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Daring auteurs, aging stars, and aspiring starlets. Indie films and Netflix originals. Murder mysteries and surrealist nightmares. Blaxploitation biopics and the #MeToo movement. All this and more on Season 3 of Hollywood: Behind the Screen
Season Two of our podcast Hollywood: Behind the Screen continues with a variety of films from the 1970s to the end of the century. The films we discuss feature B-movie auteurs, bigshot producers, paranoid writers, aspiring starlets, and even porn stars in a series of apocalyptic adaptations, indie dramas, and action hits with big names such as Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In this first season of “Hollywood: Behind the Screen”, we discuss, analyze, and criticize studio-era films set in and about Hollywood. From rising stars to fallen idols, from glamor and hope to scandal and murder, this so-called Dream Factory has it all.
One of the biggest nights for Hollywood was held this past February 9th. The Academy Awards – better known as the Oscars – is a ceremony whose purpose is to decorate, honor, and reward the film-making community for its dedication and prowess to its craft. In the...
Sorry to Bother You speaks to one’s career readiness, as well as the conflicts and callings one might face in their career. Its satire drives home the importance of moral integrity, self-knowledge, and–surprisingly–union representation.
Director Davy Rothbart’s award-winning documentary 17 Blocks shows us four generations of an African-American family struggling through tragedy and looking for hope. Rothbart will visit Winona State with his film Oct. 22, 2019, at 7 pm in Stark 103 Miller Auditorium.
2017’s The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya, faced criticism for historical inaccuracy but wowed audiences with its charismatic cast and ebullient song-and-dance numbers.
In North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro), Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron stars in the inspiring true story of women pursuing careers and facing harassment in northern Minnesota’s mining industry in the 1980s.
An inspirational documentary, Generation Startup (2016) tells the true story of six young college graduates with different backgrounds who take on the challenges of entrepreneurship in and around Detroit.
The second film in this year’s “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” series Oct. 5, Office Space is a hilarious look at the job of IT workers in the office environment, portraying how one might overcome the obstacles their bosses present.
On the Basis of Sex is a truly inspiring film following Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career path. Her aspiration for change in gender equality is portrayed through her hard work and dedication to her students, clients, and family.
What makes a film so singularly Spike Lee’s? This visual essay examines the development of Lee’s distinctive artistic voice, featuring looks at some of his earliest work like Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop leading up to Malcolm X, the apex of his creative career.
In 2017, Spike Lee returned to remake his first success, She’s Gotta Have It, as a newly revitalized series for Netflix, giving his protagonist Nola Darling a fresh perspective, thanks to a behind-the-scenes team of women writers leading the way.
Spike Lee uses dance as an illustrative mode of storytelling throughout his filmography, and in School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), as a vehicle for the disenfranchised, persecuted, and misunderstood. This visual essay analyzes scenes School Daze’s “Good and Bad Hair” dance number and Do the Right Thing’s opening credits sequence.
The 2019 Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO, left festival-goers were left with a disorienting sensation: would anything we learned here come with us into our regular lives? Author Cheryl Strayed and director Tom Shadyac responded in their talk titled, What Now?, emphasizing a feeling of great of equanimity amongst all who attended.
One of the last films shown at Mountainfilm was Gay Chorus Deep South (2019, David Charles Rodrigues), the story of a San Francisico-based gay men’s chorus tour through seven red states and emphasizing social issues that dealt with identity, communities, and politics.
Going into the Mountainfilm 2019 screening of Any One of Us, nearly every audience member knew that professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia was going to suffer a devastating accident leading to a spinal cord injury. Fortunately, director Fernando Villena was very aware of this fact and used it to the film’s advantage.
With animation, personal attachments for the director, and multiple subjects, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky, spreads light on the topic of deafness in an interesting way.
Full of unique storytelling modes, interesting characters, and beautiful camera work, Tigerland is a work of art created for a great cause, which is why it was a perfect fit for the Mountainfilm festival.
Anbessa’s unique observational approach to documentary filmmaking is highly memorable and the reinforced themes of modernization make for an overall aesthetically pleasing film with a message, one that will not be forgotten.
At Mountainfilm, this year’s Moving Mountains Symposium was focused on the topic of Equity and featured speakers and entertainment along the way. This was the perfect time and place for the Symposium so we could hear all about the differences in the world–and how to address them.
Director Barak Goodman’s Woodstock: Three Days That Defines a Generation was a great way to kick off a film festival noted for being a testament to the human spirit.
Through a personal and detailed story from John Bush, poetic and expository modes, and polished cinematography, Russell O. Bush created a beautiful film that not only manages to capture the audience in its grasp, but also provides an important story on how locomotives have made an impact on America throughout history.
The story of three competitive transgender high school athletes, Changing the Game should teach anyone who views it that people are people, and we are all a part of this great human race, one which needs to be full of love and compassion for all.