From June 16-17, 2016, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), where Film Faculty member Emiel Martens is board member, in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, will host the international conference Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean in Delft, the Netherlands. The conference, with keynotes by Clara Irazábal (Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University) and Rivke Jaffe (Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture at the University of Amsterdam) and more than 50 presentations by academic researchers, will be of interest for everyone interested in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and issues surrounding cities and citizenship more generally.
On Friday, June 17th, Volkshotel launches its own engaging film and discussion night in Doka, located in the basement of the Volkskrant building. Under the title DocuDoka every two months an urgent issue in today’s global society will be discussed on the basis of a documentary and discussion with special guests. The first film that will be shown is Gringo Trails, a thought-provoking documentary about the traces that backpackers leave during their travels.
Docu Doka, an initiative of Volkshotel created by Film studies Faculty member Emiel Martens and produced in collaboration with Gasten in je Gezicht and Caribbean Creativity, will consist of a variety of film series that explores the adverse effects of globalization. The first series focuses on the impact of tourism. What are the effects of modern tourism on people and the environment?
An evening of films about Rotterdam and its urban development. A cinematic journey that starts during the interwar period and ends in the present with titles like ‘De stad die nooit rust’ (Von Barsy, 1928), ‘Houen zo’ (Van der Horst, 1952), ‘Stad zonder hart’ (Schaper, 1966), ‘‘t Is gewoon niet mooi meer’ (Rijneke & de Ridder, 1976), ‘Images of a Moving City (Doing, 2001), ‘2KM2’ (Van Hees, 2008), and many more.
Guests are Winy Maas (architect), Floris Paalman (author of Cinematic Rotterdam and Film Faculty member), Kees Weeda (former head Art Department of the Municipality of Rotterdam), and Arthur Bueno (film editor).
KRITERION | Wednesday, June 8th | start 19.30 – for free!
Rotterdam Classics is part of five days of movies in Kriterion, a program that celebrates the city of Rotterdam!
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On Friday, June 24th, Welcome to the Smiling Coast, the documentary produced by Film Faculty member Emiel Martens, will have its Dutch pre-premiere on the first edition of Going Places at Pllek in Amsterdam. After the world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the European premiere at the Galway African Film Festival, the film will now be screened in the Netherlands for the first time.
The official Dutch premiere of Welcome to the Smiling Coast will take place at World Cinema Amsterdam on Saturday August 27th.
Face Down in Noir: The Body in the Pool
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 17-19 hrs
Public lecture by Dick Hebdige, Professor of Film & Media Studies and Art Studio at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The body in the swimming pool as metonym for trouble in paradise is a recurrent motif bordering on cliché in Hollywood/West Coast sunshine noir. In this talk, Professor Dick Hebdige tracks the passage of the corpse floating face down in the pool across the American imaginary from Southern Gothic to Sunset Boulevard, from the LA Times news archive to contemporary U.S. TV series like Weeds and Breaking Bad. Accompanied by multiple slides, film and video clips, Hebdige tries to answer the overarching question that binds it all together: whatever happened to the American Dream?
Always wanted to write for de Filmkrant? Then submit to our Summer School Film Criticism which will be completely devoted this year to American filmmaker Steven Spielberg (with reservation).
This summer Amsterdam EYE Film Museum organizes a large retrospective on the work of Steven Spielberg. On this occasion, the Summer School Film Criticism, organised by de Filmkrant in collaboration with EYE for the fourth time a row now, will focus on Spielberg’s films and his legacy and influence on young contemporary filmmakers. Together the participants will create a special contribution that will appear in the summer issue of de Filmkrant.
On Wednesday May 18th, EYE, the Dutch Film Academy and the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis / Media Studies) organize a seminar on the films by Nouchka van Brakel on the theme ‘a female point of view.’ The seminar will feature, among others, former NOS journalist Margriet Brandsma and Film team member Patricia Pisters who will talk with Nouchka van Brakel about her films and inspirations.
The editied volume Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film (edited by Shane Denson and Julia Leyda) is out. A web-based version of the book went online today. It will soon be followed by several other open-acess formats for ebook readers and the like.
Check the book here online.
A joint initiative by Jacques Serrano and Film faculty member Marie-Aude Baronian, the symposium Fashion & Philosophy will bring together various academics, philosophers, artists and fashion professionals to explore the connection between fashion and philosophy.
Please find here the program of the Fashion & Philosophy symposium that will be held in Amsterdam on April 22 and April 23, at Hotel Droog and the University of Amsterdam. Please note: because of limited space, reservation is required (by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
During Filmisreal 7 there will be three panel discussions that offer a deepening of the film progam. Film faculty member, Gerwin van der Pol, will join the first panel, entitled ‘National cinema labels: do or don’t?’ This panel will look at the relationship between the concept ‘national cinema’ and the collective memory of a nation, and how this relates to Israel, where different ethnic groups do not necessarily identify with the same ‘national memory’. They will also tackle the question to what extent the concept of national cinema still is a useful concept in the present age of global consumption and transnational film productions.
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From April 14-18, 2016, the 7th edition of Filmisreal will be held at Ketelhuis, with films by Israeli and Palestinian makers and a special focus on films from Israel. The full program of the festival is now online at www.filmisreal.com. In Filmhuis Den Haag the festival begins this year on Saturday, April 9th, with screenings of Censored Voices (documentary, Mor Loushy) and Rabin, the Last Day (drama, Amos Gitai).
This Friday, March 18th, the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague will start. The festival shows films on human rights and also organizes debates, talk shows and exhibitions. The involvement of students and young filmmakers is of great importance for the festival. For this reason, there will be master classes with experienced filmmakers (MTM Academy) and some movies will be free for students (Students’ choice award). In other words: all students are invited to visit the festival!
Click here for a free voucher to go to the students’ choice movies.
Tomorrow, Thursday March 3rd, Welcome to the Smiling Coast, the documentary produced by Film Faculty member Emiel Martens, will be screened at the AfricanBamba Human Rights Film Festival in Dakar, Senegal. After the world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last month, tomorrow’s 7pm showing at Centre Culturel Jacques Chirac in Thiaroye (situated in the suburbs of Dakar) marks the African premiere of the film. Alhagie Manka, one of the Gambian crew members, will be present to do a Q&A after the screening: ‘these are exciting times for the film and I hope we are going to make Gambians proud by going out into the world.’
For more information: welcometothesmilingcoast.com.
A film by the Coen brothers is easily recognizable. The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men and the new Hail Caesar! – it does not matter which genres the directors mix together, they are unmistakably Coen brothers movies. But what is it exactly that makes them like that? And how do the two filmmakers succeed in creating complete caricatures of their characters but get away with it? VPRO radio reporter Emmie Kollau spoke with Film Faculty member Gerwin van der Pol, director Michiel ten Horn (Aanmodderfakker, De Ontmaagding van Eva van End) and his cameraman Joost Wolf to answer this question.
Listen to the full interview here (in Dutch).
On March 11th, 2016, the book Exposing the Film Apparatus – The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory will be launched at an international seminar in EYE. The book was compiled by Giovanna Fossati and Annie van den Oever and consists of a collection of essays on historical and contemporary film equipment and media technologies.
Today, an interview with Film Faculty member Patricia Pisters has been published in Folia, the weekly magazine of the University of Amsterdam: ‘Film scholar Patricia Pisters investigates the intersection of film studies and neuroscience. The director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis coined the term neuro-thriller for a new type of thrillers which works directly on our brains.’
Read the full interview here.
Today a new essay by Film Faculty member Patricia Pisters has been published in Aeon, a digital magazine of ideas and culture. The essay is entitled ‘Neurothriller’ and deals with the question why and how horror films are nowadays much more scary than they were in the past.
Read the entire essay here.
The documentary Welcome to the Smiling Coast: Living in the Gambia Ghetto is selected for the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), the largest black film festival in the United States. The film, produced by Film Studies faculty member Emiel Martens, receives its world premiere at the festival, which will be held from February 4-15 in Los Angeles.
After a great success in Korzo last December, Ensemble Modelo62 will present Ways of Seeing in Theatre De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague on February 7th at 17:00, during the Sounds of Silence Festival for silent film and live music. Ways of Seeing is a program of four works by different composers where sight, next to listening, plays a substantial role not only for the audience, but also for the musicians, who at some point play blindfolded on a darkened stage. Before the concert, at 16:00, trumpet player and music composition PhD Justin Christensen, along with UvA profesor of Media Studies Patricia Pisters, will present lectures on ‘The Synesthesia of Sound and the Moving Image’.