Food Film Friday Starts September 20!

First in an ongoing series of films relating to food..

Gleaners and I poster

Join us for our first Food Film Friday this week! 

Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I

NOON in Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk. Snacks available. Free and open to all!

Here and there in France, Agnès Varda has come across gleaners, forgagrers, rummagers and scavengers. Through necessity, purely by chance or out of choice these people pick up left-over items dicarded by others. Their world is a surprising one. It is a far cry from the world of yesterday’s gleaners, peasant women who rummaged for bits of wheat left after the harvest. Potatoes, apples and other discarded foodstuffs, things without owners, clocks without hands are the fare of today’s gleaners. But Agnès Varda herself is just as much a gleaner, and her documentary is subjective. There is no age limit to curiosity. Filming itself is gleaning.

I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing – Tuesday 3/20 5PM

LGBT studies queer film classic poster

Dr. Julia A. Mendenhall, 2010 Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education
Forthcoming book: _I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing_, for the series:
QUEER FILM CLASSICS, a critically acclaimed film book series that launched in 2009; the series covers twenty-one of the most important and influential films about and by LGBTQ people, made in eight different countries between 1950 and 2005, written by leading LGBTQ film scholars and critics. http://www.arsenalpulp.com/seriesinfo.php?index=10

March 16th– Illuminated Space: Electricity, Modernity, and Film Noir

This Friday is the next talk in the Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar series, from the winner of SCMS’s Best First Book Prize last year:

Three men having an exchange in an office

Patrick Keating (Trinity University)
Illuminated Space: Electricity, Modernity, and Film Noir

March 16, 2012 5:00 PM
Temple University Center City (TUCC), 1515 Market Street Room 420

Although film noir is famous for its shadows, the style offers a remarkably wide range of lighting effects. In some noirs, the flatly lit office building is just as important as the dimly lit alley, and the warm glow of the living room can be just as fateful as the darkened hallway. This talk reconsiders noir lighting in films such as Call Northside 777, The Asphalt Jungle, and The Sweet Smell of Success. In particular, Keating proposes that an important context for noir lighting is the increasing industrialization of electric light during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Just as the electricity industry was developing a narrative of progress to both explain and promote the expansion of light over these years, the film noir was using a combination of lights and shadows to describe and criticize that expansion.

Patrick Keating is an assistant professor of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he teaches courses in film studies and video production. He is the author of Hollywood Lighting From the Silent Era to Film Noir, published by Columbia University Press, which was selected by the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) as the Best First Book in 2011.

Recently, he was awarded an Academy Film Scholars grant to support his research on the
relationship between camera movement and the representation of modern spaces in Hollywood cinema.

David Holzman’s Diary on 16mm at Cinematheque on Friday, with live appearance by L.M. Kit Carson

Writer/actor/producer L.M. “Kit” Carson will be present to discuss his role in the production of *David Holzman’s Diary, this week’s Temple Cinematheque film presentation.
Film still of man on street attempt to block camera from taking photos by extending his hand.

The documentary will be shown in 16mm at 3PM this coming Friday in AH 3, the basement screening room in Annenberg Hall, located at 2020 N. 13th Street on Temple University’s main campus. SCT Film Lab coordinator Len Guercio will introduce the film as well as moderate a post-film Q&A. In a career characterized by a diverse body of work and a singular independent filmmaking aesthetic, Carson will also discuss his latest documentary, *Africa Diary*, which will premiere this March on the Sundance Channel. As before, the screening is free and open to all. However, seating is limited so please arrive early. This Cinematheque screening is made possible by support from Temple’s FMA Department & faculty as well as the SCT Operations department.

The Top Secret Rosies of WWII An Illustrated Lecture by LeAnn Erickson– March 30, 1:30 p.m.

The Top Secret Rosies of WWII An Illustrated Lecture by LeAnn Erickson March 30, 1:30 pm At Paley Library, Temple University events.jpgFilmmaker and Temple professor LeAnn Erickson reveals a hidden history of top-secret women war workers during World War II. Through her lecture, she will demonstrate how she constructed her historical documentary, and how libraries, archives, documents and painstaking research come together to create her documentary project The Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WW II. This event includes a screening of the trailer of Erickson’s still-in-process documentary.