It has been brought to my attention that the webpage for the Humanities Film Series has not been updated for this year. Remember, you must attend one of these events (see: Humanities Film Series Report in the syllabus) The schedule is as follows:
Director Victor Quinaz
The Wedding Video
Friday, September 28, 2012, 7 p.m. ***Date Change*** (Those of you with Thursday conflicts should consider attending this event.)
Humanities Center Room 218
Breaking up is hard to do . . . on your wedding day. Phil and Alison’s wedding video reveals
that the bride and groom are keeping a few secrets from their guests — like the little detail
that they are not, in fact, getting married. At their botched rehearsal dinner, Alison hatches
a plan to go through with the wedding despite the fact that she wants to break up. Phil
goes along with it because he secretly thinks his surprise wedding gift will change Alison’s
mind. Of course, everything gets incredibly complicated incredibly fast when their guests
arrive and the wedding party spirals into credit debt, wife swapping, sex tapes, mayhem
and donuts. And the whole thing is caught on tape by Alison and Phil’s videographer. The
Wedding Video (2012) is a new, innovative “found-footage,” romantic comedy co-written
and directed by Victor Quinaz. Quinaz is the mastermind behind the successful web series,
PERIODS., and has been involved in the production of many commercials, documentaries
and music videos, with clients ranging from Absolut Vodka and Malibu Rum to the
IFC/Sundance Channel and Rockstar Games. His short film, Chinese Dream (2004), was
short-listed for the 2005 Academy Awards and has played in more than 50 international
Wheeler Winston Dixon,Ph.D. and
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Ph.D.
Movies in the Era
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7 p.m.
Collegiate Performing Arts Center
In the 21st century, Hollywood remains the principal superpower of world cinema and a
prime purveyor of popular entertainment for global audiences. But almost everything about
the way it makes and markets movies has changed. Today, Hollywood movies are shot using
high-definition cameras, with computer-generated effects added in postproduction, and
digitally transmitted to theaters, websites and video-on-demand networks worldwide. They
are viewed on laptops, iPods, and cell phones, as well as on IMAX screens and in 3-D.
They are the product of cutting-edge technologies that have revolutionized media
production, content distribution and the experience of movie-going itself.
In a joint address co-sponsored by the Humanities Film Series and the Literature/Film
Association, Dixon and Foster, Professors of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska
and co-authors of 21st-Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation, will discuss
the radical changes that Hollywood cinema has undergone in the 21st-century, and what
these changes bode for the future of movies in the U.S. and around the world.
Ilana Krug, Ph.D.
Monty Python and
the Holy Grail
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7 p.m.
Humanities Center Room 218
From The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Seventh Seal (1957) to Beowulf (2007)
and Brave (2012), movies set in the Middle Ages have long proven popular with audiences.
A close examination of these movies reveals, however, that they are often less about the
“real” Middle Ages than they are about the fantasies we harbor about that famous historical
period. Perhaps no movie better demonstrates this than Monty Python’s classic satire of
medieval England, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). The film loosely traces the
quest of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, with iconic
scenes and dialogue that have become firmly entrenched in contemporary popular culture.
Yet, are we to understand this vision of the Middle Ages as a historically accurate
representation of the era, or is it an example of “medievalism?” In her presentation of the
film, Dr. Ilana Krug, Professor of History at York College, will tackle this question and
discuss the broader role of medievalism in popular culture today. A question-and-answer
session with Professor Krug will follow the screening.