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Film and Television

34th Annual Science Fiction Marathon
Isabella Lubin, Erica H Peterson
Sat Jan 28, 07pm-06:00am, 26-100

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event
Fee: 8.00 for Admission

This IAP, experience the annual LSC tradition of a marathon of science fiction movies on January 28th-29th, starting at 7:00 pm. Four feature films, special shorts, and special refreshments! Pizza pre-orders will be taken after "Cowboys & Aliens" for pickup after "Inception."
Admission is $8, dropping to $5 after "Inception."

The 34th Annual Science Fiction Marathon
January 28th-29th, 2011
7:00pm - Cowboys & Aliens
9:30pm - Inception
12:20 - pizza break!
1:00am - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
4:00am - The Thing
Web: http://lsc.mit.edu/
Contact: Isabella Lubin, 26-100, x3-3791, lsc@mit.edu
Sponsor: LSC

Animated Films with Improvised Performance
Mark Harvey, Kate Matson, filmmaker
Fri Jan 13, 07:30-10:30pm, 14W-111

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Dr Mark Harvey is presenting the latest in his annual series of IAP animated films with live improvisation performances.
Contact: Mark Harvey, 10-277, x2-3205, mharvey@mit.edu
Sponsor: Music and Theater Arts

Beginning Screenwriting
Katie Edgerton
Mon Jan 23, Thu Jan 26, Mon Jan 30, Thu Feb 2, 02:30-04:00pm, E15-335

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 16 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Do you want to write a screenplay, but aren’t sure where to start? This four-part workshop covers the basics of creating scenes, dialogue, characters, and structure. By the end, you’ll be prepared to tackle a project of your own. Participants will write short scenes and workshop them in class.
Contact: Katie Edgerton, kedgerto@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Best of the 2011 European Short Film Festival at MIT
Kurt Fendt, Generoso Fierro
Mon Jan 9, 07-09:00pm, 34-101

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Now in its eighth year, the European Short Film Festival at MIT has established itself as one of the largest collections of European short films exhibited in the US. It's a unique showcase for contemporary short film productions from European film schools, as well as young and established independent filmmakers in Europe. Join us for the Best of ESFF 2011: 15 entries that reflect the most compelling fiction, animation, documentary and experimental film from the 3-day festival in April.
Web: http://esff.mit.edu
Contact: Kurt Fendt, fendt@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Bi-Curious, Bi-Sexual, and Bi-Questioning Movie Night
Abigail Francis
Tue Jan 17, 06-08:00pm, 50-005

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

Join us for a screening of a documentary about Bisexuality in the US. Then stick around to talk about being bisexual, pansexual, hetero-flexual, bi-curious or generally about your experiences being bi at MIT/in Cambridge. If you just want to come meet other bisexual and bi-curious people, that's cool too. All are welcome.
Contact: Abigail Francis, 50-005, x3-0684, afran@mit.edu
Sponsor: LBGT@MIT

Bringing King to China (and MIT) -- a film screening
Kevin McKiernan and Caitrin McKiernan
Fri Jan 13, 06-08:00pm, 66-110

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

"Bringing King to China" is a father's "love letter" to his adult daughter, a young American woman struggling to bring Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of nonviolence to China, & then back to the US. Her life is thrown into turmoil when she learns, mistakenly, that her father, a journalist covering the war in Iraq, has been killed by a suicide bomber. The filmmaker is Kevin McKiernan. Cinematographers include Oscar-winner Haskell Wexler (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Bound for Glory).

Kevin McKiernan's career as a journalist & filmmaker has taken him to some of the world's most troubled regions, from Nicaragua to Iraq to West Africa; his work has been published by Time, Newsweek and New York Times, and appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. He wrote and co-produced The Spirit of Crazy Horse (PBS Frontline) and wrote, directed and produced Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (PBS Independent Lens).

Cáitrín McKiernan first went to China at age 16 for a study-abroad program. She taught in Beijing after attending Stanford, where she majored in Chinese History and also studied with preeminent King scholar Clay Carson. She is a 2011 graduate of Berkeley Law, University of California.
Web: http://www.bringingkingtochina.com/index.php
Contact: Rebecca Ochoa, rochoa@mit.edu
Sponsor: Center for International Studies

Cool Shorts: Climate Change on Web Video
Chris Boebel, Eli Kintisch, Patrick Wellever
Tue Jan 17, 10am-01:00pm, E53-354
Thu Jan 19, 10am-12:00pm, E53-354
Tue Jan 24, 10am-01:00pm, E53-354
Thu Jan 26, 10am-12:00pm, E53-354

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 17-Jan-2012
Limited to 10 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: None

This class, cosponsored by Knight Science Journalism at MIT, focuses on the production of several short videos about climate change, meant for web distribution. The goal will be to explore, visualize or enliven topics around climate science with visual/dramatic originality, surprise, suspense or humor. Reaching a broad audience is the intent.

We will study the evolving form of the online video short, especially those meant to explore an idea or scientific concept. Students will also be given a brief primer on fundamental climate science principles. Then they will propose, film and cut two videos, each no longer than 1:30, and post them online. Students will learn important tips on making web videos, some basic climate science, and have a chance to hone their video-making skills.

Students who are beginners or advanced filmmakers are welcome. Students are encouraged to use their own equipment for videomaking – anything from consumer cameras to DSLR’s, or even cellphones. HD cameras will also be available for students who do not have access to their own tools.
Contact: Eli Kintisch, W1-5067, x4-4975, elikint@mit.edu
Sponsor: Anthropology
Cosponsor: Science, Technology, and Society

Five Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir
Martin Marks
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This series will demonstrate how film noir emerged as a powerful alternative to other film styles and genres in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s. Many of these still carry a punch, due to their emphasis on pervasive corruption and crime as forces disrupting the social fabric and civic virtue. Their dark and complexly-textured visual styles, convoluted plots with femme fatales, psychotic villains, and flawed heroes, have become enduring motifs, picked up again and again in "neo-noir." The series will present key films by four émigré directors who moved to Hollywood when the Nazis rose to power: Edgar Ulmer, Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, and Billy Wilder. Their turn to Noir film-making was an urgent response to the ongoing political crises in their native countries, as well as responses to the terrible tragedies witnessed and experienced in their personal lives. Series hosted by Martin Marks, who will give brief introductions to each film prior to its screening. A short discussion period will follow each film.
Contact: Martin Marks, mmmarks@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Double Indemnity (1944)
Martin Marks
directed by Billy Wilder
Mon Jan 9, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

The Woman in the Window (1944)
Martin Marks
directed by Fritz Lang
Wed Jan 11, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

Detour (1945)
Martin Marks
directed by Edgar Ulmer
Wed Jan 18, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

The Spiral Staircase (1945)
Martin Marks
directed by Robert Siodmak
Mon Jan 23, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

The Killers (1946)
Martin Marks
directed by Robert Siodmak
Wed Jan 25, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Martin Marks
directed by Otto Preminger
Mon Jan 30, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

From Favela to the Big Screen: the Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
André Pase
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Brazilian contemporary cinema received nominations for Academy Awards, exposing the harsh reality of the streets with graphical quality. Quotes and characters were incorporated to the culture, and directors went to Hollywood. These movies not only changed the industry, but Brazilian culture too. The three-day event will be a guided exhibition, listing points to pay attention to and discuss after screening. All in Portuguese with English subtitles.
Web: http://www.andrepase.com.br/iap/
Contact: André Pase, andrepase@mac.com
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

City of God (Cidade de Deus, 2002)
André Pase
The poster boy of actual generation, the movie shows slums with dark colors with acclaimed direction and cinematography. A young photographer pictures how a group grew and changed a calm neighborhood into Brazil´s most dangerous area, framing Brazil´s development.
Tue Jan 17, 05-08:00pm, 2-105

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite, 2007)
André Pase
A movie about Brazilian´s extreme task force created a hype after being leaked before the theatrical release. The squad´s captain needs to choose his successor, but the corruption inside the Police is an enemy tougher than drug lords.
Wed Jan 18, 05-08:00pm, 2-105

Elite Squad – The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2, 2010)
André Pase
The sequel is the all-time largest box office ticket selling for a national film, 10.7 million spectators, surpassing Avatar in numbers. After the events of the first movie, Captain Nascimento fights corruption inside the corporation, watchdogged by media, politicians, and his former successor.
Thu Jan 19, 05-08:00pm, 2-105

Hacker Movies!
Molly Sauter
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Since the 1980's, hackers have been a favorite subject of Hollywood and television. In this film series, we'll be watching some classic (and not so classic) examples from the genre, looking at how the depiction of hacker characters has changed over time. After the screenings, we'll adjourn for an informal discussion about how these different perspectives reflect changes in how hackers are viewed by mainstream society, and connections between popular culture depictions of hackers and federal computer crime statutes and prosecutions. Also featured: popcorn! A collection will be taken up for pizza when people are hungry. Come see the movies you like, and stay as long as you like.
Contact: Molly Sauter, (267) 337-3861, msauter@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

The Wunderkids
Molly Sauter
War Games (1983)
Hackers (1995)
Mon Jan 16, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

The Old Guard
Molly Sauter
Sneakers (1992)
Swordfish (2001)
Tue Jan 17, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

The Big Bad
Molly Sauter
Take Down (2000)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Thu Jan 19, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

Not All White Dudes After All
Molly Sauter
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) (Swedish with English subtitles)
Cowboy Bebop, "Jamming with Edward" (1998) (Japanese with English subtitles)
Leverage, episode to be announced
Fri Jan 20, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

LBGTQ Dinner and Movie Night
Abigail Francis
Wed Jan 11, 06-08:00pm, 50-005

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Join in for dinner and an LBGTQ themed film, brought to you by the First Year LBGTQ Group. Bring friends or come on your own, all are welcome! Sponsored by lbgt@mit
Contact: Abigail Francis, 005, x3-0684, afran@mit.edu
Sponsor: LBGT@MIT

The Feynman Films
Andy Neely
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: None

A series of films by Richard Feynman and open to the MIT community.
Contact: Denise Wahkor, 4-315, 253-4855, denisew@mit.edu
Sponsor: Physics

The Law of Gravitation
Andy Neely
Fri Jan 13, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

The Best Mind Since Einstein
Andy Neely
Fri Jan 20, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

The Relation of Mathematics to Physics
Andy Neely
Mon Jan 23, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

The Great Conservation Principles
Andy Neely
Tue Jan 24, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

Symmetry in Physical Law
Andy Neely
Wed Jan 25, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

The Last Journey of a Genius
Andy Neely
Fri Jan 27, 12:30-01:30pm, 6-120

Take the World from Another Point of View
Andy Neely
Mon Jan 30, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

The Distinction of Past and Future
Andy Neely
Tue Jan 31, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

Probability and Uncertainty
Andy Neely
Wed Feb 1, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

Seeking New Laws
Andy Neely
Fri Feb 3, 12-01:30pm, 6-120

The Life and Death of Tim Burton
Michael Rapa
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Since the dawn of recent memory "The Life and Death" film series has provided in-depth and meaningful analysis and commentary on why some directors that use to be good are now terrible. This time around Prof.(essional) Michael Rapa will take a long hard look into the Directorial success and failures of Tim Burton. Throughout the month of January we will view seven of Tim Burton's movies that Mr. Rapa has deemed "Not bad" or "Pretty darn good." Before each film there will be a complete lack of discussion about why certain movies were excluded from this symposium followed by two or even three minutes of incoherent mumbling from Mr. Rapa himself. So bring and friend, grab some snacks, and come see some better than average movies!
Web: http://michaelrapa.com/iap
Contact: Michael Rapa, mrapa@MIT.EDU
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Featuring short film "Vincent")
Michael Rapa
Mon Jan 9, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Michael Rapa
Wed Jan 11, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Michael Rapa
Wed Jan 18, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Ed Wood
Michael Rapa
Mon Jan 23, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Mars Attacks
Michael Rapa
Wed Jan 25, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Twenty Classic French Films and Why They Are Good for You
Randall Warniers
Wed Feb 1, Fri Feb 3, 12-01:00pm, E14-525

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 31-Jan-2012
Limited to 25 participants.
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

The French invented cinematography in the 19th century, and they have pioneered important developments in cinema ever since. This class will discuss twenty of the most successful and influential French films, from the silent era to the present day, and describe why you should see them. The class will communicate the richness, power, variety, and beauty of French cinema in all its forms, including comedies, dramas, musicals, histories, art films, gangster films, and film noir. We won't watch any of the films in class, but all are available on DVD, and every attendee will take away a list of the selected films for future reference. If you've ever been moved by the indefinable je ne sais quoi of French cinema, or you want to learn more about Jean Gabin or Catherine Deneuve, or you are looking for a good existential drama for a cold winter night, this is the class for you.
Contact: Taya Leary, E14-433B, taya@media.mit.edu
Sponsor: Media Arts & Sciences

Un Prophete: The Complete Jacques Audiard (Five Films In Five Nights)
Generoso Fierro
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This year's film retrospective features the complete directorial work of Jacques Audiard, whose superbly crafted crime thriller, Un Prophete (The Prophet)was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and the nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. "Audiard concentrates on tales of flawed men, who would be anti-heroes if they didn't all seem to still like committing crimes" as The Independent's Kaleem Aftab describes so well. This series features all five of Audiard's directorial works, from 1994's (Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (See How They Fall) to the aforementioned Un Prophete (The Prophet) from 2009. Admission is open to all and free!
Web: http://www.bfi.org.uk/live/video/114
Contact: Generoso Fierro, 6-120, x3-5038, generoso@mit.edu
Sponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (See How They Fall) 1994
Generoso Fierro
This French crime thriller was the directorial debut of screenwriter Jacques Audiard and won three Césars. JEAN YANNE stars as Simon Hirsch, a bored, middle-aged salesman who accompanies his best friend, cop Mickey (YVON BACK), on a stakeout for the sake of excitement. Also starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz. 98 Minutes. French w English Subtitles.
Wed Jan 18, 07-09:00pm, 6-120

Un héros très discret (A Self-Made Hero) 1996
Generoso Fierro
Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse (Matthieu Kassovitz) finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he inveigles himself with the resistance movement. They trust him and he helps them trace collaborators. 107 Minutes. In French with English subtitles. Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/a-self-made-hero
Thu Jan 19, 07-09:00pm, 6-120

Sur mes lèvres (Read My Lips) 2001
Generoso Fierro
She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself. Starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos. 115 Minutes. In French with English Subtitles Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/read-my-lips
Fri Jan 20, 07-09:00pm, 6-120

De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) 2005
Generoso Fierro
Should Tom (Roman Duris) make like his thuggish father or pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? The film is a remake of James Toback's 1978 film Fingers, but it devotes more attention to the relationship between Tom and his piano teacher. 115 Minutes. In French with English Subtitles. Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/the-beat-that-my-heart-skipped
Sat Jan 21, 07-09:30pm, 6-120

Un prophète (A Prophet) 2009
Generoso Fierro
Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), nineteen years old, French of Algerian descent, is sentenced to six years in prison for attacking police officers. Alone and illiterate upon his arrival, he falls under the sway of Corsican mobsters, led by Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup), who enforces a brutal rule. 154 Minutes. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/a-prophet
Sun Jan 22, 07-09:45pm, 6-120

Urban Planning Movie Marathon
Ezra Glenn
Tue Jan 31, 12pm-12:00am, AVT

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This year's noon-to-midnight Marathon will feature a variety of films on topics related to urban planning, environmentalism, affordable housing, design, development, globalism, and the nature of regions, cities, and neighborhoods. In addition to feature-length films and documentaries, we'll include a few shorts (and maybe even a few cartoons).

Full program TBA at http://web.mit.edu/eglenn/www/iap_films_2012.html; come for one or stay for all. Popcorn and other food served.
Contact: Ezra Glenn, 7-337, x3-2024, eglenn@mit.edu
Sponsor: Urban Studies and Planning

Woody Allen's Neuroses and Ours: A Psychological Analysis of Woody Allen's films
Jennifer Yalof
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

With movie clips from 14 Woody Allen films, including: Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Session 1: Nostalgia and Fantasy as a Form of Escapism (Movie Clips: Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Manhattan and Radio Days)

Session 2: Getting Away with Murder: How Individuals Use Rationalization and other Defenses to Suppress Their Anxieties (Movie Clip: Crimes and Misdemeanors)

Session 3: Exploring the Pursuer- Distancer Relationship (Movie Clips: Hannah and her Sisters, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Vicky Christina Barcelona)

Session 4: Woody Allen: Defining Treatment ( What’s New, Pussy Cat? Annie Hall, Antz, What’s Up, Tiger Lily? Another Woman)
Contact: Jennifer Yalof, E23-209, x3-5240, yalo@med.mit.edu
Sponsor: MIT Medical

Nostalgia and Fantasy as a Form of Escapism (Movie Clips: Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Manhattan and Radio Days)
Jennifer Yalof
When one thinks of escapism in the movies, one usually pictures flying cars in shining futuristic cities, rendered in 3-D and surround sound. However, for decades, audiences have been enthralled by Woody Allen's stories, which usually (with one satiric exception) look to the past for escape from the present. This mirrors the way in which most people utilize memory and nostalgia to escape from present stresses, a well-worn area of study in psychiatry and psychoanalytic theory.
Tue Jan 10, 07-08:30pm, 4-159

Getting Away with Murder: How Individuals Use Rationalization and other Defenses to Suppress Their Anxieties (Movie Clip: Crimes and Misdemeanors)
Jennifer Yalof
At times both glorified and loathed, murderers have captured society’s attention and remain fascinating characters of study. What compels somebody to take another human beings life? Perhaps more intriguing, what makes a guilty individual plead innocence? A psychoanalyst might argue that when someone constructs a plan to take another person’s life and then justifies it, defense mechanisms come into play. Woody Allen’s "Crimes and Misdemeanors” portrays this point by showing how morality, mortality and morosity overtake a man at life's crossroads when he has to reconcile conflicting actions.
Tue Jan 17, 07-08:30pm, 4-159

Exploring the Pursuer- Distancer Relationship (Movie Clips: Hannah and her Sisters, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Vicky Christina Barcelona)
Jennifer Yalof
What do a small doodle in a spiral notebook, a jilted lover on a street corner, and a stalker have in common? They are all participants in the pervasive pursuer-distancer dynamic. Explore this dynamic further through the filmmaker’s lens, and learn more about the rejection and idealization of love objects that most people, at some point in their life, will encounter. But there's more to it than this- Hannah takes us inside the family characters with insights, while Annie Hall captures the sadness brought about by the ending of an idealizing romanticism as it matures into realistic choice.
Tue Jan 24, 07-08:30pm, 4-159

Woody Allen: Defining Treatment ( What’s New, Pussy Cat? Annie Hall, Antz, What’s Up, Tiger Lily? Another Woman)
Jennifer Yalof
What looms in your mind when you envision a psychoanalyst? For some, an image of a bespeckled, bewhiskered aging man with a thick accent is a popular, if not antiquated, visual picture. Although Sigmund Freud popularized this image through his own physical appearance, there have been many psychoanalysts since him. Through visiting some of Woody Allen’s work, we will be able to explore Allen’s timeless understanding of psychoanalysis, and in turn, the publics. We will take a look at a clip of Allen discussing his personal experience in psychoanalysis and how this involvement translated on screen. For a man seemingly mocking psychoanalysis, he certainly enjoyed treatment- 30 years’ worth! Explore the paradox further in this session.
Tue Jan 31, 07-08:30pm, 4-159

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