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January 2020


January 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film with Live Score: Jason Moran & Marvin Sewell  The 2014 Oscar-winning movie—starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and Tessa Thompson—tells the story of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Protesting segregationist repression and led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and now-U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA.), it helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. Jazz pianist Jason Moran joins the Wordless Music Orchestra to provide the film with a live score.

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Film Screening: Silenced: Composers in Revolutionary Russia

January 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The second part of the three-part documentary series “Music, War and Revolution” is dedicated to Russian composers of the late teens and early ’20s of the last century. The former “young wild ones,” composers such as Arthur Lourié, Nikolai Roslawets, Alexander Mosolov as well as Vladimir Deshevov and Lev Termen remain to this day relatively and unjustly unknown and their lives have remained largely unexplored. However, this generation injected life into the musical world of that time, greatly leaving their mark.…

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Film Screening: The Burnt City

January 28 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The documentary feature film “The Burnt City” (Shahre Sukhte), produced and directed by Nasser Pooyesh, explores one of the historic wonders of Iran, indeed of the world. The Burnt City, located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, began to be inhabited more than 3,000 years B.C.E. The discovery is considered an archeological finding for the ages, and the film offers rare insight into its discovery and the civilization that inhabited it. *Film is in Persian/Farsi with English subtitles. Screening will be followed…

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Film: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

January 30 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1946, Marina Abramović has had a long career of pushing the boundaries and concepts of the medium of performance as a visual art form.  In 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abramović engaged in an extended performance called, The Artist Is Present. Seated silently at a wooden table across from an empty chair, she waited as people took turns sitting in the chair and locking eyes with her. Over the course of nearly three…

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Film Screening: “Becoming Who I Was”

January 30 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Screening: “Becoming Who I Was” (2016) Directors: Moon Chang-yong, Jeon Jin Professor James Gentry will introduce the film and take questions after the showing. “After being identified as the reincarnation of a venerated Buddhist master, young Padma Angdu makes an arduous journey with his aging guardian from Northern India to Tibet to find his rightful place in the world.” Co-Sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford This event belongs to the following series: Tibetan Studies Initiative

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February 2020

Film Screening: Oddlands

February 4 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In preparation for Stanford Live’s presentation of Back to Back Theatre’s production of the The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, please join us for a screening of their short film Oddlands. It’s not who you are, it’s who you become. Des and Tam are members of a clean-up crew in a strange toxic wasteland. It’s a lousy job, but it’s the best they can get, and it may just get them what they want. When they stumble upon what may be…

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The Little Comrade (2018) film screening

February 5 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stanford Libraries, the Estonian Consulate in San Francisco, and Vabamu: The Museum of Occupations and Freedom of Estonia invite you to the screening of “Little comrade” (“Seltsimees laps,” 2018). The film will be introduced by Vabamu’s Director Keiu Telve. Opening words will be provided by Consul General of Estonia in San Francisco Ann Hänni. PROGRAM: 5:00-6:00 pm Reception in the Cubberley Auditorium Lobby6:00-6:15 pm Opening words by Consul General of Estonia in San Francisco Ann Hänni and Director of Vabamu…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary MIDNIGHT FAMILY with Director Luke Lorentzen

February 12 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MIDNIGHT FAMILY (81 min) In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing…

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The Embryo Hunts in Public: Eugenics, the Atomic Bomb, and the Politics of Visibility in Japan

February 18 4:30 am - 6:00 am

About the talk: In the mid 1960s, fetal images emerged in the limelight in film and visual culture across national boundaries, from Lennart Nilsson’s photo essay “Drama of Life Before Birth” (LIFE, April 30, 1965) to the opening roll of Wakamatsu Kōji’s exploitation classic The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966) and Stanley Kubrick’s famous Star Child at the close of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Engaging in dialogue with feminist critique of those fetal images, my presentation sheds new light…

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Film Screening: Buena Vista Social Club

February 18 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As we celebrate its 20th anniversary, join us for the Buena Vista Social Club. Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American…

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March 2020

Francesco Casetti on Starting from Fear: Cinephobic Instances in Early Film Theory

March 5 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents “Starting from Fear: Cinephobic Instances in Early Film Theory,” a lecture by Francesco Casetti, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies at Yale University. The emergence of cinema was paralleled by a great number of discourses that expressed fear of the new invention. During the twentieth century, the progressive acceptance of film as a positive social phenomenon erased the memory of these early cinephobic instances. New attempts to…

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Mistaken Anti Modernity: Fardid After Fardid

March 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

TWO PART EVENT March 11: Film screening of “The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid,” directed by Ali Mirsepassi and Hamed Yousefi. March 12: Professor Ali Mirsepassi discusses his book Iran’s Troubled Modernity: Debating Ahmad Fardid’s Legacy, on which the film was based. During the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, the influence of public intellectuals was widespread. Many espoused a vision of Iran freed from the influences of ‘Westoxification’, inspired by Heideggerian concepts of anti-Western nativism. By following the intellectual…

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2020 Winter MFA Documentary Film Screening

March 17 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Films by First Year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program. Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow screening. Free and open to the public.

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April 2020

Film Screening: Birth of a Movement

April 1 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1915, African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s notoriously Klu Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The Birth of a Movement features Spike Lee, Renald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), as well as numerous clips from…

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May 2020

The Third Annual Stanford-Duke Philosophy & Literature Graduate Conference: In & Out of Context

May 8

In “What is New Formalism?,” a state-of-the-discipline essay published in PMLA in 2007, Marjorie Levinson retraces the decades-long debate between formalism and historicism. Her overview presents a microcosm of literary studies by showing the different methods, values, and aims that guide our ideas and practices. She cites a diverse set of ambitions in the field: to defend the literary, to sustain our sense of shared humanness, to awaken our somatic self-awareness, to stimulate our sense of wonder, to help us…

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June 2020

2020 Spring Film Production 114 Film Screening

June 5 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Films by students enrolled in Film Production 114: Introduction to Film & Video Production. Q&A with Filmmakers and light refreshments immediately following screening.

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2020 Spring MFA Documentary Film Screening

June 11 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Films by First Year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program. Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow screening. Free and open to the public.

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2020 Thesis Documentary Film Screening

June 13 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Films by graduating Second Year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program. Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow screening. Free and open to the public.

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October 2020

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

October 2 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

In October 2020 the Cantor will open a group exhibition on the subject of contemporary migration, immigration, and the displacement of peoples. Drawing inspiration from British-Somali poet Warsan Shire’s “Home,” When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art examines how the forces of migration touch us all, radically destabilizing ideas of home, place, transit, and belonging in the 21st century.  IMAGE: Reena Saini Kallat (India, b. 1973), Woven Chronicle, 2011–16. Circuit boards, speakers, electrical wires, and fittings; single‑channel…

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