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January 2015

Spring 2015 opening night: OUT OF PRINT and the future of cinema

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Julia Marchese, 86 min, USA, 2014. Out of Print is a documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition – seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema – a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles. Screening with Clips from The Dying of the Light (Peter Flynn) and The Orson Wells Complex (Garen Daly) and a panel discussion with all three directors after on the future of theatrical exhibition.

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February 2015

SCHOOLING THE WORLD with discussion led by VMA prof. Claire Andrade Watkins

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Carol Black, 66 minutes, USA, 2010 If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really…

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Golden Globe winner BOYHOOD with a discussion led by social psychologist Dr Lindsey Beck

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Richard Linklater, 165 minutes, USA, 2014 The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Dr. Beck is a social psychologist who studies how people initiate, develop, and maintain close relationships. For example, some of…

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On Kubrik, the Shining and Obsession ROOM 237

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Rodney Ascher, Total running time: 102 minutes, USA 2012 Many movies lend themselves to dramatic interpretations, but none as rich and far ranging as Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In LA filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, we hear from people who have developed far-reaching theories and believe they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages buried in the late director’s film. Carefully examining The Shining inside out, and forwards and backwards, ROOM 237 is equal parts captivating, provocative and pure pleasure.…

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Possible Distances: A program of recent motion picture excersions by Rob Todd

February 12 @ 7:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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This selection of VMA professor Robert Todd’s work in 16mm film will include views of local paradises: Roadside Attractions: on a single city block, a quiet observer of life finds the mystic playground within the shadows, Short: dramatic windings to the surprising glory of summer, May I: a dance for the month of Maying: saying, displaying, straying, playing, and Slow Rise: a day rises; followed by Over Water: a labyrinthine journey that unites and connects scattered pieces of an archaic…

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Area premiere: THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE with filmmaker and True Colors troop

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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What happens when LGBTQ youth of color band together and dare to be “out” on stage to reveal their lives and their loves? The cast of True Colors OUT Youth Theater transforms their struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, our cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings. The Year We Thought About Love introduces a transgender teenager kicked out of her home, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia,…

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Boston Creative Pro User Group February meeting

February 19 @ 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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Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till with lead actor

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Days after stepping off the train, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy’s mutilated body is found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine interviews the people of Money to get at the root of what happened. The two men acquitted for the boy’s murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, agree to sit down to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or…

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New England Graduate Media Symposium

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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For the second year the symposium is themed Gender, Technology, Media: Hypothetical Schematic and will showcase projects and scholarships that explore the issues related to the interaction between technology and gender in contemporary media arts practices. This theme raises questions regarding the cultural and political representation of the human body, memories and dreams through technology; the constantly changing gender theories that allow artists to build and destroy identity parameters according to different cultural contexts and the multiple possibilities and limitations…

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March 2015

JOYSTICK WARRIORS and panel discussion on game culture

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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A Media Education Foundation Production. Roger Sorkin, 56 min, USA, 2013 For years, there’s been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. Joystick Warriors provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Drawing on the insights of media scholars, military analysts, combat veterans, and gamers themselves, the film trains its sights on the wildly popular genre of first-person shooter games, exploring how the immersive experience they offer links…

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Balagan Film Series Presents

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Discussion with guest filmmaker In this contentious time for cinema, the Balagan Film Series carves a niche for the offbeat within Boston’s rich cultural scene, for fourteen years running. Screenings take place on a roughly monthly basis at the Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA) and various local venues. The Bright Screening Room has become a venue for Balagan Films hosting two special screenings a semester through a partnership with the MFA Collaborative (VMA department Student Organization).

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Boston Premiere: Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey with filmmaker and Vermin Supreme

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Stephen Onderick, 122 minutes, US, 2014 In the wake of Occupy Wall Street’s impacts on American culture, Who is Vermin Supreme? chronicles perennial satirical presidential candidate Vermin Supreme’s eclectic 2012 campaign and provides a startling glimpse into some of the strangest and most inspiring elements of America’s oft-ignored counterculture movements. With Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party and manic-creative singer-songwriter Rob Potylo frequently at his side, Supreme makes use of unorthodox tactics and the power of…

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Boston Creative Pro Users Group March Meeting

March 19 @ 7:00 am - 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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Orphan Morphin: Creative Plundering of the Archive with Craig Baldwin

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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San Francisco filmmaker, curator, and archivist Craig Baldwin will be presenting a feature-length program of both old and new work, consummating in an expanded cinema performance. Mr. Baldwin will introduce sizeable excerpts from more than three titles in his filmography, in order to generate – in a sort of ‘Artist Talk’ mode – an argument about the possible uses of archival footage. The arc will proceed from collage to collage-essay to collage-narrative, demonstrated by sections from his early, middle, and…

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On Battling Madness: ROCKS IN MY POCKETS with animator Signe Baumane

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Family Screening Room,
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02145 United States
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Signe Baumane, 88minutes, USA/Latvia, 2014 In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn…

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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

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

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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