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Movies 101: Session 2: Sound

Sound. In the beginning, movies only had sound in the form of musical accompaniment provided in the theater. Since then, recorded sound has become an indispensable part of movies. In this session, we will consider how music, speech, and sound effects can be used to add meaning to the images on the screen. Our examples will be drawn from Alien, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Passenger. After the lecture, we recommend watching Singing in the Rain.

Available to rent anytime.
Thu, May 14 10:00 AM
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Movies 101: Session 4: Narrative Structure

While we often expect the action of films to unfold in chronological order, there are many other possibilities. In our final session, we will look at various components of film narrative and how they can be manipulated to create anticipation, tension, and resolution. Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, Bonnie & Clyde, L'Avventura, and (500) Days of Summer. After the lecture, we recommend watching Vertigo.

Available to rent anytime.
Thu, May 14 10:00 AM
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Movies 101: Session 1: Mise-en-Scene

Mise-en-Scene is a term that refers to everything in the implied world of the film. This includes people, costumes, sets, props, lighting, some sound, color and the way these elements are viewed through the camera’s lenses as it moves about. We will look at various approaches to mise-en-scene including selections from The Bicycle Thieves, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Double Indemnity, Moulin Rouge, and more. Following the lecture, we recommend watching Casablanca.

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Sun, May 24 9:00 AM
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The Mindfulness Movement

The Mindfulness Movement is a feature documentary that examines the growing number of people throughout society who believe mindfulness - a peaceful quality of attention anyone can develop by simply focusing on the present moment in a non-judgmental way - is the key to creating a healthier, happier world. For them, mindfulness is the way for anyone to make more moments matter in their lives and to help create a more compassionate, caring, and ethical society. The film follows the emotionally compelling stories of four main characters (Jewel, Dan Harris, Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford) who reveal their personal hardships and explain how mindfulness transformed their lives.
Thu, May 28 9:00 AM
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The Motions of Stillness

An original film and score by musician and our Technical Director, Jared Van Eck! Read his film summary below:

All footage was shot on April 15, 2020, in a downtown nature preserve on a cold snowy day in Ann Arbor, MI – 24 days into our COVID-19 stay-at-home order. During this time in which our old normal continues to disappear and we must all embrace this current unknown, I hope this film brings its viewers a peaceful meditation space. By slowing down shots and blending in an original electronic score with nature’s natural sounds, my aim is to encourage the viewer to equally still them self, focus on deep breaths, and reflect on the simple beauty of falling snow.

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Fri, Jun 5 12:00 PM
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AAFF Presents: Video Blues

AAFF Presents Goes Online! Provocative and mysterious homemade images from the ’80s, two voices, a woman and a man argue about what these images mean, two opinions about her past. Director Emma Tusell reconstructs her family history through these videos, searching for meaning and identity.
Wed, Jun 10 9:00 AM
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One Day After Peace

Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country's Truth and Reconciliation Committee's efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi's thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible. In English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Fri, Jul 3 9:00 AM
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Camp on the Wind's Road

Presented at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival. After the death of her father, twenty-five-year-old Belekmaa settles down with the shepherds on her father’s remote farm. She assumes his position and hopes to see him again, if only in her dreams, before the day comes, when according to the Tuvan tradition, the spirit of the deceased would be fed for the last time and then ultimately bid farewell. Camp on the Wind’s Road offers a highly atmospheric and participatory cinema experience. Sad and cheerful, vivid and mystical, the film moves between the austere family life in the wilderness and the search for spiritual comfort. In Russian with English subtitles.
Wed, Jul 8 9:00 AM
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Penny Stamps Speaker Series Online

Live Events Suspended, Series Continues Online

To limit the potential spread of respiratory viruses and safeguard those at highest risk of catching COVID-19, the University of Michigan has canceled all live events with estimated attendance of over 100 people.

As a result, live Penny Stamps Speaker Series events will not take place as scheduled. When possible, our weekly presentations will be available online: Here.

Select past lectures can be viewed: Here
Thu, Jul 9 5:10 PM
Thu, Jul 16 5:10 PM
Thu, Jul 23 5:10 PM
Thu, Jul 30 5:10 PM
Thu, Aug 6 5:10 PM
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Transkids

Transkids sheds light on the personal and social effects of youth gender reassignment in present-day Israel. It examines the challenges faced by adolescents and their families during the complex yet delicate process of gender transitioning, which entails many fateful and irreversible courses of action. Adolescence years are commonly, and naturally charged. The gender transformation is not the only challenge in these teenagers lives; common issues, events, and dilemmas that apply to most teenagers are always in the background. In Hebrew with English subtitles
Fri, Jul 17 9:00 AM
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The Fab Faux: Imagine: The Music of John Lennon

Re-scheduled for September 18 at 8:00 PM - original tickets for the Friday, May 29 at 8:00 PM date will remain valid

The Fab Faux with The Hogshead Horns, The Creme Tangerine Strings & The Nutopian Choir perform IMAGINE: THE MUSIC OF JOHN LENNON solo years and with The Beatles

With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles).

Fri, Sep 18 8:00 PM
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