Green Screen 2011
Green Screen is a free to attend, bi-weekly film series hosted in the School of Geographical Sciences. This year the line up of films, as chosen by several postgraduates, returns to the more popular feature documentary format, with a programme exploring issues as diverse as the recent financial crisis, rural-urban migration in China, America's food production industry, and the Afghanistan war, coal mining in the Appalachians, and our petropolitan human planet. The line-up for TB1 has been set, but the line up for TB2 is open to your input. If you would like to see or screen a film you think would be of interest to others, please be in touch with Andy Lapworth <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Caroline Wright<email@example.com>, or Mark Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The new Green Screen Facebook group <http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/247964371917100/> will keep you updated with the running order, dates and times for the film showings, as well as trailers for the films in our programme. Later in the year we hope to open a poll to give you the opportunity to vote for the films you would like to see in the second semester. Stay tuned!
All welcome. Free. Bring a Friend.
Location: Seminar Room 1, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
Time: 16:30 +
Monday 10th October - Inside Job (dir. C. Ferguson 2010, 1 hr. 48 min. PG-13)
<http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/> "Producer/director Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) speaks at length with journalists, politicians, and financial insiders in order to offer a clearer picture of the economic meltdown that hit America starting in 2008. Academy Award winner Matt Damon narrates this unflinching look at the deep-rooted corruption that has left millions of middle-class Americans jobless and homeless as the major corporations get bailed out while paying millions in bonuses." <http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_job_2010/>
Monday 24th October - Restrepo (dirs. T. Hetherington & S. Junger 2010, 1 hr. 33min. R)
<http://restrepothemovie.com/> "Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington pay a visit to Afghanistan's Korengal Valley to spend a year with the Second Platoon, a besieged squadron who dubbed their stronghold Outpost Restrepo in honor of their fallen comrade PFC Juan Restrepo. An al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold, Korengal Valley sees some of the fiercest fighting in the War on Terror. At Outpost Restrepo, every shot fired is personal, and every target hit a gift to a fallen friend."<http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/restrepo/>
Monday 7th November - koyaanisqatsi (dir. G. Reggio 1983, 1 hr. 27 min. U)
<http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org/> "An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental political agenda. Without a story, dialogue, or characters, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (the film's title is a Hopi word roughly translated into English as "life out of balance") is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans' devastating environmental impact on the planet. Starting with an ancient rock wall painting, the film moves through sequences depicting clouds, waves, and other natural features, then into man-made landscapes such as buildings, earth-altering construction machinery, and cars. The message of director Godfrey Reggio is clear: humans are destroying the planet, and all of human progress is pointlessly foolish. Also notable for its intense, atmospheric score by new age composer Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) was a labor of love for Reggio, who spent several years filming it."<http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/koyaanisqatsi_life_out_of_balance/>
Monday 21st November - Food Inc. (dir. R. Kenner 2008, 1 hr. 34 min. PG-13)
<http://www.foodincmovie.com/> "Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. The USDA and FDA are supposed to protect the public, so why is it that both government regulatory agencies have been complicit in allowing corporations to put profit ahead of consumer health, the American farmer, worker safety, and even the environment? As chicken breasts get bigger and tomatoes are genetically engineered not to go bad, 73,000 Americans fall ill from powerful new strains of E. coli every year, obesity levels are skyrocketing, and adult diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Perhaps if the general public knew how corporations use exploited laws and subsidies to create powerful monopolies, the outrage would be enough to make us think more carefully about the food we put into our bodies."<http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/food_inc/>
Monday 5th December - Last Train Home (dir L. Fan, 2009, 1hr 25 min U)
<http://www.eyesteelfilm.com/lasttrainhome> "Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration-an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China's rural poor, Changhua and Sugin Zhang left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin-now a restless and rebellious teenager-both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home's intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China's ascendance as an economic superpower."<http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_train_home-2009/>
Hope to see you there.