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March 2015

Special screening: Selma with panel discussion on civil rights from MLK to today

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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A screening of Ava Duvernay’s Selma. Free and open to the public! A panel discussion will follow on civil rights then and now. Movie Synopsis: David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this historical drama set during the height of the American civil-rights movement, and depicting the marches from Selma, AL, to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for African Americans. Panelists: Sylvia C. Spears, Ph.D., Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Spears is a…

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Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Michel Gondry, 88minutes, France, 2013 From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The…

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April 2015

Special Screening: Hearts and Minds with Peter Davis

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Many times during his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson said that ultimate victory in the Vietnam War depended upon the U.S. military winning the “hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people. Filmmaker Peter Davis uses Johnson’s phrase in an ironic context in this anti-war documentary, filmed and released while the Vietnam War was still under way, juxtaposing interviews with military figures like U.S. Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland with shocking scenes of violence and brutality. In his multifaceted career…

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It’s All True Documentary Showcase with Peter Davis

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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The purpose of It’s All True is to showcase student documentary work and to encourage interest in documentary production at Emerson College. In addition to the festival screenings, the host/presenter is a leading documentary filmmaker (previous guests include Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple and Jennifer Fox) who also visits documentary classes and meets with student filmmakers. This years guest is Peter Davis. An award winning documentarian, Davis’ 1971 film for CBS News, The Selling of the Pentagon, an investigation of U.S.…

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Cannes Queer Palm Winner PRIDE with discussion

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Matthew Warchus, 120minutes, UK, 2014 Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups…

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Historical war time thriller: IMITATION GAME

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Morten Tyldum, 114minutes, USA, 2014 During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess…

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Offbeat musical comedy FRANK

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Frank is an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians…

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Award Winning real-life thriller CITIZENFOUR

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Citizenfour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The film places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will…

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STUMPED with director and “sit down” comedy by Will Lautzenheiser

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Robin Berghaus, 10 minutes, USA, 2014 Stumped is a documentary about the survival and physical rehabilitation of a filmmaker who suddenly finds himself a quadruple amputee. It highlights the trials and triumphs of adapting to a world he never could have imagined, including his first stand-up comedy performance. Comedy set from Will Lautzenheiser and Q&A w/ Will and the director to follow.

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Boston Creative Pro Users Group April meeting

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Join the Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG) for another conversation on the process of filmmaking! BOSCPUG is a story driven, globally connected network connecting filmmakers and media professionals featuring top industry creatives in conversation on their craft. BOSCPUG is a professional, creative outlet to pitch ideas for episodic content creation and to discover talent, crew and distribution for your projects. For updated schedule, visit: http://boscpug.org/next-meeting/

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