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I'm Not There

 

free film screening followed by Q&A with writer/director
Todd Haynes '85
7pm March 31st RISD Auditorium (7 Canal St.)

Todd Haynes graduated from Brown University in the semiotics department in 1985, and went on to receive an M.F.A. from Bard College. He is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker often billed as representative of the New Queer Cinema. His filmography includes Superstar, Poison, Dottie Gets Spanked, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven, and I'm Not There. This last, most recent film is an exploration of the life of musician Bob Dylan through forays into performance theory and gender theory.

Viva 

 

free film screening followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Anna Biller
and discussion with 

Eugenie Brinkema (MCM), Anna Fisher (MCM), and Matt Tierney (MCM)
7pm April 4th Cable Car Cinema (204 Main St.)

Anna Biller is an artist and filmmaker from Los Angeles known for her explorations of camp aesthetics, feminist cinema, and genre film. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. from CalArts. Her first feature film, Viva, is a satirical take on the sexual revolution and the sexploitation genre that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

Media Fetish: The Vid Show!

screening followed by discussion with

Francesca Coppa (Muhlenberg College), Julie Levin Russo (MCM), and Melanie Kohnen (AmCiv)

4pm April 6th Kassar Foxboro Theater (151 Thayer St.)

 Fanvids, a mashup genre with a 30-year history, are attracting increasing attention today as YouTube and its ilk make internet video ubiquitous. These music videos, constructed of recombined clips from movies or TV, are traditionally created within a predominantly female subculture, and often make feminist and/or queer statements about their mass media source texts. This combination screening-lecture- discussion will contextualize vidding as form and practice and explore its intricate techniques for queering media technologies and bodies. Insider veejays Francesca Coppa (Muhlenberg College), Julie Levin Russo (MCM), and Melanie Kohnen (AmCiv) will highlight examples that critique the mainstream representation of gender and sexuality and that self-reflexively elucidate vidding as a technology of fannish fetishism. Variably provocative, joyous, hilarious, and surprising, these ingenious underground artifacts offer a unique vision of the possibilities of popular appropriation.