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September 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (rated “F” for feminist)

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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MadMax

Directed by George Miller, narrative (sci-fi/action), US, 120 min, 2015, DCP. An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of…

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BOSCPUG Behind the Scenes on MAD MAX: Fury Road with Michelle Pizanis, AC

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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BOSCPUG-MM

Starting the fall BOSCPUG series with a special conversation going “Behind the Scenes” on Filming ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ with Michelle Pizanis, DP John Seale’s Coordinating AC for the film. After 11 years as a successful stills photographer Michelle Pizanis made the transition into Cinematography in 2002 and whilst based in Australia and Los Angeles, she is willing to work any where abroad as she is also a holder of an EU passport due to her French / Greek heritage…

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AIFF presents: No le Digas a Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone) with activist Angy Rivera

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Don't Tell Anyone

Directed by Mikaela Shwer, documentary, USA, 71 minutes, 2015, blu-ray. In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. Hers is the quintessential American success story: Angy is the author of the country’s first and only advice column for undocumented youth, and her YouTube channel boasts over 27,000 views as she comes out…

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Do I Sound Gay? with discussion led by speech-language pathologist Dr Kelly Farquharson

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Filmmaker David Thorpe (middle) explores whether there's such a thing as a "gay voice."

Directed by David Thorpe, documentary, USA, 77 min, 2014, blu-ray. Is there such a thing as a “gay voice”? Why do some people “sound gay” but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Do I Sound Gay? explores these questions and more and includes revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei. Discussion led by Assistant professor Kelly Farquharson. co-sponsored…

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The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen with director Jennifer Abod

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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angelabowen

Director Jennifer Abod, documentary, US, 84 min, 2014, blu-ray. For six decades Angela Bowen, classical dancer and teacher, black lesbian feminist activist, and professor has influenced and inspired untold numbers speaking out as strongly for the Arts, Black and Women’s Rights as she has for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The film depicts Bowen’s life across the decades, from the early fifties, with historic footage, photographs and interviews including her dance mentor, dance partner, former husband, partner, children, activists, scholars, and…

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DER presents: Mystic Mass with director Karim Haroun

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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mysticmass

Directed by Karim B Haroun, documentary, Canada, 70 min, 2014, DCP. Every year, thousands of Shia gather in the town of Nabatiyyeh, Lebanon, to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, killed in battle 1,434 years ago. They take part in very long processions, self- flagellation and self-mutilation, and reenact the martyrdom of Imam Hussein with their own blood and flesh. MYSTIC MASS documents the ceremony, and provides an exhaustive description of how the mass forms, how it reaches the highest…

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I am Michael with director Justin Kelly and writer professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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i-am-michael

Directed by Justin Kelley, narrative (drama), USA, 98 minutes, 2015, DCP. I am Michael depicts the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze (James Franco), the charismatic and outspoken co-editor of the iconic XY Magazine. Following a traumatic health scare and plagued by fear, Michael begins to question his beliefs and his identity. He leaves his charming and intelligent boyfriend (Zachary Quinto), renounces his gay life, and, after a period of spiritual exploration, eventually becomes the pastor of his own church.…

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October 2015

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Montage-of-Heck

Directed by Brett Morgen, documentary, USA, 145 minutes, 2015, DCP. KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK explores the indelible record of a life lived on the fine edge between madness and genius, painting a searing and unforgettable portrait of the iconic musician as it mirrors his quicksilver mind. Using Cobain’s own words and images, this intimate look at an elusive and conflicted artist marks the first documentary to be made with the cooperation of his family. Discussion with Associate professor Miranda…

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry with discussion led by members of Our Bodies, Ourselves

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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beautifulwhenangry

Directed by Mary Dore, documentary, US, 92 min, 2014, DCP. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance…

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Boston Globe Documentary Festival and Hubweek present Stink! with director Jon Whelan

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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stink

Directed by Jon J Whelan, documentary, US, 91 minutes, 2015, DCP. STINK! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design. Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, “Stink!” takes you…

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Amy with faculty led discussion

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Amy Winehouse performs at the Highline Ballroom.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, documentary, UK, 128 minutes, 2015, blu-ray. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and…

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ROAR with discussion on the ethics of production

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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roar

Directed by Noel Marshall, narrative (drama), USA, 102 minutes, 1981, DCP. An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl, and his…

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The Boston Palestine Film Festival presents This is My Land with director Tamara Erde

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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thisismyland

Directed by Tamara Erde, documentary, Israel/Palestine, 94 minutes, 2014, blu-ray How do the Palestinian and Israeli (Arab and Jewish) education systems teach the history of their nations? The film follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers over one academic year. Through observing their exchanges and confrontations with students, debates with the ministries curriculum and its restrictions, the viewers obtain an intimate glimpse into the profound and long lasting effect that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict transmits onto the next generation. Skype discussion with…

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BOSCPUG October Meeting

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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BOSCPUG Feautring Dave Helmly, Rick Macomber, Kanen Flowers

The Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG) is a story driven, globally connected community of ready-to-collaborate digital filmmakers and broadcast professionals focusing on the craft of Digital Storytelling and related tools for digital cinema and distribution. BOSCPUG regularly brings top industry filmmakers and creatives to Boston to share and discuss their latest work and their workflows.

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What We Do in the Shadows with discussion led by Prof Ken Feil

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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what we do in the shadows

Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, narrative (comedy), New Zealand, 86 min, 2014, blu-ray. Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through…

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It Follows with discussion led by professor Ellen Snedecker

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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itfollows

Directed by David Robert Mitchell, narrative (suspense), USA, 100 minutes, 2014, blu-ray. For nineteen-year-old Jay, autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind. Discussion led by Affiliated…

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November 2015

I Believe in Unicorns with director Leah Meyerhoff

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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ibelieveinunicorns

Directed by Leah Meyerhoff, narrative (drama), USA, 80 minutes, 2014, DCP. Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when his volatile side begins to emerge. I Believe…

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Dope with discussion led by Dr Cara Moyer-Duncan

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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dope

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, narrative (comedy), USA, 103 minutes, 2014, DCP High-school senior Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) bond over ’90s hip-hop culture, their studies and playing music in their own punk band. A chance encounter with a drug dealer named Dom lands Malcolm and company at the dealer’s nightclub birthday party; when the scene turns violent, they flee — with the ecstasy that Dom secretly hid in Malcolm’s backpack. A wild…

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Wholly Communion (1965) on 35mm with poetry reading by Janaka Stucky

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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whollycommunion

50th anniversary screening and poetry reading by alum Janaka Stucky. Directed by Peter Whitehead, documentary, UK, 33 min, 1965, 35mm. A short film documenting what was referred to as “The International Poetry Incarnation”. It was billed as Great Britain’s first full-scale “happening”, with the world’s leading Beat poets together under one roof at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11, 1965, for an evening of near-hallucinatory revelry. It came to be seen as one of the cultural high points of…

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Coureurs des toits (Roof Runners) with filmmaker Helgi Piccinin

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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coureurs-des-toits-roof-runners

Directed by Helgi Piccinin, documentary, Canada, 40 minutes, 2015, DCP. From December to March, Félix, Julien, Éric and Charles and the rest of the gang are the L’Escouade des neiges (The snow squad). For the past ten years, every winter, they perc on the steep roofs of the old town of Quebec City. These spider men climb, shovel and de-ice. They protect buildings from dangerously heavy snow covered roofs and pedestrians of the historic district from falling ice. But beyond…

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Sound and Vision music video program from the Boston Underground Film Festival

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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sound+vision

The Boston Underground Film Festivals annual love letter to the art of the music video. Like a lovingly curated mix tape from your slightly-skewed best friend, this collection celebrates the gems this under appreciated medium has to offer. Forget YouTube, these videos are best enjoyed on the big screen. Curated by Emerson alumna, Shannen Ortale. Co-sponsored by the Boston Underground Film Festival “She’s Bad” DyE & Egyptian Lover DentDeCuir “Youth” Ben Khan BRTHR “Invasion” Mister Modo & Ugly Mac Beer…

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4th annual SILVERSONIC music video showcase

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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silversoni

Silversonic is an annual showcase of music videos made by current Emerson students and alumni. It is a celebration of the combination of music and image as a unique art form worthy of exhibition in a cinema environment. There will be a reception following the screening with an opportunity for discussion with musicians and filmmakers.

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December 2015

I am a Knife with Legs with director and star Bennett Jones

December 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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I-Am-a-Knife-with-Legs

Directed by Bennett Jones, narrative (comedy), USA, 83 minutes, 2014, DCP. On the run from an assassin, international rock star Bené and his manager, Beefy, hide out in Los Angeles and prepare for a showdown with death. Discussion with director and star Bennett Jones to follow the screening. Bené will also be on hand to perform some of his hit tunes! Preceded by Manicorn, a psychedelic cautionary tale about always following the instructions on the packaging. Co-sponsored by the Boston…

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Brand: A Second Coming with discussion led by Prof Martie Cook

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they demonstrate against US investment company Westbrook’s plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England. The protestors have taken their demonstration to Westbrooks Headquarters in Mayfair and plan to present a petition to the Prime Minister. WestBrook’s are said to be planning to evict the tenants, refurbish the estate and re-let the flats at full market value. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Directed by Ondi Timoner, documentary, UK, 105 minutes, 2015, DCP. Follows comedian/author/activist Russell Brand as he dives headlong into drugs, sex and fame in an attempt to find happiness, only to realize that our culture feeds us bad ideas and empty idols. Through his stand up, Brand explores his own true icons – Gandhi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ and evolves from addict and Hollywood star to an unexpected political disruptor and new found hero to the under…

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Lost River with discussion led by Senior Scholar in Residence Jim Lane

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Lost_River

Directed by Ryan Gosling, narrative (drama), USA, 95 min, 2014, DCP. “Lost River” is a dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger. In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son Bones (Iain De Casestecker) discovers a mystery about the origins of…

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