Past Events

Hollywood and the Digital, or Why I Left Disney: A Conversation with Mark Ciardi

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 4:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes)

Producer, director, and UMD alumnus Mark Ciardi will be speaking about his experience at Disney, and how he departed to begin his own media company, Aspire Entertainment. Students from every major are welcome.

Dialogue with Mark Ciardi about Film Production

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:00am
Hornbake Library Media Services Room J

This will be a Q & A discussion with director, producer, and UMD alumnus ('83) Mark Ciardi. This event will be moderated by Adam Nixon, a Lecturer in the Department of Communication - teaching digital filmmaking and screenwriting - and a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies. Almendrita Vergara is a Film Studies student who will also be moderating the discussion. This events is open to students of all majors.

Advance Screening of McFarland, USA

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
Hoff Theatre - Adele H. Stamp Union

Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. The film was directed by Niki Caro, who also directed Whale Rider (2002). There will be a Q & A after the film with producer Mark Ciardi.

The Act of Killing: Reception, Screening, and Discussion with the Director

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:30pm
Colony Ballroom - Stamp Student Union

Reception, Screening and Discussion with the DirectorThe Global Communities Living-Learning Program presents Joshua Oppenheimer, award-winning documentary director and 2014 McArthur Fellow, in this campus premiere. Dr. Shibley Telhami, Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, will lead a Q&A with the director after the screening. The filmmakers follow unrepentant death squad leaders in Indonesia and challenge them to dramatize their role in genocide, producing a unique and powerful melding of art and remembrance. The screening and discussion will be preceded by a reception.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) with Live Musical Accompaniment

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes)

Film Studies will host a screening of the German silent cinema classic The Adventures of Prince Achmed this Friday, November 21, at 6:00 PM in the Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121) here on campus. Live piano accompaniment for the film will be provided by Michael Britt. This event was funded, in part, by the Pepsi Enhancement Fund.

Prince Achmed is the first feature length animated film ever made. Using thousands of cardboard cutouts, director Reiniger tells stories that later appear in Disney's Aladdin and other cinematic classics.

Petrou Lecture: Bill Brown

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes)

Bill Brown is Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture with affiliations in the Department of English, the Department of Visual Arts, the Committee on the History of Culture, and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and co-editor of Critical Inquiry, all at the University of Chicago.

Models of Code and Digital Architects of Time

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:30pm
MITH Conference Room

Andrew Johnston will discuss a portion of his forthcoming book, Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation, which traces the emergence of real-time computer graphics and animation in the 1970s. Focusing especially on a programming language developed through funding from the National Science Foundation and that language’s use at the art and engineering collective called the Circle Graphics Habitat at the University of Illinois, Chicago, this presentation provides an archaeology of how time and models of perception are coded within early digital graphics systems.

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