Sunday, February 25, 2007

Monday, February 26

MUS 175, 11am – 12:50pm
Guest: Professor Laura Marks

Laura Marks' visit continues tomorrow. She will be presenting work in Film 201 at 11am - 12:50pm in MUS 175. The list of work she is presenting is below. If you can't make it, one title is available for viewing on line:

Ghassan Salhab's "Dead Time" can be viewed at or

Also, if you care to read the material that Marks generously provided to the 201 students to the context for the screenings, you can read Tony Chakar's "Convulsive Fables" (from his "The Eyeless Map"; can be found on E-Reserve under Carl Bogner's name). Or read Mark's own "Letters from Beirut," missives she issued from Beirut during the bombardment of Beirut last summer. These letters can be found on her website under "Selected Essays" or at

The work to screen includes animation, installation, personal video essay, experimental documentary, experimental archiving, and more. Marks has assembled a diverse bunch of quite recent work, mostly from Lebanon, but also from Iraq (via Finland), Palestine (via Canada), and Tunisia.

To screen (in addition to Salhab'd "Dead Time"):

Les Égarés
(Mounir Fatmi, Tunisia/France,video, color/sound 9min., 2005)

Sad Man

(Lina Ghaibeh, video, sound/color,4.5 min., 2001)

(Adel Abidin, Iraq/Finland, video installation [excerpt], 2005)

In This House
(Akram Zaatari,Lebanon, video, color/sound, 30min., 2005)

An Outing About the Sea

(Sobhi al-Zobaidi, Palestine/Canada, English subtitles, video, color/sound, 10 min., 2005)

Allahu Akbat
(Usama Alshaibi, Iraq/United States, video, black and white/sound, 5 min., 10
seconds, 2003)

Ca Sera Beau. From Beyrouth with Love
(Waël Noureddine, Lebanon, 16mm on DVD, 30min., 2005)

Tuesday, February 27

UWM Union Theatre
Documentary Frontiers
Tuesday, February 27 – Thursday, March 1 – 7pm

7pm ** FREE **
Following Sean
(by Ralph Arlyck - 2005, 87 minutes)

In San Francisco at the height of the 1960s filmmaker Ralph Arlyck made a soon-to-be famous short film about Sean, then a precocious four year old who offered casual commentary on everything from smoking pot to speed freaks. His barefoot impishness would encapsulate the hope that lay in front of the nation: a promise of infinite possibility. Thirty years, three generations, and a lifetime later, Arlyck has returned to San Francisco in search of who the adult Sean might have become. What he finds tells him as much about his own east-coast migration as it does about the Californian life he left behind. “Arlyck . . . . prefers to work from the inside out, seamlessly weaving together his own story with Sean’s. Arlyck’s compulsion is to our great fortune. Patient and elegant, his film is a quietly devastating meditation on family, work, and the unrelenting passage of time.” – Drew Tillman, THE VILLAGE VOICE

Wednesday, February 28

World Dance Series Presents: African Dance
4pm at UWM Union Ballroom - Free and open to the public

The World Dance Series introduces participants to dance from around the world through instruction and demonstration. Come and experience local talent, culture and FREE instruction! Join us for this introduction to African Dance, facilitated by local instructor and UWM alumnus, Ivory Abena Black. Dance instruction will occur while local band, Mali Blues plays live.

Sponsored by Union Sociocultural Programming.
For more information, contact UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, 414-229-6998.

Thursday, March 1

MAM Film – Bacon: A Haunting Inspiration
6:15pm at the Milwaukee Art Museum / Lubar Auditorium
Tickets: $7/$5 Members, seniors, and students

Immerse yourself in the Bacon experience with this unique program of short films covering cinema’s history that reflect, like Bacon’s paintings, the chaotic world he inhabited and the radical art that he created. Jonathan Jackson, program director for the Milwaukee International Film Festival, curated the evening’s selections.

The program of films was directly inspired by the works in the exhibit and includes films that are thematically and visually linked to Bacon’s work. “A Haunting Inspiration” will spotlight three films: the seminal short, Un Chien Andalou (1929), a collaboration between film director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí. Roger Ebert called this surrealist masterwork “the most famous short ever made” and Francis Bacon once said that it directly influenced him. The hauntingly poetic short film The Grandmother (1970) by renowned filmmaker David Lynch - Lynch personally cites Francis Bacon as one of his main influences and you can see it in this tale of a boy who is looking for an escape from his abusive parents and grows a grandmother to comfort him. And finally, the animated masterpiece from The Quay Brothers, Street of Crocodiles (1986), which plunges the viewer into a nightmarish netherworld of bizarre puppet rituals that displays a striking influence from Bacon.

Friday, March 2

Colloquia in Conceptual Studies
"Interactivities: Conversations with Media Artists and Theorists"

2 pm ** FREE ** CURTIN 175

Liz Phillips, College of Art & Design, SUNY/Purchase, interactive audio artist and Paula Rabinowitz, Professor of English, American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Women's Studies, University of Minnesota


Liz Phillips is a multimedia artist of sound-based responsive installations who has combined audio and visual art forms with new technologies for the past 38 years. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art museums, alternative spaces, festivals, and public spaces, including The Whitney Museum of American Art , the Jewish Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Spoleto Festival USA, the W
alker Art Center, Ars Electronica, Jacob's Pillow, and The Kitchen and presented in public spaces by organizations as diverse as the Cleveland Orchestra, IBM Japan, Creative Time, and the World Financial Center. Phillips teaches "Interactive Media/Sound" in the Art & Design Department at the State University of New York at Purchase.

Paula Rabinowitz is Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Minnesota, holding the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities. She is a cultural historian whose work explores the interconnections among media, gender, narrative and image in modern and contemporary American culture. Her books include Black and White and Noir: America's Pulp Modernism, They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary and Labor and Desire: Women's Revolutionary Fiction in Depression America.

Together Liz Phillips and Paula Rabinowitz investigate the history of the many forms of collaboration with an audience both before and since the advent of digital electronic interfaces, examining the dimensions of engagement that move a work from responsive to interactive to collaborative.

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UWM Union Theatre
March 2-4
Cinemas of the Scattered African Diaspora: Africa Beyond
presented by the Community Media Project

7pm ** FREE **
Dry Season/Daratt
(by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun - France/Chad, 2006, 95 minutes)

Part of the New Crowned Hope series to commemorate Mozart’s 250th anniversary, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s stark drama plays like an African variation on the Dardennes’ Le Fils. After the announcement of an amnesty on crimes committed during Chad’s civil war, country-boy Atim (Ali Bacha Barkaï) comes to the capital to avenge the murder of his father. But he must weigh the possibility of forgiving the killer, Nassara (Youssouf Djaoro), a baker who has tried to atone for his past. Haroun’s portrayal of Atim’s dilemma boasts both nuance and force. JA -

Saturday, March 3

UWM Union Theatre
March 2-4
Cinemas of the Scattered African Diaspora: Africa Beyond
presented by the Community Media Project

5pm ** FREE **
Shoot the Messenger
(by Ngozi Onwurah - UK, 2006, 100 minutes)

A highly provocative comedy about a young Black man's feel
ings on what it's like to be black. Shocking, disturbing and funny, this film throws a spotlight on many perceived views about racial attitudes in our world today in a way that is anything other than "politically correct!" Joe, a Black teacher in inner-London, is accused of assaulting one of his Black pupils. Convicted of a crime he did not commit, Joe loses his job and his sanity as the black community turns on him, branding him a racist. Destitute, Joe must confront his fear and hatred of his fear and hatred of his own community to reclaim his life.

7pm ** FREE **
A Goat’s Tail
(by Julius Amedume - UK/Ghana, 2005, 130 minutes)

Kojo is a taxi driver living and working in Ghana. Sleeping on his break he is awoken by a beautiful young travelling actress called Cynthia. She’s in Ghana for the day and hires Kojo to show her some tourist attractions. The day ends with a sexual encounter and a reluctant promise from Cynthia to invite Kojo to England. Six months later Kojo arrives on Cynthia’s doorstep in London. Filled with ambitions of making money and fulfilling his dreams of succeeding as a poet, he soon realises that the grass isn’t greener on the other side and people are not what they seem.

Sunday, March 4

UWM Union Theatre
March 2-4
Cinemas of the Scattered African Diaspora: Africa Beyond

presented by the Community Media Project

5pm ** FREE **
Al’Aleessi, An African Actress

(by Rahmatou Keita - Niger, 2004, 69 minutes)

Zalika Souley lives with four children in a two-bedroom apartment with neither electricity nor water in Niamey, Niger. But thirty years ago, Souley was the celebrated bad girl of African cinema, a movie star and Africa’s first professional female actress. More than a simple chronicle of Souley’s extraordinary career, the film is a moving homage to the heyday of Nigerian cinema.

Approx. 6pm ** FREE **
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice

(by Stanley Nelson - USA, 2004, 83 minutes)
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson captures the history of African-American a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock and follows their 30th anniversary concert tour. The film includes footage from concerts, rehearsals, the tour bus and the daily life of the members: Carol Maillard seeing her son off to his high school prom, Nitanju Bolade Casel singing to her son in the morning, Ysaye Maria Barnwell leading a community singing workshop. After Bernice Johnson Reagon announces her retirement, the other members of Sweet Honey hold auditions for a new member. The movie includes the encore from their final concert with her performing with the group.