a similar blog that follows the same premise – but with stills from movies. The author appears to be based in New York City, so most of his match-ups are from iconic scenes set in the Big Apple, but he appears to have taken a few pictures from foreign locales as well.

In any event, the blog is worth a look-through. It’s surprising how many landmarks, building facades, and details are still the same as they were in the 1950s.

Two weekend screenings show the Middle East on film (and a bonus)

This weekend has no shortage of interesting film screenings to attend on campus and in the DC area. For starters, today is the second day of the United Arab Emirates Film Festival sponsored by the School of Communications. Two short films will screen tonight at the Greenberg Theater, followed by a panel discussion with the … Continue reading “Two weekend screenings show the Middle East on film (and a bonus)”

This weekend has no shortage of interesting film screenings to attend on campus and in the DC area.

For starters, today is the second day of the United Arab Emirates Film Festival sponsored by the School of Communications. Two short films will screen tonight at the Greenberg Theater, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers led by Prof. Brigid Maher. The event begins at 6:15 PM tonight. Tickets are available on-site or online at american.tix.com.

For those looking for lighter fare, American University Student Government will end Artemas Ward Week by showing Space Jam in the Amphitheater this Friday at 8 PM. If you haven’t seen Space Jam, you’re in for a treat: it’s a movie where Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny play basketball together, and the director is known mostly for his Pepsi commercials. It’s brain-dead, but that can be okay.

Finally, on Sunday, Busboys & Poets will screen Iara Lee’s The Suffering Grasses, a documentary about the revolution in Syria and the lives of the civilians caught in the crossfire. This is material ripped from the headlines: Lee produced the film in May, which makes it possibly the most up-to-date documentary about the ongoing conflict. The film begins at 6 PM; no RSVP is required.

Surely there’s something for everyone in there. You might even be interested in all three!

New Media Center’s Beyond the Studio series begins

Tomorrow, the New Media Center begins its new series of special training sessions titled Beyond the Studio. Typical New Media Center training sessions cover how to use software such as Photoshop or After Effects; these sessions are designed to teach skills that you can’t pick up from a computer, like marketing and other practical skills. … Continue reading “New Media Center’s Beyond the Studio series begins”

Tomorrow, the New Media Center begins its new series of special training sessions titled Beyond the Studio. Typical New Media Center training sessions cover how to use software such as Photoshop or After Effects; these sessions are designed to teach skills that you can’t pick up from a computer, like marketing and other practical skills.

The series kicks off tomorrow with “The Hero w/ 1000 Faces: Storytelling for Video.” Telling a story in video requires different skills than shooting one, and author Joseph Campbell once argued that many great stories all use this same structure. If you’re interested in entering the world of narrative filmmaking, this session should point you in a tried-and-true direction.

The training session begins tomorrow at 8 PM in the Media Classroom.

The Criterion Collection, abridged

The Criterion Collection is an assemblage of some of the most significant films of all time, preserved in great quality with exceptional special features and commentary. Their collection is as prestigious as it is large; assuming each movie is about two hours long, it would take nearly two solid months to work through all of … Continue reading “The Criterion Collection, abridged”

The Criterion Collection is an assemblage of some of the most significant films of all time, preserved in great quality with exceptional special features and commentary. Their collection is as prestigious as it is large; assuming each movie is about two hours long, it would take nearly two solid months to work through all of them.

Let’s be honest, not everyone has that much time. Luckily, film enthusiast Jonathan Keogh has spliced clips from all 637 Criterion films (current and future) into a two-and-a-half-minute montage. That’s a 99.997% reduction in length!

If you want to take the extra hours, Media Services contains many of the full-length films in this montage.

September 11 in film and footage

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This is an appropriate and somber time to reflect on how we got here, what happened, and where we’re going. To that end, the Media Services collections include many films about the attacks, including a number of creative responses by filmmakers and footage from the … Continue reading “September 11 in film and footage”

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This is an appropriate and somber time to reflect on how we got here, what happened, and where we’re going. To that end, the Media Services collections include many films about the attacks, including a number of creative responses by filmmakers and footage from the time of the events.

This list was selected to include thought-provoking and interesting items from our collection. It excludes overtly political or controversial films. If you are interested in media that deals more explicitly with criticism of the government or conspiracy theories, those are available as well.

Feature Films

World Trade Center – HU DVD 2338
United 93 – HU DVD 2339
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – HU DVD 10028

Found Footage

WTC: The First 24 Hours – DVD 808
The 11th of September: Moyers in Conversation – DVD 1095
9/11 and Beyond: Coping Strategies for Trauma and Stress – Streaming video

Documentaries

Twin Towers – DVD 1588
Protocols of Zion – DVD 2074
The Al-Qaeda Files – HU DVD 2283
Up from Zero – DVD 4628
Osama bin Laden – DVD 5648
Longitudes and Latitudes – DVD 5650
Campaign Against Terror – DVD 8847
Faith & Doubt at Ground Zero – Streaming video
The Road to 9/11 – Streaming video
New York, 1946-2003: The Center of the World – Streaming video
7l West Broadway, Ground Zero, N.Y. – Streaming video

Filmmaker Responses

11’09″01 – DVD 1329
Underground Zero – DVD 3284

New Acquisitions – September 2012

This month, the Media Services collection goes in exciting new directions! We’ve added our first anime television shows, including the legendary Cowboy Bebop, as well as ten new popular Bollywood titles. We also acquired a number of big blockbusters, the first Iranian production to win Best Foreign Language Film, a collection of orphaned films in … Continue reading “New Acquisitions – September 2012”

This month, the Media Services collection goes in exciting new directions! We’ve added our first anime television shows, including the legendary Cowboy Bebop, as well as ten new popular Bollywood titles. We also acquired a number of big blockbusters, the first Iranian production to win Best Foreign Language Film, a collection of orphaned films in copyright limbo, and documentaries on subjects ranging from the origins of the cosmos to wounded veterans.

Also, more Community. Pop, pop! Read on for a full list…

Home Use Collection:

Body, Mind & Soul, Vol. 2 – HU DVD 46
Jaws –  HU DVD 98*
Living in Oblivion – HU DVD 534*
Contempt – HU DVD 537
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul – HU DVD 615
Amadeus – HU DVD 745
Hannah and Her Sisters – HU DVD 1065*
His Girl Friday – HU DVD 1341*
Gilda – HU DVD 1604*
Aguirre, the Wrath of God – HU DVD 1807
The Thin Blue Line – HU DVD 2219*
Planet Earth – HU DVD 2721
Poltergeist – HU DVD 2722
Crimes Against Nature – HU DVD 2723
The Merry Widow – HU DVD 2724
Cocaine Cowboys – HU DVD 2725
Iron Man 2 – HU DVD 2764
Iron Man 2 – HU BLU 2764
Top Secret America – HU DVD 2860
The Amish – HU DVD 3084
Nanking – HU DVD 4367
Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats – HU DVD 5381
1492: Conquest of Paradise – HU DVD 6307
Viva Zapata! – HU DVD 7748*
Curiosity with Stephen Hawking – HU DVD 7819
A Perfect Terrorist – HU DVD 8086
50/50 – HU DVD 8088
Johnny Guitar – HU DVD 8768
Louie: Season 2 – HU DVD 9332
The Red Violin – HU DVD 9542
Bal – HU DVD 10007
Community: Season 3 – HU DVD 10003
King Solomon’s Mines – HU DVD 10013
Hum Tum & Fanaa – HU DVD 10268
Veer-Zaara – HU DVD 10269
Dhoom & Bunty aur Babli – HU DVD 10270
Dhoom 2 – HU DVD 10271
Bachna Ae Haseeno – HU DVD 10272
Chak De! India – HU DVD 10273
New York – HU DVD 10274
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – HU DVD 10275
Money, Power, and Wall Street – HU DVD 10278
Kinyarwanda – HU DVD 10280
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – HU DVD 10281
Death Wish – HU DVD 10282
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka – HU DVD 10283
David Holzman’s Diary – HU DVD 10284
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures! –  HU DVD 10285
CSI: Season 1 – HU DVD 10291
Laugh with Max Linder – HU DVD 10292
FLCL: The Complete Series – HU DVD 10293
Listen to Britain – HU DVD 10295
Margaret – HU DVD 10302
Margaret – HU BLU 10302
Eastern Mystics – HU DVD 10304
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – HU DVD 10306
Cowboy Bebop – HU DVD 10312
The Duchess of Malfi – HU DVD 10314
The Hunger Games – HU DVD 10315
Dimples – HU DVD 10316
Pinochet’s Last Stand – HU DVD 10317
Frozen Planet – HU DVD 10320
Doc Martin, Series 1 – HU DVD 10321
Doc Martin, Series 2 – HU DVD 10322
Doc Martin, Series 3 – HU DVD 10323
Doc Martin, Series 4 – HU DVD 10324
A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy – HU DVD 10325
Banlieue 13 – HU DVD 10327
Banlieue 13: Ultimatum – HU DVD 10328
Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai – HU DVD 10329
Bad Faith – HU DVD 10330
Marley – HU DVD 10331
Revolución – HU DVD 10332
Revolución – HU DVD 10332*
Sonic Outlaws – HU DVD 10335
A Separation – HU DVD 10336
Platform – HU DVD 10341
Kiki Smith: Squatting the Palace – HU DVD 10342
Alive Day Memories – HU DVD 10343

In-Library Titles:

Singin’ in the Rain – DVD 674
Singin’ in the Rain – BLU 674
The Story of Stuff – DVD 3871
Vanishing of the Bees – DVD 8707
Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier – DVD 9991
A Different Place – DVD 10279
Land of Promise – DVD 10288
Shadows of Progress – DVD 10289
Between Two Worlds – DVD 10294
ANPO: Art x War – DVD 10305
Broken Noises – DVD 10307
Let’s Get Lost – DVD 10308
Chop Suey – DVD 10309
A Letter to True – DVD 10310
Bruce Weber Short Films – DVD 10311
Khodorkovsky – DVD 10318
Making a Good Script Great – DVD 10319

Music Library:

Marley – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 279
Never Stand Still – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 280

Film screenings on- and off-campus this Friday

We’re heading into the second weekend of the semester. Hopefully the workload hasn’t piled up too much, because the weather is still pleasant enough for a few movie screenings. On campus tomorrow, the AU Student Government will show The Hunger Games in the Tavern at 10 PM. The Hunger Games will kick off Artemas Ward … Continue reading “Film screenings on- and off-campus this Friday”

We’re heading into the second weekend of the semester. Hopefully the workload hasn’t piled up too much, because the weather is still pleasant enough for a few movie screenings.

On campus tomorrow, the AU Student Government will show The Hunger Games in the Tavern at 10 PM. The Hunger Games will kick off Artemas Ward Week, the Student Government’s annual celebration of the Revolutionary War general who lends his name to the traffic circle near campus. It’s an appropriate movie choice that glorifies the same renegade, anti-authoritarian spirit which Ward fought for.

At the same time, National Harbor will continue its outdoor film series with a screening of Spaceballs, the Mel Brooks-directed Star Wars parody. If you have access to transportation to National Harbor, take advantage of this opportunity while the temperature is nice enough.

DC Shorts Film Festival opens tomorrow

For the second time in a week, two significant film festivals are kicking off. Perhaps the most significant is the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens tomorrow and will premiere a number of film on the radar for the upcoming award season. More interestingly for the audience of this blog, the DC Shorts Film Festival … Continue reading “DC Shorts Film Festival opens tomorrow”

For the second time in a week, two significant film festivals are kicking off. Perhaps the most significant is the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens tomorrow and will premiere a number of film on the radar for the upcoming award season.

More interestingly for the audience of this blog, the DC Shorts Film Festival also opens tomorrow! DC Shorts is entering ninth year and will premiere over 100 films from across the globe. Tickets to screenings are relatively inexpensive, hovering around $12 per screening, or $125 for a festival pass. If you’re in the DC area and a fan of world cinema, take advantage of such a large festival going on in the DC area.

Even if you’re not, DC Shorts also offers to stream the festival selections online through your computer or smartphone for a small fee. If you’re interested, there really isn’t much of an excuse at this point.

Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54

Over the weekend, actor Michael Clarke Duncan died from complications following cardiac arrest. Duncan was a towering presence in film, and although he died at a shockingly young age and appeared in only a few big movies, his impact was powerful and is already missed by fans around the world. His performance in The Green … Continue reading “Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54”


Over the weekend, actor Michael Clarke Duncan died from complications following cardiac arrest. Duncan was a towering presence in film, and although he died at a shockingly young age and appeared in only a few big movies, his impact was powerful and is already missed by fans around the world. His performance in The Green Mile was his most famous, earning the actor an Academy Award nomination.

Duncan’s filmography runs the gamut from a Mel Brooks comedy-musical to big-budget comic book movies. Many of his roles were from smaller, less notable productions, but some of his most memorable films are available in Media Services.

Sin City – HU DVD 1959
Kung Fu Panda – HU DVD 7932
The Green Mile – HU DVD 8592
The Producers (deleted scenes) – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 251

Controversial documentary re-ignites a political crisis

This past Tuesday, Israeli courts absolved the state of responsibility for the death of Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist who was killed during the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza. Tempers have flared around the case, alternately framing Rachel Corrie as either a victim of circumstance or a political casualty. In 2008, filmmaker Simone Bitton … Continue reading “Controversial documentary re-ignites a political crisis”

This past Tuesday, Israeli courts absolved the state of responsibility for the death of Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist who was killed during the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza. Tempers have flared around the case, alternately framing Rachel Corrie as either a victim of circumstance or a political casualty.

In 2008, filmmaker Simone Bitton produced documentary about the incident. To call it controversial would be an understatement: its screening at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival caused boycotts and the resignation of the festival’s president. The reaction to the film revealed the difficulty of critiquing actions by Israel amid accusations of anti-Semitism.

We don’t want to come down one way or another about the documentary, but given its significance, it is part of our collection. Rachel is available to watch in Media Services (DVD 9237).