TOUCH Screening by Shelly Silver

Shelly Silver’s TOUCH screened as part of the FILM + MEDIA SCREENING SERIES on Tuesday, April 25. It was then followed by a Q&A with Shelly and Film + Media faculty member Jean Amato.

“A man returns, after 50 years, to his childhood home in Chinatown to care for his dying mother. Throughout the film he remains nameless. He is a librarian, a re-cataloguer, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images that he puts before us – his witnesses and collaborators.” Touch (2013) is a sensual cinematic essay on loss and presence. Winner of the Prix Patrimoine de l’immatériel/The Intangible Heritage Award by the Ministry of Culture and Communication/Cinéma du Réel and Best LGBT Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Still from TOUCH.
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(From left-to-right: Jean Amato and Shelly Silver)

 

WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE Screening

Barbara Hammer was in person last Tuesday to screen her new film, WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE.

Barbara Hammer has made over 70 films investingating queer identity that use experimental, documentary and narrative forms. Her latest film WELCOME to THIS HOUSE explores the life of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and her many lives and loves across socially accepted boundaries. The film features narration by Kathleen Chalfant and original music composed by Joan La Barbara.

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Left to right: Professor Michelle Handelman, Filmmaker Barbara Hammer, Professor Amy Lemmon. Photo by Max Hechtman

The series is supported by the Diversity Council, the Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Liberal Arts, the Department of Film, Media and Performing Arts and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Next Screening: IN THE EYE OF THE SPIRAL, directed by Eve Blouin and Raynald Leconte, will screen on Tues, Nov. 15 at 6:30pm

Chelsea Film Festival, FIT Student Filmmaker Panel

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FIT hosted the Chelsea Film Festival that occurred last week. During which, there was a Student Filmmaker Panel, moderated by FIT professor Brian Emery. Speakers included (from the photo above): Sophia Huebschman (NYU), Kevin Shepard (FIT), Piotr Lewczuk (FIT), Beverly Ohle (FIT), Mary Cann (FIT), Monet Michael (FIT).

FIT is also the educational partner of the Chelsea Film Festival.

VIDEOFILIA Screening

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(Still from VIDEOFILIA)

As part of the Film and Media Screening Series,  and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Peruvian filmmaker Juan Daniel F. Molero will presented his award-winning film VIDEOFILIA (and other viral syndromes) on Tuesday night (09/13). This psychedelic, tragicomedy takes place within the beautiful decay of Lima, Peru. The film is about Luz, a teenage misfit who spends her days surfing the internet where she meets an older slacker obsessed with conspiracy theories, video games, and porn. After nights of cybersex, the only thing left for them is to meet in person, but on the eve of that meeting, unusual events begin to unfold. VIDEOFILIA has won the Hubert Bals Award and the first Tiger Award for Peruvian cinema at the 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival. A Q&A wth Molero will follow the film.

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Associate Professor Michelle Handelman – Filmmaker Juan Daniel F. Molero – Assistant Professor Mario Valero. photo by Max Hechtman

The series is supported by the Diversity Council, the Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Liberal Arts, the Department of Film, Media and Performing Arts and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Next Screening: WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE, directed by Barbara Hammer, will screen on Tues, Oct. 25 at 6:30pm