Past Film Studies Events

Events in 2013 – 14

Campus Visit by filmmaker Jason Glaser and screening of his new documentary film

Banana Land

Jason is the co-founder of La Isla, a foundation in Nicaragua dedicated to finding the causes a fatal kidney disease among young Nicaraguan cane cutters.  He has also just finished a new film called “Banana Land” that  looks at struggle of Latin American banana workers to protect themselves from pesticide poisoning.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24:  Showing of Banana Land at 7:00 in Viking.  Followed by Q & A with Jason Glaser.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25  Lecture by Jason titled “Dying for Sugar:  Early Mortality and Kidney Disease among Nicaragua Cane Cutters, 4:00 in Viking.

Funding for this event comes from Environmental Studies, History Dept., Film and Media Studies, Latin American Studies and the Leraas Fund.


Transformations Theme Year Film Series 2011 – 12


Semester 1 Presentations


Semester 2 Presentations


Women Make Movies!

March 2-17, 2011

It’s a Statement.  It’s a Command.

A three-week look at the contributions women make to contemporary film
All films in begin at 7 PM in Viking Theatre, Buntrock Commons, unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, March 2

Safari (Catherine Chalmers, 2009)

A short, experimental bug’s eye view of the world.
Guggenheim Fellow, 2010

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2010)  
Harsh, delicate, funny and oh-so-real, this powerful tower-block drama creeps up on you with a startling emotional wallop. Breathtaking in her first ever acting role, Essex girl Katie Jarvis plays a sweary, spiky 15-year-old who dreams of being a hip-hop dancer but finds herself drawn towards her single mum’s new boyfriend.  Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival

Friday, March 4

Almodovar Fridays!  High Heels (1991)
Perhaps better than any director working today, Pedro Almodovar captures the multi-dimensionality of the contemporary feminine experience. His films are thrilling melodramas — or, often, melodramatic thrillers — always with an amazing visual style and sense of humor. High Heels is a mother-daughter melodrama that touches on the films Mildred Pierce and Autumn Sonata.  An early and vital introduction to the Almodovarian universe that features a prison yard dance number.  Bravo, Pedro!

Introduced by Prof. Jay Beck, Carleton College with a discussion to follow.
Co-sponsored by Film Club

Friday, March 4, 10 PM

The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2009)
We couldn’t very well honor the achievements of women in contemporary film without Bigelow, winner of the first Best Director Oscar awarded to a woman.  If you’ve seen it, see it again.  It’s an amazing (anti) war film. Academy Award, Best Picture
Sponsored by SAC   7 &10 PM screenings will also occur on Sat., March 5

Wednesday, March 9

Somewhere (Sofia Coppola, 2010) 
From Academy Award-winning writer/director Sofia Coppola, Somewhere is a witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco that deftly blends neo-realism with celebrity. Beautifully photographed by Harris Sevides, Somewhere is a stunning minimalist experience. Winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.

Introduced by Prof. Amy Borden, St. Olaf College
A second show will screen at 9:30 PM

Wednesday, March 9, 3:30-4:30 PM – RML 525

Roundtable with Nanobah Becker, Award-Winning Independent Filmmaker Filmmaker Nanobah Becker, a member of the Navajo Nation, was raised in Albuquerque. She earned a B.A. in anthropology from Brown University, after which she spent several years working with Native youth before heading for Columbia University in New York to study film. She earned her MFA in directing in 2006, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  Sponsored in part by the Judith Anderson Stoutland Endowed Fund for the department of English.  A screening of her films will occur on Thursday evening.

Thursday, March 10

Flat (Nanobah Becker, 2004) and Conversion (Nanobah Becker, 2007) 
Becker’s first short film, Flat (2004), which she wrote and directed, is a drama that focuses on a mother and daughter dealing with a blown-out tire on their way to an unusual birthday celebration. The film was screened in 2005 at the Taos Picture Show and the San Diego Film Festival, among other venues.

Conversion (2007), also written and directed by Becker, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The film uses Navajo actors and is entirely in Navajo dialogue (with subtitles), and explores a visit by Christian missionaries to a Navajo reservation in the 1950s that results in “catastrophic consequences for a family.” The events in the story are based on an incident Becker’s mom related to her about a Navajo medicine man and a group of missionaries.

There will be coffee, tea, dessert and a moderated Q&A after our screening.  Sponsored in part by the Judith Anderson Stoutland Endowed Fund for the department of English.

Friday, March 11

Almodovar Fridays!  All About My Mother (1999)
One of his best!  How can we not show it?  Dedicated to sisterhood and family, it’s a paean to Bette Davis, Romy Schneider and Gena Rowlands.  Oscar Winner, Best Foreign Film
Co-sponsored by Film Club

Monday, March 14, 7 PM – HH 501

The Beaches of Agnes (Agnes Varda, 2009)    
A celebration of Agnes Varda’s exploration of the essential and cultural qualities of film in this personal and beautiful movie.  Best Documentary, Caesar Awards

Daguerréotypes (Agnes Varda, 1975)
A classic documentary available for the first time in the US, Daguerréotypes is a wonderfully intimate portrait of the small shops and shopkeepers on a short stretch of the Rue Daguerre, a picturesque street that has been the filmmaker’s home for more than 50 years. Varda has described it as an archeological study for future sociologists.

Wednesday, March 16, 7PM – HH 501

La Corona (Amanda Micheli & Isabel Vega, 2007)
The contestants are hired killers, guerillas and thieves. The runner-up will cry when she doesn’t get the tiara, wiping her tears with a tattooed hand. The beaming winner, resplendent in an evening gown and glittering jewels, will be crowned by the previous year’s queen. But she won’t be invited on a press tour as a role model for young girls; instead, she’ll be escorted back to her jail cell. This is a beauty pageant like no other, and it happens every year in the women’s penitentiary in Bogotá, Colombia. Oscar Nominee, Best Doc. Short Subject

Humpday (Lynn Shelton, 2009)
Writer/director Lynn Shelton expertly mines the biggest ironies of the male ego to hilarious effect when two college friends face their different life paths when they decide to make a film for an amateur film contest. Humpday is a buddy movie gone wild. Independent Spirit Award Winner, 2010.

Thursday, March 17, 4 PM – Holland Hall 501 *note location change

Iron Jawed Angels (Katja von Garnier, 2004)
Celebrating the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment
Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.  Starring Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston. Winner, Golden Globe.  Sponsored in part by the League of Women Voters.


Women Make Movies is sponsored by the Film Studies and Women’s Studies Programs
with generous support from the Leraas Fund.