Film Screening

Screening: Give Me the Banjo

Wednesday / October 17, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Featuring such banjo greats as Béla Fleck, Earl Scruggs, and Taj Mahal, Give Me the Banjo delves into the complex history of the banjo, from its origins in Africa and its development in early America to the present day. 

Join us post-screening for a Q&A with film producer Marc Fields, banjo artists residency manager Dave Hollender, and visiting artists Bill Keith and Tony Trischka. (Hang around long enough and they just might play you a tune or two.)

 

Admission: 
Free, RSVP required

Indie Game Screening with Michael Sweet

Wednesday / October 3, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Indie Game: The Movie, with Michael Sweet

Indie Game: The Movie, directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health, and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. Following the making of the games Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid, this Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these developers' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

Join us for a screening of this one-of-a-kind film, followed by a discussion with Berklee faculty member Michael Sweet.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Punk never disappeared; it just went underground. Come see the groundbreaking film that peels back the cover on the early Boston hardcore scene. Post-screening Q&A with Chris Foley '87, Drew Stone, and Duane Lucia.

The conventional story of post-Sex Pistols punk goes something like this: after the Clash broke up, punk disappeared. Ten years later, Nirvana suddenly exploded out of nowhere. However, punk never actually disappeared; it simply went underground. 

Whether forming bands, opening clubs, or starting zines, members of this community were united by their desire to escape the cookie-cutter lives they were told were their only option. This music, this culture, changed lives by providing an outlet through which to unleash creativity and discover who one really was—and, ultimately, how to be that person at all times.

Join us for this documentary of the early Boston hardcore scene with special guests Chris Foley '87, director Drew Stone, and executive producer Duane Lucia. See the library website or the library Facebook page for guest bios or to watch the trailer.

Admission: 
Free

Democracy in Dakar Screening with Special Guests

Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Follow rappers, DJs, journalists, professors, and people on the street, bridging the gap between hip-hop activism and video journalism in a documentary film that explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop's role on the political process. The documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Join us for a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Magee Mcllvaine and Daniel Cantor, assistant professor of songwriting and film sound mixer.

Cosponsored by Stan Getz Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Admission: 
Free

Under African Skies

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee hosts a free screening of Under African Skies, the Joe Berlinger-directed documentary chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Paul Simon's Graceland, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album. The screening, presented by Bakithi Kumalo, a featured bassist on the album, takes place on Friday, June 8, from 2-4 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

The story of the making of Graceland, and the controversy created when Simon went to South Africa to record with local artists, is told in Under African Skies, the new full-length documentary from two-time Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

Under African Skies travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa 25 years after his first visit. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album's genesis. His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire, with Paul Simon accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the apartheid regime.

The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14 million copies worldwide, and received universal praise from critics around the globe. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on Saturday Night Live and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. 

By January of 1987, "You Can Call Me Al" was everywhere and Graceland won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1987. Then, in an unprecedented carryover, the album garnered the Grammy for Song of the Year with its title track in 1988. The album generated three hit singles and kept Paul Simon and the Graceland tour on the road for five years.

www.graceland25.com

Admission: 

Yellow Submarine, Restored Re-Release Screening

Wednesday / May 2, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Currently out of print, Yellow Submarine has been restored in 4K digital resolution—all done by hand, frame by frame.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, writes, "As a fan of animation and as a filmmaker, I tip my hat to the artists of Yellow Submarine, whose revolutionary work helped pave the way for the fantastically diverse world of animation that we all enjoy today."

In collaboration with EMI, the library is excited to share this sneak peek (and free commemorative item!) of this classic 1968 animated feature film with the Berklee community! 

For more information please see the library website or the library facebook page.

 

Admission: 
Free

Re:Generation, with Stephen Webber

Monday / April 23, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Five DJs turn the tables on the history of music.

Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, and the Crystal Method as they remix, recreate, and reimagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today's biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.

Join us for this candid glimpse into the real world dynamics of cross-genre collaborations. A Q&A after the film will be led by Stephen Webber, a Berklee faculty member highlighted in the film. Stay through to the end for the audience prize raffle!

A part of the Rethink Music conference. See the library website or the library Facebook page for more information or to watch the trailer!

Admission: 
Free

Liberal Arts International Film Series: The Lives of Others

Wednesday / April 18, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
2007 Oscar winner, Best Foreign Language Film

 

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Come watch The Lives of Others, the 2007 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. See the library website or library facebook page for details and to view the trailer.

 

Admission: 
Free

The Day After Peace with Skype Guest Jeremy Gilley

Friday / March 2, 2012 / 11:00 a.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Please note: Due to an important, last minute meeting, this event has been rescheduled for Friday, March 2.

The Day After Peace charts the remarkable 10-year journey of award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Gilley to establish an annual Peace Day on September 21. The camera follows Gilley as he galvanizes the countries of the world to recognize an official day of ceasefire and nonviolence. 

But even after the member states of the UN unanimously adopt Peace Day, the struggle isn’t over. As the years pass, there’s not a single ceasefire. The voices of the cynics are growing louder—and now Gilley’s nonprofit organization, Peace One Day, is in dire financial straits. But he can’t let it fail. 

The film’s breathtaking conclusion finds Gilley joined by Jude Law in Afghanistan, attempting to spearhead a massive vaccination against polio on Peace Day. Will peace prevail? Will lives be saved? Or were the cynics right? 

The Day After Peace is a moving testament to the power of an individual and the perseverance of the human spirit. Join us for a screening of this inspiring film, followed by a Skype conversation with Gilley himself. See the library website or the library Facebook page to view the trailer.

Admission: 
Free

Miss Representation with Skype guest Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Join us for a screening, followed by dialogue and empowerment with filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom. See the library website or the library Facebook page to view the trailer. Note: This even is free, but ticketed. Please email Erica Charis (echaris@berklee.edu) by February 22 to reserve your seat.

Admission: 
Free

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