The Western Undergraduate Film Society and the London Ontario Media Arts Association present:
Date of Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2014.
Presenter: Charlie Egleston / Assisted by Sebastian Di Trolio
Location: Fanshawe’s Centre for Digital and Performance Arts (Downtown Campus) 137 Dundas St. Room 420
Number of Participants: 12 – on a first come, first serve basis (with 4 places reserved for Western students)
This will an excellent skill-building opportunity for students looking to work in the medium
The cost of materials is $15 for students
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Kathy Wazana’s They Were Promised the Sea is an intimate journey into a family’s history that brings Wazana across the world. Her research into her origins in Morocco unleashea a complex web of questions about dual identity, political opportunism, and the challenges faced by those torn between home and exile. Wazana gives us an intimate picture of her fractured homeland, where history, religion, and politics clash, leading many to exile in America and abroad. Director Wazana will be in attendance at the film’s screening on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm in UC 85.
Come out for a screening of the film with a Q&A by the director, all free of charge! Hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University.
Acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up The Yangtze) returns to the screen with his new film China Heavyweight (2012). Returning to rural China, Chang follows the development of a state-funded boxing culture, which scopes for talent in young farmers in the picturesque Chinese hinterland. Inspired by the promise of national glory, young men and women take up the gloves to prove their worth on one of the contry’s greatest sport stages. Following legendary boxing coach, Qi Moxiang, Chang discovers investigates a country torn between its traditional roots and the machine of Westernisation in this gripping new documentary.
October 30th, 8:00 PM
University College – Room 85
Paul Anderson (Stephen Twardokus) and his girlfriend Stella (Liesel Kopp) move into a famous haunted house that is well known for a murder that occurred in it. Paul, a struggling writer plans to write his first novel about his experiences with the paranormal. What starts out as a fun and exciting adventure, soon takes a very dangerous turn. Paul quickly comes to realize that some things are better left alone, and what you can’t see can hurt you.
Derek Cole made the move from Jamestown, NY to California in 1999 to pursue a career in the film industry. Within the first two months in California, Derek had started working for a complete production and post-production house as a Production Assistant. After working his way up the ladder, he found his true passion for directing and started on his first feature. Recently, Derek and long time friend Stephen Twardokus started the production company ‘2 Man Production’ and released their first production Revenant (2012) that was re-titled An American Ghost Story after if was picked up by a Distributor. Stephen Twardokus also stars in An American Ghost Story.
*Admission to screenings is limited to Western students, staff, and faculty members.
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Wadjda is the first film to have been entirely filmed within Saudi Arabia, by that country’s first female director, no less.
Haifaa Al Mansour’s picture has a kind of neorealist clarity and simplicity that feels like a welcome splash of ice water. And like one of the great Italian neorealist films, it centres on a child and a bicycle. All Wadjda wants is a bike so she can race against the little boy who lives next door, but her mother (Reem Abdullah) refuses to buy her one: in Saudi Arabia, little girls do not ride bicycles. After careful consideration of the matter Wadjda cannot see the logic in this, so she takes matters into her own hands and decides to raise the money for a bicycle herself.
Wadjda is perplexed by the Kingdom’s restrictive culture, particularly where women are concerned: it seems incompatible with a child’s logic. Even though she covers herself up in accordance with modesty laws, an elderly man still leers at her openly in the street, and the confusion that flickers across her face speaks volumes.
Waad Mohammed, a 12-year-old born and raised in Riyadh, is utterly disarming in the title role: she strikes the perfect balance between cheek and impudence, and her tomboyish grin lights up the screen. The film largely consists of little vignettes in the home and at school, and while many of them are very funny, we get an acute sense of the little everyday frustrations and burdens that Saudi women have to shoulder.
Al Mansour reveals in the film’s production notes that she often had to direct from her production van via walkie-talkie when filming in more conservative areas, but Wadjda offers the hope that for the next generation of Saudi women, things might be different. Modest as it may look, this is boundary-pushing cinema in all the best ways, and what a thrill it is to hear those boundaries creak. (Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph).
WADJDA (PG Mature Theme, Subtitled, Tobacco Use)
Fri. Oct. 25 7:15
Sat. Oct. 26 1:00
Sun. Oct. 27 3:25, 9:00
Mon. Oct. 28 7:15
Tues. Oct. 29 1:00
Wed. Oct. 30 3:25
Thurs. Oct. 31 7:10
240 Wharncliffe Rd. South. (519) 913-0312
Support the Hyland! independent, international cinema is not an accident: if we don’t support it, we won’t have it…
Head on down to the Hyland tomorrow night and support your local cinema!
The screening takes place Friday Oct 18th starting at 11pm
Check it out!
Link to the event here: