Welcome to the Film and Television Department’s Cinemathèque: meetings and conversations with filmmakers/televison-makers and free screenings of important, innovative films and television programs. Cinematheque is the department’s premiere screening series.
Events are FREE to BU students, staff and the general public as well. Screenings are Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in COM at 640 Commonwealth Ave., room 101. Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.
For more information, contact the Film and Television department at email@example.com.
About the Curator
The BU Cinematheque curator is Gerald Peary, a cinema professor at Suffolk University and a long-time film critic for the Boston Phoenix. He chooses his BU programs based on his extensive contacts in the professional film world and from his travels to film festivals around the globe, including, annually, Cannes, Toronto, Montreal and South by Southwest. Visit Gerald Peary’s website at www.geraldpeary.com.
|SEPTEMBER 19:||An Evening with Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Wright||Following the path of musicologists in the 1940s and 1950s, the two filmmakers have driven around America recording great acoustic musicians–folk, rock, blues, country— and they’ve done it retro, making an old-time 78 record for each artist. The 78 Project is a film of their lyrical musical journey. COM 101|
|SEPTEMBER 26:||An Evening with Claudio Marques||A leading light of the “New Brazilian Cinema,” Marques brings to BU his superb 2014 feature, After the Rain. Though set in Brazil in the 1980s, it’s the story of outsider youth anywhere, estranged from parents and school life, out of touch with a country’s national politics, seeking love and friendship while proclaiming their anarchism through the most alienating post-punk music. COM 101|
|OCTOBER 24:||An Evening with Frank V. Ross||There are few American independent filmmakers as passionate and prolific as Chicago’s Ross. His newest work, Tiger Tail in Blue, is about the up-and-down romance and marriage of two people who meet while employed at a restaurant. It accomplishes what others have tried without success: to be as harsh, courageous, and truly intimate about relationships as a film by John Cassavetes. Sargent 102|
|NOVEMBER 7:||An Evening with Martin Persiel||Persiel, a Germany-based filmmaker, comes to BU to show his documentary, This Ain’t California, a story unknown in America of skateboard culture in former East Germany under Communism. Today’s survivors talk about the days when skateboarding was considered an attack on the government, and those who dared skate in public were under the eye of Stasi, the scary German secret police, sometimes with tragic results. Co-sponsored with the BU Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost. COM 101|
|NOVEMBER 14:||An Evening with Dia Sokol-Savage||Smith grad Sokol-Savage has gone from being producer for Andrew Bujalski’s indie features to a career as an MTV producer. At BU, she will show episodes from her two long-running, celebrated MTV series, 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom 2. These much-watched shows are credited with actually lowering the rates of teen pregnancies in some American states, more effectively than faith-based religious teachings. COM 101|
|NOVEMBER 21:||An Evening with Sarah-Violet Bliss||Bliss presents her heralded Fort Tilden, winner of the Best Feature at the 2014 SXSW Fest and the Jury Prize at IFFB Boston, co-directed by fellow NYU film student, Charles Rogers. This is a very idiosyncratic tale of the unwieldy friendship of two young Brooklynite women, alternately funny and raw and truth-telling, as they make their way one weird day to an obscure Long Island beach. COM 101|