Category: Arts

2014 Redstone Film Festival Premieres Feb. 19

January 31st, 2014 in Arts, College of Communication, Film, school of communication 0 comments


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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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Glenn Frankel to Speak at CGS

January 24th, 2014 in Arts, Lectures, Talk 0 comments

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning presents Glenn Frankel. He will be doing a lecture, discussion, and book-signing on his most recent book, "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" on Thursday, February 6th from 4 to 6PM.

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Frankel is director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in Jerusalem, London and Southern Africa, and he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising.

He also served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine, deputy national news editor and Richmond, Va., bureau chief. His first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. (

CGS Humanities professor Kevin Stoehr will kick off the event with some words on his book "Ride, Boldly Ride: History of the American Western Movie" which features a preface by Clint Eastwood.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in CGS room 511.


Fall Cinemathèque Series Features HBO Execs and Zombie Flick Expert

October 23rd, 2013 in Arts, College of Communication, Talk, Uncategorized 0 comments

The Department of Film & Television's Cinemathèque series has been bringing greats in the film and television industries to COM since its inception and this Fall proves to be no exception.  The Cinemathèque series consists of meetings and conversations with filmmakers and televison-makers and free screenings of important, innovative films and television programs.


Two highlights this semester are An Evening with Jay Roewe and Michael Gunn and An Evening with Gregory Waller. BU Film & TV alum, Jay Roewe is Senior Vice President for West Coast Productions of Home Box Office (HBO). He is responsible for overseeing the physical production of television series for HBO. Michael Gunn, also a COM alum, worked for Roewe at HBO before he was hired onto Aaron Sorkin’s prestigious HBO series, The Newsroom, working his way upward, from production assistant to story editor to credited writer. Roewe and Gunn will discuss their experiences with The Newsroom and will show episodes of this provocative behind-the-scenes of a nightly cable news program, starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and Sam Waterston. This screening will be held Friday, October 25.

On Friday, November 22, Dr. Gregory Waller, a professor at Indiana University, will theorize why zombie stores are everywhere in film and TV, and will screen clips from a rich history of zombie movies, some made long before The Walking Dead. Professor Waller is the author of American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film and the classic work, The Living and the Undead: From Stoker’s Dracula to Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

Cinemathèque is generally held Fridays at 7:00 PM in COM 101 and the complete schedule can be found here. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public.

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Exhibition of TV Legend Aaron Spelling’s Archive at BU

September 27th, 2013 in Arts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Talk 0 comments

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will open a new major exhibition, Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime Time Success, honoring the life and career of legendary television producer Aaron Spelling on Friday, October 4th.  The opening reception will feature remarks from his wife, producer and author Candy Spelling, as well as actor and SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard.  The Gotlieb Center is the repository of Mr. Spelling’s personal archive.

Aaron Spelling is one of television's most prolific producers, with a record of more than 4,300 hours of television programming, including over 266 hours of movies for television. After forming Thomas-Spelling Productions with Danny Thomas, Mr. Spelling produced several successful television shows, including The Mod Squad and The Rookies. In 1976, he released the hit ABC movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, starring a young John Travolta. Under the banner of Spelling Entertainment, Mr. Spelling produced such iconic television series as Charlie's Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Charmed,Twin Peaks and 7th Heaven. He also produced the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries And the Band Played On and the television movie Day One.SPELLINGflyerEVENTvitaCAPS

Candy Spelling is a television star, Broadway producer, New York Times best-selling author, wife, mother, designer and blogger. Mrs. Spelling met producer and screenwriter Aaron Spelling when she was eighteen years old and they married in 1968. They had two children who would go on to be actors: daughter Victoria "Tori" Davey and son Randy Gene Spelling.

Ken Howard was first elected national president of Screen Actors Guild in 2009. Re-elected in 2011, Mr. Howard was named co-president of SAG-AFTRA when the two unions merged. Mr. Howard's has an extensive acting career spanning four decades that includes work on television, movies and the stage in both dramatic and comedic roles. An Emmy and Tony Award winner, he helped create and starred in the television series The White Shadow from 1978 - 1982, and has had recurring television roles on Dynasty, The Colbys, Melrose Place, Crossing Jordan, Murder, She Wrote, The Manhunter and 30 Rock. He has recently appeared as Tip O'Neill in a one-man show According to Tip, at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts.

The exhibition opening reception will be held at the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery (771 Commonwealth Ave.) from 5:30PM to 7:30PM on October 4th  and is free and open to the public. On Monday, October 7th, the exhibit will open for a limited run. The exhibition can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Friday 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – midnight.

Gotlieb Center to host author Tina Sutton

September 13th, 2013 in Arts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Lectures, Talk 0 comments

The Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host Boston Globe fashion columnist and culture and arts writer Tina Sutton for a reception, book signing and talk on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 PM.

Tina_Sutton_smMs. Sutton will talk about her new book The Making of Markova, a biography of acclaimed ballet choreographer and prima ballerina Alicia Markova. An exhibition of selections from Markova's archive will be on display.

Alicia Markova (1910 - 2004) was one of the finest classical ballerinas of the 20th century and an innovator throughout her six-decade career. Born Lillian Alicia Marks in London, England, on December 1, 1910, the child dance prodigy made her professional stage debut at age 10. By 14, she was the youngest-ever soloist with Sergei Diaghilev's famed Ballets Russes, where she worked with many of the greatest creative artists of her time, including George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, and Henri Matisse.

Tina Sutton is a culture, arts, and fashion writer for newspapers and magazines, currently The Boston Globe. She has been a writer, researcher, and journalist for over 30 years. She is co-author of The Complete Color Harmony: Expert Color Information for Professional Color Results (2008); and her Color Harmony Compendium: A Complete Color Reference for Designers of All Types recently saw the publication of its 25th anniversary edition (2009).

The book signing, reception, and lecture will be held  in the Metcalf Ballroom of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Admission is free to members of the Friends of HGARC and students with a BU ID, admission for the general public is $25.

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The Crossroads Project: Exploring Climate Change Through Art, Music, and Science

April 10th, 2013 in All-University Events, Arts, Musical Performances, Presentations, Science & Research 0 comments

How do you experience the world around you? Touch? Sight? Sounds? What if learning took place the same way? Rather than differentiate between these subjects, the Boston University Arts Initiative will present the phenomenon of climate change via a combination of science, art and music.  Appropriately titled, The Crossroads Project will be held Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm at the Tsai Performance Center at 685 Commonwealth Avenue.

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By combining compelling information and imagery, the Crossroads Project reinforces a theme, and then unleashes powerful music in an effort to inspire deep and personal contemplation of this theme — that is, the choices we are making and the scale of their consequences. Crossroads takes an audience from intellectual understanding, to emotional experience, to personal resolve.

The Crossroads Project showcases a unique and compelling presentation featuring stunning visuals and moving music by the Fry Street Quartet along with Physicist Robert Davies exploring the science of climate change.  The presentation includes a community conversation moderated by Boston University Dean of Students Kenn Elmore as well as distinguished guests Brian Swett, Chief of Environment & Energy for the City of Boston and Lynn Allen, Director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. Nathan Phillips and Cutler Cleveland, both professors of Earth and Environment at Boston University will also lead discussions on sustainability and the science behind climate change.

The Crossroads Project is co-sponsored by sustainability@bu and the Boston University Dean of Students. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance, tickets are limited.  Registration is available online at

For more information, contact Ty Furman at 617-358-0489 or

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Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart: Exhibition & Reception

March 21st, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center 0 comments

Keith Lockhart Flyer JPGPerhaps no Boston Pops orchestra conductor has brought as varied an array of compositions as Keith Lockhart. From Broadway's Carousel to the self-produced Red Sox Album, Lockhart's style, effervescence and ability to connect with audiences have kept him at the conductor's stand for 17 years. Now, the friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center present an exploration of his archive and a discussion with the local legend.

On Wednesday, April 3 at 6:00 PM in the Metcalf Ballroom, Lockhart will discuss his life and career and his work with artists such as John Mayer, Steven Tyler and Sting. A reception will follow and guests will be treated to an exhibition of the Lockhart archive.

This event is free to students with a BU ID.

The Metcalf Ballroom is located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, contact the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696 or at

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The Civil War 150 Years Later: Treasures from the Vault

March 4th, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center 0 comments

150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, in the midst of various civil war anniversaries and commemorative films such as the Oscar-nominated Lincoln, the Howard-Gotlieb Archival Research Center is proud to reveal a new exhibition: “The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.”

Via original manuscript pieces such as letters, journals, maps, official documents and publications, the exhibition will explore the causes, reactions, and responses of the American Civil War.

Lincoln"Treasures from the Vault" uses various perspectives and categories to achieve a broader understanding of the conflict that divided the fledgling Unites States. Artifacts illuminating slavery, emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and his assassination, the armies of both sides, the Union navy, and the difficulties faced post-war are on display.

All materials are selected from collections held in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Among the collections involved, the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and the First Corps of Cadets present a close view of the part Massachusetts played in the conflict.

"The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault" will be on display through August 2013 in the Richards-Frost Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library at 771 Commonwealth Avenue. The room is open Monday-Friday from 9 am - 4:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Gotlieb Center at (617) 353-3696 or

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Rubin-Frankel Gallery at Hillel to Showcase Salvador Dali’s “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel”

February 21st, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Hillel 0 comments

Often remembered for his eccentricity, surrealist perspective and 1930’s prominence, artist Salvador Dali is now taking on a new identity as a creator of Jewish art with a focus on the Jewish post-war experience. Boston University Hillel’s Rubin-Frankel Gallery is proud to further the effort to explore Dali’s later career through a gallery of one of his most visually appealing works, “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel.”

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Originally commissioned in 1968 for Israel’s 20th anniversary, “Aliyah”  takes guests on a historical journey of the Jewish people’s return to their homeland. The Rubin-Frankel Gallery is honored to host a complete collection of the 25 signed, colored lithographic reproductions of Dali’s original mixed-media paintings through July 31, 2013.

The opening reception for this prolific work will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Further commentary on the collection’s historical, cultural and artistic significance will be highlighted by David Blumenthal, a professor of Judaic studies at Emory University, as well as Noit Banoi, a lecturer of modern and contemporary art from the School of Museum of Fine Arts. Professor Blumenthal also narrates a podcast to accompany guests to the gallery, explaining the context of the work and the Zionist background of each lithograph.

This event is free and open to the public. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow the presentation. Please RSVP  to

After opening night, the gallery will also be hosting a reception for Boston University students and faculty on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Guests will be participate in a one-on-one discussion with the owner of the collection and viewing of the work complete with a provided lunch in the Hillel dining area. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

The Rubin-Frankel Gallery is located in the Boston University Hillel at 213 Bay State Road and is open the following hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00pm
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Holland Dieringer at 617-353-7634 or visit the Rubin-Frankel Gallery's website.

Creative Writing Department Hosts Poetry Reading at The Castle

December 3rd, 2012 in Prose & Poetry 0 comments

Join poetry lovers at The Castle at 7:30 p.m. December 6 to listen to the graceful words of Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams and BU alumna Eleanor Goodman.

A book signing will follow the reading, hosted by the Creative Writing Department as part of the Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series.

C. K. Williams has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. A book of poems, Writers Writing Dying, was published this autumn, as was a book of essays, In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Eleanor Goodman writes poetry, fiction, and criticism, and translates from Chinese. Her work appears in journals such as Pathlight, PN Review, Los Angeles Review, Chutzpah 天南, Pleiades, The Guardian, Cha, and The Best American Poetry website. She has held residencies at the American Academy in Rome and the Vermont Studio Center, and is currently a Research Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

The event is free and open to the public.

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