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CineCulture, together with Filmworks presents: Levitated Mass

November 14, 5:30 & 8 p.m.: TOWER THEATER, 815 E. OLIVE AVENUE, FRESNO

November 14: Levitated Mass (2014)      

Filmworks re-ignites a centuries-old debate — “What is art?” — when it presents the American independent documentary “Levitated Mass.” The movie tells the story of a spectacle in motion: a 340-ton granite boulder is painstakingly moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive display of conceptual art, a “land sculpture” created by the reclusive and often-misunderstood artist Michael Heizer, references the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract, cutting-edge feats of engineering. The boulder’s 105-mile journey from quarry to museum draws international attention, and it challenges the imaginations of thousands of Southern Californians over the course of 10 nights in 2012, as it crawls through 22 cities aboard a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. From veteran filmmaker Doug Pray, who directed “Art & Copy,” “Surfwise,” and other films about unusual subcultures. Featuring an experimental score from the band Akron/Family. 89 minutes, not rated.

DISCUSSION CIRCLE:
After the 5:30 p.m. show, join visiting filmmaker Katie McNeill to talk about the movie. McNeill served as co-producer of “Levitated Mass,” working closely in the field with director Doug Pray. As an associate producer, she previously worked on “Straight Outta L.A.,” a documentary directed by rapper Ice Cube for ESPN’s 30/30 series; “Little Birds,” a feature directed by Elgin James for the Sundance Lab project; and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” starring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. She currently serves as Vice President of Production at Electric City Entertainment in Southern California. Moderated by Filmworks board member Mary Husain.

Tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. For more information: http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/levitated-mass/

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community, at no charge. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179, spring 2015 class #30990) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicutlural International (MI).

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For more information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

NOSOTROSLOSNOBLES

October 31: Nosotros los Nobles ( We are the Nobles) (2013)

(Film Screening Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building) 

October 31: Nosotros los Nobles ( We are the Nobles) (2013)

Discussant: Adela Santana

When successful construction mogul Herman Noble accidentally stumbles onto his children’s credit card statements, he discovers they are spending money beyond control. His oldest son Javier neglects the family business in exchange of his own ridiculous business ideas. His daughter Barbara gets engaged to a 40 year-old gigolo just to spite her father, Herman, and his youngest son Charlie is expelled from college after having sex with a teacher. Herman realizes his children are spoiled beyond redemption and decides to teach them a lesson, before it is too late. Nosotros los Nobles is a 2013 Mexican comedy film directed by Gary Alazraki, the most successful Mexican film of all time. Rated: PG-13, 108 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvhIeGXM2OU

Co-Sponsor: Chicano & Latin American Studies Department

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179, spring 2015 class #30990) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

Contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

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October 24: Grandma’s Tattoos (2011)

(Film Screening Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building) 

October 24: Grandma’s Tattoos (2011)

Discussant: Suzanne Khardalian (Director/Producer)

Grandma’s Tattoos lifts the veil of thousands of forgotten women—survivors of the Armenian Genocide—who were forced into prostitution and tattooed to distinguish them from the locals.

“As a child I thought these were devilish signs that came from a dark world. They stirred fear in me. What were these tattoos? Who had done them, and why? But the tattoos on grandma’s hands and face were a taboo. They never spoke about it,” explains Khardalian. Grandma’s Tattoos is a journey into the secrets of her family. Eventually, the secret behind Grandma Khanoum’s blue marks are revealed. The story of Grandma’s Tattoos is a personal film about what happened to many Armenian women during the genocide. It is a ghost story—with the ghosts of the tattooed women haunting us—and a mystery film, where many taboos are broken. As no one wants to tell the real and whole story, and in order to bring the pieces of the puzzle together, the director makes us move between different times and space, from today’s Sweden to Khardalian’s childhood in Beirut.

Co-Sponsor: Armenian Studies Program

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

Contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

Libertador

October 17: Libertador (The Liberator) (2013)

(Film Screening Friday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building) 

October 17: Libertador (The Liberator) (2013)

Discussant: Dr. Maria Aparecida-Lopes

An impressively scaled chronicle of the life and times of Simon Bolivar, hero of South American anti-colonialist struggles in the early 19th century. The film journeys through the impassioned struggle of Simón Bolívar’s (Édgar Ramírez) fight for independence in Latin America from Spain and his vision of a united South American nation. Bolivar rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered: it liberated. 119 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.

http://cohenmedia.net/films/the-liberator

Co-Sponsor: Chicano & Latin American Studies Department

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

Contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

Lasourcedesfemmes

La Source des Femmes (The Source) (2011)

October 3: La Source des Femmes (The Source) (2011) 

Discussant: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn

*Film screening at 5 p.m.

In a small village somewhere “between North Africa and the Middle East”, it has always been a woman’s chore to fetch water from the “source”, or spring, at the top of the mountain. This arduous task causes several pregnant women to fall and miscarry while hauling their heavy pails of water back to the village. Leila, a young bride, urges the village women to action: no more hugs, love, and sex until the men do their part and bear the painful task of fetching water from the spring back to their village. This whimsical and, at times, heartbreaking Belgian-Moroccan-French comedy directed by Romanian-born French filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu was selected for screening at the 2011 Festival of Cannes. 124 minutes.  In Arabic with English subtitles. Trailer in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwanQtCJGeM

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Dancing in Jaffa (2013)

September 26: Dancing in Jaffa (2013)

Discussant: Hilla Medalia (Director)

Pierre Dulaine, a four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities who continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three of these children who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Dulaine transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change. His classroom becomes a microcosm of the Middle East’s struggle to work together harmoniously while still caught in the politics of the region and race. Dancing In Jaffa offers an up-close-and-personal perspective of how the future might unfold if the art of movement and dance could triumph over the politics of history and geography. 90 minutes. In English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. http://www.dancinginjaffa.com/

SOFTVENGEANCE

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

September 19: Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) 

Discussant: Abby Ginzberg (Director)

Soft Vengeance is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation, and forced into exile. In 1988 he was gravely injured in a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique.  This attack cost him his right arm and his sight in one eye, but, miraculously, he survived.  While recovering in a London hospital, he received this note: “Don’t worry, Comrade Albie, we will avenge you.” This led him to wonder: “What kind of country would it be, if it ended up filled with people who were blind and without arms? But if we achieve democracy, freedom and the rule of law, that will be my ‘soft vengeance’.” Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write south Africa’s new Constitution and was later appointed as one of the first eleven judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past 20 years has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection. 90 minutes. http://softvengeancefilm.org/MAIN.html