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Friday Night in the Forum Film Series

Fall 2018 

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.

September 28th, 2018, @7:30 pm: Two Elephants (2018)

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"Two Elephants" is a documentary written, directed, and produced by Erin Gibson, USI instructor of journalism and student publications advisor. 

When Kay the elephant arrived at Mesker Park Zoo in 1929, the city of Evansville celebrated with a parade. Tragedy struck 25 years later, and the city labeled her a killer, traded her and forgot her. 

Bunny, the new elephant, lived up to her gentle name. She lived for decades as a lone elephant until a sanctuary offered her a new home and elephant companions. The city was divided as it debated what was best for Bunny. 

“Two Elephants” reaches into history to reveal the universal lessons from the last century about elephants in captivity and to remind us that every elephant has a story. 

The film will make its first film festival appearance at the YES Film Festival in Columbus, Indiana, in October. It has also received a 2018 Storytelling Award from A Show for a Change. 

Production was supported by a USI College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award. 

November 2, 2018, @7:30 pmThe Party (2017, U. K.)

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In Sally Potter’s new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.

 November 9, 2018, @7:30 pmMore American Graffiti (1979)

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Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Charles Martin Smith and Paul Le Mat return in this laugh-filled follow-up look into the lives of the gang from George Lucas' original coming-of-age classic, American Graffiti. Set a few years later, the film traces the continuing hopes, dreams and romances of these high school friends. Gone are the sock hops, cruise nights and make-out spots. Now it's all about campus parties, love-ins and peace rallies - as these friends find themselves in the midst of the amazing era that was the mid-60s. Featuring a timeless soundtrack loaded with the period's greatest hits by Bob Dylan, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Doors and more, it's a story sure to evoke memories of a time when becoming an adult meant laughing, crying and savoring old friendships.

November 16, 2018, @7:30 pm: Loving Vincent (2015, Poland)

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LOVING VINCENT is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. Written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films. 

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.

No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.

Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint.

November 30, 2018, @7:30 pm: Coffee in Berlin (2012, Germany)

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Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin,which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'.  Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was “Roly Poly Julia,” but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

December 7, 2018, @7:30 pm: The Brand New Testament (2015, Belgium)

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The Brand New Testament begins with one simple conceit: God exists, and He’s a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity, and He’s a petty tyrant to his wife and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world—by text message—the only thing He has over them: their inevitable death date.

Ea, after escaping and with her Father in pursuit, gathers apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Her six apostles —a one-armed woman, a sex maniac, a killer, a woman who has been left by her husband, an office worker, and a gender dysphoric child—learn to celebrate life and love, and provide us with Jaco Van Dormael’s dark, witty and eccentric answer to the loaded question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live? 

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