What is Cinemathèque?

Cinemathèque is a series of meetings and conversations with filmmakers and television-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.

For more information, contact the Film and Television department at filmtv@bu.edu.

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.

Cinemathèque Spring 2017

  • Friday, January 20, 7 PM. GREAT SHORT FILMS MADE HERE IN BOSTON

    A showcase of Boston’s talented filmmaking community with five local artists– Adam Roffman, Tim Jackson, Jesse Epstein, James Rutenbeck, Steven Ascher– presenting and discussing their newest short films, funny and serious, both documentary and fiction.

  • Friday, February 10, 7 PM. AN EVENING WITH DAN SCHOENBRUN

    While Senior Outreach Lead for Netflix, BU graduate Schoenbrun managed to executive produce and organize the mind-bending anthology film, Collective: Unconscious, where five of America’s most adventurous and avant-garde independent filmmakers signed on and created works based on each other’s strangest dreams.

  • Friday, February 17, 7 PM. AN EVENING WITH CASEY SHERMAN

    BU graduate Casey Sherman will show the feature film, The Finest Hours, concentrating on the changes, good and bad, made from his best-selling book, which chronicles a daring Coast Guard rescue from the storms of Cape Cod.

  • Friday, March 17, 7 PM. AN EVENING WITH BRANDON KRAMER

    BU graduate Kramer will screen City of Trees, his extraordinary documentary feature. It explores how an idealistic Washington DC city project intended to reduce poverty and violence becomes a telling microcosm of race relations in the USA.

  • Friday, April 7, 7 PM. AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHIFF

    After penning True Crime for Clint Eastwood and the remake of Lolita, Schiff became Executive Producer and writer for the award-winning FX TV series, The Americans. At BU, Schiff will show two of The Americans episodes that he wrote, which dramatize the violence-prone lives of a married couple who are Russian spies and passing themselves off as US citizens in the 1980s.

  • Friday, April 14, 7 PM. AN EVENING WITH THORSTEN TRIMPOP

    A filmmaker from Germany who teaches at both Boston University and at the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, Trimpop will screen his acclaimed documentary, Furusato, winner of the Golden Dove Prize, at the Leipzig Film Festival. Trimpop as a one-person crew, shot this frightening yet contemplative look at a Japanese town half-abandoned after a nuclear disaster.

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