All movies will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Bay Hall Room 104 and are free and open to the public. No films will be shown on March 9 or March 16.
Documentary topics range from a profile of the controversial artist Christo in “The Gates” to the comical journey of an insomniac in “Wide Awake.”
The films were selected by Dr. Bill Huie, professor of communication and TV-film, who will speak briefly about each documentary before its screening.
The films in the series are:
• March 2: “The Gates” (2007, 87 minutes) – This film by Albert and David Maysles, Antonio Ferrera and Matthew Prinzing chronicles the artist Christo’s project to adorn New York’s Central Park sidewalks with orange fabric “gates.”
• March 23: “The Uprising of ‘34” (1995, 90 minutes) – Directed by George Stoney, Judith Helfand and Suzanne Rostock, this film examines painful memories that resurface after being long submerged as retired textile workers in southern states recall the largest strike in U.S. history.
• March 30: “Wide Awake” (2006, 79 minutes) – This comedic personal film essay by Alan Berliner analyzes the filmmaker’s own creative life as an insomniac.
• April 6: “Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Women” (2001, 74 minutes) – The personal investigation into the disappearance and murder of more than 350 young women in Juarez, Mexico, is revealed in this film by Lourdes Portillo.
• April 13 (two films): “Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers” (1980, 51 minutes) – Filmmaker Les Blank explores the high-spirited festivals that celebrate the virtues of garlic.
“For Memories’ Sake” (2010, 30 minutes) – This film is a portrait of filmmaker, Ashley Maynor’s grandmother, who is a true shutterbug and never without her camera.
• April 20: “Gasland” (2010, 107 minutes) – In this film, director Josh Fox investigates the gas-drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” and its environmental consequences.
• April 27: “Exit through the Gift Shop” (2010, 87 minutes) – Directed by Banksy, this odyssey through the world of graffiti art tracks an eccentric amateur videomaker who tries to capture the most famous vandals on tape.
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