Please join PCMS for our last event of the season, co-sponsored with Temple's Middle East and
North Africa Study Group:
War Cultures and Culture Wars: Media, State, and Power in Iran
Thurs., April 26, 5:00-6:30 pm
Room 308, Temple University Center City (TUCC)
Niki Akhavan is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The Catholic University of America. Her
research focuses on the relationship between digital technologies and Iranian transnational
political and cultural production. She has published on the Iranian blogosphere and trends in
discourses about Iranian media, and is currently completing a manuscript entitled "Electronic Iran:
The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution".
Moscow’s renowned troubadour, “wandering scholar” and “singing professor,” Psoy Korolenko, presents a film screening and performance of his live sound track and rap style-commentary to the Russian silent movie classic 'Tretya Meshchanskaya' ('Bed and Sofa') by Abram Room and Victor Shklovsky (1927; 75 min).
Saturday April 28th, 9:00pm
Doors open at 7:30pm Fergie's Pub - 1214 Sansom St.
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute will be holding a screening of Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 The Mark of Zorro accompanied by a flamenco/tanjo/salsa/mariachi quintet playing an original score to the film.
The quintet is an unusual mash-up of players from many corners of the Philly music scene: the brass band The West Philly Orchestra, the tango group Oscuro Quintet, the avant-improv group Inzinzac, and the rock bandTj Kongand the Atomic Bomb.
Tuesday May 22, 7:30pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA
Tonight at the County Theater and tomorrow at the Ambler, I will be giving a presentation on Laura (1944, Preminger) as part of their "Film 101: Inside the Classics" series. The film will not screen, but I will be showing clips.
The International House is showing Michael Snow's La Région Centrale, perhaps a magnum opus of structural experimental film. Be forewarned about the running time!
La Région Centrale was made during five days of shooting on a deserted mountain top in North Quebec. During the shooting, the vertical and horizontal alignment as well as the tracking speed were all determined by the camera’s settings. Anchored to a tripod, the camera turned a complete 360 degrees, craned itself skyward, and circled in all directions. Because of the unconventional camera movement, the result was more than merely a film that documented the film location’s landscape. Surpassing that, this became a film expressing as its themes the cosmic relationships of space and time. Cataloged here were the raw images of a mountain existence, plunged (at that time) in its distance from civilization, embedded in cosmic cycles of light and darkness, warmth and cold.