UC CFMS at the Mini: Moving images, imagined cities
Wednesdays October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 16, 2017
7:30 pm // The Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St. 45202
October 26 - Le bois dont les rêves sont faits/The Woods that Dreams are Made of (Claire Simon, 2015 - France)
Director Claire Simon offers a contemplative and respectful view of the ordinary people who come to the Bois de Vincennes on the edge of Paris to experience a certain kind of freedom and clarity that is not always offered in today’s society. In this light and enriching documentary, Simon spends a year observing and interviewing the collection of people who run, walk, paint, write, think, rest and sometimes live within the largest public park in Paris. Described by Marie-Pierre Duhamel as “a planet of its own made by ordinary people that all become extraordinary”, The Woods that Dreams are Made of harbors people from all walks of life: gay, straight, rich, poor, homeless, prostitutes, French, foreign, spectators, refugees, and parents. All of whom come to the woods “in search of a utopian freedom” (Cineuropa) within the confines of the park nestled within the rushed and busy streets of Paris.
November 2 - Trees in Trouble and A Crack in the Pavement (Andrea Torrice, USA)
Local filmmaker, Andrea Torrice, presents her acclaimed documentaries and will talk about making films that address urban issues. Both films address urban issues of national importance by using Cincinnati as a case study.
November 9 - The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (Chad Freidrichs, 2011 - USA) and selected shorts programmed by Shayak Shome and Jing Xie (UC) and Julian Etienne (Mini Microcinema).
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries.
Introduced by Conrad Kickert, Assistant Professor of Urban Design.
November 16 - Double Happiness (Ella Reidel, 2014 - Austria/China) and selected shorts
Double Happiness takes the Chinese copy of Hallstatt, a small idyllic town in Austria, as a starting point to explore China's fast urbanization. Chinese cities are built where histories and memories can be easily forgotten and thus rewritten. the film intersects the real and the fake through visual imaginary and commentary, interviews and songs.
Series sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies, the UC School of Planning, and The Mini Microcinema
UC at the Esquire Film Series: French-language Women's Filmmaking
September 8th-22nd, 2016
Among major film producing nations, the French cinema industry boasts the highest share of movies made by women. This series explores the thematic, cultural, and geographic diversity of that output, presenting three French films or co-productions encompassing different approaches to women’s filmmaking in the French-speaking world. Each screening is introduced by a scholar in the field of French or Film Studies and will be followed by a discussion. A limited number of free tickets are available to UC students by e-mail RSVP (Michael.Gott@uc.edu). General admission tickets can be purchased online at http://www.esquiretheatre.com/ or at the box office.
Sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies, the department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures, the Alliance Française of Cincinnati and the Esquire Theatre.
See The Center for Film and Media Studies' Facebook page for more information.
September 8th,2016 7:30 - Esquire Theatre
À peine, j'ouvre les yeux / As I Open My Eyes
(France, Tunisia, Belgium, 2015, directed by Leyla Bouzid)
Farah (Baya Medhaffar) becomes the lead singer in a rock band in the period leading up to Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution. Leyla Bouzid's "impressive debut" (Variety) conveys the fear and trepidation Farah experiences during this tumultuous period as she rebels against society and flaunts her parents' disapproval as well as police surveillance.
Introduced by Florence Martin of Goucher College. Professor Martin is a specialist of the cinemas of the Maghreb and author of Screens and Veils: Maghrebi Women's Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2011).