RiverArts Launches Film Society
RiverArts has launched a new program that focuses on film as a visual art form and forum for social commentary. Filmmaking is a complex and powerful art form in our world. Every artist is trying to tell a story, and through their stories, filmmakers help us understand our lives and the lives of others as well as the many cultures of our world. Films engage and develop an emotional response and may challenge our understanding and perspectives.
The RiverArts Film Society mission is to provide transformative cinematic experiences by screening films with diverse perspectives followed by thought provoking discussions. RiverArts will partner with Sumner Hall and the Mainstay to show monthly films with talkbacks at their venues which offer new projection systems and an intimate, coffee-house ambiance.
The RiverArts Film Society is a membership organization with an annual fee of $30 for one person or $50 for two. Membership includes free admission to up to ten films per year that include talkbacks and Q&A by engaging, knowledgeable presenters.
Louise Miller and Lani Seikaly chair the RiverArts Film Advisory Board and welcome any ideas you have for future film screenings, classes or workshops.
The 2018 screenings are curated by Robert Earl Price and Pam Whyte.
They have chosen three films in each of four themes. Screening dates will be posted as soon as confirmed. Films will be held once a month, at either Sumner Hall or The Mainstay. As seating is limited, particularly at Sumner Hall, priority will be given to Film Society members.
Films about African Americans
Nothing But a Man (4pm Sunday, March 25, Sumner Hall)
Uptight (4pm Sunday, April 15, Sumner Hall)
Do the Right Thing (4pm Sunday, May 6, Sumner Hall)
The Seventh Seal
Cries and Whispers
1960’s Cultural Phenoms
The Graduate (7pm, Friday June 15, The Mainstay)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (7pm, Thursday, July 19, The Mainstay)
Anne Frank’s Holocaust (7pm, Friday, September 28, The Mainstay)
JFK: The Lost Bullet
9/11: Stories in Fragments
In addition to the film screenings, RiverArts sponsors filmmaking and video marketing classes, which can be seen here.
Learn More About the 2018 Film Schedule
Film and talkback: Friday, June 15
The Mainstay, Rock Hall
The Graduate is one of the key, ground-breaking films of the late 1960s, and helped to set in motion a new era of film-making. The influential film is a biting satire/comedy about a recent East Coast college graduate who finds himself alienated and adrift in the shifting, social and sexual mores of the 1960s, and questioning the values of society (with its keyword “plastics”). The themes of the film also mirrored the changes occurring in Hollywood, as a new vanguard of younger directors were coming to the forefront. Director Mike Nichols instantly became a major new talent after winning an Academy Award for his directorship. He represented New America (the 60s) with themes, narrative devices and cinematic techniques influenced by European and avant-garde movies. Fueled by the auteur theory, the film kicked off a decade when film directors enjoyed more power and prestige than they ever had before.
Dustin Hoffman represented a new generation of actors, according to TCM critic Rob Nixon, breaking the mold of the traditional movie star and bringing “a new candor, ethnicity, and eagerness to dive deep into complex, even unlikable characters.”
The film grossed $104.9 million dollars in 1967, making it one of the highest grossing films in North America (when figures are adjusted for inflation). It was nominated for all major categories for the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but only Nichols took home the Oscar for Best Director. In 1996 The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and today rates number 17 on AFI’s 100 movies of cinematic milestones.
*Sources: filmsite.org (written & edited by Tim Dirk); and tcm.com (written by Rob Nixon)
Talkback facilitator: Pam Whyte
Event seating is limited. Pre-registration is required for everyone. Priority seating is given to Film Society Members.
Non Film Society Members will be asked to give a $10 donation, which may be paid for here, in the gallery, or by phone (410-778-6300).