Thursday, September 30, 2010

Top Secret Rosies

My colleague LeAnn Erickson has just completed her documentary on the women who worked as mathematicians for the US Army and later programmed for ENIAC, the first electronic computer. Titled Top Secret Rosies, it covers a fascinating subject, with a local angle, shot with engaging interviews from the women involved.

The film has a couple of screenings, in HD video, in the coming weeks:

County Theater
Monday, October 4, 7:00 pm

Ambler Theater
Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm

Running time is 60 minutes. For more information, you can visit the film's website.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 5 September 2010

Big event this week is the series of Michael Snow and John Oswald events:

Wednesday, September 29 at 8pm
6:30pm by Opening Reception of Many Moving and Still Works by Two Torontonians at Slought Foundation

*Corpus Callosum
dir. Michael Snow, Canada, 2002, video, 91 mins, color
International House

Thursday, September 30 at 8pm
Michael Snow and John Oswald Duo
International House

Other screenings for the week:

Tuesday, 9/28
Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
7:30 pm

Wednesday, 9/29

Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963)
Ambler Theater
7:00 pm

Thursday, 9/30
Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
Ambler Theater
7:00 pm

Sunday, 10/3
Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)
Colonial Theater
2:00 pm

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Farocki (and more)

This week in area showings:

Thursday (9/16) Harun Farocki shows his Immersion (2009) at the Slought Foundation. The video installation concerns the connection between virtual reality and the military. The showing will be part of a dialogue between Farocki and Antje Ehmann on "The Image in Question: War – Media – Art." 4017 Walnut Street. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Earlier that day, Farocki will be presenting Peter Nestler’s film, Death and Devil, which concerns Nestler’s grandfather Rosen in Sweden who participated in expeditions before WWI in South America and Africa. The film examines the links between ethnography and colonialism and is part of the rare genre of photo-films. Temple University, Annenberg Hall room 3, 2020 N. 13th, 11:00-12:30.

W 9/15. Metropolis. Ambler Theater. 7pm

Th 9/16. Rashomon. County Theater. 7pm

Sun 9/19. The Hidden Fortress. Colonial Theater. 2pm

Sun 9/19. Yojimbo. Colonial Theater. 4:30pm

For an ongoing film calendar, get the PRFB listings in iCal format.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Utopia in Four Movements

The film programming at the International House continues to expand into more performance-based directions, this weekend with Utopia in Four Movements, a "live documentary" narrated in person by filmmaker Sam Green and accompanied by a live band (the Quavers) as the film screens. Conceptually, the piece explores the role and future of utopian thought in the 21st century.

Utopia in Four Movements
dir. Sam Green and Dave Cerf, US, 2010, video, 80 mins, color
Saturday, September 11 at 7pm
Ibrahim Theater @ the International House

Sunday, September 5, 2010

There's an App for That

Well, not exactly, but I have compiled a super handy iCal calendar with all of the planned screenings from the major repertory film programmers in the area. You can download it and import into iCal, either as a separate calendar as part of an existing one. iCal will let you set alarms to remind you of films coming up that you don't want to forget.

Currently the calendar covers the Fall programming season. I will do another version for the Spring. I may make additional updates if it makes sense. Do note that week runs of major repertory releases and some one-off events (notably some of the Scribe Video and Secret Cinema screenings) won't be covered here as they are not planned that far in advance.