A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.
The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations.
Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo Da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.
Through the use of decades-long studies and research by leading international experts, technicians and engineers, the event film exclusively analyzes the theories and modern implications behind Da Vinci’s work, allowing audiences to witness the genius of Leonardo with new and insightful perspectives.
Frida – Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.
With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.
The Black Maria Film Festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, NJ. Now in its 38th year, the festival attracts and showcases the work of independent filmmakers internationally. The festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts. Unlike other major film festivals, the Black Maria Festival is not presented in only one location. Instead, the winning films are presented at universities, museums, libraries and cultural centers across the country all year.
More information on this year’s festival at: www.blackmariafilmfestival.org/
Please join us for the closing reception of Vincent DiMattio/50 a retrospective of work by Vincent DiMattio celebrating his 50 years as a professor in Monmouth University’s Department of Art & Design at 6:30 PM in the Pollak, DiMattio & Ice House Galleries. After the reception, there will be the premiere of a documentary film The Other Vincent at 7:30 PM in Pollak Theatre about Vincent DiMattio’s 50 year journey at Monmouth University as an artist and educator.
Iciar Bollain 2010) Spanish director Sebastián, his
executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba
area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first
explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa
has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can
hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or
less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water
supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors is a leading activist in
the protest movement.
Rated (103 minutes)
Mira Nair, 2012) A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall
Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a
hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.
Rated R (130 minutes)
Zhangke Jia, 2015) China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in
love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier
Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar… From China to Australia, the
lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society
changing at breakneck speed.
Not Rated (131 minutes)
Paolo Virzi 2013) Dino Ossola, a small-time real estate agent who dreams of
bigger things; Serena Ossola, his teenage daughter who dates a spoiled rich
brat; Carla Bruneschi, an actress who has given up her career to marry a
wealthy businessman; Massimiliano Giovanni Bernaschi, her husband, a powerful
player; Massimiliano Bernaschi, the troubled son of the Bernaschis; Roberta
Ossola, a psychologist, Dino’s second wife; Donato Russomano, a brilliant drama
teacher who is stuck on Carla; Luca Ambrosini, a teenager frowned upon by
others; an anonymous cyclist… They are all shareholders of the human capital.
Not Rated (111 minutes)
(Director Jennica Carmona 2015) Millie and the Lords tells the story of Milagros Baez, a young,
working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the
better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party and her rich Puerto
This event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Rated PG (90 minutes)