This year's Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Distinguished Artist is filmmaker, producer, writer, and activist, Judy Richardson. She will be screening films, giving talks, mentoring students, guest lecturing, and holding open office hours for anyone to meet her and talk about film, race, gender, and the film and tv industry. Her month-long residency is going to be amazing. Please join us in welcoming her at the reception this Tuesday. See you there!
The week-long Tournees Contemporary French Film Festival returns this year with an incredible lineup. This year, Film Studies' own Dr. Martin will be introducing and discussing the feminist drama, Girlhood (Bande De Filles) and Professor Morin will be talking about the darkly humorous thriller, In The House (Dans La Maison).
Please join Film Studies in welcoming our new colleague, Professor Elizabeth Reich on Thursday, April 2nd, 2014 for a talk on Afrofuturism in Film. Professor Reich will start teaching for us in the fall, and she specializes in courses examining representations of race and ethnicity. She will be teaching a first year seminar on Afrofuturism this fall, but she plans to teach an upper level class on the same topic. She will screen Wanuri Kahiu's short film Pumzi, with a discussion and then small reception to follow.
On Thursday of this year's week-long Contemporary French Film Festival, Professor Ross Morin will be giving a talk on the queer French thriller film, Stranger By The Lake, followed by q&a discussion. Disclaimer: the film features graphic sexual imagery. It also features beautiful shots of trees and sunsets -- so it kinda balances itself out.
Film Studies welcomes Academy Award-winning filmmakers Sean Fine ('96) and Andrea Nix to campus as the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation's Distinguished Artists. They will kick off their three-week visit with a screening of their most recent films, Life According to Sam and Inocente.
During their residency they will be offering hands-on workshops, guest lectures, office hours and countless opportunities for you to meet with them and workshop your own creative film projects.
Tomorrow, Monday February 24, there will be an opening reception in the first floor lobby of the Olin Science Center at 6:00pm, followed by a screening of the two films in Olin 014 at 7:00. Sean and Andrea will then discuss their work and answer questions from the audience.
Sean Fine, Connecticut College class of 1996, and Andrea Nix Fine are Academy Award and Emmy award winning filmmakers who specialize in creating visually powerful and authentic portraits of characters who tell their own story. Working as a collaborative team, (they direct together and Sean is the cinematographer), their films have been hailed by critics as “unflinching”, “spirit-raising” and “visually ravishing”. One of their latest films, Inocente, a coming-of-age story about a homeless 15-year-old Latina artist, won the 2013 Oscar for Best Short Documentary.
The Fines current documentary, Life According to Sam, debuted at Sundance and aired on HBO in 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Documentary. Embraced on the festival circuit, the film’s honors include the Heartland Film Festival Award, Nantucket Film Festival’s Audience Award and Best Storytelling Award, the Best of the Fest at the AFI film festival, and the Mountainfilm Festival’s Indomitable Spirit Award. The Fines’ film War/Dance won Emmys for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography in 2009, was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and won the Best Director award at Sundance in 2007.