Thursday, December 22, 2011

Costumes Fantastic at Sold-out THE SOUND OF MUSIC Sing-along!

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager

Last night's The Sound of Music Sing-along was sold out nearly two weeks in advance, and the audience's commitment to this holiday tradition was telling: we had some of the best costumes yet!
Take a look at a few of the costumes that we caught on camera. Which ones are your favorites?

Also, for more pictures, check out Amanda Mahnke's article on Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch.com.


Jess Gaito, Sarah Beltz, and James Paul Johnson sported alpine dress.

No "nun-sense" for Jeffrey and Elaine Pringle!

Lorraine Troiano dressed in a habit, while, Lola and Jessica Troiano were "girls in white dresses".

The members of the Newcomers Club of the Upper Main Line's Songbirds group were "whiskers on kittens". 
The McFadden sisters (Kristin, Lauren, and Andrea) were "brown paper packages tied up with string"!

Caitlin Kelly, Colleen Donovan, Joe Turner, Beth Hutton, Alejandro Fernandez, and Julie Hutton got into the Bavarian spirit.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute does sing-alongs to classic musicals on a regular basis. We don't have any more sing-alongs scheduled for this winter, but check our website for updates.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Filmmaker Peter Rose: Video Art in a Public Space

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is partnering with the University of the Arts Film/Video Department to present a unique display of video art past and present in Bryn Mawr Film Institute's arcade.

Peter Rose, whose work is currently featured in the new exhibition space, gave a fascinating speech at the December 1 art opening about the role of video art in the public arena. For your edification, his thoughtful remarks have been reprinted below.



Video Art in a Public Space
By Peter Rose, Experimental Filmmaker and University of the Arts Faculty Member

Once upon a time, making films was difficult -- a considerable variety of technical skills were required, it could be costly, and it took time, but it was relatively easy to imagine your audience. There would be a mass of people in a darkened room, sitting in some kind of rapt attention, and it was an occasion for a kind of collective dream. (Godard has this wonderful line about how when we go to the cinema we don’t think, we are thought...) The past thirty years, however, have seen both a simplification of the material and technical necessities of the medium and a vast and confusing elaboration of exhibition possibilities.

How are people seeing work these days? Will they see it in a theater? On an iPhone? On their computer? Can we determine how the image will look or what it will sound like in the viewing context? Can we count on any sustained attention? How can you possibly make work not knowing how it will be presented. Parenthetically, I suppose it’s somewhat analogous to asking Bach if he could imagine the B Minor Mass being played on an iPod. I don’t think he’d be thrilled, but then more people have had an encounter with his music than would ever have heard it in a concert hall, so I guess it’s a trade-off.

Still from Rose's "The Geosophist's Tears" (2002)
Let’s approach the matter from the perspectives of Time and Mind. When we see work in a theatre we have a bounded sense of time. We know when the work begins (assuming we’ve arrived on time) and we have a sense of how long it will last. So we have an internal map of our passage through time, we can locate ourselves on that map and we have an anticipation of some kind of closure. But we are carried along on this journey in a passive way. Too, most narrative films have an implied three-act structure so we have an unconscious sense of dramatic development--it’s like listening to a sonata where you’ve got an ABA structure. You know where you’ve been and where you’re going. Time is linear. And, for better or worse, it’s a shared, collective experience. We become, however intermittently, part of a responsive group mind and our responses are inflected by that participation. And if films are made by vast industrial enterprises, as they usually are, it’s a many to many transmission. Also, of note, is that the producers and exhibitors have some control over viewing conditions--there are relatively standard levels of illumination and sound reproduction.

Opposed to this is our experience of time watching work on the web. I'm thinking not so much of what we see on Netflix, which usually conforms to the kind of experience I’ve outlined here, but to the experience of time when we look at YouTube or Vimeo. Usually these works are shorter, less narrative, more purely visual or sonic. By virtue of both the brevity of their presentation, the alternate nature of their idiom, and the control offered by the encounter we have an entirely different sense of time. We don’t always quite know what to expect but we can usually anticipate some kind of visual spectacle, an encounter with perverse wit, or some satisfaction of salacious curiosity. There is no scale to the experience--we may be looking at it on a computer monitor, or viewing it on an iPad or iPhone. It’s a mental rather than physical encounter. We stand outside it and encounter it as a kind of moving, illuminated object. Not only that but viewers are free to follow links, to interrupt their viewing without penalty, so there can be no presuppositions about the sustained nature of attention. And the artist has no control over ambient light, screen brightness, sound reproduction, etc. Notions of suspense, sustained observation, patience, duration, and, perhaps, metaphor go out the window. And it’s all quite private. I’m reminded of some commentary offered years ago about television. Usually thought of as a mass medium--considering the broadcast end of it--it’s usually an experience had by a few people, alone, in their living or bedroom, so it’s a many-to-one proposition. In this case, on the computer, given the fact that single artists are usually responsible for what we see, it’s a one to one transmission. But most importantly we viewers are in control; we can start over anytime we wish. Watching work on a computer is not quite like being told a story, it’s like holding the story in your hand and being able to play with it. Time is a bit more flexible and the mind involved is just our own.

But what about seeing displays in Times Square, for example? Is this different? In Times Square you can decide not to look, to move to another location, to shift your gaze. Advertisers seek only to grab your attention for an instant--there is no ambition to secure an engagement that takes time and there is no sense that something is unfolding that requires duration to understand. Time is, in a sense, incidental- experience comes in glimpses rather than via an attentive gaze. And of course even though we’re usually in a crowd the experience is quite singular--the shifts in our attention constituting a kind of private editing. And, following up on my earlier observations, given the industrial scale of the enterprise, it’s a many to many transmission.

Still from "Odysseus in Ithaca" (2006), another piece by Peter Rose
How about video installation in a museum? If you go, for example, to PAFA to check out the new Bill Viola installation you’ll find that there is no beginning or end to the work. Three flat screen monitors present us with images of various people passing through tactile veils of water. The meaning lies in metaphor rather than drama; there is a sobriety and a scale that is quite unlike the experience on the web. The work involves sustained duration but it is cyclic and so unlike a theatrical experience. We tend to pay attention to linear time--at least in this culture--one thing usually comes before another, it doesn’t both come before and after. So even though we don’t have control of the flow of time as we do on a computer, we can enter at any arbitrary point and still come to feel some sense of resolution or closure. Too, however briefly, there are small sets of other people in the space jockeying for position (we had an interesting conversation in my class last night about the implications of putting a bench in a viewing space...) and so there is a kind of moving collectivity involved. Much of this work is by individual artists so now it’s a one-to-many proposition and, not incidentally, the artist usually has much control over the viewing environment.

And so now we come to the issue of video images in public space. We’re walking across a plaza somewhere, or we’re standing in a lobby, or we’re on line at the airport and we see an image on a large screen. It’s not an ad; it’s not a public service announcement; it arrests our attention without disclosing anything about duration--we don’t know how long it will last, where we have come in, whether it will repeat or not; and we know nothing of intention--it’s not selling us something, it’s not a logo; it’s probably not a story. It’s a kind of spectacle, taking the word to mean both a public event and an aid to seeing. What can we compare it to? I propose the following: in an increasingly, and to my mind distressingly, mediated world, wherein our experience seems less and less to derive from tangible physical experience and more and more to be conveyed through representations of experience; a world in which, for example, when I give my students the assignment of studying a physical action and analyzing it from a cinematic perspective, I often get complexly edited little films about people sitting on couches and using their remote controls to look at images on a screen. In such a world, the encounter with an image of scale and unknown duration may resemble nothing so much as our former encounters with mysterious natural events: dramatic weather, solar eclipses, signs and omens glimpsed in the irrational conjunction of events. Like these, the images seem a little anonymous; it’s not a one-to-one or a many-to-one or a one-to-many proposition, it is, to quote Glen Gould, a zero-to-many transmission. Maybe it’s more like a visitation than a message; it offers us not the consolation of a collective dream or the reinforcement of private taste or immersion in an underwritten art event, but rather a subversion of what we think goes on in the world, a respite from the mercilessly forward movement of time and history, a quiet shock, an interval of curiosity and wonder. And maybe, on that basis, it’s legitimate to call it art.


Since 1968 Peter Rose has made over thirty films, tapes, performances and installations. Many of the early works raise intriguing questions about the nature of time, space, light, and perception and draw upon Rose's background in mathematics and on the influence of structuralist filmmakers. He subsequently became interested in language as a subject and in video as a medium and generated a substantial body of work that played with the feel and form of sense, concrete texts, politcal satire, oddball performance, and a kind of intellectual comedy. Recent video installations have involved a return to an examination of landscape, time and vision. Rose has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally, having been included in shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Film Society at Lincoln Center, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and is fond of writing descriptions in the third person. Peter is also a professor in the Media Arts department at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

See • Hear • Feel • Film shines at BMFI

By Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

BMFI’s third-grade visual literacy program, See • Hear • Feel • Film, is off to another great start for this school year. For the fifth year in a row, we are thrilled to have students from the Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown and the Haverford School participating. Returning for their fourth year are students from the Conshohocken Elementary School in the Colonial School District, and children from the Westtown School, as well. Also returning are girls from the Baldwin School, kids from the Gesu School in Philadelphia, and students from Whitehall Elementary School in Norristown.


See • Hear • Feel • Film, created by Anne Marie Santoro of the Jacob Burns Film Center, teaches third-grade students critical viewing skills and the cinematic techniques of storytelling. Using movies to spark their own creative expression, the children learn to write with clarity, confidence, and joy, and improve their own storytelling skills. The curriculum, designed to meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, consists of viewing short movies from around the world and participating in writing exercises and creative collaboration.

Baldwin School students (above)
enjoyed the Unit I activities at BMFI
during a recent school visit.
Learning to think critically about visual media and understanding how filmmakers use the tools and techniques of their medium to communicate with viewers is an essential part of a 21st-century education and crucial to being an informed citizen in today’s culture. While the program focuses on cinema, the lessons gleaned from it are integral to more thoughtful engagement with other visual media, such as television and the web.

Personally, as a film educator, I can say that I wish I’d been exposed to a program like this when I was in grade school.  Thinking of the potential for more and better engagement with film and other media this program gives its participants, it’s too bad I had to wait until high school or college to begin to learn the concepts it imparts. I’ll never know what the head start on my understanding of media that a program like this gives students could’ve meant for my education and even career.

If you’d like to learn more about See • Hear • Feel • Film, please visit http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/seehear.php or contact me, BMFI’s Director of Education.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Films to Feast On

By Mike Mazzanti, BMFI Intern

Starting today, November 23, Bryn Mawr Film Institute will begin screening two new films stirring up Oscar buzz. My Week with Marilyn tells the story of the tension between Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl and is led by a mesmerizing performance from Michelle Williams. Also showing is The Descendants, Alexander Payne's new dramedy that follows a land baron (George Clooney) as he attempts to reconnect with his two daughters. Critics have hailed it as “terrific” and “near perfect”.
My Week with Marilyn and The Descendants start today at BMFI

However, if you were looking for a movie themed more around turkey, mashed potatoes, and dinner tables filled with family and friends, here are five filling films for your Thanksgiving holiday feasting (though I don’t recommend adding gravy):

First, regarded as one of Woody Allen’s best, Hannah and Her Sisters is a sharp, tender, and witty comedy about three sisters, two Thanksgivings, and a tangled web of relationships. The film won three Academy Awards, for its sparkling script and performances by Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest.

Katie Holmes in Pieces of April

For a second helping, Pieces of April revolves around black-sheep April Burns (Katie Holmes) and her attempts to make the perfect Thankgiving dinner for her dying mother (Oscar-nominee Patricia Clarkson) and the rest of her estranged family in this intelligent and heartfelt 2003 indie dramedy.

Want something different on your plate? Ang Lee's The Ice Storm is a star-studded drama (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood) centered on a wealthy Connecticut family during the weekend after Thanksgiving in 1973 who find their lives spiraling out of control.

Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell in Scent of a Woman

For more drama (with touches of comedy), Al Pacino gives a masterful performance in Scent of a Woman, the story of a prep school student in need of money who “babysits” a blind man (Pacino). The classic Thanksgiving scene may or may not end with Pacino putting someone in a chokehold. “Hoo-ahh!”

Finally, if you want something less touching and dramatic and with more killer turkeys, give thanks for the irreverent and ridiculous Thankskilling, which follows a group of teens getting axed off by a homicidal turkey. Thankskilling has become a fan favorite as a horrible-but-hilarious low-budget horror-comedy flick with a tagline so crude it cannot be quoted here.

So, be it gripping drama or heartfelt comedy, Pacino chokeholds or killer turkeys, this list should satisfy your holiday movie craving. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans' Day Discount

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager, BMFI

Today, Veterans' Day, Bryn Mawr Film Insitute honors our nation's troops by offering discounted admission for all films playing today to anyone who presents their military ID.

Just show your military ID at the Box Office and receive BMFI members' price admission ($5) to any show all day long. We're currently featuring the Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Ides of March, directed by and starring George Clooney. Both films are showing at 4:00, 7:15, and 9:30 today.

Thank you for your service to our country.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Film Preservationist Robert A. Harris: The Winning Question

By Devin Wachs,  Public Relations Manager, BMFI

We at BMFI are looking forward to hosting renowned film preservationist and producer Robert A. Harris for a dinner and multimedia talk on Thursday, December 1. Tickets are available now at the Box Office and online here.

One lucky winner will attending the lecture for free! Last week, we offered two tickets to Mr. Harris's lecture to the person who came up with the best question to ask Mr. Harris (as judged by BMFI staff). I hope you'll all come to the event and ask your questions in person, but we can only have one winner.

And the free tickets go to... Alan Webber! If he could ask one question of Mr. Harris, this is what he'd ask:
Vertigo is certainly one of the most beautiful films ever made and the use of color has meaning in the film. The “green” of Madeleine’s Jaguar is repeated elsewhere in the film and is no “ordinary green”. How does the preservationist assure that this “green” doesn’t become “ordinary” in the preservation process and adheres to Hitchcock’s original color scheme of over 50 years ago?
That is one detailed question! I for one look forward to hearing Mr. Harris's answer in person on December 1. Thanks to everyone who submitted their questions. You can read the other entries in the comments here.

Alan, congratulations, and please contact me to redeem your tickets.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Win Tickets to Meet Hollywood Film Preservationist Robert A. Harris

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager

Not unlike Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (which Robert A. Harris restored), sometimes films need to be refreshed and polished to be seen for the beauties they are. Film preservationist Robert A. Harris is both Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering to these tarnished gems, gently cajoling new color and life out of some of the twentieth century's best cinematic masterpieces. Learn about his fascinating process and hear his stories of Hollywood past and present at a special illustrated lecture and dinner on Thursday, December 1.

In addition to My Fair Lady, Robert A. Harris is responsible for restoring Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather trilogy, Vertigo, Rear WindowSpartacus, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and more. A fascinating man (and quite the raconteur), he has numerous stories from the Hollywood trenches as a producer (The Grifters) and film preservationist.

A scene from The Godfather, before (left) and after Robert A. Harris's restoration.

Be a Winner:
Do you want to find out about where he gets the film prints that he restores? What it was like to work with Martin Scorsese and David Lean? How the change from 35mm to digital effects film preservation?

In the comments here, post one question you'd like to ask Robert A. Harris. We'll choose our favorite question. The author will receive two tickets to hear Robert A. Harris's illustrated lecture in the theater, where they'll be able to ask him in person!

Entries must be posted by Monday, November 7 at noon. We'll announce the winners next week.

Please note: When posting your comment, you will be asked to select a log-in from a list. If you do not have a Google account, etc., please select either 1) "Name/URL", which requires that you have a valid website address of your own, or 2) "Anonymous". If you select the latter, please be sure to sign your name in the post. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

BMFI Manager Alexis Mayer: Why I Love DEAD MAN

BMFI Theater Manager and film preservationist Alexis Mayer writes about why she loves Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, which is being shown tonight in conjunction with BMFI's Film Education Spotlight series and four-week course on Jarmusch's films. Her take on the "acid western" is the latest in a series of posts began this summer about the movies that BMFI's staff and community members love.


Why I Love Dead Man
By Alexis Mayer, Theater Manager

The first time I saw Dead Man was sometime in 2009 in Rochester New York. I was lucky enough to catch it in 35mm. Something terrible had happened that day and so I went in a daze and came to at the end when [SPOILER ALERT] William Blake (Johnny Depp) is in the canoe staring up at the sky as it floats away from the shore. It's a powerful moment and I realized, "Wow, this is an amazing movie, and I just missed the entire thing!" 

The film is full of these moments. When I actually saw it (on DVD this time), I had to watch it a second time the very next day. It's one of the few films that I can say I enjoy watching over and over and over again. My favorite thing about this film is it's tone. It's a fantasy western shot in black and white with stunning scenes, an incredible original score by Neil Young, and weird characters played by actors like Crispin Glover. 

I find myself lingering on every bit of dialogue; it's purposeful, clever, and funny in a way that is nothing short of perfect. One of my favorite lines is when John Dickinson (Robert Mitchum) tells Conway Twill (Michael Wincott), "You're a real good killer, but be sure you keep that goddamn trap shut." Another is during my favorite scene in the woods when Big George Drakoulious (Billy Bob Thornton) asks his friend Salvatore 'Sally' Jenko (Iggy Pop), "What's a Philistine?" and Sally responds, "Well, it's just a real dirty person." 

Dead Man is full of cameos, like Iggy Pop's cross-dressing
Salvatore "Sally" (left), shown here with star Johnny Depp.
This movie is so good! Don't miss the chance to see it today in 35mm at Bryn Mawr Film Institute!

Theater Manager Alexis Mayer is a film handler and projectionist with a B.F.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and a professional certificate in the Preservation and Restoration of Motion Picture Films from the L. Jefferey Selznick School of Film Preservation.

See Dead Man tonight, Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm. Film critic and author Chris Long, M.A., will introduce the screening. Watch a trailer and buy tickets here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We Have a Winner for "The Late Show" Film Series Programming Contest!

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager

Thank you for everyone's amazing suggestions for our newest film series, "The Late Show," which will feature an eclectic mix of cult films showing on Friday nights at 10:30 pm. We had 23 responses! You can read them all in the comments here.

You made it very difficult to choose a winner, but we had to pick just one, so... drum roll please... 

Congratulations, Ann Capozzolo! Of all the films that were suggested, we've chosen to show Head, the Monkees' trippy 1968 flick, on Friday, March 30. Here is Ann's winning entry, which will also be reprinted in the next issue of Projections, our quarterly programming guide:

Please consider the [1968] movie Head starring the Monkees. This plotless film did what the creators wanted: showed the ‘zany, goofy’ Monkees in a different light. Written and produced by Bob Rafelson and a pre-Easy Rider Jack Nicholson, Head captures psychedelia in a raw and avant-garde way. Sprinkled amongst the psychedelic chaos are some great musical numbers and unusual cameos (Annette Funicello, anyone?) to spot.

Ann, you'll receive four tickets for you and your friends to see Head on the big screen. You will all receive the VIP treatment that night, with complimentary popcorns and drinks. You can also introduce the film as well if you'd like—but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. And, of course, your winning entry will be credited in Projections and on our blog!

If you're wondering, a winner was chosen based on 1) how the suggested film fit with the rest of the series and its purpose, 2) how well-written and convincing the entry was, and 3) film availability (a necessary reality).

Even if you didn't win this time, don't fret. There will be other contests!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Chills at BMFI

By Mike Mazzanti, BMFI Intern

It’s the time of year for costumes, pumpkins, and stores filled with aisle-after-aisle of candy. This week Bryn Mawr Film Institute celebrates with two spooky events, one R-rated and one for the whole family.

For those still donning masks, exotic get-ups, and wielding all assortments of weapons, wands, and pillow cases, Bryn Mawr Film Institute has a family-friendly movie just for you! On Saturday, October 29, three evil witches will haunt the screen in Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the spooky story about a brother and sister who accidently awaken an ancient evil. This campy family flick, which stars Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, concludes BMFI's month of Kids Matinees devoted to kid-friendly scares.

In Disney's Hocus Pocus, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker (left to right) play the Sanderson sisters, three nasty witches transported to modern-day Salem.

However, if going door-to-door and saying “Trick or treat!” to neighbor after neighbor doesn’t cut it anymore, we still have you covered. Tonight, Tuesday, October 25, BMFI will feature the provocative, atmospheric, and twisted sci-fi horror flick Splice. After two genetic engineers (Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley) attempt to splice the DNA of humans and animals together, things go disturbingly awry. You can ask real-life genetic researcher Dr. Janet Sawicki about the facts behind the fiction when she introduces the film, which is shown as part of Bryn Mawr Hospital's "What's Up, Doc?" series.

Sarah Polley (right) stars as one of the overzealous scientists in Splice whose experiments create the hybrid creature Dren (Delphine ChanĂ©ac), with dangerous consequences for all.

So, whether you’re moonlighting as a superhero or fairy princess with a pillowcase for the night, or are handing out endless pieces of candy to Hannah Montana and Captain America, you’re sure to find a perfectly eerie October at BMFI.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Contest: Choose a Film for BMFI’s New Film Series!

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager, BMFI

Attention, film geeks! Bryn Mawr Film Institute is programming a brand new series of screenings starting in January. Called “The Late Show,” this BYO series will feature an eclectic mix of five cult films showing on Friday nights at 10:30 pm.

“It’s going to be awesome,” says Valerie Temple, BMFI’s Programming Coordinator. “There’s a lot of fun, unusual fare out there that is rarely shown. We want to spotlight it.”

Best yet, you get to decide one of the films that we’re showing! That’s right, we’re taking your suggestions.

How it Works:
In the comments section below, write the title of the film that you’d like us to show, and a few sentences about why you think we should feature it. (Hint: Try to make it something that isn’t shown in theaters very often.) Make sure to leave your name!* Entries are due by Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday, October 20, right here on our blog.

We’ll choose the film suggestion and write-up that we like best from your entries, and (pending film availability) it will be the final film in the series!

What You Win:
If you’re selected, you’ll win four tickets for you and your friends to go see the movie you chose on the big screen, plus four popcorn and drink passes. A version of your write-up will appear in Projections, our programming guide, and on our blog (with credit, of course). You can also introduce the film the night of the event as well—but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

I look forward to reading your entries!

*Please Note: When posting your comment, you will be asked to select a log-in from a list. If you do not have a Google account, etc., please select either 1) "Name/URL", which requires that you have a valid website address of your own, or 2) "Anonymous". If you select the latter, please be sure to sign your name in the post.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

California Lawsuit Brings Theater Clearance Zones to Forefront

By Juliet Goodfriend, President, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Last week the Los Angeles Times published an article detailing the lawsuit brought against Cinemark, one of the top theater chains, by the owners of the Palme d'Or, an independent theater in Palm Desert, California. The suit, which reporter Richard Verrier calls a "David-versus-Goliath battle in the desert," cites that Cinemark, which operates a nearby theater complex, has been "circuit dealing", using their clout to prevent distributors from allowing the smaller Palme d'Or to certain films. You can read the full article here.

This article brings to the foreground an unfair competitive practice that has troubled BMFI for years: chain theaters drawing unreasonable non-compete zones (so-called "clearance zones") around them and not letting independent theaters show the same film at the same time (showing "day and date"). In our region it is mostly the Clearview Bala and Anthony Wayne that we struggle against; rarely the Narberth.

The good news for BMFI is that distributors have learned that their films will earn much more here than at the local chains, so we are more likely to get the movies we want, when we want them. And we think you'll enjoy them more at our theater.

The legal case in California will no doubt unearth an older case in Philadelphia between the Roxy and the Ritz. The Roxy lost that one. Let's see how the new case comes out--maybe the little guy will win for once.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Juliet Goodfriend's Take on the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival 2011
by Juliet J. Goodfriend, Executive Director, BMFI

This year, as in years past, I feel frustrated that I missed as many good films as I saw. No, I didn’t get to Shame, or Crazy Horse, or We Need to Talk About Kevin, or Le Havre, or Martha Marcy May Marlene, or Faust. All missed because of scheduling overload and conflicts. Nevertheless, I found enough good movies to keep us very busy in 2011 and saw quite a few that you will be happy not to see at BMFI.

Programming Main Attractions is rife with distributor negotiations, and my having seen a great many films helps us narrow our battleground to the territory with the most potential—artistically and commercially. Below are my take on the 33 I did catch. It has taken some time to get this written, as I came home with a dreadful cold in addition to some good film impressions. (Did you follow my tweets after each film as the festival progressed?)


16 Films I Would Like to Get for BMFI:

Albert Nobbs (d. Rodrigo Garcia)
Glenn Close played this role of a male servant on stage and we who never saw it should be delighted that the movie is an excellent translation. It is a very tender treatment of gender uncertainty, class, and the meaning of love. Need more? Nope!

Albert Nobbs

The Artist (d. Michel Hazanavicius) is a mostly silent, black and white homage to Hollywood that feels so good you want it to last longer. It seems to be true that great directors yearn to make a silent. This one succeeded in spades. And the little dog adds just the right touch.

The Awakening (d. Nick Murphy)
At last, a ghost movie that I can really endorse. As with others of its genre, this takes place in a “haunted” boys’ school in England. But it seems to me to move beyond other tales by engaging in the analysis of the source of the ghostly mysteries: in early trauma and guilt of the heroine. The methods of ghost-killing are ingenious and the whole movie is well constructed and entertaining.

A Dangerous Method (d. David Cronenberg)
Despite an annoying performance by Keira Knightley, this film passes the test because of 1) Viggo Mortenson, 2) Michael Fassbinder and 3) the interesting interplay between Freud and Jung. As with several other period pieces this year, the mise en scene makes up for a number of weaknesses. This is a must-see for spouses of psychiatrists!

Death of a Superhero (d. Ian Fitzgibbon)
Making imaginative use of graphic novel animation, this movie puts us into the head of an adolescent cancer patient. It is not sentimental, but it captures his parent’s fraught attempts to cure him and his buddies’ well-meaning attempts to de-flower him before he dies. One would not expect to be entertained by a film dealing with pediatric oncology, but this boy and this film are special and believable.

The Descendants (d. Alexander Payne) is perhaps the best movie I saw at TIFF. Pictorially vivid and real scenes of Hawaii—a setting rarely used for dramatic movies—and real emotions about the hardest experiences in life: death, marital deception, family discord. George Clooney has never been better. Hardened movie industry guys were crying on my row.

The Descendants

Flying Machine (d. Martin Clapp, Dorota Kobiela, Geoff Lindsey)
Starring Lang Lang playing Chopin, what a charming interlude for me during the hectic TIFF. The music is marvelous, the animation and live action lovely to look at but not tightly tied with a terrific plot. Instead the point is for parents to pay attention to their inner souls and creativity and to be present and inspiring to their children. A good moral, indeed. And with enough plusses that I would love to show it to our younger audiences, and I’d go again just to hear Lang play. He is voiced by another actor!

Footnote (d. Joseph Cedar) is an Israeli film that reveals and revels in a father-son schtick as only university-based Talmudic scholars could endure. Father-son issues date to Abraham and Isaac. Here the sacrifice takes a turn. A must see for male academics--both fathers and sons. I liked it very much, too.

Hysteria (d. Tanya Wexler)
OK, this goes over the top in a number of ways but it certainly tickled me! And that’s more than I would have expected from a history of hysteria. Except that it’s a history of vibrators--hence the giggles and fun. The credits alone are an education. It will captivate much of the movie-going audience, no matter their gender or age.

Hysteria

The Ides of March (d. George Clooney) is not a great movie. But it is good enough, especially as a directing effort of its star, and the acting of Ryan Gosling. My fault with it is its lack of genuine originality. We’ve seen this film before, and this treatment is very smooth and professional, but it does not offer warmth or human empathy. Nevertheless, it is engrossing and you don’t want to leave before it’s over. The ending will enrage some and delight others.

I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (d. Jonathan Demme) is the first film produced by our aspirational arthouse model, Jacob Burns Film Center, so I went to see it out of loyalty. It tells the tale of a remarkably out-spoken and determined resident of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans following Katrina. We would all be better off with more Carolyn Parkers in our neighborhoods, that’s for sure.

In Darkness (d. Agnieszka Holland)
If two and a half hours in a sewer is not too hard on your senses, then see this film. As one friend said, it’s actually a refreshing relief when one character escapes the sewer to voluntarily go to a concentration camp! Nevertheless, this true story of the fourteen-month ordeal of a group of Polish Jews during the Holocaust is worth the stench and dampness. The “Righteous” Polish sewer worker who cared for “his Jews” experiences a genuine moral dilemma as his work endangers his family and co-workers. We still need to see these stories on film. And this director does not spare us the harsh realities. I did object to her stealing Spielberg’s red touches from Schindler’s List! A petty complaint, perhaps.

In Darkness


The Island President (d. Jon Shenk )
In this excellent documentary we follow, very intimately, the efforts of the young President of the Maldives who, at age 42, overturned a 30-year dictator and took on the task of saving this archipelago of 2000 islands from certain destruction by the rising seas of our man-made warmer climate. He has not yet achieved his goal, but watching him learn (and then teach) diplomacy and will pique the interest of all doc audiences. How his efforts are stunted by China and the USA, to name but a couple of challengers, will reconfirm our distrust of large nations’ motivations to correct the destructive direction of their societies.

The Kid with a Bike (d. the Dardenne Brothers) is just about perfect: characters you really care about, insights into the hearts of a troubled boy and a well-meaning foster mother, good pace and enough plot to keep you interested. These directors typically deal with troubled children or families, but never better than this time.

Page Eight (d. David Hare) is the smart and sophisticated spy story that one expects from this fine stage writer-director, and it doesn’t let you down. Bill Nighy is the cool spy whose every move is calculated to keep you wanting to see more. Why couldn’t this be the first of a long series? Even alone it is well worth the time. And there’s Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, and Rachel Weisz showing their best as well.

Samsara (d. Ron Fricke) Transformative and transporting photography with a message that if nature isn’t destroying the earth, man certainly is. This is an utterly beautiful movie: think National Geographic and Koyaanisqatsi combined and HD enhanced. As huge scenes of nature or of mankind are captured in seemingly horizon-less views, they are instantly deconstructed into their composite details. And the power of the moving picture to create a mind-changing perspective is proven once again, e.g. I will never eat chicken that is not from my daughter’s farm again!

Samsara

14 Films I Would Not Bring to BMFI (not counting the ones I won’t even bother to list)

360 (d. Fernando Meirelles)
Almost a good movie, but not. One does wonder how there can be so many dumb women involved with bad men. And then one wonders who all these women are because it’s very hard to tell them apart.

Almayer’s Folly (d. Chantal Akerman)
Interesting to transplant Joseph Conrad’s 1895 novel to the 1950s in Malaysia. It is a beautiful but very slow-moving film that is good for a certain mood, but I am not certain what that mood would be.

Always Brando (d. Ridha Behi)
The scenery of Tunisia and the looks of the Brando double don’t compensate for the film’s weak premise and execution.

Damsels in Distress (d.Whit Stillman)
There may be some co-eds who identify with, or laugh at this, but not many, I bet. There was one very funny line (I bet it will be in the trailer) and for the rest, you have to like Greta Gerwig a lot. It was another disappointment.

Dark Horse (d. Todd Solondz)
This was one of several disappointments of the festival. The great cast had no material and poor direction (from a good writer-director) and there was no reason to expect the characters will ever grow up or amount to anything.

Elles (d. Malgorzata Szumowska)
Too much deviant kiddy porn as Juliette Binoche examines female sexuality among young prostitutes for an article she is writing. Binoche is always a pleasure to watch, but did I really want to see her masturbate? As we sometimes tell our exploring toddlers, “Not in the living room, in your own room,” and that goes for theaters, too.

Into the Abyss (d. Werner Herzog)
Not his best and who wants to get inside these dreadful characters anyway?

Keyhole (d. Guy Maddin)
Canada’s favorite experimental filmmaker muddled up some aspects of the Odyssey with his family’s home and his memory of growing up. Neither evocative nor interesting to me, though I liked his My Winnepeg.

Neil Young Journeys (d. Jonathan Demme)
Not very interesting, but lots of good lyrics (bad tunes) and whiskers.

Rampart (d. Oren Moverman)
I loved this director’s The Messenger, but this film was too raw and harsh. Woody Harrelson is excellent, but I could not watch it for very long.

This Side of Resurrection (d. Joaquim Sapinho)
Good surfing photography. End of story.

Trishna (d. Michael Winterbottom)
Moving Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) to current day rural and urban India made this movie a sure-fire travelogue but a dull tale. Another disappointment.

Twixt (d. Francis Ford Coppola)
This teaches the lesson that really great directors can trip and fall. Coppola inserts 3-D only twice in his return to the horror story genre. While that’s fun, it doesn’t help. Nor does it help that there is a connection in the plot and his personal family life. The master misses.

The Woman in the Fifth (d. Pawel Pawlikowski)
Another big disappointment from Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke, both of whom seem dead in this film. Nothing to recommend it, though a lot of the audience waited till the end to leave and moan rather than bolting half way through.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Day Movies

By Zoe Portman, BMFI Intern

In honor of Labor Day, here are six films that all reflect pride in the power of the common laborer and their ability to organize. Celebrate the end of summer and the return to work by recognizing the sacrifices of workers across the years.  

1) The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Based on John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, a migrant worker during the Depression, traveling from Oklahoma to California with his family. Despite overwhelming poverty, the Joads manage to keep their family together, because they are “the people.” Both John Steinbeck and director John Ford were later investigated by Senator McCarthy due to the pro-union stance of the film.

2) Salt of the Earth (1954)

This story of Mexican miners living in New Mexico who go on strike for humane working and living conditions was made by workers who were blacklisted from Hollywood due to Communist leanings. Starring few professional actors, actual miners appeared in Salt of the Earth, which was purposefully suppressed and shown in very few theaters at the time of its release, due to the controversial subject matter. (This film will be shown as part of BMFI's Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present later this fall.)

3) On the Waterfront (1954)

On the Waterfront stars Marlon Brando at his glowering best as dockworker Terry Malloy who confronts a corrupt labor boss Johnny Friendly. Friendly controls the docks and all dockworkers, and no one is willing to tell the police about his crimes, until Terry finds the courage to speak up. This film is always "a contender."

4) Matewan (1987)

John Sayles's Matewan depicts the struggle of West Virginian coal miners in the 1920s. A union organizer comes to town, attempting to unite workers of different races while struggling against a union infiltrator who attempts to incite violence. The mythic tone of the story is underscored by the realism of its characters, and the film is praised for its strong performances.

5) Harlan County, USA (1976)

This documentary chronicles a nearly year-long miners strike in Harlan County, Kentucky. Told through interviews with miners and their families, Harlan County, USA is unremitting in its images of poor working conditions, while the presence of the camera crew at the strike is credited with limiting the violence enacted against the striking miners.

6) Norma Rae (1979)

Sally Fields won the Best Actress Academy Award for portraying Norma Rae, a textile worker who attempts to unionize her mill despite the riffs it causes in her personal life and the dangers of antagonizing the factory.



BMFI will be showing regularly scheduled main attractions this week, but if you're in the mood for a more topical film, you can check these out.



Zoe Portman is a Film Studies student entering her fourth year at Hampshire College. She recently completed an internship at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Devin Wachs: Why I Love GONE WITH THE WIND

We all have films we love here at BMFI, and Wednesday we're showing Gone with the Wind. Read why this 1939 classic makes Public Relations Manager Devin Wachs believe in time-travel. Check back for additional posts by other BMFI staff and community members that explore the movies we love.





Why I Love GONE WITH THE WIND
By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager, BMFI

I first saw Gone with the Wind on Thanksgiving when I was eight or nine years old. The film took my breath away (and still does). Even seeing it on our 24” TV set with the holiday buzz going on all around me, Scarlett captured my heart with her spirit and spunk in the face of the Civil War and its aftermath. What a character! What passion! What resilience! She’s not “nice”—she uses people and is petty and self-serving—but she is a survivor, very human and surprisingly sympathetic, thanks in large part to Vivien Leigh’s Oscar-winning performance. For the next few years, it seemed like Gone with the Wind was on TV every Thanksgiving morning, and as God as my witness, I’d always watch as much of it as I could. It became kind of an unofficial holiday tradition.

Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) was a frequent Thanksgiving "guest" as I was growing up. BMFI is showing Gone with the Wind on the big screen this Wednesday, August 31.
But nothing beat seeing it on the big screen a few years later. It was re-released to theaters in the summer of 1998 and my friend’s mom drove us to Portland, OR, an hour-and-a-half drive, to see it on the big screen. It was worth the trip. The name of the theater escapes me, but I do remember red velvet curtains and plush seats. I felt like I was going back in time.   
Because that’s what this film does for me. The story sweeps me up in a bizarre, manufactured nostalgia for the lost Antebellum South, a place that I can never really go, unless Doc Brown shows up in a DeLorean. Realistically, I wouldn’t want to—hoop skirts are overrated and my modern, “Left Coast” mindset would not go over well in that social and political climate. But because the film tells the story of the era by focusing on Scarlett’s individual struggles and the forces that shape her, even a modern viewer is permitted to look beyond the outdated politics and racial injustice (both of the Antebellum South and 1939 Hollywood) to appreciate the character and the way the war changes her life. You connect with her, even if you don’t like her. Even a Yankee girl like me can identify with Scarlett’s sense of loss over the life she’s known, her fear of poverty, and the human suffering that she was never prepared by education or birth to witness, even if we don’t hold the same values. Scarlett is a product of her time, just like the film is a product of 1939, for better and for worse.

The film's vision of the Old South pulls in the viewer because we see it through Scarlett's eyes.

When I see Gone with the Wind, I’m not just taking a trip to Tara, but also to an important era in Hollywood. 1939 is widely considered to be Hollywood’s best year. Yet people were so excited for this all-star adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s bestselling novel that the film received a three-day premiere in Atlanta. It stayed in theaters for two years upon its original release. Even with such stiff competition as The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, and Goodbye Mr. Chips, Gone with the Wind was nominated for thirteen Oscars in twelve categories and won eight (plus two honorary awards). By watching the film—especially in a theater like the original audiences would have done—I am connected to the other people who have shared this cinematic treasure over the years.

Gone with the Wind's Atlanta premiere was a three-day event drawing thousands.

Gone with the Wind reminds me why I love cinema, for all it was and can be. It reminds me of the power of cinema to transport the viewer and how it connects the audience with a story. That’s why I’m going to be lining up with some of you (hopefully) on August 31, to see it for the second time in a theater. I hope the film means as much to you as it does to me.




Devin Wachs is the Public Relations Manager for Bryn Mawr Film Institute. She joined BMFI in 2005, following her graduation from Bryn Mawr College. If you send BMFI a message on Facebook or Twitter or are interested in onscreen sponsorships, she's the one who'll be in touch!

Gone with the Wind is showing on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00pm at BMFI. You can get your tickets now at the Box Office or online here.

Bonus: Bake 425 will be offering free sample slices of their pizza in the arcade from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Salesmen and Librarians Delight at THE MUSIC MAN Sing-along

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager

The crowd wowed at last night's sing-along screening of The Music Man with over 200 attendees of all ages, many of whom came in costume! We had Marion the Librarians, travelling salesmen, a Grecian Urn, and even one "Gary, Indiana". Check out some of our favorite costumes below.

Sing-along Success
The crowd was out the door for The Music Man Sing-along.

Greek 'n Gary
Gioia Sharp came as the head of the Ladies' Auxiliary Committee, Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, played in the film by Hermione Gingold. (Fans might remember that the women practice posing like Grecian urns.) Gioia's brother, Greg DiLoreto, is Gary, Indiana! 

Shh!
Swarthmore College librarian (and sing-along regular) Danie Martin takes a break from work to dress up as... Marion the Librarian! 
Join the Band
Loann Scarpato toots her own horn... er, trombone.

Study break!
Cara Anne got into the spirit as Marion the Librarian, posing here with pal Emily Trueswell.

Travelling Saleswoman
Watch out, Harold Hill, Jennie Teti might beat you to the sale.  

White Glove Test
Doug and Anne Holsclawe were beautifully accessorized with a parasol, white gloves, hat, and, of course, the complimentary popcorn they received for wearing a costume!   

Thanks for coming everyone! An enthusiastic audience is what makes these events so much fun.

If you already like our sing-alongs or think you might want to attend your first one, we have two favorites back at BMFI this fall: The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday, November 22 and The Sound of Music on Wednesday, December 21! Remember, if you wear a costume to our sing-alongs, you get a free small popcorn.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D.: Three Reasons Why I Love JAWS

We all have films we love here at BMFI, and next Tuesday we're showing Jaws. Our Director of Education gives you three reasons why he loves this Spielberg blockbuster. Check back for additional posts by other BMFI staff and community members that explore the movies we love.


Three Reasons Why I Love Jaws
By Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., BMFI Director of Education

Jaws (1975) is impressive, like its antagonist, because it is efficient, it never stops moving, and it forever changed the way we look at its kind. But I love it for all the movies it made possible over the last thirty-six years.

How much should fans of mainstream cinematic entertainment love Jaws? Let me count the ways:

1. While it wasn’t Steven Spielberg’s first theatrical film, the success of Jaws made the director’s subsequent career possible. This means, if you’re among the multitudes who love Close Encounters of the Third Kind, any of the Indiana Jones movies, E.T., Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, or War of the Worlds, you owe a debt of gratitude to Jaws. But it’s not that simple, because even though they’re smaller films, if Spielberg hadn’t made these blockbusters, he wouldn’t have had the clout to make The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Schindler’s List, Amistad, or Munich. Furthermore, without this success, his name/role as producer wouldn’t have been sufficient to “greenlight” Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Men in Black, Transformers, or Super 8. So, if you like any of these films, thank Mr. Spielberg, and his mechanical shark that couldn’t.*


2. Summer used to be the last time of year a studio would release a big budget movie. The conventional wisdom used to be to open big pictures around holidays and/or on a few screens, so critical acclaim and word of mouth could build a potential audience. Jaws changed all this by opening on hundreds of screens at once, and not relying on/hoping for support from critics, and the result completely altered the industry’s perception of the potential profit for such a film. While this move to increasingly expensive, wide-release, (summer) tent-pole productions has certainly produced some negative results [e.g. Godzilla (1998), Transformers 2], without it, audiences would have been denied such thoughtful crowd-pleasers as The Dark Knight, such bold financial gambles as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and such technologically ambitious works as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Avatar.

Roy Scheider as Chief Brody and Robert Shaw as Quint team up with a shark specialist (played by Richard Dreyfuss) to track down the giant great white shark terrorizing Amity Island in Jaws

3. Jaws was one of the earliest and most successful examples of a high-concept film. Essentially, such a movie is one that is extremely saleable because of the simplicity of its premise and the potency of its imagery. So, without the success of Jaws (massive killer shark terrorizes summer beach town), we might never have had such entertaining films as:
          a. Beverly Hills Cop (A wiseacre Detroit cop goes to Beverly Hills.)
          b. Jurassic Park (We can clone dinosaurs. Let’s open an amusement park.)
          c. Ghostbusters (Wiseacre “scientists” fight ghosts. Hilarity ensues.)
          d. The Sixth Sense (A precocious child sees dead people.)
          e. Armageddon (An asteroid is hurtling towards earth, and we’ve just got to blow it up.)
          f. Top Gun (Tom Cruise is a fighter pilot who plays by his own rules.)
          g. The Firm (Tom Cruise is a Harvard-educated lawyer who plays by his own rules.)**
          h. A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise is another Harvard-educated lawyer who plays by his own rules.)**


* The mechanical shark, nicknamed “Bruce” (after Spielberg’s attorney at the time, Bruce Ramer), was notorious for its frequent breakdowns and very sporadic performance. These challenges necessitated (or facilitated) Spielberg making the film much more suspenseful than horrific—a quality that many people consider to be at the core of the film’s appeal and success.

**I’m sort of joking with these last two, but you get the idea.

Dr. Douglas received his Ph.D. from the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University. He will introduce BMFI's 35mm screening of Jaws on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00pm. If you want to learn more about the film, he's also teaching a Summer Classics Seminar about Jaws, starting at 6:30pm. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Why I love CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

BMFI intern Zoe Portman continues the Why I Love Movies series of blog posts. Learn why BMFI's screening of Creature of the Black Lagoon fulfills her long-time ambition. Check back for additional posts by other BMFI staff and community members that explore the movies we love.


Why I Love Creature from the Black Lagoon
Zoe Portman, BMFI Intern  

This summer I will finally be able to realize the goal I’ve nursed for nearly a decade: to see Creature from the Black Lagoon in the original 3-D. 

I was thirteen when I saw Creature from the Black Lagoon for the first time.  I had gone to a horror movie convention over Halloween weekend, and met Ben Chapman, the stuntman who portrayed the Gill-man on land (the 6’5” septuagenarian autographed my friend’s sneaker).  I was thrilled to see Creature in the original 3-D, which was being shown in honor of its 50th anniversary. As I was sitting in a conference room which had been temporarily converted into a screening room, a bombshell fell: the expected shipment of 3-D glasses had never arrived and we would have to watch the film in a mere two dimensions. Since my ride wasn’t due for hours, and these were the days when cell phones were still the exception rather than the rule, I had no choice except to stay, despite my disappointment.

The Gill-man's iconic swim through the Black Lagoon

I emerged from the murky depths of the dark room six hours later, glazed, having watched all three of the Creature films. In addition to the original, we saw Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. Although my higher cognitive functions were shot after hours of exposure to the kind of cheesy dialogue and overacting that only the 1950s could produce, I was still able to determine that Creature from the Black Lagoon was far superior to its sequels.  Black Lagoon catapulted the Gill-man into classic Universal monster status, particularly with the iconic scene where he swims through the lagoon, just feet below the unaware object of his affections. In contrast, the sequels burned his gills off and dressed him awkwardly in clothes, and proved that true love can never exist between a prehistoric amphibious humanoid and a beautiful ichthyologist.
Emerging from the murky depths...

Creature from the Black Lagoon is shown in conjunction with another Jack Arnold 3-D extravaganza, It Came from Outer Space.  These films were the first two Universal films to be filmed in 3-D, and are shown as part of our 3-D: What’s all the Fuss? Series.  See Creature from the Black Lagoon on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00pm.  I know I’ll be the first in line to get my tickets!

Zoe Portman is a Film Studies student entering her fourth year at Hampshire College, currently interning at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.