Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the College of Communication’s (COM) annual Redstone Film Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premiere film and television venues. Featuring film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from COM, this year’s Redstones premiere at BU Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm at the Tsai Performace Center.
Following the Boston event, the festival moves on to audiences in New York and Los Angeles. In New York City, BU alumni in the area have the opportunity to view the finalists and winners from Boston. Hosted at the Viacom Theatre in Times Square on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm, it provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their films to other members of the BU network.
Concluding in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the Director’s Guild of America, the finalist films from Boston compete again, judged by a West Coast panel of industry experts. Alumni filmmakers are also invited to enter the alumni short competition.
Over the years, Redstone winners and finalists have turned out to be some of America’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers. Many films screened at the Redstone festival have been nominated and won in film festivals all around the world. Two have even earned Academy Award nominations. Prizes for this year’s winners will include Canon cameras and accessories, Avid and ProTools software, and MacBook Pro computers for the screenplay winners.
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Scholars of film and the performing arts will gather September 27th – 29th to debate the work of German director Werner Schroeter who, by the time of his death in 2010, was considered one of the key creative forces in film, theater and opera in Europe. Co-sponsored by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passion of Werner Schroeter, will bring together scholars from Germany, Austria, Australia, and the U.S. for an international, interdisciplinary conference. The conference will examine different facets of Schroeter’s four decades-long career, including his late-60s and early-70s avant-garde films, his German and internationally-made art house features, his documentaries, and his passion for theater and opera.
Cinema, Opera, Art is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut, the German cultural center at 170 Beacon Street, Boston. The conference schedule is: Sept. 27th: 5:30 – 9:00 PM, Sept. 28th: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Sept. 29th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Speakers include: Stefan Drößler (Film Museum Munich); Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin); Christine Noll Brinckmann (Prof. Emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland); Michelle Langford (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); Charles Warren (Boston University and Harvard University); Edward Dimendberg (University of California, Irvine); Ken Eisenstein (Mount Holyoke College); Eric Rentschler (Harvard University); Gerd Gemünden (Dartmouth College); Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers University); Roy Grundmann (Boston University); and John Gianvito (Emerson College).
Cinema, Opera, Art will be held in conjunction with two other events: a retrospective of Schroeter’s films at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge; and a photo exhibition of the work of Schroeter’s long-time stage and costume designer, AlberteBarsacq, at the Goethe-Institut.
On Wednesday, March 28th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., NPR’s Robin Young will host a screening of “No Way Out But One”, a controversial new documentary that tells the story of Holly Collins, an American woman who kidnapped her own children to save them from a life of abuse. Pursued by the FBI, Holly fled the country and became the first American woman to ever be granted asylum by the government of the Netherlands, due to domestic violence. The film is being presented as part of Women Take the Reel, a Boston-based film festival focused on movies that are all written and/or directed by women. Immediately after the film, Robin Young will moderate a discussion with Holly Collins, the filmmaker Garland Waller, and Dr. Eli Newberger of Harvard and Children’s Hospital. This event will take place in COM 101 and is free and open to the public.
Join the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (HGARC) on Wednesday, February 29 and Thursday, March 1 for a two-night Student Collaborative Series event. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., head to CAS Room 725 for a screening of Terry Gilliam‘s 1981 film “Time Bandits.” Then, for the second part of this two-night experience, take part in a Discovery Seminar on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the HGARC reading room. Here participants will get the chance to hold and review original scripts, notes, drawings, photographs, promotional material and memorabilia about this groundbreaking film. Both events are free to students with BU IDs.
Join the College of Communication on Friday, February 24 for an evening with renowned and experimental filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh. Ahwesh’s captivating and unique shorts are influenced by such contrasting factors as feminist and gender theory, Bataille, Jack Smith, virtual realities, pornography, and Peewee’s Playhouse. The College’s Cinematheque Series will show a range of her astounding, intricate works covering twenty years of film and video. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. It will take place in COM Room 101, and is free to BU students and their friends or guests.
Join fellow film enthusiasts at 7 p.m. tonight in the Tsai Performance Center for the 32nd annual Redstone Film Festival. Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the Redstone Film Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premier film and television venues. Projects are written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Winners will be announced at tonight’s screening event. The event is open to the public and admission is free based on a first-come basis.
Join the College of Communication tonight for an evening with Chicago-based filmmaker Joe Swanberg. Known as one of the founding fathers of the “mumble core” movement, Swanberg is a young, prolific, and innovative filmmaker. The College’s Cinematheque Series will screen “Silver Bullet,” one of his seven feature films from 2011. After the screening, Swanberg will participate in a conversation with the audience. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and go until around 9 p.m. It will take place in COM Room 101, and is free to BU students and their friends or guests.
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