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, […]
Sponsored by the French Cultural Center Michel Goundry, 94 minutes, France, 2013. Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, wealthy bachelor Colin spends his time developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas. When Colin learns that his best friend Chick, a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol […]
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, 83 minutes, USA, 2013. Followed by discussion with VMA faculty member, Camilo Ramirez. Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by […]
Comedy set from Will Lautzenheiser and Q&A w/ Will and the director to follow. Sponsored by the ReelAbilities Film Festival 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 […]
Discussion with director (VMA professor) will follow. Despertar, 15 minutes, Mexico, 2011. Rosa, a domestic worker in Mexico City, is at a crossroads in her relationship, her job and her life. Hermanas, 14 minutes, Mexico, 2013. Two sisters have been evicted from their home. Older sister Lupe takes responsibility for the move while younger sister, […]
Jim Jarmusch, 123 minutes, UK, 2013. Only Lovers Left Alive tells the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer […]
Part of Queer Awareness Month Drew Van Steenbergen, 30 minutes, USA, 2014 Emerson alum Quinn Marcus stars in this short LGBT film. Growing up gay in the South, a high school girl seeks the help of a therapist to come out to her family and friends in this coming-of-age, coming-of-gay story.