Events

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Four French Films: Echoes of Proust
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Four French Films: Echoes of Proust

Four French Films: Echoes of Proust
When the first volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time appeared in 1913, it created a sensation. A new way of expressing the mysteries of human emotion had been discovered. These four films, each in its own way, visualize intertwining dramas of complex interior lives. There will be time for discussion after the film.

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
In Robert Bresson’s second feature film, based on a novelette by Denis Diderot and with dialogue written by Jean Cocteau, the director is already forging his singularly brilliant filmmaking, creating a moving study of the power of revenge and the strength of true love. (1945, 85 min.)

Mar
6
Tue
2018
Film Screening: THE LAST PIG
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive, the film is a contemplation on life, death and personal ethics as it follows a pig farmer grappling with his conscience.  Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals the growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death”–one he can no longer live with. The pace of the film is unhurried, allowing the viewer to experience and absorb life on the farm, the herds of pigs–so clearly intelligent and trusting, the steel and concrete slaughterhouse, and the ghosts. With bittersweet detail, against the stunning backdrop of upstate New York, THE LAST PIG is a documentary that offers an entirely new view of small-scale livestock farming, and raises crucial questions about the ethics of eating.

Allison Argo: Director/Producer. Allison Argo is a six-time Emmy-winning filmmaker and noted animal ad vocate. Her films, all broadcast by PBS and National Geographic, have won over 80 awards internationally and have reached audiences worldwide, inspiring change. For over 20 years, Argo has worked on the frontline, fighting for the just treatment of non-human beings. She is known for her emotionally-charged and deeply personal films—particularly her intimate portraits of endangered and abused animals. From exploited apes to displaced elephants, Argo has worked tirelessly on behalf of animal welfare. Her goal in making THE LAST PIG is to inspire compassion for all living beings and to repair the disconnect between humans and what we consume. www.ArgoFilms.com

Joseph Brunette: Producer/Cinematographer. Producer and Director of Photography, Joseph Brunette, is an award-winning cinematographer whose work has appeared on National Geographic, CNN, PBS, NOVA, Nature, Discovery and History. His work has taken him around the world, enabling him to combine his passions for beauty and justice. Brunette has an ability to capture the essence of even the most poignant moments, and his sensitive work behind the camera enables a level of intimacy and honesty that reveals the vulnerable heart of any story. THE LAST PIG holds special meaning for Brunette, who has long been an advocate for animal welfare and the environment. www.JosephBrunette.com

 

Bob Comis: Farmer & Writer. For the first few decades of his life, Bob Comis was oblivious to the suffering of non – human (and human) animals. Thanks to the courage and bravery of undercover investigators who secretly capture and share footage of the twin horrors of factory farming and industrial slaughter, Bob was roused from his ignorance. He became a vegan, but quickly failed. In search of an alternative to factory – farmed meat, he became a humane pig farmer – and quickly succeeded. He raised pigs for slaughter for ten years, until a powerful sense of empathy and compassion propelled him to change the course of his life. He decided to quit pig farming, start a vegetable farm, and become a vegetarian (vegan, in 2015). Today, when Bob pulls a beet out of the ground, or unearths a brilliant cluster of potatoes, he is able to be fully present, which is very much the opposite of his experience when he farmed pigs, which he did from a distance, divorced from the moment, disconnected from himself.

Mar
20
Tue
2018
Four French Films: Echoes of Proust
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Four French Films: Echoes of Proust

Four French Films: Echoes of Proust
When the first volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time appeared in 1913, it created a sensation. A new way of expressing the mysteries of human emotion had been discovered. These four films, each in its own way, visualize intertwining dramas of complex interior lives. There will be time for discussion after the film.

Casque D’Or
Director Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the Belle Époque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque D’Or is a romantic masterpiece from a director at the height of his cinematic powers. (1952, 98 min.)

 

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Four French Films: Echoes of Proust
Mar 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Four French Films: Echoes of Proust

Four French Films: Echoes of Proust
When the first volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time appeared in 1913, it created a sensation. A new way of expressing the mysteries of human emotion had been discovered. These four films, each in its own way, visualize intertwining dramas of complex interior lives. There will be time for discussion after the film.

L’Atalante
The son of a notorious anarchist, director Jean Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at age twenty-nine.  Like the daring early works of his contemporaries Jean Cocteau and Luis Bunuel, Vigo’s films refused to play by the rules.  L’Atalante is widely regarded as one of cinema’s finest achievements. (1934, 87 min.)