Movie buffs, the month of November is shaping up to be a fanstastic one for film here in the city of Lowell. All month long, great films will be screened at various venues around town. Here is our latest update on screenings currently on the calendar:
It Happened One Night
Tuesday, November 3 @ 6:30 PM
UML O’Leary Library, Room 222
61 Wilder St., Lowell
Screened as part of the Common Text Film Series at UMass Lowell, this series is free and open to the public. In Frank Capra’s 1934 classic – one of the only films in history to sweep every major Academy Award – runaway socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is en route to the Big Apple to elope with a fortune-hunting flyboy when she meets a crusty newspaperman (Clark Gable), who’s just been sacked and — unbeknownst to Ellie — plans to sell her story to get his job back. But a string of zany misadventures leads them to realize they’re madly — if reluctantly — in love.
DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation is a film project based on a remix of D.W. Griffith’s infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation. The original film was based on a novel and theater play by Thomas Dixon entitled The Clansman. Essentially what DJ Spooky is doing is applying dj technique to cinema in a way that parallels, deconstructs and remixes the original. Spooky has been touring with the project for several years and has drawn acclaim around the world. From the Herod Atticus Theater at the base of the Acropolis in Greece, to the London IMAX – Europe’s largest movie screen – DJ Spooky has presented the remix as an engagement with film, music, and contemporary art. He likes to think of it as “film as found object” in the same sense that artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, and David Hammons, amongst many others, have fostered creative investigations into the idea of found objects, cinema, and “appropriation art.” This film will screen at the 119 Gallery as part of the ongoing film series Dinner and a Movie. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm and the movie will be shown at approximately 8 pm.
Thursday, November 12 @ 7 p.m.
UML O’Leary Library, Room 222
61 Wilder Street, Lowell
Presented in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and 119 Gallery
Special Guest: Jason Crigler
Follow the inspirational journey of hope and recovery as experienced by NYC guitarist/musician Jason Crigler. While on tour performing in 2004, Jason suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage while onstage in Manhattan. While he was survived this life-shattering episode, his road to recovery was painful and staggering. Remarkably documented by film director and close friend Eric Metzgar, this moving, brilliant, and award-winning film will premier in Lowell with a special guest appearance by Jason himself, who will give first-hand insight into the last five years of his life, and honor everyone with a special live performance.
Screened as part of the Common Text Film Series at UMass Lowell, this series is free and open to the public. Bostonians Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for their script about friendship and risk for this film directed by Gus Van Sant. With an abuse-filled past and a janitorial job, Will Hunting (Damon) spends his days hanging out with best friend Chuckie Sullivan (Affleck). But the aimless young man’s also a mathematical genius, and when his talents are discovered, a therapist (Robin Williams) helps Will confront the demons that have been holding him back.
What does it take to get housing that’s good for our children? What does it take to build a community where we want to live? Does it take a movement? During the 1920s, thousands of immigrant factory workers managed to build cooperative apartment houses that they owned and ran themselves. When they were hit by the Great Depression, they fought alongside others to win the social safety net that we are now in danger of losing. The ﬁlm “At Home in Utopia” tells their story. Join a dynamic panel discussion following the film with the following Guest Panelists: Michal Goldman, Filmmaker; Bob Forrant, Professor/Regional Economics and Social Development; Lindolfo Carballo, Community Action to Support Affordability (CASA)
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising – and often shocking – truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.