Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday, September 18

UWM Union Theater
7pm *FREE*
Là-bas (Down There, Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium/Israel, video, 78 min., 2006)
Part of the Experimental Tuesdays series + Milwaukee premiere!

A visual diary, room-bound mostly, of Akerman's stay in Tel Aviv. Or, as she describes it: “It is a film about the relationship of somebody from the Diaspora to Israel — an imaginary Israel , maybe… A film both within the world and cut off the world — in which one can guess the faint outline of a Jewish family's past. It suggests what it means not to belong — and what the illusion of belonging would be…”

Wednesday, September 19

DocUquarium Series – every Wednesday September 5-December 5
“Dive deep” into the newest independent documentaries this fall as filmmaker/professor Brad Lichtenstein opens up his film 301 class to the public. Nine premieres, guests every month and deep exploration guaranteed. A few highlights include Banished, King Korn, Miss Navajo, and Revolution 67. Check the complete schedule at http://www4.uwm.edu/docuwm/ and the blog at http://docuquarium.groups.vox.com/.

This Week’s DocUquarium: meet “This American Life” producer Ken Druckerman!

UWM Union Theater
7h30pm *FREE*
This American Life, Growing Up Gotti, I Pity the Fool

Meet Ken Druckerman, producer of the Showtime television version of This American Life with Ira Glass. Ken is also the producer of reality shows like Growing Up Gotti and I Pity the Fool, featuring Mr. T. Raised in documentary, Ken now fuses the style and popularity of reality television with the storytelling power of the finest non-fiction films to create sensational television that makes you think and feel. Film and TV scholar and UWM Film Dept. professor (and expert in pop culture) Michele Schreiber will join Ken for the post-show discussion.

If you miss Ken Wednesday night, you can catch him on Thursday at noon at the Prospect Avenue Alterra, where he will talk with visitors in an intimate chat over coffee.

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Basement Cinema
Mitchell Hall - Room B91
Basement Cinema is a student-run series of B and unusual commercial movies.
More information at http://basementcinema.wordpress.com
This week: two Dodges, one a Challenger, the other a Charger, both on the run from the law. Add in a bunch of speed,both types (if you know what we mean), a hot chick, a cool cat, and lots of police. It all adds up to one thrilling double feature!

8pm FREE
Vanishing Point
 (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971, 98 minutes)

Kowalski works for a car delivery service. When assigned to take a white 1970 Dodge Challenger with supercharged Magnum V-8 engine from Colorado to San Francisco he bets a friend that he can do it in less than 15 hours. High on Benzedrine and guided by a blind DJ known as Supersoul (Cleavon Little), Kowalski sets out on an interstate chase. Along the way, he becomes a cult hero, but Kowalski isn’t seeking fame. In fact, there’s just no telling what’s driving him or how this high-speed escapade will end.

10pm FREE
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (John Hough, 1974, 93 minutes)

Two wanna-bes, one a racer (Peter Fonda), the other his mechanic, rob a supermarket in the hopes of financing there jump into the racing circuit. As they escape they confront Mary (Susan George) who demands that they take her with them. The trio make a get-away, but are ruthlessly pursued by Sheriff, Captain Franklin (Vic Morrow).
While not as cool as Vanishing Point, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry is just as thrilling and it’s use of hipster, car-talk dialog is stupefying.

Thursday, September 20

Noon at Alterra
Coffee with DocUquarium guest Ken Druckerman
Alterra Coffee Roasters – 2211 N. Prospect Ave.
Join us for an intimate chat with the filmmaker.

UWM Union Theater
7pm - FREE
(Jacob Septimus & Anthony Howard, US, 89 min., video, 2006)

Black Label Bike Club (BLBC) battles mainstream consumer culture and rival gangs for its vision of a better tomorrow. Pulling threads from Critical Mass and the wider bike counterculture, B.I.K.E. explores such themes as radical politics, personal artistic vision, global responsibility, relationships, group formation, and perhaps most prominently, pain and love. Following the Brooklyn chapter of BLBC for over two years to meetings, parties, jousts, and protests this fascinating and gritty film provides insight into a passionate subculture, and the darker aspects of living on the wild side.

Friday, September 21

UWM Union Theater
7pm & 9pm
Day Night Day Night
(Julia Loktev, US/Germany/France, 94 min., 35mm, 2007)
Milwaukee Premiere!

A 19-year-old girl prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square . She speaks with no accent; it's impossible to pinpoint her ethnicity. We never learn why she made her decision -- she has made it already. We don't know whom she represents what she believes in - we only know she believes it absolutely. The film strips the story down to its existential core. It focuses on microscopic movements, the smallest gestures, an economy of banal details. Inspired in part by a story in a Russian newspaper and playing off a history of Joan of Arc films, the film transpires on the girl's face. The minimalism of the face is confronted with the visual and aural noise of the city. Faith comes face-to-face with the possibility of failure.

Saturday, September 22

UWM Union Theater
5pm, 7pm & 9pm
Day Night Day Night
(Julia Loktev, US/Germany/France, 94 min., 35mm, 2007)
Milwaukee Premiere!

Sunday, September 23

UWM Union Theater
Day Night Day Night
(Julia Loktev, US/Germany/France, 94 min., 35mm, 2007)
Milwaukee Premiere!

UWM Union Theater
7pm - FREE
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
(Ken Loach, UK/Ireland, 110 min., 35mm, 2006)
Winner – PALME D’OR – 2006 Cannes Film Festival

Ireland 1920: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless "Black and Tan" squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland 's bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the freedom fighters' bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. However, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families who fought side by side find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.

The Wind that Shakes the Barley will have a second free screening at the UWM Union Theater on Monday September 24th at 7pm.