February 24, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Losing ground film poster
On March 17, the series will present the theatrical premiere of Losing Ground.

Bucknell University's Film/Media Screenings continue in March and April at the Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg.

The weekly film series offers world-class projection of classic and contemporary cinema, including many titles that are not available on home video and several which will be presented on 35mm film and on restored or newly struck prints.

The Tuesday series in March and April will include a theatrical premiere as well as guest appearances by a director and a film historian. Films in the Tuesday series begin at 7 p.m.; admission is $2.

The series includes a Deep Time Shorts program on March 3. Organized in conjunction with the Samek Museum's exhibition, The Oldest Living Things in the World, the program features several short films including Spiral Jetty, directed by Robert Smithson; JG, directed by Tacita Dean; and Terra Incognita, directed by Ben Russell.

The series continues March 10 with the Pennsylvania premiere of Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; and The Forgotten Space, directed by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, on March 24, co-sponsored by the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment.

On March 17, the series will present the theatrical premiere of Losing Ground. Directed by Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American women to direct and write a feature film, Losing Ground received its first release in the Film Society of Lincoln Center's series. The film is co-sponsored by the Bucknell philosophy department and the Women's and Gender Studies program.

"Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls the film 'a nearly lost masterwork,'" said Rebecca Meyers, academic film programmer at Bucknell.

On March 31, the series will present the digital restoration of The Tales of Hoffman, a lush take on Offenbach's 1881 opera directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The film will be introduced by Emily Martin, director of the Bucknell Opera Workshop and co-sponsored by Bucknell's music department. Prior to the screening, singers in the Workshop will perform songs from the opera in downtown Lewisburg.

April screening highlights include the appearance of Matias Pineiro, director of The Princess of France, who will introduce his film and participate in a question-and-answer session on April 7. Film historian Scott MacDonald will introduce James Benning's film, 13 Lakes, on April 14; the screening is co-sponsored by Bucknell's programs in Environmental Studies, Place Studies, and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment.

Free movies
Free films are shown Mondays at 7 p.m. as part of the Introduction to Film/Media course, and Fridays at 2 p.m. as part of the Documentary and Avant-garde film course.

The Monday Introduction to Film/Media series includes Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, on March 2; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour on March 16; the 20th anniversary restoration of Hoop Dreams, directed by Steve James, on March 30; Through the Olive Trees, directed by Abbas Kiarostami, on April 13; Bus 174, directed by Jose Padilha and Felipe Lacerda, on April 20; and Student Showcase 2015 on April 27.

The Friday Documentary and Avant-garde Film series features Systems, a program of landmark documentaries, on Friday, March 6, including Capitalism: Child Labor, directed by Ken Jacobs; Night Mail, directed by Harry Watt and Basil Wright; Power and the Land, directed by Joris Ivens; Blood of the Beasts, directed by George Franju; and Castro Street, directed by Bruce Baillie.

The Friday series continues March 20 with Wars, five responses to human conflict and violence, with Listen to Britain, directed by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister; Let There Be Light, directed by John Huston; Night and Fog, directed by Alain Resnais; Viet-Flakes, directed by Carolee Schneemann; and Piece Mandala/End War, directed by Paul Sharits.

On March 27, the series continues with The Creators of Shopping Worlds and Inextinguishable Fire, both directed by Haroun Farocki.