Monday, October 1, 2007

Tuesday, October 2

UWM Union Theater
7pm *FREE*
MACHINIMA: Beneath the Structural Skin
Experimental Tuesdays - Various directors, approx 90 min., video, 2001-2007

A diverse program of machinima where contemporary film and video makers perform modern acts of alchemy, transforming the computer gaming environments of Second Life, Grand Theft Auto, Vice City, World of Warcraft and others into incisive works of ethnography, social critique, explorations of landscape and deeply felt portraiture. Including work by Peggy Ahwesh, Valerie Brewer, Jacqueline Goss, Kent Lambert, Mark Lapore and Phil Solomon.

Wednesday, October 3

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 and the blog at

This Week’s DocUquarium:
UWM Union Theater
7h30pm *FREE*
A Dream in Doubt (Tami Yeager, USA, 56 min., 2007)

There’s no question that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 damaged the American psyche. For Rana Sodhi, that fateful day would shatter his long-held image of the United States. A DREAM IN DOUBT documents the murder of Rana’s brother Balbir Singh Sodhi; on September 15, 2001, while working at his gas station in Mesa, Arizona, Sodhi was fatally shot by a man who mistook him for an Arab Muslim because of his turban. A DREAM IN DOUBT follows Rana Sodhi as he seeks to reconcile his brother’s death with the success that the family has enjoyed since immigrating to the United States. The post-9/11 climate of intolerance and revenge is jarringly juxtaposed with the archival photos of the family’s journey from their native India to the U.S., a story of universal hope and perseverance. Through Rana’s questions, anger, and loss, the film distills the essence of the “American Dream” and the resilience of the human spirit, and communicates the spectrum of human strength and weakness that were unleashed on two fateful days.
—Sapana Sakya

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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

This week: Women Under The Influence of Terror

8pm FREE
Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural

(Richard Blackburn, 113 minutes, 1975)

10pm FREE
Let’s Scare Jessica To Death
(John D. Hancock, 89 minutes, 1971)

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Presentation by filmmaker and author Heather Rogers

4pm ACL 120

Heather Rogers is a Brooklyn-based writer, journalist, and filmmaker. Her documentary film "Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage" (2002) screened in festivals around the globe. Her book, under the same title, was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review and a nonfiction choice by The Guardian.

"Gone Tomorrow" takes us on an oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage and brings meaning to all that gets discarded. "Gone Tomorrow" also explores controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to developing countries. Part exposĂ©, part social commentary, "Gone Tomorrow" traces the connection between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our disposable lifestyle. Read it and you’ll never think of garbage the same way again.

Thursday, October 4

UWM Union Theater
7pm *FREE*
Building a Broken Mousetrap
(Jem Cohen with Matt Boyd, US/Netherlands, 63 min., video, 2006)
Preceded by Jem Cohen's Blessed Are the Dreams of Men (11 min, 2006)

Following his feature-length documentaries on the musicians Fugazi (Instrument) and Benjamin (Benjamin Smoke), Cohen documents the Dutch anarchist punk band The Ex. Beautifully shot in black and white 16mm and over-saturated DV, Building a Broken Mousetrap captures the band, 25 years after their formation, giving an intense and exhilarating performance in NYC during (and in opposition to) the 2004 Republican convention. Interspersed with the concert footage are long, languid shots of a city suffused with contested sites and rough demonstrations of wealth and power.

Friday, October 5

UWM Union Theater presents
A Weekend of Silver Screens
As part of Wisconsin's Book Fair the Union Theatre presents a weekend of classic films and a discussion with author Larry Widen and film critic David Luhrssen. Widen's book Silver Screens: A Pictorial History of Milwaukee's Movie Theaters inspired the weekend's selection of films. Ranging from popular silent classic It to screwball comedy to film noir and '50s melodrama, the weekend closes with the recent Thai film Tears of the Black Tiger, a fascinating amalgamation of earlier film styles that retains a stylistic and narrative uniqueness.

7pm - Discussion between Larry Widen and David Luhrssen
Silver Screens: A Pictorial History of Milwaukee's Movie Theaters author Larry Widen is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and recently became the owner of the Times Cinema. David Luhrssen is arts & entertainment editor of the Shepherd Express and co-founder of the Milwaukee International Film Festival. Widen and Luhrssen discuss Widen's book and the state of Milwaukee film in the past and present.

9pm *FREE*
Libeled Lady (Jack Conway, US, 98 min., 35mm, 1936)

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Spencer Tracy lived on Prospect Avenue and attended Marquette High School . In Libeled Lady, he plays a newspaper editor and the fiancĂ©e of Jean Harlow, nicknamed “the Platinum Blonde.” When an heiress sues him for libel, he recruits Harlow and an ex-reporter to bail him out. The result is a fine example of a 1930s screwball comedy.

Saturday, October 6

UWM Union Theater presents
A Weekend of Silver Screens

3pm *FREE*
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
(David Hand, US, 83 min., 35mm, 1937)

The first American feature length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves immediately enchanted audiences. Based on the Brothers Grimm tale, a beautiful princess flees from her wicked stepmother to find comfort with the seven dwarves and love with the Prince in this enduring and magical tale. “Snow White demonstrated how animation could release a movie from its trap of space and time; how gravity, dimension, physical limitations and the rules of movement itself could be transcended by the imaginations of the animators.” – Roger Ebert CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

5pm *FREE*
It (Clarence Badger, US, 72 min., 35mm, 1927)

It, a Jazz Age romantic comedy captures the quintessential flapper, Clara Bow at the height of her charm. In the spirit of the sexually-liberated youth of Prohibition-era America, a saucy lingerie salesgirl sets her sights on the handsome owner of the department store where she works. Leading him on a romantic chase from the Hotel Ritz to the whirling attractions of Coney Island, she then crashes a high-society yacht party in a last-ditch effort to get her man. Prone to playing the sexual aggressor, Bow daringly deviated from female passivity. In It, Bow's gregarious personality and striking beauty are brilliantly showcased.

7pm *FREE*
Gilda (Charles Vidor, US, 110 min., 35mm, 1946)

Classic, intricate noir in which sultry Rita Hayworth, as the titular femme fatale, is placed by her mobster husband in the care of a small-time hood and mobster's minion who also happens to be her ex-lover.

9h30pm *FREE*
Tears of the Black Tiger
(Wisit Sasanatieng, Thailand, in Thai w/ Eng. St., 110 min., 35mm, 2007)

This genre busting action film centers on Dum, a peasant separated from his beautiful and wealthy childhood sweetheart. Upon finding his father murdered, Dum becomes a gun slinging outlaw called Black Tiger who must avenge his family and get back his love before she is forced to marry another man. “ Director Wisit Sasanatieng uses every trick imaginable to create surreal postmodern nostalgia. Has he wound up with pure camp, or a cult classic? As he clearly understands, the best B-movies are both.” – Elizabeth Weitzman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, October 7

UWM Union Theater presents
A Weekend of Silver Screens

5pm *FREE*
Written on the Wind
(Douglas Sirk, US, 16mm, 99 min., 1956)

In a style of jukebox colors and outrageous symbolism, Douglas Sirk delineates the last days of an oil-baron's dynasty, declining into sterility and death. Dorothy Malone's plays a nymphomaniac and Robert Stack brilliantly characterizes the impotent and alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley, an Absurdist's tragic hero in a yellow sports car.

7pm *FREE*
Tears of the Black Tiger
(Wisit Sasanatieng, Thailand, in Thai w/ Eng. St., 110 min., 35mm, 2007)