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Cornerstone Arts Week 2016

Feb. 22-26, 2016: “Where is Hollywood?”

Part of the Cornerstone Arts Initiative, Cornerstone Arts Week is a series of talks, screenings, performances, and exhibits that celebrates artistic collaboration around an annual theme. In 2016, the week’s events provide a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary events that address conceptions of Hollywood as a “cultural factory,” as a metaphor/mythology, and as a physical space.

 

MONDAY, Feb. 22

4:30 p.m. Coburn Gallery. Reception and Artist Talks. “Staged: Constructed Realities, Altered Worlds.” Exhibit runs January 29-March 5, 2016.

“Staged” explores the ways in which photographers — like filmmakers or authors — can create new worlds, construct different realities, or narrate alternative histories. Building carefully imagined scenes, the photographers featured in the exhibition take on the roles of director, stage and costume designer, make-up artist, and occasionally, of performer. Featured artists: Bill Adams, Carol Dass, Carol Golemboski, Heather Oelklaus, Emma Powell, and Sally Stockhold.

6:30 p.m. Cornerstone Screening Room. Screening and discussion: “The Last Picture Show” (1971), dir. Peter Bogdanovich.

This classic of the “New Hollywood,” the second golden age of Hollywood cinema, won two Academy Awards and is preserved in the Library of Congress. Post-film discussion will be led by English professor John Simons.

 

TUESDAY, Feb. 23

4 p.m. Cornerstone Screening Room. Screening and discussion: “Directed by John Ford” (1971/2006), dir. Peter Bogdanovich.

This documentary examines the life and work of Hollywood Golden Age director John Ford.

6:30 p.m. Celeste Theatre – Keynote Address: Peter Bogdanovich – “Where is Hollywood?”

The keynote speaker for 2016 is director, actor, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich. As the Oscar nominated director of celebrated films including “The Last Picture Show” (1971), “What’s Up, Doc?” (1972), and “Paper Moon” (1973), Bogdanovich was a key figure in the 1970s American cinema renaissance known as the New Hollywood. His most recent film, “She’s Funny That Way” (2015), stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson and premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. Bogdanovich has written more than 12 books on film and filmmaking, among them “Who the Devil Made It” (1997), which features interviews with 16 legendary directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, George Cukor, and Howard Hawks; with Orson Welles, “This is Orson Welles” (1998), and his classic interview book “John Ford,” which has been continuously in print since its first edition in 1967. He is a frequent commentator for the Criterion Collection and other DVD releases. As an actor, Bogdanovich is perhaps best known for his recurring role as the “shrink” for Lorraine Bracco’s psychiatrist character, Dr. Melfi, on HBO’s groundbreaking series “The Sopranos.”

Bogdanovich’s talk will draw on his close relationships with many classical Hollywood auteurs, including John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles, whose legendary unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” Bogdanovich is currently completing. He will also discuss his thoughts about the current state of Hollywood cinema.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24

3:30 p.m. Cornerstone Screening Room. Faculty Panel – “Fault Lines: Social History, Culture, and Geography of Hollywood”

In this presentation, an interdisciplinary panel of CC faculty, including professors Megan Anderson, Doug Monroy, and Clay Haskell, examines the landscape, culture, and social history of Hollywood/Los Angeles.

6:30 p.m. Celeste Theatre. Cari Beauchamp and Sone Quartet: “Without Lying Down: The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood”

Film historian Cari Beauchamp is the author of numerous books about Hollywood, including “Without Lying Down: Frances Marion; The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood;” and “Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years.” Her books have been selected for “Best of the Year” lists by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Amazon.com. Beauchamp was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for the documentary film “Without Lying Down: The Power of Women in Early Hollywood,” which she wrote and co-produced for Turner Classic Movies. She has twice been named the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar and is resident scholar of the Mary Pickford Foundation. Beauchamp's talk will include screenings of several early Hollywood short silent films directed by, written by, and starring women.

Acclaimed Denver quartet Sone, an ensemble of diverse instrumentalists dedicated to making music that traverses concepts of notation, space, time and texture, will improvise live musical scores to accompany the films. In this performance, Sone (pronounced "sewn") is Janet Feder, guitar(s) and objects; Mark Harris, sax; Evan Mazunik, piano and accordion; and Jane Rigler, flutes and electronics.

 

THURSDAY, Feb. 25

5 p.m. Cornerstone Screening Room. F.W. Gooding and Faculty Panel – “Diversity and Representation in Hollywood”

One “space,” broadly speaking, rare in Hollywood is one that includes diverse roles for and positive representation of people of color and members of marginalized communities – not to mention jobs for same. This presentation by scholar F.W. Gooding, assistant professor of ethnic studies at Northern Arizona University and author of “You Mean There’s Race in My Movie?: The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood,” critiques matters of diversity and representation in Hollywood cinema and will include a panel discussion with CC professors Claire Garcia, Jamal Ratchford, Michael Cucher, and Bryan Rommel-Ruiz.

7:30 p.m. Cornerstone Screening Room. Ted Miller – “Economics of Hollywood Television”

Ted Miller ’86 is a partner and co-head of television at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a worldwide talent and literary agency based in Los Angeles. Miller represents many of the world’s leading television producers, writers, directors, and showrunners, including Noah Hawley (“Fargo”), Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Scorpion,” "Limitless”) Damon Lindelof (creator of “Lost” and “The Leftovers"), Clyde Phillips (executive producer of “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie”), Matthew Weiner (creator of “Mad Men”), and Marc Webb (director and executive producer of “Limitless” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"). Prior to CAA, Miller was an investment banker in New York. Miller will discuss the evolution of television, the creative renaissance in television series and argue that the “where” of Hollywood has moved to the small-ish screen.

FRIDAY, Feb. 26

1 p.m. Cornerstone Screening Room. Andrew Goldstein and Robyn Tong Gray – “Empathy, Entrepreneurship, and Virtual Worldmaking” and “Sisters”

Andrew Goldstein ’09 and Robyn Tong Gray are co-founders of Otherworld Interactive, one of the most highly-sought virtual reality development studios in the growing industry. Their projects, such as “Spacewalk” and “Café Âme,” have been featured at festivals and conferences throughout the country, from the Game Developers Conference to the Interactive Playground at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Innovation Week. Their project “Sisters” was accepted to the New Frontier section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Goldstein will discuss virtual worldmaking – specifically, the emergence of virtual and alternate reality technologies and their potential impact on the Hollywood entertainment industry – and Gray will discuss the role of empathy in designing interactive stories. 

After the talk, participants will be able to view Otherworld’s mobile virtual reality apps and experience their Sundance-selected project, “Sisters,” in Cornerstone Studio B.

  

Cornerstone Arts Week is sponsored by the Colorado College Film and Media Studies Program, the Cultural Attractions Fund, the NEH Professorship, Innovation@CC, the IDEA Space, the History Department, Department of Economics and Business, the English Department, Student Life, The Butler Center, the Office of Residential Life and Campus Activities, the Career Center, and the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute.