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Friday Night  in the Forum

a free public film series

in FA1  (Forum I) on the USI campus at 7:30pm

with theatrical DLP widescreen projection, original formats and languages (with English sub-titles)
generously sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at USI and

hosted by Eric D. Braysmith

informally-guided discussions following each film for those who wish to stay

Friday, March 30th     True Stories  (1986, USA)                                                7:30pm

Director: David Byrne

Talking Heads singer David Byrne plays host to a patchwork of contemporary tales set in the fictional town of Virgil, Texas.  Cruising the streets in his burgundy drop-top
K-car, he introduces us to an eerily familiar place that’s “completely normal” gearing up for the town's 150th anniversary and their celebration of "special-ness." 
(90 min,  rated PG)

Friday, April 6th         The Player  (1992, USA)                                                  7:30pm

Director: Robert Altman

Altman was the outsider genius in Hollywood in the 1970s with films like MASH, and Nashville, but was shunned as movies were increasingly made only after doing extensive marketing studies.  So why not return to the big screen by going after Hollywood itself as a metaphor for the avarice of the 1980s?

(124 min,  rated R)

Friday, April 13th       The Lure   (2015,  Poland)                                                7:30pm

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska 

The Lure is your basic luscious, cheesy, Polish sci-fi gender-bending musical-political allegory about conflicted man-eating teenage mermaids behind the Iron Curtain.

(92 min, not rated)

Friday, April 20th       Obvious Child   (2014, USA)                                            7:30pm

Writer/Director: Gillian Robespierre

A hit a Sundance film festival, Obvious Child is a rare sweet comedy about very personal issues when a smart female stand-up comic goes from heartbroken to pregnant very quickly.  (84 min,  rated R)

Friday, April 27th       The Other Side of Hope  (2017,  Finland)                      7:30pm

Director: Aki Kaurismäki

“A bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference” told with a deadpan sense of humor and a Nordic sense of melancholy, The Other Side of Hope follows two men in search of a home:  a displaced Syrian as he lands in Helsinki as a stowaway and a middle-aged salesman leaving behind his wife and job.
(100 min, not rated)





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