Social Justice Film Series Presents: The Zoo Keeper's Wife
Nov
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

Social Justice Film Series Presents: The Zoo Keeper's Wife

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.  Join us as we watch and discuss the film afterwards with film discussion with Dr. Elaine Leeder, Dean Emerita/Professor of Sociology      

Plus, Free pizza!

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German Embassy-sponsored film screening & discussion!
Nov
14
7:15pm 7:15pm

German Embassy-sponsored film screening & discussion!

Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (Welcome to the Hartmann family) – 2016, dir. Simon Verhoeven. This box office hit is an exhilarating comedy, which humorously reflects on Germany's reactions to the refugee crisis. Screening followed by discussion. This film screening is part of a series of Germany and EU-related events, sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C., during International Education Week at SSU. Special Event!

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Social Justice Film Series Presents: Hidden Figures
Oct
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Social Justice Film Series Presents: Hidden Figures

As America stood on the brink of a Second World War, the push for aeronautical advancement grew even greater, spurring an insatiable demand for mathematicians. women were the solution. Ushered into the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory  1935 to shoulder the burden of number crunching, they acted as human computers, freeing the engineers of hand. calculation in the decades before the digital age. Sharp and successful, the female population at Langley skyrocketed. 

Many of these "computers" are finally getting their due, but conspicuously missing from this story of female achievement are the efforts contributed by courageous, African-American women. Called the West Computers, after the area to which they were relegate, they helped blaze a trail for mathematicians and engineers of all races and genders to follow. Join us as we watch and discuss the film afterwards with Dr. Sara Kassis, Adjunct Professor of Engineering Science and the Director for Women in Tech.

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Tschick
Oct
3
7:15pm 7:15pm

Tschick

This fun, fast-paced road movie is based on a popular novel about two young guys from Berlin, who travel east with a stolen car to escape their difficult circumstances. A fascinating trip from West Germany into the East, and from the present into the past and back.

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Social Justice Film Series Presents: Moonlight + Free Pizza
Sep
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Social Justice Film Series Presents: Moonlight + Free Pizza

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson   Join us as we watch and discuss the film afterwards with Kim D. Hester Williams, Professor English & American Multicultural Studies. Free pizza!!

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Summer Movies on the Green: Beauty and the Beast (Animation and Live Action)
Aug
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Summer Movies on the Green: Beauty and the Beast (Animation and Live Action)

BE OUR GUEST to the first in a long line of films (indoor and outdoor) that we will show for FREE this year! Grab your blanket, your roommate, a neighbor and some snacks. Then bring them all to the Weill Hall Green at the GMC for a special double feature! We will be showing both the cartoon and the live action Beauty and the Beast films!  We’ll provide the film, free popcorn, lots of grass to lounge and a beautiful night I am sure.  Please note that this is a community event and get there early to reserve your spot! Feel free to bring other food and beverages (no alcohol please).

Beauty and the Beast Original: 5 PM

Live Action: 7 PM

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Summer Movies on the Green: Little Mermaid and Moana
Jul
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Summer Movies on the Green: Little Mermaid and Moana

Little Mermaid | 5 PM

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

Moana playing after Little Mermaid

The epic journey continues for "Moana" fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure "Moana." From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

 

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Movie On The Green Series ft.  La La Land
May
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Movie On The Green Series ft. La La Land

Take  a break from studying for finals and join us on the GMC Lawn as we view La La Land, which has been nominated for 14 Oscars! The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight. Starring Ryan Gossling and Emma Stone. You bring your blankets, we’ll bring the movie , and have a beautiful evening under the stars and some popcorn.

Watch for future Movie on the Green films in July, August and September 2017!

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Celebrating John F. Kennedy Centennary
May
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Celebrating John F. Kennedy Centennary

In the late 1950’s, seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, Robert Drew, assembled an amazing team—including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles—that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November.

TONIGHT’S FILMS

CRISIS (1963, 53 min.) features both Kennedy brothers trying to maneuver around the University of Alabama integration crisis, with Governor George Wallace blocking the doors.

FACES OF NOVEMBER (1963, 12 min.) is a simple, wordless portrait of a traumatized nation.

For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents Celebrating John F. Kennedy Centennary
May
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents Celebrating John F. Kennedy Centennary

In the late 1950’s, seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, Robert Drew, assembled an amazing team—including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles—that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November.

TONIGHT’S FILMS

PRIMARY(1960, 52 min.) follows the Wisconsin primary election between John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic nomination for President.

ADVENTURES ON THE NEW FRONTIER (1961, 52 min.) follows the newly-elected President in the White House as he conducts his daily business.

For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Starless Dreams
Apr
28
to Apr 30

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Starless Dreams

“It took seven years for veteran documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei to get permission to make a film in a rehabilitation centre for juvenile delinquent women in Iran. The result is a thoughtful and complex portrait of young women at the extreme margins of Iranian society. Whilst their crimes – from pick pocketing to drug dealing and manslaughter – paint a bleak picture, it is the crimes of society against them that come into sharper focus as we begin to understand their backgrounds. Oskouei doesn’t shy away from being reflexive in his role as filmmaker, as he invites us to share in the young women’s hopes and dreams as they contemplate life outside the centre. Amongst its numerous accolades, the film won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale and Oskouei was honoured with a True Vision Award at True/False Film Festival earlier this year.” - Elhum Shakerifar, British Film Institute (2016, 76 min., in Persian w/English subtitles).  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Friday 7 PM

Sunday 4 PM

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents, The Wind Will Carry US
Apr
21
to Apr 23

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, The Wind Will Carry US

The late, great Abbas Kiarostami’s masterpiece about a Tehrani camera crew posing as engineers to film the funeral of a 100-year-old village woman expected to die at any moment, marks a culmination of the filmmaker’s desire for a cinema that encourages the viewer, in his words, “to complete the film.” In a string of sequences that flow and blend into each other, the interactions between the outsiders functioning under certain false pretenses and the locals trying to go about their own lives isn’t a formula for facile conflict, but rather the premise for a profound meditation on existence spanning centuries of culture and human activity. (1999, 118 min., in Persian w/English subtitles).  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Friday April 21 | 7 PM

Sunday April 23 | 4 PM

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Earth Day Film: Time To Choose Documentary on LoboVision
Apr
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Earth Day Film: Time To Choose Documentary on LoboVision

Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.

Free Non GMO popcorn! Donate clothes to the clothing drive at this event too!

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Yeah Maybe No Film Screening and Discussion
Apr
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Yeah Maybe No Film Screening and Discussion

Yeah Maybe No follows Blake, a young gay man who is coming to terms with being a survivor of sexual assault and compares his experience with the filmmaker's own rape. Blake asks whether his assault is really “that bad” since it doesn’t follow a stereotypical depiction of sexual violence. In the process, he tests the limits of what does and does not count as a crime.

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents, The Groove Is Not Trivial
Apr
14
to Apr 16

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, The Groove Is Not Trivial

“Music is the universal language of mankind’ is a sentiment that Alasdair Fraser lives from the tips of his fiddle-playing fingers right down to the marrow in his bones. Raised in Scotland in a time when traditional music and language were suppressed, Fraser has spent his adult life in Northern California reclaiming his culture and hosting multi-generational music camps in three countries. His unconventional style of teaching gives people permission to explore their own voices and tap into the rhythmic undercurrent at the root of music and identity—be it individual, cultural, or globally human. Whether you’re a musician, a fan of traditional Scottish music, or someone who simply appreciates sincere, joyful artistic expression, pull up a chair (or put on your dancing shoes) and join the cèilidh!” – Mill Valley Film Festival (2016, 60 min.) Filmmaker Tommie Dell Smith will be here TONIGHT  to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Friday 7 PM

Sunday 4 PM

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CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap Film Screening and Discussion
Apr
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap Film Screening and Discussion

CODE exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap, raising the question:  What would society gain from having more women and minorities in the tech industry, and how do we get there?

Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.

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SPECIAL SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE EVENT  FEATURING, KALPANA- A Film By Uday Shankar
Apr
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

SPECIAL SONOMA FILM INSTITUTE EVENT FEATURING, KALPANA- A Film By Uday Shankar

The sole film of celebrated Indian dancer Uday Shankar (older brother of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar), Kalpana is a vibrant dance-drama that revolves around a young dancer’s dream of forming his own dance academy. Originally filmed in 1948, it was restored in 2008 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, founded by Martin Scorsese, at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with the family of Uday Shankar, the National Film Archive of India, and Dungarpur Films.

The film is presented at Schroeder Hall Friday, April 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. as part of a weekend celebrating Indian culture. Other activities include an International symposium entitled “The Evolution of Song and Dance in Hindi Cinema” Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and a performance and pre-concert lecture by Leela Dance, the world’s leading Kathak artists, Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public; the pre-concert lecture is for concert ticket-holders only. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents, FOREVER
Apr
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, FOREVER

“Pere-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and the final repository of the famous. Among its occupants are medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard; Modernist icons Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and sixties rocker Jim Morrison. Through its gates come tourists toting cameras to the burial site of Marcel Proust (though they might never have read him) and who sing at the gravesite of Yves Montand. Widows of well-remembered husbands, meanwhile, sweep their late spouses’ gravestones and water the flowers. Into this ripe milieu, Heddy Honigmann – Peruvian-born Dutch documentarian and career-long chronicler of dislocation – brings the unique perspective and boundless curiosity, looking for the key to art and eternity, the allure of a celebrity afterlife and the solace to be found in a necropolis of stars… Honigmann has made a film of great tenderness as well as profound integrity.” – SFIFF (2007, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

 

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Sonoma Film Institute Presents, FOREVER
Mar
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, FOREVER

“Pere-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and the final repository of the famous. Among its occupants are medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard; Modernist icons Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and sixties rocker Jim Morrison. Through its gates come tourists toting cameras to the burial site of Marcel Proust (though they might never have read him) and who sing at the gravesite of Yves Montand. Widows of well-remembered husbands, meanwhile, sweep their late spouses’ gravestones and water the flowers. Into this ripe milieu, Heddy Honigmann – Peruvian-born Dutch documentarian and career-long chronicler of dislocation – brings the unique perspective and boundless curiosity, looking for the key to art and eternity, the allure of a celebrity afterlife and the solace to be found in a necropolis of stars… Honigmann has made a film of great tenderness as well as profound integrity.” – SFIFF (2007, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

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