TONIGHT!! Film Screening 7pm in Ward 1 – Born Into Brothels

Tonight, Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm in Ward 1. Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who … Continue reading “TONIGHT!! Film Screening 7pm in Ward 1 – Born Into Brothels”

Tonight, Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm in Ward 1. Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes. Watch the trailer >>

This film can also be viewed here in Media Services.
Born into Brothels – DVD 1518

Thursday at 5:30pm in Katzen – Human Rights Film Series Continues

Films will be screened on Thursdays between September 23 and October 28 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm at the American University Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall. Each screening will feature special guests and will be followed by an in-depth discussions of the films and the issues they approach.Watch the trailer>> The Speakers:REBECCA RICHMAN COHEN, … Continue reading “Thursday at 5:30pm in Katzen – Human Rights Film Series Continues”

Films will be screened on Thursdays between September 23 and October 28 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm at the American University Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall. Each screening will feature special guests and will be followed by an in-depth discussions of the films and the issues they approach.

Watch the trailer>>

The Speakers:
REBECCA RICHMAN COHEN, Director / Producer, War Don Don
Rebecca Richman Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and a law school graduate with experience in international human rights and criminal defense. She interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Read more here.

JUAN MÉNDEZ, Visiting Professor of Law at American University

Juan E. Méndez is a Visiting Professor of Law at American University and an advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ)… Read more here.

TONIGHT! This Summer’s Final Screen on the Green – Bonnie and Clyde

Tonight, in a few short hours, will be the final Screen on the Green for the summer. Tonight’s film is Bonnie and Clyde. Media Services has this classic on DVD and we also have a Blu-ray version. See Screen on the Green details below: What It’s About:Meet Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. They rob banks. … Continue reading “TONIGHT! This Summer’s Final Screen on the Green – Bonnie and Clyde”

Tonight, in a few short hours, will be the final Screen on the Green for the summer. Tonight’s film is Bonnie and Clyde. Media Services has this classic on DVD and we also have a Blu-ray version. See Screen on the Green details below:

What It’s About:
Meet Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. They rob banks. Explosive (if romanticized) crime drama, set during the Depression, follows the Barrow gang’s crime sprees from Kansas to Texas. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were blessed with their juiciest roles yet, but Oscars went to the cinematography and to supporting actress Estelle Parsons. A career launcher for Parsons, it also showcased another newcomer, Gene Wilder. Director Arthur Penn made his markwith one of the most influential movies of the 1960’s and that legendary climax became the stuff of cinematic lore. (Warnder Bros., 1967) 111 Min.

Where:
The screen is located off of Constitution Avenue, between 4th & 7th Streets.

When:
Tonight at sunset (around 8pm). The movie will play unless there are extreme weather conditions. For weather updates call: 877.262.5866

Nearest Subway Stop:
The Smithsonian stop (blue/orange line)

What to Bring:
Blankets, snacks, beverages, umbrellas, bug spray, warm clothes. You can pack snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for a picnic vibe.

What Not to Bring:
weapons, drugs, alcohol, and tall chairs are among the forbidden items.

Official site:
http://www.nps.gov/nama/

Watch full length episodes of the PBS series, “P.O.V.” for free.

“POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 275 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable … Continue reading “Watch full length episodes of the PBS series, “P.O.V.” for free.”

“POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 275 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.” —taken from the POV website.

National Geographic in DC

Click here to see the National Geographic website for details. “Step into a world of entertaining presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists.” Some upcoming films include: Redwoods Transect El Regalo de la Pachamama Barking Water Before Tomorrow The Fall of Womenland Tickets for the general public are $18, or you can … Continue reading “National Geographic in DC”

Click here to see the National Geographic website for details.

“Step into a world of entertaining presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists.”
Some upcoming films include:
Tickets for the general public are $18, or you can check out their free film series…
Logo: Tuesday at Noon
Upcoming titles include:
A Short Trip Around the World – A collection of six short films (9/22)
Terra Antarctica (9/29)
Kingdom of the Blue Whale (10/6)
Secrets of Angkor (10/13)
The Mountain Music Project (10/27)
La Ofrenda: Days of the Dead (11/3)
The Real Dragon Emperor (11/10)
A combination of films from the Native American powwow and beyond (11/24)
Hooked: Monster Fish of Mongolia (12/1)
Direct from the Moon (12/8)
America’s Wild Spaces: Death Valley (12/15)

HBO’s Screen on the Green cancelled for 2009…

HBO has canceled the long-running Screen on the Green program for 2009, according to a representative from HBO’s consumer affairs department. However, Crystal City is still running their outdoor movie nights, go here for more details: http://www.crystalcity.org/eventdetail.asp?IdEvent=412

HBO has canceled the long-running Screen on the Green program for 2009, according to a representative from HBO’s consumer affairs department.

However, Crystal City is still running their outdoor movie nights, go here for more details:

http://www.crystalcity.org/eventdetail.asp?IdEvent=412

Smithsonian Film Series

The Smithsonian is presenting several French language films in conjunction with it’s Francophonie 2008: Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the French-Speaking WorldTHE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD Tues., Mar. 25, 7 p.m.The Way I Spent the End of the World is a testament to the power of love to transcend even the most … Continue reading “Smithsonian Film Series”

The Smithsonian is presenting several French language films in conjunction with it’s Francophonie 2008: Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the French-Speaking World

THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD Tues., Mar. 25, 7 p.m.
The Way I Spent the End of the World is a testament to the power of love to transcend even the most tragic circumstances.

RETOUR À GORÉE Tues., Apr. 1, 7 p.m.
The musical road movie, Return to Gorée, tells of African singer Youssou N’Dour’s epic journey following the trail left by slaves and by the jazz music they invented.

WRESTLING GROUNDS ” THE CALL OF THE ARENA” Tues., Apr 8, 7 p.m.
Combining sporting prowess and fabulous music, this film dramatically demonstrates the cultural importance of wrestling in Senegal. Shamans and punching bags are the cornerstones of 17-year-old Nalla’s training in this colorful foray into the world of Senegalese wrestling.

SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL Tues., Apr. 15, 7 p.m.
Official selection of the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival and CINEFEST, this film adaptation of the Romeo Dallaire autobiography Shake Hands with the Devil, tells the personal journey of Dallaire through the 1994 Rwandan genocide and how Dallaire’s request for more aid went ignored by the United Nations.

Center for Social Media Screening, Wed. Feb. 6, 2008, 5:30pm – Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Wechsler Theater, 3rd Fl. Mary Graydon Center, American University It’s Free! HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes takes an in-depth look at representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip-hop culture. This groundbreaking documentary is a “loving critique” of certain disturbing developments in rap music culture from the point of view of a fan who challenges … Continue reading “Center for Social Media Screening, Wed. Feb. 6, 2008, 5:30pm – Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes”

Wechsler Theater, 3rd Fl. Mary Graydon Center, American University

It’s Free!

HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes takes an in-depth look at representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip-hop culture. This groundbreaking documentary is a “loving critique” of certain disturbing developments in rap music culture from the point of view of a fan who challenges the art form’s representations of masculinity.
Discussion to follow film, led by Georgetown Assistant Professor Scott Heath, whose research has included African American literature and black public culture, including hip-hop studies.

Center for Social Media Calendar

Green on the Screen Tomorrow, Thurs. 12:30-1:30pm – Global Banquet: Politics of Food

Global banquet: Politics of food. 2001. 50 min. This film exposes globalization’s damaging effect on our food system in terms that are understandable to the non-specialist. It debunks several underlying myths about global hunger. Green on the Screen videos will be shown every Thursday @ 12:30pm throughout the Spring Semester in the Media Services Classroom … Continue reading “Green on the Screen Tomorrow, Thurs. 12:30-1:30pm – Global Banquet: Politics of Food”

Global banquet: Politics of food. 2001. 50 min. This film exposes globalization’s damaging effect on our food system in terms that are understandable to the non-specialist. It debunks several underlying myths about global hunger.

Green on the Screen videos will be shown every Thursday @ 12:30pm throughout the Spring Semester in the Media Services Classroom on the lower level of the AU Library. The screenings are open to all and attendees are welcome to bring lunch. Most of the videos scheduled run 60 minutes or less.

Film Movement: a selection of recent international films

Film Movement is an ongoing series of films that have been selected by a panel of film festival curators to expose the work of important emerging international filmmakers. Three of these films will be screened here at American University over the next few weeks. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public. … Continue reading “Film Movement: a selection of recent international films”

Film Movement is an ongoing series of films that have been selected by a panel of film festival curators to expose the work of important emerging international filmmakers. Three of these films will be screened here at American University over the next few weeks. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public.

Following each film will be a discussion led by film scholar and AU professor Jeffrey Middents.
When: Wednesdays, 6 pm, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14

Where: The Oct. 31 and Nov. 14 screenings will be in Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center – 3rd Floor, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

The Nov. 7 screening will be in Ward 1, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Films to be screened this fall are:

Oct. 31 – Wechsler Theater
The Great Match (Gerardo Olivares. Spain)
The adventurous story of three soccer fans, none of whom have ever met, but who nevertheless have two things in common: first, they all live in the farthest-flung corners of the planet and, second, they are all determined to watch the TV broadcast of the 2002 World Cup final between Germany and Brazil. The protagonists in this “global” comedy are a family of Mongolian nomads, a camel caravan of Tuareg in the Sahara, and a group of Indios in the Amazon. They all live 300 miles away from the next town—and the next television—making their task a particularly daunting one. Nevertheless, these inventive people possess the resourcefulness and the willpower to achieve their goal.

Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival; Seattle International Film Festival 2006; Sydney International Film Festival 2006; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2006

Nov. 7 – Ward 1
Madeinusa (Claudia Llosa. Spain-Peru)
Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o’clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days, sin does not exist: God is dead and can’t see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa, her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo—the Mayor and local big shot—maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change Madeinusa’s destiny.

Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival; Mar Del Plata Film Festival 2006; Festival de Cine Español de Malaga 2006; Recontres d’Amerique Latine Toulouse 2006; Cine Ceará, Brasil.
Official Selection: Sundance International Film Festival; Seattle International Film Festival; Tribeca Film Festival

Nov. 14 – Wechsler Theater
Bothersome man (Jens Lien. Norway)
Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment—even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The people around him seem cut off from any real emotion, and communicate only in superficialities. The ominous “Caretakers,” who make sure the city runs smoothly, keep a close watch over Andreas when they realize he doesn’t fit in. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, or his life, but he discovers there’s no way out—not even suicide. Then Andreas meets Hugo, who has the same longings as himself. Hugo has found a crack in the wall in his cellar from which beautiful music streams out. In hopes that the crack leads to “the other side,” Andreas and Hugo hatch a new plan of escape.

Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival; Hamptons International Film Festival 2006; Festival International de Cinema de Catalunya 2006; Brussels European Film Festival 2006

Official Selection: Cannes International Film Festival 2006; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2006; Toronto International Film Festival 2006; London International Film Festival 2006; AFI Fest, Los Angeles 2006

Post-film discussion with Jeffrey Middents, Asst. Professor of Literature. Since arriving at AU in 2001, Prof. Middents has taught a wide variety of film courses on cinemas of Latin America, the film musical, the horror film, the movie star, short films, film criticism, and Pedro Almodóvar. He also advises the Cinema Studies minor within the Literature program.
Professor Middents’ current book project is called Hablemos de cine peruano: Film Criticism and Peruvian National Cinema. He is also co-editing a volume of English translations of recent film writing from Latin America.
SPONSORS: Friends of the American University Library, the Center for Social Media and the American University Department of Literature.

INFORMATION:
Contact Chris Lewis, Media Librarian, AU Library, clewis@american.edu