Once again, the Browning Cinema is partnering with academic departments at the University to create film festivals and themed film series. Programmed by Ted Barron, the center’s Senior Associate Director, the Browning maintains its unique identity by being involved in the selection process with these partnerships, expanding the cinema’s programming capacity while supporting academics. Those same partnerships allow the cinema to present directors and filmmakers throughout the year. The Browning Cinema also offers an alternative, unconventional evening; you don’t have to be a film buff to enjoy the full immersion experience of art house, foreign, classic or independent film. You just have to be a free spirit, willing to explore and have a little rebel in your bones. Here are some of the cinema highlights for the 2013-2014 season:
The Classic 100 is more than a film list; it is a “film mission.” The Classic 100 list of films is not a film canon or the list-to-end-all-lists and can be argued among film scholars and film buffs alike. It is, however, a collection of undeniably great films. After choosing ten sources producing over 400 titles, compiling the list of 100 took many weeks of debate to make sure that as many possible different genres, great directors, innovators and ground-breaking films were included. Some great films shifted in rank—determined by how many times they overlapped each source—to make room for an unrepresented director or missing genre. The final list was literally hand-picked. Whether you trust the sources or methodology, it is difficult for anyone to name a bad film in the titles now known as the Classic 100. The Classic 100 also pursues an academic mission. It is designed so that it can be screened in its entirety every four years to give all students graduating from the University of Notre Dame, and every student of life, the opportunity to become film literate by taking in these movie masterpieces. Discover, or rediscover, these great works of art that “owned the 20th Century.”
Nanovic Institute for European Studies has titled this semester’s film series, Young and Broke in Europe, kicked off by their September 12th screening of The Angels’ Share. The Nanovic Institute is dedicated to enriching the learning experience at Notre Dame by supporting teaching, research, and events that inform students and faculty about the countries and cultures of contemporary Europe, and the films presented in the series address the current economic challenges in Europe as young people across the continent are facing record unemployment. This film series always provides access to films found only in International Film Festivals or Europe. In November, Nanovic will partner with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures to present The Tournées Festival.
History on Film is an ongoing partnership with the Department of History in which classic films are introduced by history faculty members.
The Center for Social Concerns or CSC, as many of your know from the send-off ceremony every May, focuses on issues reflecting Catholic social teaching. This year, CSC is focusing on the theme of incarceration, kicking off this series with the screening of The House I Live In on October 3rd.
Shakespeare in Prisons is a partnership with Shakespeare at Notre Dame and will feature keynote addresses and film screenings by Curt Tofteland (founding director of Shakespeare Behind Bars) and Tom Magill (founder of the Educational Shakespeare Company and director of the Irish film Mickey B), the conference aims to bring together artists and educators engaged in transformational arts programs using Shakespeare in prisons across the United States (and the world) for an exploration and study of the effects such programming has on incarcerated populations. The goal is to promote a collaborative learning forum where participants will be exposed to a diverse array of programs that all strive for a common result: The habilitation of the inmate’s mind, heart, body, and spirit.
The Africana World is a campus-wide initiative prompted by the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to the University of Notre Dame on October of 1963. Organized by the Center for Arts and Culture, the Browning will screen King: A Filmed Record on October 12th.
Whether you’re a movie scholar or just a movie lover, the films in the 2013-2014 season in the Browning Cinema give us the opportunity to learn new perspectives, gain an understanding of people and cultures different from our own, and also learn more about our own history. Grab your popcorn and soda and let’s go to the movies!