By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Film/Media Series continues in October with the following films. Each film is shown Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg. Admission to films is $2 per person; Campus Dollars are accepted.
Oct. 1: "Museum Hours" with film-maker Jem Cohen, who will discuss his film. "Museum Hours" captures the beauty of Vienna in winter from the perspective of two unlikely new friends — a Canadian woman visits an ailing family member and finds solace in the majestic Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, where she meets a soft-spoken middle-aged guard who offers to keep her company. English and German with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by Bucknell University's Art and Art History Department.
Oct. 8: "Kinodance," a screening and presentation with New York-based film-maker Alla Kovgan, who has been sharing her time between Russia and the U.S. since 1996, creating intermedia stage performances with KINODANCE Company, making dance films and documentaries about dance and programming for the St. Petersburg Dance Film Festival (since 2000) and other venues worldwide. Kovgan will screen her breakthrough film "Nora" (36 min., 2008), based on Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, along with Maya Deren's pioneering "Ritual in Transfigured Time" (14 min., 1946) and clips from other films in a talk about the interdisciplinary potential of dance and cinema. Sponsored by Bucknell University's Theatre and Dance Department.
Oct. 15: "River of Renewal" by Carlos Blado. "River of Renewal" chronicles the long conflict over the resources of the 10 million acre Klamath River Basin, which spans the Oregon-California border. Revealing how different groups over the generations have extracted the basin's resources with disastrous consequences, "River of Renewal" examines the collision between sustainability and the exploitation of our precious and diminishing resources. Benjamin R. Hayes, director of the Susquehanna River Initiative, will introduce the film and participate in a post-film discussion as part of Bucknell University Environmental Center's Green Screens film series.
Oct. 22: "Forensic Fandom and Participatory Technologies of Complex Television," an illustrated lecture on American television's adoption of complex and elaborate serial narratives over the last 20 years with Jason Mittell of Middlebury College. Shows like "The Wire", "Lost" and "Dexter" experiment with complex storytelling. Mittell will discuss how television fans have embraced digital media as a way to orient themselves within complex narratives and engage with these serialized stories, pointing to new modes of cross-media participatory culture. Sponsored by Bucknell University Library & IT.
Oct. 29 "Portrait of Jason" by Shirley Clarke. This LGBT documentary was filmed over 12 straight hours, focusing exclusively on Jason Holliday, an African American gay prostitute and aspiring nightclub performer who improvises and impersonates, confesses his sexual encounters, shares observations on the casual racism he has experienced, and ultimately reveals himself to the camera, a self that may or may not relate to the stories he has told. Ingmar Bergman called this mesmerizing, moving and transgressive portrait of a remarkable, charming, hilarious and tortured man "the most extraordinary film I've seen in my life." Sponsored by Bucknell University's Samek Art Gallery as part of the "Strange Bedfellows" exhibition.