Past Events

The Filmmaker's Voice: The Essay Film and the Circulation of Ideas

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 2:00pm
Language House Multipurpose Room
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

The essay film exemplifies the circulation of ideas across all kinds of borders—not only those that mark geographic and political boundaries but also the borders associated with media, genres, and cultures. Any consideration of the aesthetics and evolution of the essay film therefore touches on the development and dissemination of ideas in general, and more broadly on the intersections among art, politics, and thought within the context of the evolution of cinema. This conference will provide students and scholars an opportunity to engage with a variety of theoretical issues and historical traditions that the essay film as a category brings together.

The conference, which began at 9am Friday, April 4th at St. Mary's Hall on the UMD campus, will feature presentations by Timothy Corrigan (University of Pennsylvania), Nora M. Alter (Temple University), & Rick Warner (UNC Chapel Hill) as well as from UMD film scholars.

On Saturday, April 5th at 2pm at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, there will be a pair of screenings and a panel discussion in conjunction with the conference: Innocence Unprotected (Dusan Makavejev, 1968) and Reminiscences of Lithuania (Jonas Mekas, 1972) will be bridged by a panel discussion by conference participants.

Co-organized by the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, The Film Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park and The National Gallery of Art.

Co-sponsored by The Graduate School, The College of Arts and Humanities, The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, The Department of Art History and Archaeology, The Department of French and Italian, The Department of Russian Studies, and The Center for East Asian Studies, University of Maryland at College Park.

Orson Welles's F for Fake

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

As part of the Semester of the Essay Film, The UMD International Film Series presents Orson Welles's F for Fake (1973), an oft-cited example of the essay film form. Ostensibly a documentary about the art forger Elmyr de Hory, Welles investigates larger assumptions about authorship, fabrication, and expectation in an anecdotal, almost conversational, mode.

Selected and introduced by English Graduate Student Paul Cote.

Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross (2011)

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

As part of the Semester of the Essay Film, and in preparation for Timothy Corrigan's talk at the Filmmaker's Voice: The Essay Film and the Circulation of Ideas Symposium, The UMD International Film Series presents Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross (2011), which dramatizes characters and situations depicted in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting The Way to Calvary.

Spring 2014: Orientations in Film Theory: The Essay Film

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 2:00pm
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Hornbake Nonprint Media Services Library Room H

1 credit
Instructors: Eric Zakim and Luka Arsenjuk
2:00-4:00 p.m. 2/14; 2/28; 3/14; 4/4; 4/18

Agnès Varda's The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse)

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 4:00pm
Hornbake NonPrint Media Library Room J

Agnès Varda | 2000 | French with English subtitles | 82 min.

Varda's documentary about gleaners, or "pickers" who hunt over refuse collecting food and objects left behind, has come to be regarded as a classic of the form. As much about Varda herself as her subjects, this film features memorably candid hand-held camerawork as it examines the circumstances of some of France's forgotten people at their work.

Selected and Introduced by French modern studies Graduate Student Cécile Ruel. A brief discussion and free pizza will follow.

The Inner Landscape: The Paintings and Films of Gao Xingjian

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:00am
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 5:00pm
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 2:00pm
Hornbake Media Library Room H
Multi-purpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall / the Language House
Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building
The Cafritz Foundation Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Room 1145, Cole Student Activities Building

November 6 to December 20, 2013 | University of Maryland Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, UMD

The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents an exhibition of works by
Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gao Xingjian. This exhibition specifically focuses on Gao’s
brush-and-ink paintings and films. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gallery will host
a reception on Dec. 4 celebrating Mr. Gao and his multifaceted artistic career.