Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday, October 16

UWM Union Theater
7pm *FREE*
(Samir Gloor-Fadel , Switzerland /France, in English, Kurdish, French and German w/ English St., 106 min., 16mm on video, 1999)

A meditation in space, evoking an image of the city, of a location.
Berlin is seen as hollow and in black and white. Samira Gloor-Fadel's stunningly photographed film is an intimate journey with celebrated European auteur Wim Wenders around the city of Berlin . Jean-Luc Godard provides a commentary, and architect Jean Nouvel joins Wenders in tracing the construction sites of future buildings in a rapidly developing Berlin . With measured pacing, Gloor-Fadel's Film is witty and multi-layered, a film also about the process of filmmaking itself. A static "Road Movie" where fixed frames show moving dimensions, long pans lead to vanishing points and motion is the only certainty.

Wednesday, October 17

Perspectives on Age Film Series
1h30pm – Eastcastle Place
2505 East Bradford Avenue

A series of documentary films about the challenges and triumphs met by our city’s older residents. Films made my UWM students.
Call (414) 289-5973 to register
Presented LCT: Let’s Take Care – Connecting Caring Communities

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Noon at Alterra
Coffee with DocUquarium guest filmmaker Marco Williams (Banished)
Alterra Coffee Roasters – 2211 N. Prospect Ave.
Join us for an intimate chat with the filmmaker.

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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 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:

UWM Union’s Wisconsin Room (next to the theater)
7h30pm *FREE*
Banished (Marco Williams, USA, 2007)

Director Marco Williams present!

Filmmaker Marco Williams is in town to present and talk about his latest film, Banished. In Banished, Williams visits American communities that exiled their black populations and asks "why?" Marco has won every award that is given in documentary film (Emmy, DuPont, Peabody...), and he teaches filmmaking at NYU, so be prepared for an electric performance.
To learn more about the film please visit www.banishedthefilm.com

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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: Roaming Hands

They say that idle hands are the devil’s play things. But, what do they say about severed hands with a proclivity for murder? One might only wish the deadly hands at play in this week’s double feature were idle! Don’t let the devil make a play thing of your hands, come out to Basement Cinema and put your hands together as we celebrate to wildly entertaining films about disembodies hands.

8pm FREE
The Hand
(Oliver Stone, 1981, 104 minutes)

Jon Lansdale (Michael Caine) is a comic book artist who loses his drawing hand in an automobile accident. The hand is never found and with his drawing career down the toilet. Already a tempormental person, Lansdale takes a teaching job at a small liberal arts college, in the hopes of starting new. When those who anger Jon start turning up dead and mysterious drawings he could not possibly have drawn appear in sketchbooks, Lansdale starts to wonder if he or perhaps a missing part of himself is behind it all.
Yes, this is directed by the Oliver Stone. The same guy who gave you JFK and Natural Born Killers. Stone also turns up in The Hand as a street bum and an early victim of Lansdale’s angry hand.

10pm FREE
Demonoid, Messenger of Death
(Alfredo Zacarias, 1981, 78 minutes)

In the opening minutes of the film a secret society of hooded figures, looking like yellow clad KKK members chase a woman into a cavern, chain her to a wall and take an axe to her left hand. The hand drops to the ground and crawls away. Quickly, a knife is jabbed through the hand and it is locked into a special metal container. Cut to the present day where a British couple decides to reopen the cursed Mexican mine. When they find the severed hand they unsuspectingly release an ancient spirit that inhabits the left hand of its victims. The possessed left hand drives people to murder and the only way to rid yourself of the curse is to rid yourself of your left hand. Cheesy effects, horrible acting (and accents), gore and disembodied hands make this low-budget south-of-the-border horror film an unintentional comedy.

Thursday, October 18

Perspectives on Age Film Series
A series of documentary films about the challenges and triumphs met by our city’s older residents. Films made my UWM students.
Call (414) 289-5973 to register
10am – St.John’s On the Lake
1840 North Prospect Avenue
presented LCT: Let’s Take Care – Connecting Caring Communities

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UWM Union Theater
7pm *FREE*
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
(Walter Ruttmann, Germany, 106 min., 16mm 1927)

“During the many years of my movement studies drawn from abstract means, I have never been able to escape the urge to create from living materials, from the millions of movement-related energies that actually exist in the organism of the big city, a film symphony”- Walter Ruttmann
Walter Ruttman's Berlin : Symphony of a Great City celebrates it 80 th anniversary this year. The progenitor of the “city symphony” form, Berlin documents the city from early morning to midnight, exploring a cross section of the metropolis and its citizens. Through innovative cinematography and rhythmic montage, Ruttman created a grand, enduring work of cinema, allowing viewers to experience the velocity of a city in the throes of modernity.
The film is silent with an accompanying score performed by MiLO, the Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra.

Friday, October 19

UWM Union Theater
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21
Africa Beyond film series: Radical
Focusing on Radical Black Film, this selection of films mirror the black experience through key social, cultural and historical events in America and beyond between 1970 to the present.
Presented by the Community Media Project

7pm *FREE*
Bush Mama
(Haile Gerima, US, 78 min., 16mm, 1976)

Far removed from the drug deals and revenge killings of “Blaxploitation” films produced during this time, Bush Mama follows Dorothy and her husband T.C., a Vietnam veteran who thought he would return home to a ‘hero's welcome.' Instead he is falsely arrested and imprisoned. Theirs is a world of welfare, perennial unemployment, and despair. The film may appear bleak and nihilistic with its stark black-and-white photography, but its message is moving and distinct. Issues of institutionalized racism, police brutality, and poverty remain sadly pertinent.

9pm *FREE*
(Mel Stuart, US, 104 min., video, 1973)

Often touted as the Black Woodstock, Wattstax was originally conceived as a film of a concert commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. "Early on, we knew we didn't want just a concert film; we wanted a deeper reflection of the black experience…Film crews went into the streets, churches, barber shops and diners to talk with people about the connection between music and their existence and what it was like to be black in a white America." – Wattstax director Mel Stuart

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Phantasmagoria: “Bringing Back the Dead"
Charles Allis Art Museum
1801 N Prospect Ave
Six performances: Oct. 20, 21, 26-29
Admission: $20 General. $15 CAVT Member. $10 Student.
Information and Reservations: 414-278-8295, ext. 10
Sponsored by the Peck School of the Arts

A 19th Century Gothic Cabaret presented by Music From Almost Yesterday Nietzsche & Frankenstein’s Creator Back from Dead, Live on Stage! During a variety show of music, philosophy, theater and dance, the ghostly spirit of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, novelist Mary Shelly, her husband poet Percy Shelly, dancer Loie Fuller and others will mysteriously be reincarnated live. Several 19th century works will be dramatized: "The Birth of Tragedy," (1871) by Nietzsche, "Frankenstein, A Modern Prometheus "(1816) by Mary Shelley, and "Prometheus Unbound" (1820) by Percy Shelley. Because of intimacy of the event there will be only 85 seats available for each performance and six performances only, so book ahead.

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Shows and events around town
For more information visit http://www.historicthirdward.org/events/gallerynight.php

The New Witch
Group show at Paper Boat Boutique
Opening from 7-10pm
2375 S Howell Ave
Featuring work by Faythe Levine (WI), Micaela O'Herlihy (WI), Polina Malikin (WI), Kim Kisiolek (WI), Xandar Marro (RI), Pippi Zornoza (RI) & Katy Horan (NY). Site specific installation by Faythe Levine & Polina Malikin and sound installation by Micaela O'Herlihy.

Saturday, October 20

UWM Union Theater
6pm *FREE*
Black Panthers-Huey!
(Agnès Varda, USA/France, 31min., 16mm on video, 1968)

French filmmaker Agnès Varda transports you to the pivotal Free Huey rally. Newton , who, with Bobby Seale, created the Black Panther Party, was jailed for allegedly killing a police officer. His arrest galvanized Party support throughout the nation. Over 5,000 people attended the rally, which featured Party leaders and guest speakers such as Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, James Forman, Bob Avakian, and Stokely Carmichael. Through stark un-editorialized footage, this documentary chronicles the speakers outlining the Party's goals, their strategies for freeing Newton and more.

Shown with:
Black Panther Newsreel
(California Newsreel, 1968, 15 min)
The California Newsreel was an underground alternative to the commercial broadcast media of the 1960's. This unique clip provides a chilling look at the California racial environment of 1968 with Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver and Bobby Seale offering perspectives on the Panthers and police brutality on the black community.

7pm *FREE*
Negroes with Guns! Rob Williams and Black Power
(Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts, US, 53 min., video, 2004)

The story of a forgotten civil rights figure who dared to advocate armed resistance to the violence of the Jim Crow South. Robert F. Williams was the forefather of the Black Power movement and broke dramatic new ground by internationalizing the African American struggle. An electrifying look at a historically erased leader that also provides a thought-provoking examination of Black radicalism and resistance.
Original score by Terrence Blanchard.

Sunday, October 21

UWM Union Theater
5pm *FREE*
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela:A Son's Tribute to Unsung Heroes
(Thomas Allan Harris, US/South Africa, 73 min., video, 2004)

A bittersweet eulogy to the filmmaker's stepfather and to thousands of other exiled South Africans keeping the freedom struggle alive during the harshest years of apartheid. Through the stories of 12 young comrades, this film shows how the African National Congress built a successful worldwide movement, eventually toppling the white supremacist regime. Providing a unique, intimate look at the painful trade-offs between public and private lives experienced by almost all the political activists and their families.

7pm *FREE*
Long Night's Journey into Day
(Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman, US, 94 min., video, 2000)
Winner – Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary - 2000 Sundance Film Festival

Long Night's Journey Into Day reveals a South Africa trying to forge a lasting peace after 40 years of government by the most notorious system of racial segregation since Nazi Germany. The documentary studies South Africa 's Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up by the post-apartheid, democratic government to consider amnesty for perpetrators of crimes committed under apartheid's reign.