Visiting filmmaker Annemarie Jacir
Award-winning independent filmmaker Annemarie Jacir, based in Jordan, screened her most recent film at the Nickelodeon Theater (January 22). When I Saw You drew a large audience that was highly engaged by this beautiful film, and the conversation that followed with Jacir—about what prompted her to make the film, her extensive archival research for it, and her thoughts on being an Arab woman filmmaker today.
Sita Sings the Blues screening at the Nickelodeon Theater
Writer and voice actor Aseem Chabra was present at the recent screening (January 14 at the Nickelodeon) of Sita Sings the Blues, part of USC’s “Beyond Bollywood” film series. At least 60 people attended. They enjoyed not only the film but Chabra’s engaging insights after the screening about it and its production. The "Beyond Bollywood" series was sponsored by: the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies; the Film and Media Studies Program; the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Film descriptions can be downloaded here.
Indie Grits / Indie Bits
This year's Indie Grits film festival runs from April 11 - 20 and for the first time includes Indie Bits, a one-day celebration of independent gaming and interactive media, on April 15. Look for Film and Media Studies faculty and students at these events.
Old South screening
Free screening of documentary rough cut for Old South, directed by Danielle Beverly, Sunday, April 13, 2:00-4:30pm, Booker T. Washington Auditorium at 1400 Wheat St. (between Sumter & Pickens). The documentary explores race relations in Athens, GA through the story of an historic, African American community that must negotiate its newest neighbor, a college fraternity known to fly a Confederate flag and hold an annual antebellum parade. Over the course of 3+ thorny years, residents try to learn to live with one another, through the creation of a community garden that lays the seeds of healing, and a possibility for change.
Visiting filmmaker Robin Hessman
Documentary filmmaker Robin Hessman was our special guest during International Education Week at USC on November 17, 2014. She screened her film My Perestroika and led a Q&A with students after the film.