Join the College of Liberal Arts and Eric Braysmith, lecturer in Liberal Arts, for the Friday Night in the Forum film series. The films are shown in their original languages and aspect ratios in Forum 1 in the Forum Wing of the Wright Administration Building on the USI campus. The venue features stadium seating, digital projection, and digital surround sound.
Immediately following each film, Eric Braysmith will lead an informal discussion. For more information, see the Friday Night in the Forum Facebook page.
The film series is free and open to the public.
March 30, 2018, @7:30 pm: True Stories (1986)
True Stories is a 1986 American film that spans the genres of musical, art, and comedy, directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads. It co-stars John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Spalding Gray.
True Stories was released by Warner Bros. in the United States, Canada, Italy, and Sweden in 1986, with limited release elsewhere the following year. Byrne was given much creative control over the motion picture's direction, largely due to the mainstream success of Talking Heads' 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense.
The majority of the film's music is supplied by Talking Heads. A soundtrack album, titled Sounds from True Stories, featured songs by Byrne, Talking Heads, Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band, and others. Around the same time, Talking Heads released an album, titled True Stories, composed of studio recordings of songs featured in the film.
April 6, 2018, @7:30 pm: The Player (1992)
The Player is a 1992 American black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Michael Tolkin, based on his own 1988 novel of the same name.The film stars Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson and is the story of a Hollywood film studio executive who murders an aspiring screenwriter he believes is sending him death threats.
The Player has many film references and Hollywood in-jokes, with 65 celebrities making cameo appearances in the film.
April 13, 2018, @7:30 pm: The Lure (2015, Poland)
The Lure is a 2015 Polish horror musical film directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska. It tells of two mermaids who emerge from the waters and perform in a nightclub. One falls in love with a man, and gives up her tail, but loses her voice in the process. The story is a reworking of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, with inspiration from Smoczyńska's experiences.
April 20, 2018, @7:30 pm: Obvious Child (2014)
Obvious Child is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (in her directorial debut) and stars Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann and David Cross. The story follows Donna, a stand-up comedian, who has a drunken one-night stand with a man named Max after breaking up with her boyfriend.
April 27, 2018, @7:30 pm: The Other Side of Hope (2017, Finland)
The Other Side of Hope (Finnish title: Toivon tuolla puolen) is a 2017 Finnish comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. The film was produced by Kaurismäki's Finnish company Sputnik. In December 2016, it was selected to play in competition at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The story is about a Finnish businessman who meets a Syrian asylum-seeker looking for his missing sister.