Screening of Peter Bo Rappmund’s Psychohydrography,

Rose Hills Theatre, 7:30 PM, 11 April 2012

What does our region look like? What does it sound like? Young digital filmmaker Peter Bo Rappmund will join the newly formed Pomona Media Guild in Rose Hills Theatre at 7:30 on Wednesday 11 April for a screening and discussion of his acclaimed 2010 time-lapse film Psychohydrography. Described by esteemed LA filmmaker Thom Anderson as “electronic Rothko,” the film traces the Los Angeles River from its stunning Sierra Nevada origins to its desultory arrival at Long Beach’s sea. Village Voice critic Nick Pinkerton describes the film this way: “The images are all still frames, ruffled only by blurred traffic, stirring wind, and the rush of water, often rendered icy by stop-motion effects. Rappmund reveals wavering alternate universes within reflections, lapidary glitter and spectrogram patterns on viscous water, arid landscapes striated by California haze, and the lurid colors of industry by night.” Mr. Rappmund will also describe his new project, Tectonics, which traces the US -Mexico border from the Caribbean to El Paso. Supported by the Department of Media Studies, the Pomona Media Guild, and a Pomona College Wig Curricular Development Grant.

Screening of Oscar Nominated Short Documentary “Saving Face” on Monday, February 27, 7 pm, Rose Hills Theater, Pomona College

The Departments of Media Studies and Religious Studies at Pomona College & the Pakistan Arts Council invite you to a screening of the Oscar nominated short documentary film by Daniel Junge and Shareem Obaid Chinoy, “Saving Face.”  The screening will be followed by a conversation with director and producer Daniel Junge and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Mohammed Ali Jawad.

Monday, February 27, 7:00 pm,  Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College (170 E. 6th St., Claremont, CA 91711)

Free parking is available in the Pomona College parking structure on Columbia and First Street

This event is free and open to the public.

For information, please contact Shaila Andrabi or Durainaz Farooqui



Tales from the New Chinese Cinema

Pomona College Museum of Art & Media Studies Department present four Chinese films, April 2011:

Mon Apr 11 | 7:30 pm
Liu Jiayin: Oxhide II (Niupi II) 2009, 133 min.
Director Liu Jiayin will screen and discuss her celebrated Oxhide II, the impressive sequel to her stunning 2004 film Oxhide. Set around a kitchen table in a Chinese home, Oxhide II conveys the story of a family crisis through a powerful composition that uses only nine shots, which move in 45-degree increments. Considered to be one of the most original directors of her generation, Liu Jiayin studied screenwriting at the Beijing Film Academy, where she now teaches.

Tue Apr 12 | 7:30 pm
Zhu Wen: Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi) 2010, 80 min.
Preceded by: Sun Xun: 21G (21 KE), 27 min.
Director and novelist Zhu Wen will screen and discuss his intriguing feature Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi). Set in the country side during the Beijing Olympics, Zhu Wen’s third feature Thomas Mao recounts the farcical story of an unexpected friendship that develops between a Western painter backpacking through the grasslands of Mongolia and an eccentric inn-keeper who lodges him. Inherent to the narrative are issues of translation, domination, and desire.

Wed Apr 13 | 7:30 pm
Jia Zhangke: I Wish I Knew (Hai Shang Chuan Qi) 2010, 138 min.
Preceded by: Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen)
China’s most significant filmmaker of the décade, Jia Zhangke has done it again, with another alluring hybrid of documentary and fiction. Here Jia weaves a dense texture between amorously shot footage of contemporary Shanghai and the films the city created or inspired. Peeking through the gaps of an architecture menaced by permanent urban renewal, he finds the traces of a romantic or brutal past, and echoes the voices of survivors or those who went into exile

Thu Apr 14 | 7:30 pm
Huang Weikai: Disorder (Xian Zai Shi Guo Qu De Wei Lai) 2009, 58 min.
Preceded by: Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen), 20 min.
A splendid, original experiment on how to translate urban texture on the screen. Huang Weikai collected more than 1,000 hours of footage shot by amateurs and journalists in the streets of Guangzhou. He then selected 20-odd incidents, reworked the images into quasi-surreal grainy black-and-white and montaged them to create a kaleidoscopic view of the great southern metropolis, in all its vibrant, loud and mean chaos.

All films will be presented at the
Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre
Smith Campus Center
170 E. Sixth St., Claremont CA 91711
Free entrance.

These film screenings are presented in collaboration with UCLA’s REDCAT’s film festival Between
Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales from the New Chinese Cinema.
The REDCAT film series has been curated by Cheng-Sim Lim and Bérénice Reynaud.
The program presented at Pomona College has been organized by Jonathan M. Hall and Marie B. Shurkus