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Visiting Series in Film and Culture

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Schedule for Fall 2018

Date(s) Location(s) Event Description
Wednesday, Aug 29, 6:30 pm Cornerstone Screening Room Arthur Pratt and Lansana Mansaray: Screening and Discussion of "Survivors"

Arthur Pratt and Lansana Mansaray are Sierra Leonean filmmakers based in Freetown. “Survivors” presents an emotional portrait of Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake. Pratt’s unique access, narrative voice, and observational documentary coverage of the outbreak becomes a prism for understanding the health catastrophe, revealing deep misunderstandings between international aid organizations and the communities they serve as well as unresolved political tensions after a decade-long civil war. “Survivors” will premiere on the prestigious PBS series “POV” in September 2018.

Thursday, Sep 6, 6:30 pm Cornerstone Screening Room Bob Byington and Kaley Wheless '15: Sneak peak screening of "Francis Ferguson and the Subsitution"

Bob Byington is an independent fiction filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. His films frequently premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and include “Harmony and Me” (2009), “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (2012), “Seven Chinese Brothers” (2015), and “Infinity Baby” (2017). “Francis Ferguson and the Substitution” stars Kaley Wheless ’15, a familiar face from CC student films 2013-15, who was a student in Byington’s 2014 directing class at Colorado College. She is an actress in Austin.

Wednesday, Sep 12, 7 pm Kathryn Mohrman Theatre Migration/Mountainfilm Since 1997, Mountainfilm has celebrated the indomitable spirit of humanity, using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. “MovieMaker” magazine calls Mountainfilm "one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world." This evening of award-winning films, hosted by Mountainfilm’s Jacob Reuter ’08, focuses on immigration and migration
Thursday, Sep 27, 6:30 pm Celeste Theatre Bill Guttentag: Screening and discussion of "Only the Dead See the End of War"

Bill Guttentag is a two-time Oscar winner and recipient of many other awards for his documentaries, including a Peabody Award, multiple Emmys, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and three awards from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts for “Only the Dead See the End of War.” Through the experiences of video journalist Michael Ware, “Only the Dead” examines the Iraq War and its moral consequences through the story of the rise and fall of jihadi terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the progenitor of ISIS. A harrowing account from both sides of the war zone, the film is told through visceral hand-held video Ware shot while reporting over the course of the war. The film had its U.S. premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Thursday, Oct 11, 6:30 pm Celeste Theatre Daniel Wright '13: Screening and discussion of "The Human Element"

After graduating from Colorado College with degrees in film and anthropology, Wright worked on high-profile feature documentaries including “Merchants of Doubt” (Telluride 2014), “Racing Extinction” (Sundance 2015), and “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back” (Tribeca 2016). He co-produced “The Human Element,” which uses the work of photographer James Balog (“Chasing Ice”) to document how the earth’s four elements – water, air, fire, and earth – have been impacted by a fifth element, homo sapiens. “The Human Element” premiered at the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Wednesday, Nov 7, 6:30 pm Cornerstone Screening Room Menelek Patrice Lumumba '02: Screening and discussion of "1 Angry Black Man"

Menelek Lumumba ’02 was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and studied English and film at CC and Cinema at Howard University’s Master of Arts program. “1 Angry Black Man” is a conceptual feature film inspired loosely by the Hollywood drama “12 Angry Men” – but set within a black studies classroom at a liberal arts college. “1 Angry Black Man” provides a view of the difficult conversations young people have as they navigate the society in which they live, drawing from the intellect of master writers such as James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson and Ta-Nehisi Coates. It had its world premiere August 2018 at Philadelphia’s BlackStar Film Festival.

Friday, Nov 9 - Sunday, Nov 11 Multiple Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

Strong women, strong films, strong community. This year marks the 31st year of the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, the longest running women’s film festival in North America. The celebration showcases approximately 45 incredible films by and about women, with Q and A sessions and other events with festival filmmakers. Tickets for CC students, faculty, and staff are FREE. Get vouchers at the Worner Desk and exchange them for day passes in Cornerstone Main Space Saturday/Sunday. Free tickets to Saturday night’s event are limited. All others may buy tickets at

Wednesday, Dec 5, 3:30 pm Cornerstone Screening Room Alessandra Raengo: Lecture "Holding Blackness in Suspension: The Films of Kahlil Joseph"

Alessandra Raengo’s research focuses on blackness in the visual and aesthetic fields with a particular focus on the notion of “liquid blackness,” a critical concept invested in formal readings of modes of black aesthetics in the arts of the present. Her scholarship is moved by the conviction that blackness, as both a visual and racial fact, is the most productive and important starting point to theorize the ontology of images and, similarly, that the “color line” offers the most sophisticated and urgent approach to the conjunction of aesthetics and politics. She is associate professor of Film, Media, and Theatre at Georgia State University.

Wednesday, Dec 12, 3:30 pm Cornerstone Screening Room Mari Ruti: TBD

Mari Ruti is distinguished professor of Critical Theory and of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Toronto. She is an interdisciplinary scholar within the theoretical humanities working at the intersection of contemporary theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, cultural studies, trauma theory, posthumanist ethics, and gender and sexuality studies. Ruti’s scholarship addresses questions of subjectivity, relationality, psychic life, desire, affect, power, agency, autonomy, creativity, oppression, social change, and contemporary ethics.