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October 2019

Jaddoland: film screening and Q&A

October 16 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

JADDOLAND explores the meaning of home and the search for belonging across generations. When the filmmaker returns to her hometown in the Texas panhandle to visit her mother, an artist from Iraq, she turns her lens on her mother’s increasingly isolated life, as well as the beauty and solace that emerge through her creative process. Soon, the filmmaker’s charismatic grandfather arrives from Iraq, prompting the filmmaker on a deeper search to understand her own roots and connections to the places…

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Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living

October 18 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living, a symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History and Chemistry at Stanford. Reception to follow.  How has the practice of chemistry been depicted in movies, from Hollywood features to high school training documentaries of the 1950s and ’60s? What are the ways that moments of discovery—Eureka!—and the persona of the chemist have been shown? How has the chemistry of film itself been understood? And when it is…

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Sumathy Sivamohan – FILM: Sons and Fathers, followed by Q &A with director

October 23 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Tamil musician, Rex Periyasamy, is the lead composer of Sinhala films. At the height of his career he marries Kanthi, a Sinhala woman, in keeping with the multicultural milieu of the country’s film industry. They settle down to a life of prosperity, hopes, and dreams for themselves and their son, Lucky, and daughter, Mala. Sons and Fathers turns the creative lens upon the history of the film industry in Sri Lanka and its chequered path, by narrating the story of…

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Alumni Oral Histories at Reunion Weekend

October 24 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) wants to hear about the Stanford alumni’s experiences of their class. At each Reunion Homecoming Weekend, SHS Oral History Program staff and volunteers conduct interviews for the Stanford Alumni Stories collection. During 2019 Reunion Homecoming Weekend, the Society will focus especially on the experiences of the classes of 1959, 1969, 1994 and 1999, but all alumni are welcome! Interviews will last about 30 minutes. Interview topics include life at student residences, student groups and communities,…

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Gallery Talk | West x Southwest: Edward Weston and Ansel Adams

October 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Capital Group Foundation’s gift of 1,000 photographs to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University includes works by American photographic masters Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.  IMAGE: Edward Weston (U.S.A., 1886–1958), Guadalupe Marín de Rivera, Mexico, 1923. Gelatin silver print. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University, 2019.48.13

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Another Look Book Club: Alfred Hayes’s “My Face for the World to See”

October 30 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Screenwriter, television writer, and novelist Alfred Hayes (1911-85) published My Face for the World to See when he was 47. His noir novella explores Hollywood in the 1950s. In The Los Angeles Review of Books, filmmaker Alex Harvey called it “his most achieved portrait of male self-deception … a sharp, forensic examination of power and money…” Leading author Tobias Wolff, a National Medal of Arts recipient and Stanford professor emeritus of English, will lead the discussion. He will be joined by Stanford Prof.…

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November 2019

Artist Talk: Jim Campbell

November 6 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Contemporary artist Jim Campbell uses technology to filter images of daily life, mediating the audience’s encounter with his subjects and amplifying the flow of time and memory. While many of Campbell’s public projects have been physically sweeping in scale, such as Day for Night (2018) atop the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, this exhibition focuses on his more intimate works, placing them in dialogue with the permanent collection of the Anderson Collection to create new visual and sensory experiences. First come, first…

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“FREE MEN:” A film about Kenneth Reams

November 7 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE: OSHMAN HALL. Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience. In solitary confinement for the last 25 years, Kenneth has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art event organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. At age 18, Kenneth Reams was convicted for capital murder without firing a bullet. He became…

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HARRIET Film Screening and Q & A

November 7 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Conversation with Producer Debra Martin Chase to follow.

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Sangita Gopal- Fugitive Infrastructures: Women’s filmmaking and Video in India

November 8 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Building on exciting work on documentary in India as well as studies of media infrastructures in the global south, Dr. Gopal lectures to how the affordances of video aligned with feminist radical politics in India in the 1980s. This decade witnessed the beginnings of alternative media practices in India and anchoring this new media revolution was a pioneering embrace of video technology by the women’s movement. Unlike radio and television that were state-owned and controlled, the state had little interest…

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James Leo Cahill on Neo-Zoological Dramas: Comparative Anatomy by Other Means

November 13 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will focus on the first chapter of James Leo Cahill’s book, Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), which argues for the importance of training in the natural science discipline of comparative anatomy to the first generation of French Surrealists and to Jean Painleve in particular. Drawing upon the modes of visualization and seeing refined in the laboratories of the Sorbonne and the Roscoff Biological Station, Painleve developed Surrealist and cinematic practices as…

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Gallery Talk | West x Southwest: Edward Weston and Ansel Adams

November 14 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Capital Group Foundation’s gift of 1,000 photographs to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University includes works by American photographic masters Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, and Edward Weston.  IMAGE: Edward Weston (U.S.A., 1886–1958), Guadalupe Marín de Rivera, Mexico, 1923. Gelatin silver print. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University, 2019.48.13

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Queer Encounters: Desiring Cinema in India – Navaneetha Mokkil

November 14 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

This presentation will analyze the textual codes, practices of circulation, and modes of reception of cinema in India to explore the links between the erotics of film viewing and the public terrains of queerness. Dr. Mokkil will analyze the cinematic codes of a selection of Malayalam films from the 1980s to explore how regional cinema in India draws on established tropes of romance to represent queer intimacy on screen. In a film such as Deshadana Kili Karayarilla (The Wandering Bird…

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REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW

November 14 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW  By Amara Tabor-Smith, IDA Artist-in-Residence An Afro Futurist, devised dance theater work, inspired by the founding of the Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA), which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Utilizing the stories and characteristics of the Yoruba deities known as Orisha, REVIVAL is a multimedia and multi site experience exploring the people and events that have catalyzed movements for social change through time. A non- linear narrative, REVIVAL is driven by…

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CANCELED – Symphony for Nature: The Story of an Extraordinary Collaboration at Crater Lake

November 15 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Symphony for Nature is an acclaimed documentary film that tells the behind-the-scenes story of how classical musicians joined indigenous drummers for a stunning performance of Natural History, a new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. The film features the Britt Orchestra and the Klamath Tribe drum group Steiger Butte Singers in a spectacular setting considered sacred by the Klamath Tribe. This program features a screening of Symphony for Nature and a special ceremonial performance by the Steiger Butte Singers. They…

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December 2019

2019 Fall MFA Documentary Film Screening

December 10 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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January 2020

Selma

January 25, 2020 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: “Becoming Who I Was”

January 30, 2020 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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March 2020

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

March 5, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art and 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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2020 Winter MFA Documentary Film Screening

March 17, 2020 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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June 2020

2020 Spring Film Production 114 Film Screening

June 5, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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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