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March 2011 Film Calendar

February 16, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- In March, Block Cinema will screen two film series -- The Roger Corman Film School and Art on Screen -- and host two special film events, including the 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land.”

All films are screened in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum.

Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students with a WildCARD, other students with a valid school ID and seniors 65 and older. Quarterly passes are $20. Tickets are available one hour before showtime. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.


The Roger Corman Film School series celebrates the legacy of producer, writer, director and actor Roger Corman, who has been a mentor to numerous young American filmmakers, and nicknamed “King of the B-movies,” for his output of low budget films. Block Cinema is presenting a series of films produced by Corman and directed by Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, and others. March will feature free screenings of Jonathan Demme’s “Caged Heat” (March 3) and Bogdanovich’s “Targets” (March 10).

The continuing Art on Screen series includes documentaries focusing on important art and artists. Among them are “Secret Museums” (March 4), about hidden collections of erotic art, and the Evanston premiere of Lucy Walker’s award-winning and Oscar nominated film “Waste Land” (March 11), about contemporary artist Vik Muniz’s work with an underprivileged community in Brazil.


The Roger Corman Film School, “Caged Heat,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 (Jonathan Demme, 1974, United States, video, 83 minutes). “Caged Heat,” which marked the directorial debut of Jonathan Demme, smuggles a modicum of social commentary into its story of scantily clad escapees from a correctional facility. In speaking of his mentor, Demme later reflected, “Roger (Corman) used to refer to himself as being 40 percent artist and 60 percent businessman. But I’ll be damned, 20-some-odd years later, he’s right… because if you don’t have an eye, a passionate eye, on getting the picture done at the right cost, you just ain’t going to get to make a whole lot more of them.” Admission is free.

Art on Screen, “Secret Museums,” 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 (Peter Woditsch, 2008, Belgium, video, 76 minutes). The recent auction of the world’s foremost collection of erotic art draws documentarian Peter Woditsch into a historically discreet community of enthusiasts and scholars of sexual expression. During the course of a European road trip that leads both filmmaker and viewer from storerooms beneath the British Museum to the Vatican, “Secret Museums” lays bare Europe’s evolving views and taboos about sexuality. Highlights include Pompeii’s raunchy frescoes and the Marquis de Sade’s “120 Days of Sodom.” Note: This film features content that may not be suitable for minors. Tickets are $6 or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students with a WildCARD, other students with a valid school ID and seniors 65 and older.  

The Roger Corman Film School, “Targets,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968, United States, 35 mm, 90 minutes). This eerie thriller tells the story of characters on a disastrous collision course. Aging horror-film star, Byron Orlok (Boris Karloff), plans to retire, but a deranged young man with a stockpile of sniper rifles is picking off patrons at a drive-in where Orloff is scheduled to make his final appearance. “Targets” cleverly uses footage from Karloff’s performance in an earlier film, “The Terror,” to cut production costs. “Targets” (Bogdanovich’s debut) is a troubling reflection on the nature of celebrity, America’s culture of violence and the power of cinema. Admission is free.

Art on Screen, “Waste Land,” 7 p.m. Friday, March 11 (Lucy Walker, 2010, United Kingdom and Brazil, 35 mm, 98 minutes). Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker explores the intersection of fine art, social justice and eco-consciousness in her much-lauded new documentary. Her subject is Vik Muniz, a Brazilian-born and Brooklyn-based artist who creates stunning works from unconventional materials. The film follows Muniz on a journey to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, to create his newest works, made from refuse. Muniz’s creative process includes enlisting the aid of unconventional collaborators, the “catadores,” local trash pickers who comb mountains of trash for recyclable items. “Waste Land,” nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be presented in English and Portuguese with English subtitles. Tickets are $6 or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students with a WildCARD, other students with a valid school ID and seniors 65 and older.  

Pick-Staiger at Block Cinema, Alex de Grassi and “A Story of Floating Weeds,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 (Yasujiro Ozu, 1934, Japan, video, 85 minutes. Guitarist-composer extraordinaire Alex de Grassi will perform his original score for the legendary silent film “A Story of Floating Weeds” by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. “Floating weeds, drifting down the leisurely river of our lives” has long been a favored metaphor in Japanese prose and poetry. In this beautiful 1934 film, it reflects a group of traveling actors seemingly carried by currents beyond their control. The event is part of Pick-Staiger’s 2011 Spring Festival, “Passport: A Musical Expedition.” All tickets are $8 and are available in advance at (847) 467-4000 or www.pickstaiger.org. No discounts or Block Cinema passes accepted.
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