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Apr
2
Thu
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: DRY KISSES ONLY @ B122 Wells Hall
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: DRY KISSES ONLY @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Note: public screenings of the MSU Film Collective are canceled for Spring 2020

4/2 Dry Kisses Only (dir. Kaucyila Brooke & Jane Cottis, 1990)

Presented by Sarah Panuska

Through manipulated film clips, the hilarious commentary of Theory Woman and interviews with the Lesbian on the Street, this marvelous film explores the lesbian subtext of classical films—the dry kisses of the film’s title. Hollywood movies are re-edited to find the truth behind the relationships between the heroine and the “other woman.” Dykella and Dykenna chew over lesbian vampire stereotypes. And gossip columnist Lady Manilla Lively gives the inside scoop on lesbians in today’s Hollywood. DRY KISSES ONLY tells a story at once obvious and long-overdue, affirming the validity of lesbian readings of popular culture and the tenuous truths of gossip.

Apr
9
Thu
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: CURE @ B122 Wells Hall
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: CURE @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Note: public screenings of the MSU Film Collective are canceled for Spring 2020

4/9 Cure (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)

Presented by Joshua Yumibe

Cure is part atmospheric crime film and part philosophical meditation. Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho) is tracking a series of identical murders, committed under the same bizarre circumstances. Nothing seems to connect the murders and Takabe becomes increasingly frustrated.

Apr
16
Thu
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: FAST COLOR @ B122 Wells Hall
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: FAST COLOR @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Note: public screenings of the MSU Film Collective are canceled for Spring 2020

4/16 Fast Color (dir. Julie Hart, 1998)

Presented by Bria Harper

Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

Apr
23
Thu
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: MSU STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE @ B122 Wells Hall
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CANCELED MSU Film Collective: MSU STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

4/23 MSU Student Film Showcase

Presented by Pete Johnston

A celebration of the best MSU student films from the year.

Nov
20
Fri
Broad Underground || John Lucas and The Cooler Bandits @ Online Zoom Program
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broad Underground || John Lucas and The Cooler Bandits @ Online Zoom Program | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

How long is long enough? This is the question that inspired John Lucas’ The Cooler Bandits (2014), a documentary that follows four friends in four stages of incarceration, struggling to confront their future after twenty years in prison. Lending voice to personal experiences of incarceration, the film encourages viewers to grapple with the inequities of our criminal justice system. Join director and artist John Lucas for a special online screening of The Cooler Bandits, followed by a joint discussion with Lucas and those documented in the film. Programmed in partnership with Capital City Film Festival and The Robin Theatre. Registration is required: https://50807.blackbaudhosting.com/50807/Broad-Underground-Film-Series-John-Lucas-and-The-Cooler-Bandits.

John Lucas has worked as a documentary photographer for more than 25 years. John has directed and produced several cutting-edge multimedia projects including collaborative work with poet Claudia Rankine. In 2014 he completed his first feature length documentary entitled, The Cooler Bandits, which was awarded best documentary at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival.

This program is presented in affilation with John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations, now on view at the MSU Broad. Shown for the first time in a solo exhibition, the collaboratively produced videos address both explicit acts of racism and the insidious racist aggressions that are built into institutional structures and everyday life.

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Michigan State University Film Studies program, and the Michigan State University English Department. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Abrams planetarium and Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.

All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Dec
15
Tue
FLM335: Film Directing student film premiere
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
FLM335: Film Directing student film premiere

Student filmmakers in FLM335: Film Directing will hold a virtual YouTube premiere on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm. Featuring films touching on the collectively decided theme of “rejection,” the films will span a range of genres and treatments. It promises to be an entertaining night of new work made under the most constrained of circumstances!

http://go.cal.msu.edu/flm335

Feb
19
Fri
Broad Underground || Petrocinema: From Wheels of Progress to Auto-Apocalypse @ Online Zoom Program
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broad Underground || Petrocinema: From Wheels of Progress to Auto-Apocalypse @ Online Zoom Program | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Cinema has an enduring fascination with cars. From the lure of speed and movement to the threat of the crash, experiences behind the wheel have inspired filmmakers to deliver similar kinetic pleasures. The car also promised jobs, middle-class lifestyle, and movement without limits, but it was built on the dream of cheap gas. We now know that the car’s midcentury “autopia” helped set us on the road to our current climate disaster.

Programmed by Justus Nieland, Professor of English (MSU), Kyle Sittig, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English (MSU), and Brian R. Jacobson, Professor of Visual Culture (CalTech), “Petrocinema” explores the fateful entanglement of automobiles, film, and finite natural resources. Ranging from government and industrial films produced by the Office of Public Roads, GM, Shell Oil, and BP, to a range of experimental works, this screening program scrutinizes the promise and threat of the car as a commodity, technology, design object, and unsustainable fantasy. Registration is required.

We’ll be doing a synchronous program on the 19th, but we also have an asynchronous program in advance via MSU Mediaspace that we’ll link registrants to after they register. The Detroit-based Jam Handy Organization will be well represented, plus work by Len Lye, Kevin Jerome Everson, Su Friedrich, Alain Resnais, Millie Goldsholl, Kenneth Anger, and sponsored films by GM, BP, the Bureau of Public Roads, and Greenpeace. Plus, Shellarama!

This program is presented in affiliation with InterStates of Mind: Rewriting the Map of the United States in the Age of the Automobile, now on view at the MSU Broad.
The Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies Program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Abrams planetarium and Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.

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Feb
26
Fri
2021 MSU Comics Forum @ Virtual
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm
2021 MSU Comics Forum @ Virtual

Please join us for the 14th annual MSU Comics Forum. This is a multi-day, annual event for scholars, creators and fans of the comics medium.  Events include keynote addresses from an award-winning creator and scholar in the field, an artist alley, academic panel discussions, comic book discussion groups and more.  MSU is also home of the Comic Art and Graphic Novel Minor, the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast, and the largest public collection of comic books in the world which is housed in our Special Collections Library.

This event is free and open to the public and this year all of the events will be hosted online.

Artist Alley open February 26 – March 5, 2021
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021
Panel Discussions & Keynote Lectures Schedule:
MSU Comics Forum YouTube Channel
Schedule on MSU Comics Forum Panel Discussions Page

        Friday, February 26, 2021        

8:30 am (EST) Welcome Remarks

9:00 am (EST) Roundtable 1: Comics as Data North America (CaDNA)
Participants:

  • Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
  • Justin Wigard, Michigan State University
  • Kate Topham, Digital Humanities Archivist, Michigan State University

10:00 am (EST) Break

10:15 am (EST) Roundtable 2: Graphic Narratives Network
Participants:

  • Valentina Denzel, Associate Professor of French Literature, Michigan State University
  • David Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Global Studies, Michigan State University
  • Sadam Issa, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Michigan State University
  • Catherine Ryu, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
  • Lynn Wolff, Associate Professor of German Studies, Michigan State University

11:15 am (EST) Lighting Round #1
Participants:

  • Brianna Anderson, “What Will the World Be Like When I Grow Up?”: Picturing Children’s Eco-Activism in World War 3 Illustrated #46″
  • Samantha Cutrara, “Not all graphic histories are created equal”
  • Jason Lapidus, “Creator communities in the time of quarantine”

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm (EST) Lunch Break

2:00 pm (EST) Roundtable 3:Behind the Scenes in Graphic Novel Publishing
Participants:

  • Gina Gagliano, Publishing Director, Random House Graphic
  • Whitney Leopard, RHG Senior Editor, Random House Graphic
  • Patrick Crotty, RHG Senior Designer, Random House Graphic
  • Gwen Tarbox, Western Michigan University, (Moderator)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm(EST) Break

3:15 pm (EST) Roundtable 4: Comics as / in / of / History
Participants:

  • Maryanne Rhett, Monmouth University (Moderator)
  • Kaleb Knoblauch, UC Davis
  • Lawrence Abrams, UC Davis
  • Elizabeth Pollard, San Diego State University

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm (EST) Break

4:30 pm (EST) Lightning Round #2

  • Chris Sanagan, “Primary Sources: Inspiration for Storytelling”
  • Sean Carleton, “”Getting Graphic with Activist Histories”
  • Scott Chantler, “BIX: Visualizing Rhythm”
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (EST) Break

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (EST) Creator Keynote

Kevin Huizenga’s graphic novels include CursesThe Wild Kingdom, Gloriana, and the recently released The River at Night.  His work has been translated into six languages, garnered five Ignatz awards, as well as nominations for Harvey and Eisner awards.  In 2020, The Guardian named The River at Night one of the best comics of the past decade.  Huizenga lives in Minneapolis where he taught in the Comic Art program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2015-2019.

       Saturday, February 27, 2021      

9:00 am (EST) Roundtable 5: Graphic Medicine
Participants

  • A. David Lewis, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
  • Candida Rifkind, The University of Winnipeg
  • Teresa Wong, Author and Artist
  • Sam Hester, Author and Artist

10:00am – 10:15 am (EST) Break

10:15 am (EST) Roundtable 6: LGBTQ+ and Comics
Participants:

  • Andre M. Carrington (Moderator), University of California, Riverside
  • Margaret Galvan, University of Florida
  • Justin Hall, Writer
  • Nic Gitau, Librarian & President of Geeks OUT
  • Mariko Tamaki, Artist

11:15 am – 12:00 pm (EST) Break

12:00 pm (EST) Scholar Keynote
Deborah E. Whaley, University of Iowa
Black Women in Sequence: Rethinking and Reinking Black Women in Comics

This talk will explore graphic novel production and comic book fandom, focusing in particular on women of African descent as deployed in television, film, animation, and print representations of comic strip, comic book, and graphic novel characters. Whaley will also discuss Black women artists and writers of sequential art, and how Japanese comics, music, and politics shapes their comic art.

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EST) Break

1:15pm (EST) Roundtable 7: Fashion, Bodies, and Sex
Participants:

  • Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University,
  • Trina Robbins, Independent scholar and comics creator
  • Sydney Heifler, Ohio State University, (Moderator)

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm (EST) Break

2:30 pm (EST)
Roundtable 8: Representation and Comics
Participants:

  • Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University (Moderator)
  • John Jennings, University of California, Riverside
  • Andy Kunka, University of South Carolina, Sumter
  • Beth LePensee, Michigan State University

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm (EST) Break

3:45 pm (EST) Roundtable 9: Pedagogy and Comics
Participants:

  • Leah Misemer, Georgia Tech
  • Susan Kirtley, Portland State University
  • Jonathan Flowers, Worcester State
  • Zack Kruse, Michigan State University (Moderator)

4:45 pm (EST) Closing Remarks

These events are made possible thanks to support from The MSU College of Arts and Letters, The Department of English, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Department of Art, Art History and Design, Gary Hoppenstand, MSU Muslim Studies, Capital Area District Libraries, The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, The MSU Libraries Special Collections, The MSU Main Library, MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, and BRD Printing.

Mar
19
Fri
Broad Underground || Rania Stephan and The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni @ Online Zoom Program
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broad Underground || Rania Stephan and The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni @ Online Zoom Program | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Join video artist Rania Stephan for a screening and discussion of her award-winning video, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011). Stephan’s film, what she calls “an archaeology of images, identity, and memory,” ponders one of the great disappearing acts in the history of global cinema: the legacy and still-mysterious death of Egyptian actress Soad Hosni. Hosni’s creative labor and iconic roles helped to define Egyptian cinema, and her personal life, never far from the public eye, generated a robust media legacy of its own. Drawing on footage from more than sixty rare videotapes that took Stephan over a decade to collect, the video emphasizes not official film archives, but the analog consumer electronics that kept Hosni’s work alive informally. Registration is required.

Programmed by Kaveh Askari & Salah Hassan (Professors of English, MSU).

This program is presented in affiliation with the Global Studies in Arts and Humanities program. The program provides students with theoretical and practical skills to understand the cultural forms of globalization in an accelerated, interconnected, and mediated world.

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Apr
16
Fri
Broad Underground || Seeds, Blooms, and Things that Grow @ Online Zoom Program
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broad Underground || Seeds, Blooms, and Things that Grow @ Online Zoom Program | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Cinema’s interest in the growth of seeds and plants is as old as the medium itself. As if germinating a seed in our unconscious, film’s fascination with growing things situates seeds and blooms as cognitive stimulants, innovative instructors, and models of the human mind. Join Assistant Professor Lyn Goeringer and Assistant Curator of Academic Collaborations Katie Greulich for a screening of both historical and contemporary films exploring the parallels among the growth of plant matter and human experience, from the early British films documenting seed germination and plant growth to the works of Amir George, who uses plants as a metaphor for communication and consciousness-expansion in contemporary living.

Registration is required.

Programmed by Lyn Goeringer & Katie Greulich

This program is presented in affiliation with Seeds of Resistance , now on view at the MSU Broad. The exhibition draws attention to the long history of plant and human co-evolution and interdependence. Bringing together different global perspectives, the exhibition also takes firm root in the soils of Michigan State University, and features the important work around issues of ecological preservation by faculty, researchers, and students at the university. Plan your visit at broadmuseum.msu.edu.

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, the Film Studies Program and the Department of English at MSU, and The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.

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