Film Screening + Talk: Koyaanisqatsi

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Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music, with many scenes either slowed down or sped up for dramatic effect.

A screening of Koyaanisqatsi, followed by a talk with director Godfrey Reggio, will take place this Monday, December 7th, at Pomona College. Come watch this seminal film and get to meet the mind behind it!

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Film Screening + Q&A: Surf Culture in Mexico

Come enjoy two movies about a surfers experience in Mexico! The movies are called La Maestra, and Gone: A Surf Journey Through Mexico. The movies explore the diverse coastlines of Mexico and the cultural discoveries made along the way. After the movies there will be a Q&A with the filmakers Paul Ferraris and Elizabeth Pepin Silva. It is going to be a swell time. See you there!

Sponsored by: The President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity (Pomona College); The Chicano Latino Student Affairs; Teaching and Learning Committee (Pitzer College); Dept. of Media Studies (Pomona College); Dept. of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies (Pomona College); Latinx Student Union (Pitzer).

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Film Screening: The Mind of Mark DeFriest

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When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after more than 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past. “A bizarre story gets an absorbing telling in Gabriel London’s documentary,” says Dennis Harvey in Variety.

The genesis of Gabriel London’s 2014 documentary, The Mind of Mark DeFriest, can be traced to his Pomona senior film project 14 years ago. He brings it back to where it all began on Tuesday, Nov. 3, when the film will be screened on campus with a Q&A with London after.

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Publication: Breast-feeding and middle-class privilege

Professor Friedlander published a piece in April 2015’s edition of Subjectivity titled “Breast-feeding and middle-class privilege: A psychoanalytic analysis of ‘breast is best’”.

Abstract: “Rosin’s contribution to the April 2009 issue of The Atlantic entitled ‘The Case Against Breast-feeding’, created national outrage by questioning the medical literature on infant feeding upon which the mantra ‘breast is best’ is based. This article uses Rosin’s ambivalence regarding breast-feeding as a way to understand why breast-feeding is a culturally and psychically fraught practice. It explores the rhetoric of breast-feeding advocacy in two contexts: (i) the US government’s 2004 National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign and (ii) La Leche League International. I argue that the government campaign deploys a politics characteristic of Jacques Lacan’s concept of the Symbolic Order. The approach used by La Leche, by contrast, constitutes a politics based on the logic of what Lacan calls the Imaginary realm. I will argue that breast-feeding promotion requires a politics derived from the logic of what Lacan calls the Real – an approach to which Rosin’s piece unexpectedly points us.”

Citation: Friedlander, Jennifer. Breast Feeding and Middle-Class Privilege: A Psychoanalytic analysis of ‘breast is best’. Subjectivity vol. 8, issue 1 (2015)

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Publication: Imperfecting the Illusion

Professor Friedlander published a piece in Fall 2013’s edition of Discourse titled “Imperfecting the Illusion: Belief and the Aesthetic Destruction of Reality.” This piece draws on arguments made by Jacques Rancière applied to reconsidering “Realism  as a critical tool in the formation of contemporary aesthetic politics.”

Citation: Friedlander, Jennifer. Imperfecting the Illusion: Belief and the Aesthetic Destruction of Reality.  Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. 35.3, Fall (2013). pp. 384-399 

 

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Jodi Dean, “The Communist Horizon,” 2014 Annual Pinkel Lecture

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Queer China Onscreen 15 October 2012

Pomona College and the Pomona College Media Guild are delighted to welcome pioneering underground film director Cui Zi’en to campus for a special screening. As part of the China Onscreen Biennial that is happening in the Los Angeles region, Cui joins us for a world premiere screening of his latest film Last Days.

Political and poetic, “Queer China Onscreen” presents two films, one by female documentarian and film festival organizer Yang Yang, the other by longtime Chinese queer film director Cui Zi’en. Yang’s film, made in collaboration with the Beijing Queer Film Festival Organization Committee, follows the peregrination of the Festival, unable across a decade to find a regular venue due to the homophobic cultural and political climate of the contemporary PRC. A winding atlas of Beijing alternative screening venues and a biography of the radicals who persist in that geography, Our Story is at once a document of the relentless pathologizing of sexual minorities in the contemporary PRC and a testament to the queer community’s adroit maneuvering against apathy and the dominant power … Boys, girls, queer desires, and fantastic topographies: the Chinese queer film pioneer, Cui Zi’en returns to his narrative and lyrical roots in Last Days. Cui weaves a surreal tale from the materiality of low-budget filmmaking, never forgetting film’s ability to visualize desire in ways both alluring and provocative. Li Jian’s lyrical camera provides strong support for Cui’s allegories of love, lust, and, transformation. Desire here is a meandering movement between person, body, and gender that also coalesces into bonding and community. Together, Yang and Cui suggest the diversity of approach in alternative Chinese queer filmmaking today.

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Sonali Kolhatkar Presents Probing Annual Pinkel Lecture on “Globalism, Social Justice and the Media”

 

 On April 24 at 4:30 pm in Rose Hills Theater, Sonali Kolhatkar, host and executive producer of “Uprising” on KPFK-FM and co-founder of the Afghan Women’s Mission, presented this year’s Pinkel Lecture in Media Studies, in which she conducted a probing analysis of the ways in which new online media are transforming local, national and international political movements.  Those of you who missed the talk can hear it on an upcoming broadcast of KSPC’s Sunday “Public Affairs” program (tentatively scheduled for May 6).

The Anne Abel-Pinkel and Benjamin Pinkel Media Studies Lecture Fund was established by Sheila Pinkel, Professor of Art at Pomona College, in honor of her parents.  It supports an annual lecture on a topic of import by a leading theorist or practitioner in the field. The goal of the series is to promote critical awareness and discussion of contemporary media related topics.  In addition, a reception or dinner following the lecutre is inteneded to afford students, faculty and the general public the opportunity to continue a dialogue with the speaker in a more informal setting.

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Screening of Peter Bo Rappmund’s Psychohydrography, 7:30 PM, 11 April 2012

Screening of Peter Bo Rappmund, Psychohydorgraphy, 2010, 63 mins.

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.

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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 andrabis@hotmail.com or Durainaz Farooqui dfarooqui@earthlink.net

 

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