Past Events


2014

March 31, 2014
"Exit Zero"
With Christine Walley, director

Interweaving home movies, found footage, and first person narrative, this work-in-progress documentary traces the stories of multiple generations of producer Christine Walley's family in the once-thriving steel mill community of Southeast Chicago.  Click here for more information about the Exit Zero Project.

January 30, 2014
"Six Million and One"
With David Fisher, filmmaker.

 

Six Million and One

2013

December 4, 2013
"The Unknown Known"
With Erroll Morris, filmmaker.

 

The Unknown Known

November 7, 2013
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
With Oscar Isaac, actor.

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. For more information about Inside Llewyn Davis and to view a trailer, visit the film's website.

Inside Llewyn Davis

October 6, 2013
"The Act of Killing"
With Joshua Oppenheimer, filmmaker.

The Act of Killing follows the story of Anwar Congo from small-time gangster to founding father of Indonesia's most powerful right-wing paramilitary organization. This film is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, Anwar and his friends have not been forced to admit they participated in crimes against humanity. For more information and to view a trailer, visit the film's website.

The Act of Killing

October 3, 2013
"Juche Strong"
With Rob Montz, filmmaker.

Juche Strong explores the most pernicious misconceptions of North Korea and argues that the propaganda-fueled national ideology has played an integral role in keeping the country together. For more information about Juche Strong and to view a trailer, visit the film's website.

Juche Strong

April 29, 2013
"Letters to Jackie"
With Bill Couterie, director, and Ellen Fitzpatrick, historian.

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy, directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Couterie, revisits the months following Kennedy's assassination. Sponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund, and the Department of History.

Letters to Jackie

April 25, 2013
"The Kings of Summer"

The quirky coming-of-age film that took the Sundance Film Festival by storm is coming to Brandeis! View the trailer here. Sponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund, and the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.

The Kings of Summer

April 18, 2013
"The American Jewish Story Through Cinema"
With Eric Goldman

A multimedia discussion followed by a book signing with Eric Goldman, Yeshiva University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. Sponsored by the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund, the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program, and the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

The American Jewish Story Through Cinema

April 17, 2013
"Anita: Speaking Truth to Power"
With Frieda Mock, filmmaker, and Professor Anita Hill

The East Coast premiere of the Sundance-supported film ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Program in Film, Television and Interactive Media. Directed by Academy Award Winner Frieda Mock.

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

April 10, 2013
"The Convenient Job"
With Looch Gelfand, Rob Robbins and Ethan Stein '15, filmmakers.

The Convenient Job is about three wannabe film students who plan on making a movie about students robbing a convenience store.When they can't raise adequate funds for their movie, they decide to actually rob a convenience store themselves and catch it all on tape... Let's just say: chaos ensues!

The Convenient Job

March 20, 2013
"In the Birch Grove"
With Dr Alan Marcus, filmmaker

Meet filmmaker Dr. Alan Marcus (King's College, University of Aberdeen) for a special screening, followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund.

In the Birch Grove

February 14, 2013
"Hamilton's Pharmacopeia"
With Hamilton Morris, filmmaker

Meet filmmaker Hamilton Morris for a special screening, followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund.

Hamilton's Pharmacopeia

2012

December 5, 2012
"Portrait of Wally"
With David D'Arcy, producer.

Journalist and critic David D’Arcy will speak about the myths that have arisen around many still unsolved Nazi art crimes. D’Arcy will also discuss the new documentary that he produced, Portrait of Wally, an investigation into a 1912 painting by Egon Schiele. Schiele’s portrait of his model and mistress, which a Nazi seized from a Jewish art dealer in 1939, turned up on loan at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Portrait of Wally

November 12, 2012
"The Law In These Parts"
With Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, director.

The Law In These Parts follows the military lawyers and judges charged with developing and administering a legal system created ad hoc and from scratch in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip following Israel's victory in the 1967 war. Named best documentary at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival and awarded the World Cinema Jury Prize in the documentary category at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's film raises provocative and timely questions about the fate of democracy and the rule of law under the conditions of long-term military occupation and rule.
The Law In These Parts

November 1, 2012
"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"
With Alison Klayman, director.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

October 23, 2012
"Cloud Atlas"

From acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski comes the powerful and inspiring epic “Cloud Atlas,” based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell. Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years.  Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next.  Born and reborn.  As the consequences of their actions and choices impact one another through the past, the present and the distant future, one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Everything is connected.
Cloud Atlas

October 17, 2012
"Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey"
With Abby Ginzberg, director

Learn about a federal judge who is changing prisons throughout California and began his career as the first Black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Soul of Justice

October 4, 2012
"See You Soon Again"
With Bernadette Wegenstein, director

See You Soon Again is not a Holocaust film. It is a documentary film about how hard it is to tell a story of unspeakable suffering, and how impossible it is not to: At a prickly ninety years old, Leo Bretholz has a choice. He can continue to tell his story in the Baltimore schools, as he has over two thousand five hundred times since escaping a train bound for Auschwitz, or he can give in to his Holocaust fatigue.
See You Soon Again

September 20, 2012
"Orchestra of Exiles"
With Josh Aronson, director

Orchestra of Exiles tells the story of Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish Jewish violinist, who fled Nazi Europe and brought together some of the most talented musicians from that war-torn continent to form an unlikely orchestra in the middle of the desert of Palestine—an orchestra that would ultimately become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Orchestra of Exiles

2011

November 13, 2011
"The Reconstruction of Asa Carter"
With Douglas Newman '94 and Laura Browder, PhD '94, filmmakers

Newman and Browder returned to Brandeis for a screening of their documentary and a Q&A with attendees. The hour-long documentary explores the life and legacy of the best-selling author of “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “The Education of Little Tree."

The Reconstruction of Asa Carter

November 7, 2011
"Mom & Dad: I Have Something to Tell You"

Azar discussed his film, which was screened as part of the Boston LGBT Film Festival. The movie tells of the journey that parents go through after their children tell them that they are gay.

Mom & Dad: I Have Something to tell You

October 23, 2011
"Hairspray"
With Nikki Blonsky, actress

Blonsky, who grew up in Great Neck, N.Y., spoke about her role as Tracy Turnblad in "Hairspray," the celebrated play that has been made into a movie. Among the questions she answered, "What was it like to kiss Zac Efron?"

Hairspray

September 8, 2011
“Straw Dogs”
With Rod Lurie, director

Lurie visited campus for a pre-release screening of the remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic. Along with directing, Lurie produced and wrote "Straw Dogs," which is based on the Gordon Williams novel "The Siege of Trencher’s Farm." The movie stars James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Rhys Coiro and Laz Alsonso.

Straw Dogs

May 2, 2011
“Winter's Bone”
With Debra Granik '85, Oscar-nominated director

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The movie, which Granik directed and co-wrote, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of 2010. "Winter's Bone" tells the story of a teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for an Oscar in the lead actress category) struggling to survive in the drug-infested Ozark Mountains while searching for her missing father.

Winter's Bone