Spring Madness: A Cinematic Kaleidoscope (Independent Film Movement Series)

March 28 – 29, 2015

Wells Library, Room 043

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“More than ever, film choices are dictated to audiences by a smaller and smaller group of major studios, deciding which films to release based on superficial metrics that leave quality out of the equation. We created Film Movement because the system of releasing independent, foreign and documentary films needed a change. We believe that the only way to change the system is to reach out to film fans directly, to make the acclaimed independent films we love available everywhere you want to see them. At its heart, Film Movement is dedicated to providing intelligent, beautiful and compelling art to ever-growing audiences who want more than the standard Hollywood fare.”

~ Film Movement Series

Media & Reserve Services will host a two-day event bringing you continuous award-winning independent art films on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, starting at 11:00am.

Light snacks provided.

 

Saturday, March 28

CHINA     11:00am – 12:45pm

The Piano in a Factory (105min.) DVD, 2011. Dir: Zhang Meng

piano in a factoryWhen Chen’s estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, the musician girl decides she will live with whoever can provide her with a piano. Chen’s struggle thus begins. When efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail, Chen concocts a preposterous plan – he’ll make a piano from scratch! He persuades a bunch of reluctant, but loyal, misfit friends to help him forge the instrument in a derelict factory from a heap of scrap steel. Though crude in design and tune, the factory piano awaits its first and final performance from his little girl. In Mandarin with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .G3618 2011

 

COLUMBIA     12:50 – 2:20pm

La Sirga (90min.) DVD, 2013. Dir. William Vega

la sirgaAlicia is helpless. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a dilapidated hostel on the shores of a great lake in the highlands of the Andes. There, on a swampy and murky beach, she will try to settle down until her fears and the threat of war resurface again. In Spanish with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .S5555 2013

 

FRANCE     2:25 – 4:15pm

Pour une femme / For a Woman (110min.) DVD, 2014. Dir: Diane Kurys

pour une femmeIn her mid-thirties, Anne still knows practically nothing of her family’s past. After her mother’s death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at her parents’ life after the concentration camps of World War II. Her research reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle everyone seems intent on forgetting entirely. As she closes in on a discovery she didn’t expect, her father grows ever more ill, and may take the family secret to his grave. In a journey that stretches from post-war France and to the 1980s, Anne’s destiny intertwines with her father’s past until they form a single, unforgettable story. In French with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .P688 2014

 

GERMANY     4:20 – 6:15pm

The Dark Valley (114min.) DVD, 2015. Dir: Andreas Prochaska

the dark valleyWhen mysterious outsider, Greider, rides into town for the winter, everyone wants him gone. Refusing to leave, Greider sparks into motion a series of deadly events in this thrilling revenge western. In German w/English subtitles. IUCAT, PN1997.2 .D3788 2015

 

IRAN     6:20 – 8:00pm

The Iran Job: Story of an American Basketball Player in Iran (95min.). DVD, 2014. Dir: Till Schauder

the iran jobAt the height of international tension between America and Iran, Kevin Sheppard, an African-American basketball player accepts an offer to play professional basketball in Iran. What begins as a desire to “explore the unknown” ends in an emotional roller-coaster as he forms an unlikely alliance with three young Iranian women against the backdrop of revolutionary social upheaval in Iran. In Farsi with English subtitles. GV885.8.I73 I73 2014

 

Sunday, March 29

ISRAEL     1:00-2:30pm

Off White Lies (89min.) DVD, 2012   Dir: Maya Kenig

off white liesAfter years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager, is sent to live with him is Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Libby quickly discovers that her dad, Shaul, is an infantile eccentric, and that he is “in-between apartments” (in other words, homeless). Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads. They pose as refugees from the bombarded northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a “normal” household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can’t last forever, especially as Libby unleashes teenage fury at the lies permeating her life; those she must tell now, and those she’s been fed since childhood.  In Hebrew with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .O355 2012

 

JAPAN     2:35-4:10pm

Hospitalite (95min.) DVD, 2012. Dir: Koji Fukada

hospitaliteMikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist they attend community watch meetings, and the only recent excitement is the disappearance of a pet parrot. One day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi’s company. Kagawa soon ingratiates himself as a live-in employee and proceeds to comically turn the Kobayashi’s monotonous life upside down with his odd behavior, unexpected visitors, and bizarre schemes. In Japanese with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .K366 2012

 

POLAND

Wimię / In the Name of (102 min.) DVD, 2014. Dir: Malgoska Szumowska

in the name ofAdam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioral problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he meets Lukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam’s self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden. In Polish with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .W115 2014

 

SINGAPORE     4:15-5:55pm

Ilo Ilo (99min) DVD, 2014. Dir: Anthony Chen

ilo_ilo_02_chanSet in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day of the Lim family–troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Teck and Hwee Leng. Comfortably middle class and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale’s antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.  In Mandarin with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .B22 2014

 

UNITED STATES     6:00-7:15pm

The Dynamiter (74min.) DVD, 2013. Dir: Matthew Gordon

dynamiterAll fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he’s left to burn the days caring for his half-brother, Fess. As the deep days and nights pass without her return and with older brother Lucas dangerously in their lives again, Robbie must face the fact that his dream of a family may only be a dream and he might just lose the only family he’s ever had: Fess. In English. PN1997.2 .D963 2013

 

TAIWAN     7:20-9:10pm

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (106min.) DVD, 2014. Dir: Arvin Chen

Will_You_Still_Love_Me_Tomorrow_pic_02_3In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister’s engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire. In Mandarin with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .W5534 2014

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VRT Announces Outstanding Notable Videos for Adults

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2015 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

The Notable Videos for Adults committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 64 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults.

•   The Act of Killing (2013) 122 minutes.  Drafthouse Films.  Available from http://drafthousefilms.com and various distributors.Death squad leaders of the 1965 Indonesian massacres reflect on their crimes and reenact them in the style of Hollywood movies. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   After Tiller (2013) 88 minutes.  Oscilloscope Laboratories.  Available from http://www.oscilloscope.net/films/ and various distributors. The few remaining doctors performing late term abortions in the United States discuss their chosen profession and look ahead to an uncertain future for reproductive rights. ~ on order

 •   Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (2013) 77 minutes.  First Run Features.  Available from https://firstrunfeatures.com and various distributors.  Anita Hill finds her voice as an advocate for women’s rights and gender issues after her testimony at the 1991 confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. ~ on order, IUPUI

•   Dirty Wars (2013) 86 minutes.  IFC Films.  Available from various distributors. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, a U.S. covert fighting force, which conducts civilian torture and killings across the globe. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Five Broken Cameras (2011) 90 minutes.  Kino Lorber.  Available from http://www.kinolorber.com and various distributors. Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat documents the damage done to each of his five video cameras during nonviolent protests against Israeli settlements. ~ Media Browsing collection

•   Gideon’s Army (2013) 95 minutes.  Third World Newsreel.  Available from http://twn.org  Three dedicated Southern public defenders with staggering caseloads represent indigent clients within a problematic legal system. ~ on order

 •   Harvest of Empire (2012) 90 minutes.  Third World Newsreel.  Available from http://twn.org A comprehensive geopolitical picture of the economic and historical realities that have guided waves of Latin American migration to the U.S. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Inequality for All (2013) 90 minutes.  Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Available from various distributors. Former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains the growing chasm between rich and poor and its consequences for American society. ~ Media T&R collection

 •   Internet’s Own Boy (2014) 105 minutes.  Ro*co Films Educational.  Available from http://www.rocoeducational.com and various distributors. This portrait of Aaron Schwartz, programmer and Internet activist, highlights the many contributions and ideas he left behind after his suicide in 2013. ~ on order

 •   Let the Fire Burn (2013) 95 minutes.  Zeitgeist Films.  Available from https://zeitgeistfilms.com and various distributors. An account of the events leading up to the explosive confrontation which decimated the Philadelphia MOVE community, told exclusively through archival news footage. ~ on order

 •   Los Angeles Plays Itself (2014) 169 minutes.  Cinema Guild.  Available from http://cinemaguild.com and various distributors. Los Angeles’ imprint upon the American imagination is examined in this video essay of the city as character and subject in motion pictures.  ~ on order

 •   Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) 107 minutes.  Docurama.  Available from various distributors. The serial sexual abuse of hundreds of deaf students by a Milwaukee priest exposes patterns of secrecy and denial within the Catholic church hierarchy. ~ on order

 •   Particle Fever (2012) 99 minutes.  Ro*co Films Educational.  Available from http://www.rocoeducational.com An international team of physicists work to complete the Large Hadron Collider to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle. ~ on order

 •   Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2013) 92 minutes.  First Run Features.  Available from https://firstrunfeatures.com and various distributors. Expands the history of photographic arts by exploring African American personal identity and representation through family portraits and albums. ~ in cataloging, IUSB

 •   Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013) 85 minutes.  Kino Lorber.  Available from http://www.kinolorber.com and various distributors. Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal traces the tragic journey of an illegal immigrant from his Central American village to the Arizona desert. ~ on order

 Be sure to check with the Wells Library Media & Reserve Services for availability of titles.

 

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New Media Titles – February 9

Feature

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant–that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war; until Hassan’s cooking talent and love for Mme. Mallory’s assistant, Marguerite, cannot be ignored.

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The Canyons

Manipulative and scheming young movie producer Christian makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara, hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara’s infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.

Foreign

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The Milk of Sorrow

Fausta suffers from “The Milk of Sorrow,” an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by women who’ve been raped during Peru’s civil wars. Stricken with the fear that she’s contracted the illness from her mother’s breast milk, Fausta goes to extreme lengths to protect her own sexuality and safety. After her mother’s sudden death, she finds herself compelled to embark on a frightening journey for re-awakening, freedom, and wholeness.

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New Titles– February 2, 2015

Features

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I Love You, Man

After Peter gets engaged to the woman of his dreams, he realizes he has not one friend to serve as his best man. To rectify the situation, he goes on a series of man-dates before he meets Sydney Fife, with whom he instantly bonds. While Peter and Sydney become closer, his relationship with his fiancee begins to suffer, forcing him to choose between her or his new B.F.F.

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Logan’s Run

In the 23rd century, humans forsake the ravaged outer environment by living in a vast, bubbled metropolis. There, computerized servo-mechanisms provide all needs and everyone can pursue endless hedonism. Endless, that is, until Lastday. That’s when anyone who’s 30 must submit to Carrousel, a soaring, spinning trip to eternity and supposed rebirth. Logan 5, a Sandman authorized to terminate Runners fleeing Carrousel, decides to become a Runner himself once he finds out the horrible truth about Lastday.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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New Arrivals–December 6

Feature Films

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Single White Female

A young woman takes a roommate who seems to be working out well, until she discovers the roommate is beginning to take over her personality and life.

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The Grifters

Three con artists walk on the razor’s edge of life. Lilly has decided it’s time to get out, and wants her son out, too. But Roy has fallen for sleek Myra, who wants him for her partner.

TV Series

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Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season

A chemistry teacher diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer teams up with his former student to cook and sell crystal meth.

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New Titles — November 17th, 2014

Feature Films

the hole

The Hole

Liz Dunn and three of her prep school friends decide to hide in a long-abandoned bomb shelter to party and hang out. But when someone locks them in, anxious hours turn into desperate days and their spontaneous adventure turns into a bloody fight for survival.

Foreign Films

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Asha Bhosle: Golden Collection

Songs from popular Hindi motion pictures.

actrius

Actrius ; Amic/amat ; Un berenar a Ginebra

Actrius: A young drama student interviews three great actresses: an international diva, a television star and a dubbing director, and she discovers, in their memories, the grandeur and the misery of theatre.

Amic/mat: A mature and ill man, a medieval literature professor, has gone over his personal life and has decided, amongst his doubts, what he wants to leave others once he passes away.

Un berenar a Ginebra: In 1973, towards the end of the Franco regime, the famous Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda bumped into the literary critic Josep Maria Castellet in Geneva where she lived exiled and she invited him to tea at her house. The writer was a most discrete person and maintained everything that concerned her wrapped in secrecy. Indeed she herself had become a secret or perhaps, even a maker of secrets. However that afternoon, strangely, she opened up and shared many intimacies.

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Weekly Quiz

What could the producers of Gossip Girl buy if they didn’t spend all their money on clothes?

This weeks game is hosted by “Consumerism, isn’t it grand.”

1) Blair Waldorf’s standard dress-bag-shoes ensemble costs between $1,850 to $4,800. The headbands she wore in the first few seasons cost upwards of $200 each. (all prices come from buddytv.com)Let’s say, on average, she wears 2.5 ensembles per episode. There were 121 episodes. So, in total, GG spent ~$1,005,812 on Blair’s costumes. What could they buy with that money?

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–348,032 Crunchwrap Supremes from Taco bell

–3,364 iPhone 6s (64 GB) from the Apple Store

–112,130 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey from Amazon

–41 Students’ In-State tuition at Indiana University

2. Serena van der Woodsen’s standard outfit combination costs between $800 and $6000 (information from wornontv.net). On average, it would seem like her clothes cost ~$1800. Just one of her dresses in a “casual clothing” scene cost $895. Let’s say on average, she wears 2.5 ensembles per episode. So, in total, GG spent ~$544,500 on her clothes. What could they buy with that money?

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–1364 50 inch RCA flat screen TVs from Walmart

–108,900 foot long Subway tuna sandwiches

–22 Students’ In-State tuition at IU

3. Lily van der Woodsen spent on average $2,234 on her dress-bag ensembles (information from buddytv.com). Lily also appeared in all 121 episodes (according to IMDB). So on average (not including shoes or jewelry), GG spent ~$675,785 on her clothes. What could they buy with that money?

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–4,223,656 slices of Kraft American Singles from Walmart

–2,252 Bose Noise Cancelling headphones from bose.com

–27 Students’ In-State tuition at IU

 

Don’t have that type of money? Me neither. But,  you can still come down to M&RS to check out movies for free. Why not check out Boardwalk Empire or Freaks and Geeks to see how people used to dress. Or check out Heathers, the original insiders/outsiders high school movie (that last sentence is probably not a fact, but it is still a great movie!).

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New Titles — November 10th, 2014

Feature Films

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Death Wish

Bronson is an urban liberal who becomes a vigilante in search of the gang of thugs who raped his daughter and raped and murdered his wife.

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Hidden City

In London, a journalist and a picture researcher uncover a secret from the past and discover hidden aspects of the city.

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Romance with a double bass

Smychov, a double-bass player, is on his way to play at the betrothal ball of a princess. Arriving at the palace too early on a hot summer’s day, he decides to take a quick skinny-dip in the royal lake. Unbeknownst to him, the Princess has decided to do the same

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November Staff Picks!

 

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Some selections from our No Shave November shelf.

The horror flicks and campy, witchy TV series have been tucked back into the regular browsing stacks. The icy November wind has brought in a gust of new films for your perusal on the Staff Picks shelf, located across from the our front desk, centered around a few seasonal themes.  Here are some featured titles; let us know if you have any suggestions for films you’d like us to include!

Native American Heritage Month:

  • Long Journey Home, a documentary about the former chief of the Delaware tribe in Indiana.
  • Barking Water, a quirky road movie about an elderly native man reconnecting with his family and his past.
  • Up Heartbreak Hill, a PBS documentary following three Navajo teenagers at a reservation high school.

No-Shave November:

Thanksgiving:

  • Pieces of April, a comedy of errors resulting when conservative suburban family’s prodigal daughter hosts their Thanksgiving dinner on the Lower East Side.
  • The Ice Storm, in which two Connecticut families find their lives spiral out of control over Thanksgiving weekend, 1973.
  • Capturing the Friedmans, a documentary about a family torn on Thanksgiving Day apart when the father and youngest son are charged with horrific crimes.

Wild Card:

  • Our fourth and final shelf will rotate weekly and take its theme from a holiday, actor’s birthday, or topical event that falls on that week. This week: it’s Matthew McConaughey’s birthday today, so expect only the rangiest, drawliest films with the most distant stares.
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Original or Sequel: Redux

Every year people complain that Hollywood is releasing too many sequels. While the lack of original content can be disheartening there exist a ray of light. Every few years a sequel comes a long that actually lives up to the hype. This post will look at two more sequels that kept the brand alive.

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Clerks 2

Verdict: 50/50

Clerks 2 released in 2006 is a comedy film created by Kevin Smith. This long overdue sequel brings back the two classic duos. Randal and Dante pictured right are now in their thirties and are still clerks. Jay and Silent Bob left have somewhat cleaned up their act but are still up to no good. This film like the original released in 1996 has stood the test of the time. So what is the verdict sequel or original? That’s hard to say. You should check both titles out and decide for yourself.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Verdict: Sequel

Star Trek the Wrath of Khan is the second film in the original Star Trek franchise. I was advised to skip the first Star Trek film entirely and instead view Wrath of Khan. I watched Khan with no prior knowledge of anything Star Trek and was extremely impressed with how little that mattered. The film gravitates viewers with its intricate plot lines and likable protagonist. To write about the plot would lead to spoilers.  That being said I can still comfortably say that Khan is worth the watch.

That wraps things up for this segment of sequel or original. Tune in next time for more great films you should watch. Possibly.

*All films discussed are located at Media Reserve Services and available for checkout*

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