Free State of Jones is a 2016 American historical period film that breaks with the Hollywood pattern of portraying the Confederacy as a noble cause that had little to do with slavery. The film is inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his interracial revolt against the Confederacy in Mississippi during the American Civil War. Starring Matthew McConaughey, the film raises fascinating questions about slavery, race, identity, and the desire for freedom in the Civil War South. Professor John Hinshaw (History) will introduce and moderate the film.
Colloquium Films, Fall 2017
These moderated film screenings, with open-ended discussions led by your favorite LVC professors, will be held in Lebegern Commons in the basement of the Mund College Center. Each will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. Join us!
Man on Wire is a 2008 British biographical documentary film directed by James Marsh that chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center -- and Petit's insatiable desire to create the world's most spectacular high-wire act. Crafted like a heist film, Man on Wire presents rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments and present-day interviews with the participants. Professor Sally Clark (English) will introduce and moderate the film.
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It is set in a dystopian Los Angeles of 2019 in which genetically engineered replicants, visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by a powerful corporation to work on off-world colonies. Replicants that escape and return to Earth are hunted down and "retired" by special police operatives known as Blade Runners. The film raises a host of questions about artificial intelligence, the wellsprings of human desire, and what it means to be human. Professor Andy Marsh (Chemistry) will introduce and moderate the film.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a 2006 American mockumentary black comedy horror film directed by Scott Glosserman and starring Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Robert Englund and Scott Wilson. The film takes place in a small town in Maryland, and follows a journalist and her film crew that is documenting an aspiring serial killer who models himself according to slasher film conventions. An homage to the slasher-movie genre, the film was described by the Los Angeles Times as "original and weirdly delicious, and executed with gory aplomb.” And we’ll be screening it on the most ghoulish & goblinish evening of the year! Professor Liz Sterner (Chemistry) will introduce and moderate the film.
Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) is a 1987 romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. This film explores desire as the most basic element of the human condition from the perspective of a dispassionate, immortal observer of the human race who is then transformed into a sentient, mortal participant. Even though the city of Berlin is densely populated, many of the people are isolated or estranged from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely trapeze artist, played by Solveig Dommartin. The angel chooses to become mortal so that he can experience human sensory pleasures, ranging from enjoying food to touching a loved one, and so that he can discover human love with the trapeze artist. Professor Rick Chamberlin (Languages) will introduce and moderate the film.
Little Children is a 2006 American drama film directed by Todd Field, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who along with Field wrote the screenplay. It stars Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville and Will Lyman. The film follows the intersecting lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and overwhelming desires in suburban Massachusetts. The Los Angeles Times described Little Children as "one of those rare films that transcends its source material. Firmly rooted in the present and in our current frame of mind — a time and frame of mind that few artists have shown interest in really exploring — the movie is one of the few films I can think of that examines the baffling combination of smugness, self-abnegation, ceremonial deference and status anxiety that characterizes middle-class Gen X parenting, and find sheer, white-knuckled terror at its core." Todd Snovel (Center for Student Engagement) will introduce and moderate the film.
Colloquium Films, Spring 2018
The spring 2018 Colloquium Series film screenings will be at the Allen Theatre, 36 E. Main St. in Annville, starting Jan. 30, and are free for LVC students, staff, and faculty. All films start at 5:30 p.m. We thank Skip Hicks, owner of the Allen Theatre, for his generosity in hosting these films.
This U.S.-made documentary film focuses on former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s continuing mission to battle human-caused global climate change. A sequel to Al Gore’s award-winning 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, the film addresses the progress made to tackle this planetary problem, and Gore’s efforts to persuade governmental leaders around the world to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark 2016 Paris Climate Agreement to which every nation-state in the world became signatory. The film received a nomination for Best Documentary at the 71st British Academy Film Awards. Dr. Michael Schroeder, LVC associate professor of history, will introduce the film.
Set in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the 1992 riots that exposed the city’s fault lines of racial, ethnic, and class division, this film, starring Hillary Swank and Patrick Dempsey, follows a young teacher (Swank) at a recently integrated high school in Long Beach who inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. This gritty, inspiring film—the title of which is a play on the “Freedom Rider” civil rights activists of the early 1960s—is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell. Dr. Carmen Garcia Armero, LVC associate professor of Spanish, will introduce the film.
Winner of four Academy Awards, this 1951 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams play tells the story of a southern belle and former schoolteacher, Blanche DuBois—played by Vivien Leigh—who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background to seek refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans tenement. The film also stars Marlon Brando, a virtual unknown at the time, who soon rose to prominence as a major Hollywood movie star. As film critic Roger Ebert wrote in 1993, “You could make a good case that no performance had more influence on modern film acting styles than Brando’s work as Stanley Kowalski, Tennessee Williams’ rough, smelly, sexually charged hero.” In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Teresa Rosenberg, LVC assistant professor of English, will introduce the film.
Produced by the Academy Award- and Emmy-winning production company RadicalMedia, and the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, this timely, gripping documentary explores Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and debate coal’s future under the Trump administration. From Appalachia in the East to the Powder River Basin in the West, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often-heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives. Jessica Ickes, LVC associate dean of academic affairs and director of institutional research, and/or Dr. Michael Schroeder, LVC associate professor of history, will introduce the film.