UArts, Philadelphia Film Society Launch 'The Artist As A Filmmaker' Series

Monthly program to feature such notable directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Jarmusch, Mirnada July and Photo alum Joe Dante

Updated July 24, 2012

The University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Film Society present "The Artist As A Filmmaker," a monthly film series highlighting world-renowned directors who transitioned their careers from visual artistry to filmmaking.

The program, which celebrates the introduction of the University's new School of Film, serves to expand the annual Philadelphia Film Festival's "Masters of Cinema" component, educating its audience on the collaboration of multiple art forms.

"The Artist As A Filmmaker" series will debut on Wednesday, April 11 with Jim Jarmusch's film "Stranger Than Paradise," a benchmark in the progression of independent cinema. To preserve the onscreen experience, the showcase will aim to present a majority of films on 35mm prints. There is no screening scheduled for September.

All screenings will be held in the University's Levitt Auditorium at Gershman Hall (401 South Broad Street, Center City Philadelphia). Tickets are only available the day of the show at the door, with a general admission fare of $5. Complimentary access is granted to Philadelphia Film Society members as well as University of the Arts students and faculty (with proper identification).

Wednesday, April 11; 7:30pm
Stranger Than Paradise (1984); USA
Director: Jim Jarmusch

Director Jim Jarmusch strayed from Hollywood norms and defined what we now know as independent cinema. His film, "Stranger Than Paradise," was created on a budget of $125,000 with much praise, winning the prestigious Camera D'or Award for best first feature film at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Thursday, May 10; 7:30pm
Hunger (2008); UK
Director: Steve R. McQueen

Steve R. McQueen is a distinguished artist whose early work involved gallery projections with simplistic, black and white motifs. Influences of minimalism in McQueen's film "Hunger," a recount of the 1981 Irish hunger strike, are what contributed to its award-winning successes. "Hunger" was an Official Selection of the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival.

Wednesday, June 20; 7:30pm
Matinee (1993); USA
Director: Joe Dante

Joe Dante BFA '68 (Photography) is best known for his stylized "scare" films, most famously 1984's "Gremlins." His film "Matinee" is an ode to farcical, B-grade movies that were a staple of his early career as a fanzine horror film critic.

Wednesday, July 11
Beginners (2010); USA
Director: Mike Mills

Mike Mills is a graphic designer and artist who incorporates both his illustrations and personal experiences when shifting into the filmmaking process. His film "Beginners" is an autobiographical story that includes still-image montages that peek into the brain of the main character Oliver, modeled after the director himself. This year, the film won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Christopher Plummer.

Wednesday, August 8; 7:30pm
Vertigo (1958); USA
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock influenced much of what we take for granted in modern cinema with his use of camera techniques, sound tracks and editing styles. When first released, "Vertigo" received unfavorable reviews from critics, but has gone on to become a classic psychological thriller and the film that helped define Hitchcock's career.

Wednesday, October 24; 7:30 p.m.
Lost Highway (1997); USA
Director: David Lynch
"Lost Highway" follows a bizarre encounter at a party, where a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Balthazar Getty, this film came out in 1997 during the time David Lynch was experimenting with non-linear surrealist style.

Wednesday, November 14; 7:30 p.m.
Vagabond (1985); France
Director: Agnes Varda
Varda pieces together the story of Mona – a defiant young drifter found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of the film – through flashbacks told by those who encountered her. With its sparse, poetic imagery, "Vagabond" (Sans toit ni loi) is a stunner that won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Wednesday, December 12; 7:30 p.m.
Fallen Angels (1995); Hong Kong
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Known for his unique visual style, Wong sets "Fallen Angels" in the neon-washed underworld of present day Hong Kong. The film intertwines exhilarating tales of love and isolation, primarily the unconsummated love affair between a contract killer and the ravishing female agent who books his assignments and cleans up after his jobs.

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