PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE NOTABLE DIRECTORS SUCH AS ALFRED HITCHCOCK, JIM JARMUSCH, MIRANDA JULY & DAVID LYNCH
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) March 2, 2012 – The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts presents The Artist as a Filmmaker, a monthly film series highlighting world-renowned directors who transitioned their careers from visual artistry to film making. The program serves to expand the annual Philadelphia Film Festival’s Masters of Cinema component, educating its audience on the collaboration of multiple art forms, while celebrating the introductory year of the University of the Arts’ School of Film in 2012.
The series will debut on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 with Jim Jarmusch’s film Stranger than Paradise, a benchmark in the progression of independent cinema. To preserve the onscreen experience, the showcase will aim to present a majority of films on 35mm prints. All screenings will be held in the Levitt Auditorium at the University of the Arts’ Gershman Hall building, located at 401 South Broad Street, Center City Philadelphia. Tickets are only available the day of the show at the door, with a General Admission fare of $5.00. Complimentary access is granted to Philadelphia Film Society members as well as University of the Arts students and faculty (with proper identification).
Scheduled films include:
Wednesday, April 11; 7:30pm
Stranger than Paradise (1984); USA. Director: Jim Jarmusch.
Director Jim Jarmusch strayed from Hollywood norms and defined what we now know as independent cinema. His film, Stranger Than Paradise, was created on a budget of $125,000 with much praise, winning the prestigious Camera D’or Award for best first feature film at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
Thursday, May 10; 7:30pm
Hunger (2008); UK. Director: Steve R. McQueen.
Steve R. McQueen is a distinguished artist whose early work involved gallery projections with simplistic, black and white motifs. Influences of minimalism in McQueen’s film Hunger, a recount of the 1981 Irish hunger strike, are what contributed to its award-winning sucesses. Hunger was an Official Selection of the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival.
Wednesday, June 20; 7:30pm
Matinee (1993); USA. Director: Joe Dante.
Joe Dante is best known for his stylized “scare” films, most famously the 1984 film, Gremlins. His film, Matinee is an ode to farcical, B-grade movies which were a staple of his early career as a fanzine horror film critic. Joe Dante graduated from the University of the Arts in 1968 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography.
Wednesday, July 11
The Future (2011); USA. Director: Miranda July.
Miranda July began her career creating a combination of recordings and film into live art, which earned her almost immediate success. She has gone on to make two feature films, Me And You And Everyone We Know, which won the Best First Director Award in the 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival; and The Future, which stemmed from a self-staged early performance piece.
The Beginners (2010); USA. Director: Mike Mills
Mike Mills is a graphic designer and artist who incorporates both his illustrations and personal experiences when shifting into the filmmaking process. His film The Beginners is an autobiographical story which includes still-image montages that peek into the brain of the main character Oliver, modeled after the director himself. This year, the film won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Christopher Plummer.
Wednesday, August 8; 7:30pm
Vertigo (1958); USA. Director: Alfred Hitchcock.
Alfred Hitchcock influenced much of what we take for granted in modern cinema with his use of camera techniques, sound tracks and editing styles. When first released, Vertigo received unfavorable reviews from critics, but has gone on to become a classic psychological thriller and a film that helped define Hitchcock’s career.
For updated schedules and film information, please visit www.filmadelphia.org/events.
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