Programs tagged: film
Based on Lois Lowry's iconic and influential Newbery Award-winning science fiction novel, visionary director Phillip Noyce's 2014 film explores weighty and provocative themes similar to those in "Station Eleven." Dr. Greg Smith, WWU associate professor of English and film, will lead a discussion following the film. (Rated PG-13)
MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology presents a film that, like this year's One Read title, follows a touring Shakespearean theater troupe. Set in WWII, the story focuses on the dresser who is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. As the backstage hand struggles to support the deteriorating star, the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. Directed by Peter Yates and starring Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney. (Rated PG, 1983)
Brandy Burre gave up her acting career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she's carefully created starts to crumble around her. "Actress" is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself. Directed by Robert Greene, this documentary is a companion to our One Read book, "Station Eleven," which also explores the nature of fame and the line between genuine behavior and self-conscious performance. Greene will lead a discussion following the film.
In conjunction with One Read, Ragtag presents a free screening of Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion." This year's One Read selection, "Station Eleven," imagines life 20 years after a fictional flu virus wipes out 99.6 percent of humanity. "Contagion" is a haunting and engrossing procedural that takes place in the immediate aftermath of another fictional, devastating pandemic. While researching, "Contagion" screenwriter Scott Z. Burns consulted with epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin, who has since endorsed the film. "Is this fiction? Yes," Lipkin writes in the New York Times. "Is it real? Absolutely." Discussion to follow the film. (2011, 106 minutes, rated PG-13.)