Projectorhead Winter 2011

Posted: January 19, 2011 by ryanburdick4400 in Events

Projectorhead Film Series Resumes Winter ‘11 Schedule

Fridays, Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium, 7:00 pm, Free! (Unless Specified otherwise)

  • January 14th: Female Trouble (John Water, 1975, 95 min.)

John Waters’ muse, Divine, stars as Dawn Davenport, a depraved bad girl in this hilarious bad taste send up of 1950s & ‘60s juvenile delinquent films.  When her parents fail to give her a pair of cha-cha shoes for Christmas, Dawn kills them with the Christmas tree and begins a downward spiral leading her to a tawdry job as a go-go dancer and eventually prison.  Two frequent stars of Waters films, Mink Stole and Edith Massey,  co-star.

“A hilariously appalling film, Female Trouble is just as disgusting and far funnier than Waters’ previous Pink Flamingos, if not as notorious.”—

  • January 21:  The Matrix (The Wachowski Brothers, 1999, 136 min.)

A computer hacker discovers that the world, as he knows it, is actually a form of virtual reality. He is enlisted to use his intelligence and strength to topple the oppressive computer-run powers that control the world.  Keanu Reeves stars.

  • January 28: Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001, 165 min.)

In the first installment of director Peter Jackson’s ambitious and successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, Elijah Wood stars as plucky hobbit Frodo Baggins, whose bequest of an arcane ring from his uncle Bilbo (Ian Holm) spurs a perilous journey to prevent an overpowering evil from enveloping Middle Earth.

  • February 4: I Was Born But… / The Mascot (Yasujiro Ozu, 1932, 90 min.), (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1933, 26 min.)

UM professor Markus Nornes will act as a Benshi, a live narrator for silent Japanese films, for master director Yasujiro Ozu’s portrait of the financial and psychological toils of a family, as two young boys come to understand their father’s low status in society.

Additionally, local Ann Arbor performance group, “Little Bang Theory” will perform an original composition written by member Frank Pahl to be played on toy instruments.  They will also perform a score to the animated short “The Mascot.”  The film,  directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz,  was selected by Terry Gilliam as one of the ten best animated films of all time, Gilliam called it, “Absolutely breathtaking, surreal, inventive, and extraordinary.”

  • February 11: The Abyss (James Cameron, 1989, 140 min.)

When a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks, the Navy commandeers the crew of a

civilian deep sea oil rig to help in the rescue operation.  This perilous mission becomes a wondrous odyssey into the unknown as forces from the ocean’s deepest region begin to make contact with the divers.  Ed Harris stars.

Shown in conjunction with UM/LSA’s 2011 theme semester:  Water.

  • Saturday, February 12, 8:00 pm, Michigan Theater, $15.00
  • Fund raising event for our Projectorhead series!!
  • “The Way I See It”

Skiing has arrived.  Matchstick Production Films takes you inside the action with THE WAY I SEE IT.  The winner of Powder Magazine’s 2009 “Movie of the Year” brings you the best athletes on the planet sharing their points of view on what it means to be a skier and backing up their positions with hard-charging action.  The MSP team traveled the globe in search of what makes this sport so special… the adventure, the passion, the camaraderie, and the fun.  Showcases the greatest deep powder, steep lines, and massive park slops with amazing camera work and editing that will keep you saying over and over again:  “how did they do that?!”

  • Thursday, February 17
  • Time/Location to be announced
  • Herb & Dorothy (Megumi Sasaki, 2009, 89 min.)

In the early 1960s, Herb & Dorothy Vogel a postal worker and librarian began purchasing the works of unknown Minimalist and Conceptual artists, guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. They proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists. HERB & DOROTHY provides a unique chronicle of the world of contemporary art from two unlikely collectors, whose shared passion and discipline defies stereotypes and redefines what it means to be a patron of the arts.

  • Friday, February 18
  • Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium, 7:00 pm
  • A Woman Under the Influence (John Casavettes, 1974, 147 min.)

Gena Rowlands earned an Academy Award nomination for her emotionally intense performance

as a Los Angeles housewife and mother who is committed to a psychiatric ward after displaying

strange behavior and odd mannerisms.  Peter Falk co-stars as her loving, but befuddled husband

who desperately wants to help but whose own emotional shortcomings prevent him from aiding

her.  A raw, moving and unnerving viewing experience.

  • Saturday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20
  • 1175 North Quad, Free
  • February 19 (Saturday): Part I: 11:00~2:45, Part II: 3:30~6:30, Part III: 8:00~10:15
  • February 20 (Sunday): Part III: 3:00~5:15
  • West of the Tracks (Wang Bing, 2003, 554 min.)

In West of the Tracks, filmmaker Wang Bing documents the slow, inevitable death of an obsolete manufacturing system. Between 1999 and 2001 he meticulously filmed the lives of the last factory workers, a class of people once promised glory during the Chinese revolution. Now trapped by economic change, the workers become deeply moving film heroes in this modern epic. The film is an engrossing portrait of Chinese society in transition. Cahiers du Cinema compares Wang Bing to the great Russian writers and calls his film “a masterful production, an open file on realism.” West of the Tracks “opens up a new and radical era in cinematography.”

  • Friday, March 11
  • 7:00 pm, Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium, Free
  • Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974, 130 min.)

Neo-noir classic about a L.A. private eye, Jake Gittes,  (Jack Nicholson) hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affairs.

Gittes uncovers a web of personal and political scandals involving murder,

incest, and the abuse of the city’s water supply.

Shown in conjunction with UM/LSA’s 2011 theme semester:  Water.

  • Thursday, March 17
  • 8:00 pm, North Quad Dining Hall, Free
  • Man Who Wanted to Classify the World (Francoise Levie, Sofidoc Productions, 2004, 60 min.)

In 1934, a Belgian visionary named Paul Otlet conceived of a library with no physical books whose contents could be viewed on a screen. His obsession was to classify, encode and unify books and documents published all over the world. Over the years, he and his staff would fill in 12 million index cards. His classification system is regarded today as similar to hypertext, which enables us to navigate the internet.

  • Friday, March 18
  • 7:00 pm, Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium, Free
  • Bon Voyage / Aventure Malgache (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944, 90 min. total)

Two rarely screened Hitchcock propaganda films made in 1944 to help bolster moral to the courageous members of the French Resistance.  Also included are a series of  animated propaganda shorts by Warner Brothers.

  • Friday, March 25
  • The Sorrow and the Pity
  • (Marcel Ophüls, 1971, 251 min.)

Landmark documentary exploring the French Resistance and collaboration between the Vichy government and Nazi Germany during World War II.

  • Friday, April 1
  • It Happened Here
  • (Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollow, 1966, 96 min.)

In this brilliant re-write of history, Germany has won World War II and Nazi troops occupy England. Pauline Murray, an apolitical Irish nurse, is transferred to London, where she slowly realizes the horrifying reality behind the occupation. The film is a terrifying intimation of what might have happened if the Allied effort had failed. Brownlow was only 18 and his co-director Mollo was 16, when they started this monumental documentary style drama in 1956.

  • Thursday, April 7
  • 8:00 pm, North Quad Dining Hall, Free
  • Minority Report
  • (Steven Spielberg, 2002, 146 min.)

John Anderton is a Washington D.C. detective in the year 2054. He is part of ‘Precrime,’ a

special police department that arrests criminals before they commit the actual crime.

When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as a future killer, he must find out

why and how he broke the law in order to prove his innocence of the crime he has yet to


Part of our co-sponsored film series:  Egghead ’11:  An Information and Communication Movie Extravaganza Series.

  • Friday, April 8
  • 7:00 pm, Lorch Hall, Free
  • Rocco & His Brothers
  • (Luchino Visconti, 1960, 180 min.)

The most dramatic and spectacular film of the director’s astonishing career focuses on four poor Italian brothers and their mother who leave their country home and move to Milan to seek a better life. Complications arise when two of the brothers fall in love with the same woman. Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori, Claudia Cardinale star.  This is the uncut and uncensored 180 min. version.  In Italian with English subtitles.


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