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World Cinema Series: Even the Rain

(Director:
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.

Not
Rated (103 minutes)

 

FILM SCREENING & FACULTY LED DISCUSSION: REBIRTH OF A NATION BY PAUL D. MILLER AKA DJ SPOOKY

To create his film Rebirth of a Nation, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, remixed D.W. Griffith’s 1915 epic film The Birth of a Nation. His re-telling of this overtly racist story depicted in the Reconstruction-era United States hurtles Griffith’s images into the 21st century. The original film was based on a novel and theater play by Thomas Dixon entitled. By applying DJ technique to cinema, Miller’s new film parallels, deconstructs and remixes the original. 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, among many others, have fostered creative investigations into the idea of found objects, cinema and “appropriation art.”

The event will feature a discussion led by Monmouth faculty from a
variety of disciplines. Including: Johanna Foster (Sociology), Walter
Greason (History), Mark Ludak (Photography) and Brook Nappi
(Anthropology). The first half of the film will screen starting at
4:30pm. Faculty will lead a discussion in the middle of the event, and
the second half of the film will follow until 6:45pm.

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is an established composer, multimedia artist, and author. He travels around the world performing solo, with chamber groups, and with orchestras, while giving talks at prominent universities, museums, and conferences. His DJ Mixer app has seen more than 12 million downloads and in 2012- 2013 he was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He is also the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine. He’s produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and many other museums and galleries. He has been featured everywhere from CNN to SyFy. His new book The Imaginary App, published by MIT Press, was released in 2014. National Geographic named Miller a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2014/2015.

NOTE: Miller will not be present for this event.

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE: The Legacy Project: A Dance Of Hope

The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope

Acclaimed choreographer and
storyteller Carolyn Dorfman has created an exultant “dance-theatre” trilogy
that connects us through our common human experience. Told through the lens of
a child of Holocaust survivors, dances illustrate the devastation, yet inspires
hope as immigrants’ journey to a new land that promises new beginnings! Our
deepest desires for peace, freedom and family are illuminated in this
triumphant work that will make you cry, laugh, think and celebrate the capacity
of the human spirit to rise above all circumstance. 

Described by critics as
“ingenious” (The Star-Ledger) and “emotionally resonant” (The New York Times),
the dances in the Legacy Project bring together Dorfman’s family stories, Jewish
history, and a universal struggle for identity. Through this combination,
Dorfman inspires in her audience feelings of familiarity and unity, creating
dances that serve as metaphors for the greater truths of the human experience,
“In her works, visual images become still photographs that capture and
freeze certain universal truths…both reflect[ing] and engender[ing] a
profound humanity. Because her dances are about people and life experience,
often moving from the autobiographical to the universal, they hold immediate
appeal” (The New York Times).

About Carolyn Dorfman Dance 
Carolyn Dorfman Dance
connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman
and nationally renowned choreographers. 
The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique
talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes
the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This
distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys
that ultimately illuminate and celebrate the human experience. This is
contemporary dance that moves you to think, feel, laugh, cry and engage. The
highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic
excellence both in performance and in its interactions with audiences, students
and the community. Sharing art and process is the hallmark of this
company.  Celebrating 35 years, Carolyn
Dorfman Dance continues to impact audiences at major theaters, dance festivals,
universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and
internationally.

Artivism

As a universal language, the arts have always been an effective tool for addressing social issues. Artivism or “activist art” is a form of social protest that explores cultural and political concerns. However, it is much more than just an innovative tactic, Artivism involves an entire practice that attempts to inspire positive change in society. This juried exhibition features works of art that employ spectacle, symbolism and collective participation to fight for issues of social justice including racial discrimination, gender equality, fair labor practices, human rights and more.

Participating Artists Include:

Ellis Angel
Marilyn M. Baldi
Janet Boltax
Merry Brennan
Roberta C. Scott
Beverly Crilly
Patricia Dahlman
Michael Dal Cerro
Isabella DeAnglis
Dawn DiCicco
Mark Dornan
Anne Dushanko Dobek
Shekira Farrell
Nette Forne Thomas
Sophie French
Jessenia Gaviria
Ghazel Ghazi
Emily Gilman Beezley
Indira Govindan
Sandra Gustafson
Stephen Harrison
Jesse Hill
Annie Hogan
Patricia Hutchinson
Julia Justo
Edward Kelley
Louise Krasniewicz
Rashna Madon
Stephen Marc
Alexandra Martin
Bonnie McKee Totora
Irmari Nacht
Chris Revelle
Andrew Ricci
Patrice Robinson
Stuart Robinson
Charles Andrew Seaton
Rosary Solimanto
William Stoehr
Colleen Sweeney Gahrmann
Sandy Taylor
John Taylor-Lehman
Brad Terhune
Hannah Ueno
Joseph Villa
Maryann Vitiello
Terrill Warrenburg
Judy Wukitsch
Belgin Yucelen