I, Tonya – 4/10 – 7PM

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Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked–and checkered–glory. Discussion led by faculty to follow. F

Beyond #MeToo: Confronting Power Imbalances in the Arts and Media Industries – 4/11 – 7pm

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This panel will address the structural issues and seek solutions to power imbalances in the workplace that have proved fertile ground for sexual misconduct in the wake of the revelation about key figures in entertainment and journalism such as Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, and Kevin Spacey. This discussion will be moderated by Visual and Media […]

The Disaster Artist – 4/12 – 7PM

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The Disaster Artist details the incredible true story behind the making of The Room, a 2003 film that quickly became a cult hit due to its reputation as “the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.” This comedy-drama chronicles its production, and how it emerged from the friendship between weirdo auteur Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and struggling actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco). Discussion led by VMA professor Ed Lee to follow.

Matters of Life and Death: short film by Robert Todd – 4/17 – 7PM

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Emerson Professor Robert Todd presents a selection of his latest 16mm films in a program of cinematic poems that follow the changing tides of the living world, and the shifting textures of both inner and outer light. Films containing both unity and distance: a space to come together as we stand (and walk) apart, a reflection of our fragmented worlds that seem to overlap, a shared illusion of community, rendered harmoniously, entering the envelope of life, moving through and touching upon its many layers, with their embedded joys and sorrows. Discussion with filmmaker and VMA professor Rob Todd to follow. EC

Mother! – 1/30 – 7PM

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A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. Discussion led by VMA professor Harlan Bosmajian to follow. F

One of Us – 2/1 – 7PM

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One of Us explores the opaque world of Hasidic Judaism through a cadre of fascinating characters. Through unique and intimate access over the span of three years, acclaimed observational filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, Detropia) delve into the lives of three brave individuals who have recently made the decision to leave the insular ultra-orthodox community at the expense of all else, including relationships with their family members and–in one case–their personal safety. With a sensitive and compassionate eye, One of Us chronicles the achingly cinematic journey of people in search of a personal freedom that comes only at a very high cost. Discussion with alum editor JD Marlow to follow. W, SJ, EC

Good Time – 2/6 – 7PM

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After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City’s underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance. Discussion led by faculty to follow. D

Loving Vincent – 2/8 – 7PM

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Loving Vincent is a stunning, fully painted animated feature, starring Douglas Booth and Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan that explores the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death. Discussion led by faculty to follow. W, F, D, I

The Blind Boys of Alabama: How Sweet the Sound – 2/13 – 7PM

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The Blind Boys of Alabama first met in the 1930s at a segregated state-run vocational school and these friends since childhood comprise the last of the great Gospel quartets. Combining verite shot over ten years with current and archival performances the film examines the past, present and future of the group. Discussion with director and producer Leslie McCleave to follow. W, POC, SJ, D, EC

Heroin(e) – 2/15 – 5PM

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Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Sheldon highlights three women working to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. Fire Chief Jan Rader spends the majority of her days reviving those who have overdosed; Judge Patricia Keller presides over drug court, handing down empathy along with orders; and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry feeds meals to the women selling their bodies for drugs. As America’s opioid crisis threatens to tear communities apart, Heroin(e) shows how the chain of compassion holds one town together. Discussion with alum director Elaine McMillion Sheldon to follow. W, SJ, EC

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