Past Events

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12.07.10  Screening of The Wedding Song and panel discussion with Katya Gibel Mevorach

Professor of Anthropology; Mirzam Perez, Assistant Professor of Spanish; and Mervat Youssef, Assistant Professor of French teaching Arabic Rosenfield Center 101, 7.00-10.00p.m.

2.13.11 Utopia in Four Movements

Oscar-nominated documentarian Sam Green will perform Utopia in Four Movements, an epic multimedia "live documentary" that was one of the hits of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Green offers his own narration and cues a live soundtrack and score by Brooklyn-based band The Quavers. Utopia, co-directed by sound artist Dave Cerf, is the culmination of Green's longstanding interest in the optimism of the early 20th century and our failure to realize so many of our collective hopes and ambitions. The piece is divided into four movements that each looks at a manifestation of the utopian impulse: the world's largest shopping mall in China (now abandoned), the invented language Esperanto, the tireless optimism of an American exile in Cuba, and the desire to identify remains in mass graves via forensic anthropology. Sunday, February 13th (location TBA) UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS a LIVE DOCUMENTARY! http://utopiainfourmovements.com/about/ Oscar-nominated documentarian Sam Green and a live band perform Utopia in Four Movements, an epic multimedia "live documentary" that was one of the hits of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Green offers his own narration and cues a live soundtrack and score by Brooklyn-based band The Quavers. Utopia, co-directed by sound artist Dave Cerf, is the culmination of Green's longstanding interest in the optimism of the early 20th century and our failure to realize so many of our collective hopes and ambitions. The piece is divided into four movements that each looks at a manifestation of the utopian impulse: the world's largest shopping mall in China (now abandoned), the invented language Esperanto, the tireless optimism of an American exile in Cuba, and the desire to identify remains in mass graves via forensic anthropology. Read more about it here:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/general/2010/06/29/silverdocs-a-conversation-with-utopia-in-4-movements-director-sam-green/

Guggenheim Fellow, animator and filmmaker Nina Paley will screen her acclaimed film Sita Sings the Blues, a digitally animated, feminist retelling of the Indian classical epic Ramayana. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. 

04.08.11 Nina Paley and Sita Sings the Blues JRC 101 7:30 p.m. 

Ms. Paley will give a talk before the screening and will lead a Q&A session afterward about the making and reception of the film. In 2002 Ms. Paley followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of five years on a home computer. The film takes this 2,000-year-old Sanskrit epic and “remixes” it with elements as diverse as a ’20s-era jazz singer, her own illustrations and life story and Indonesian shadow puppets. She will also offer a master class to Grinnell students Friday afternoon at 3 pm in ARH 302; this class will be of particular interest to those interested in the study of film, gender, and Indian literature and religion. Ms. Paley teaches at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.

Read more about it here:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/12/having_wonderful_time_wish_you.html

04.30.11 Teza, The Strand Theatre 1:00 p.m.

TEZA ("morning dew" in Amharic) from acclaimed Ethiopian-born director Haile Gerima, is set in Ethiopia and Germany. Teza examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor ; above all, Teza explores the possession of memory - a right humanity mandates that each of us have - the right to own our pasts." (Directed by Haile Gerima. Starring Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene). Awards include Best Film award (the African Oscar) at the Fespaco Pan African Film Festival 2009, Best Screenplay Award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival http://www.ethiopianreview.com/articles/31827 same = http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/movies/30teza.html Interview with H. Gerimahttp://www.diretube.com/articles/read-interview-with-haile-gerima-direct...http://www.tadias.com/03/09/2009/qa-haile-gerima-and-aaron-arefe/       Nina Paley and Sita Sings the Blues Friday, April 8th JRC 101 7:30 p.m. Guggenheim Fellow, animator and filmmaker Nina Paley will screen her acclaimed film Sita Sings the Blues, a digitally animated, feminist retelling of the Indian classical epic Ramayana. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Ms. Paley will give a talk before the screening and will lead a Q&A session afterward about the making and reception of the film. In 2002 Ms. Paley followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of five years on a home computer. The film takes this 2,000-year-old Sanskrit epic and “remixes” it with elements as diverse as a ’20s-era jazz singer, her own illustrations and life story and Indonesian shadow puppets. She will also offer a master class to Grinnell students Friday afternoon at 3 pm in ARH 302; this class will be of particular interest to those interested in the study of film, gender, and Indian literature and religion. Ms. Paley teaches at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Read more about it here:http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/12/having_wonderful_time_wish_you.html Nina Paley's visit is co-sponsored by SGA FILMS as part of the ANIMATION FESTIVAL. Please visit their website for the entire schedule of ANIMATION PROGRAMMING: http://grinnellfilms.wordpress.com/grinnell-college-animation-film-festival-gcaff/

09.09.11 4:15 p.m. in ARH 302: "Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet"

Cultural Films and the Rosenfield Program present “Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet,” a documentary about the political theater group coming to Grinnell next week. Brownies, tea and coffee will be served.  

"Political, spectacular, universal, rich” describes the street theatre-style of Bread and Puppet, one of the country’s oldest, non-profit theatre companies, coming to Grinnell College for a week-long residency this month.

Bread and Puppet uses larger-than-life papier-mache puppets, music and dance to drive home points about how people treat each other, with an overall theme of universal peace. The troupe will offer a free outdoor public performance on Mon., Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. on the college’s MacEachron Field. The puppeteers will also participate in an ongoing social justice symposium on Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. A documentary about the troupe’s work will be shown at 4:15 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 9 in Room 302 of Alumni Recitation Hall. Throughout the week, the troupe will also conduct puppetry workshops for Grinnell students.

Tickets are not required for the Bread and Puppet public events. The audience for the Sept. 19 outdoor performance is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs as limited seating will be available. MacEachron Field is located in the heart of the Grinnell campus, north of 8th Ave. If inclement weather, the performance will be held in Harris Center, 1114 10th Ave.

The troupe’s residency at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

 09.16.11, 7:30 p.m., in ARH 302: "Resist with the Living Theater"  

A documentary film about art and activism in the pre- and post 9/11 world.

 09.24.11 Breakfast at Tiffany's  12:00 p.m. 

Lunchtime panel discussion with Profs. Khactu, Leung and Rivas. Upstairs in dining hall, JRC 224A, 12:00 p.m.  “On Mickey Rooney’s Buckteeth: Hollywood Racism and Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  1:00 p.m.  Free Screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s to follow at 1:00 p.m. at The Strand Theatre, 921 Main Street. Audrey Hepburn is the pretty, quirky New York socialite Holly Golightly in this classic film. Come celebrate Tiffany's 50-year anniversary! Sponsored by Cultural Films Committee for Family Weekend  . 

10.28.11 University of Iowa event that mirrors Grinnell's CFC February 2011 Utopia event 

SAM GREEN AND THE QUAVERS RETURN TO IOWA WITH THEIR LIVE DOCUMENTARY, "UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS." IF YOU MISSED THE CFC SCREENING OF IT LAST YEAR TO A PACKED HOUSE IN JRC 101, NOW YOU HAVE A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT AGAIN. DON'T MISS THE FILM THE HUFFINGTON POST PRONOUNCED THE BEST OF SUNDANCE 2010: http://utopiainfourmovements.com/press/best-of-2010-sundance-film-festival/

"UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS" AT THE ENGLERT THEATER IN IOWA CITY. Friday, October 28, 2011 at 8:00p.m. THIS IS A FREE EVENT, SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.http://www.englert.org/event_details.php?id=639

02.24.12 "When the Bough Breaks" and Post-Screening Talk with Director Ji Dan, 8:00p.m. ARH 302

Independent documentary director Ji Dan will be appearing on the Grinnell College campus on Feb. 24 for an 8pm screening of her film "When the Bough Breaks." Screening will begin at 8pm, to be followed by a conversation with the director. Venue: Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH) Room 302, 1226 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112. "When the Bough Breaks" is scheduled to premiere on Feb. 20 as part of the Museum of Modern Art's "Documentary Fortnight at MoMa." Sponsorship for this important event comes from the the Rosenfield Program, Center for International Studies, Cultural Films Committee, Center for Humanities, and East Asian Studies Concentration at Grinnell College. Attachments (synopsis, director statement) included. Contact: Matthew Johnson (johnsonm[at]grinnell[dot]edu<mailto:johnsonm[at]grinnell[dot]edu>), History Department.  http://dgeneratefilms.com/chinese-cinema-events/when-the-bough-breaks-to-screen-at-documentary-fortnight/  and http://dgeneratefilms.com/tag/ji-dan/

03.01.12 Reading: Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores, 4:15p.m. Faulconer Gallery   

Author Michael Muhammad Knight will read from and discuss The Taqwacores, a fictional work that spawned an actual Islamic punk music scene. Co-sponsored by Writers@Grinnell, Department of Religious Studies, Center for Humanities, and Faulconer Gallery.

03.02.12 Panel Discussion: Muhammad was a Punk Rocker, 4:15p.m. Faulconer Gallery

Author Michael Muhammad Knight, film director Omar Majeed, and musicians from The Kominas will speak about evolving Islamic punk rock culture in the United States.

03.02.12 Film Screening and Director's Talk: Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, 7:00p.m. Faulconer Gallery

Three years in the making, this feature documentary traces the progression of the Muslim Punk scene: from its imaginary inception in a novel written by a white-convert named Michael Muhammad Knight to a full-blown, real-life scene of Muslim punk bands and their fans. Comments by director Omar Majeed will follow the screening. Co-sponsored by Cultural Films Committee, SGA Films, Department of Religious Studies, Center for Humanities, and Faulconer Gallery.

11.02.2012 Cultural Films Election Weekend, Janeane from Des Moines Film Screening, Talk and Q&A, 11.02.12, 7:00 p.m. JRC 101 

 An Iowa housewife's personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. Director: Grace Lee. 78 minutes. Q&A with Grace Lee (director), Jane Wilson (lead actress and writer), and Carl Pfirman '83 (alumnus; co-producer)

11.03.12 Cultural Films Election Weekend, Medium Cool screening, 10:30 a.m. ARH 302

TV news camerman finds himself becoming personally involvedin the violence which erupts around the 1968 Democratic Convention. Director: Haskell Wexler. 111 minutes. Lunch Conversations with Alumnus and Film Producer, Carl Pfirman '83, 12:30 p.m. in ARH 302. Encore screening of Janeane from Des Moines, 2:00 p.m. in ARH 302

11.30.12 Monty Python Fest, Life of Brian screening, 4:15 p.m. ARH 302  

Irreverent satire of Biblical films and religious intolerance focuses on Brian, a Jew in Roman-occupied Judea. After joining up with an anti-Roman political organization, Brian is mistaken for a prophet, and becomes a reluctant Messiah. Runtime: 94 minutes

11.30.12 Monty Python Fest, Monty Python and the Holy Grail screening, 7:00 p.m. ARH 302

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encoun-tering many very silly obstacles. Runtime: 91 minutes

12.15.12 Pre-Finals Weekend, Casablanca screening, 7:00 p.m. ARH 302
12.16.12 Pre-Finals Weekend, Maltese Falcon screening, 7:00 p.m. ARH 302
03.11.13 Anand Patwardhan Screening & Director Talk, 7:00 p.m. JRC 101 

Grinnell's Cultural Films Committee and Gandhi and Resistance course will join with the University of Iowa to sponsor a visit by Anand Patwardhan, India's leading activist documentary filmmaker.

For nearly thirty years, Patwardhan's courageous work on slum-dwellers and women's rights, on people displaced by massive dam projects, on the political manipulation of Hindu-Muslim conflict, and (most recently) on the fight for social equality by India's Dalits (i.e., "untouchables") has provoked controversy, broadcasting bans, Supreme Court cases, and a great deal of public awareness.

Patwardhan will be screening his latest film, _Jai Bhim Comrade_, which examines Dalit activism in India today and will be giving a director talk and Q&A. This public program will be on March 11 from 7:00 PM (JRC 101).

For more information on Patwardhan and his films, please see:

http://patwardhan.com/films/Jai%20Bhim%20Comrade.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Patwardhan

(Most of Patwardhan's documentaries are in our Library.)