Thursday, February 26, 2009

Terry Gilliam '62 Honored by British Film Academy

Veteran director Terry Gilliam ’62 received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in recognition of his contribution to film at the British Academy Film Awards, presented Feb. 8 at London’s Royal Opera House.

Gilliam—the only American member of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python—was met with a standing ovation. “Standing up is just not fair,” he told the crowd. “I'm amazed to be humbled by a piece of metal. I'm worried that BAFTA will take it away when they realize I’m not who they think I am.”

As an undergraduate at Occidental, Gilliam is best remembered for his contributions to Fang, taking the editor’s reins as a junior and turning the campus humor magazine into the Oxy equivalent of Mad. He graduated with a degree in political science.

As a director, he has completed 12 features, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Fisher King (1991), Twelve Monkeys (1995), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Gilliam’s next project, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, features a lead performance by the late Heath Ledger (his last screen work) and is scheduled for release later this year.

Created in 1971, the Academy Fellowship is regarded as the most prestigious individual honor awarded by BAFTA. Past recipients have included directors Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Ingmar Bergman, and Federico Fellini, as well as actors Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Sean Connery, and Judi Dench.

Gilliam has lived in England since 1968.

A Spotlight on the Americas

The Artivist Collective presents
A Spotlight on the Americas

February 28 and March 1, 2009 at The Madrid Theatre
The Artivist Film Festival celebrates advocacy through the power of film, and in this select series of films Artivist is showcasing inequities present today throughout North and South America. Artivist invites you to journey with the subjects of these films as they struggle for their basic rights and dignity, and to celebrate their victories large and small. Come and experience heartlifting and eye-opening films to learn more about what you can do to make a positive difference in your own corner of the world.

Saturday, February 28, 2009
1:00 pm - Ate Onde A Vista Alcanca / Argentina - Turning Around (20 min, 38 min)
3:00 pm - A Little Bit of So Much Truth (93 min)
5:30 pm - The War on Democracy (94 min)
8:00 pm – Zeitgeist: Addendum (120 min)

Sunday, March 1, 2009
12:30 pm - Los Caidos [The Fallen] (85 min)
2:30 pm - Cienfuegos / Pass Me the Map (15 min, 55 min)
4:30 pm - Un Sueno Americano / La Americana (30 min, 65 min)

General Admission: $5 per film block

Saturday Day Pass: $15

Sunday Day Pass: $10

To purchase tickets:
Phone: 818-347-9938

The Madrid Theatre
21622 Sherman Way
Canoga Park CA 91303

The Madrid Theatre is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

La Americana (Dir. - Nicholas Bruckman, 65 min)
Carmen never planned to come to the US, but when her daughter Carla was only nine, tragedy struck. Carmen left Carla behind in Bolivia to make an illegal journey to New York City where she could earn enough to support her ailing daughter. But after six years of separation, Congress proposes amnesty legislation that could allow Carmen and Carla to be reunited again. Will Carmen stay and fight for the American dream, or be home as promised for Carla's quinceañera?

Argentina - Turning Around (Dir. - Melissa Young, 38 min)
In 2002 the eyes of the world were on Argentina for the outpouring of grassroots energy and mutual aid that followed an economic crash. Argentina - Turning Around takes an intimate view of the new models of work, politics and community development that are now underway five years later.

Ate Onde A Vista Alcanca (Dir. - Felipe Peres Calfeiros, 20 min.)
Quilombola communities are descendants of black slaves who resisted the Portuguese rule. There are currently 1,137 Quilombola communities recognized by the Brazilian government. In 2005, members of the Sambaquim and Riacho do Sambaquim Quilombola Association had the idea of working together to achieve a collective dream: To make a trip to the ocean.

Los Caidos [The Fallen] (Dir. - Rodolfo Joffrey, 85 min.)
¨The Fallen¨ details the accounts of the historic mining conflict that took place in México during 2006-2007. These stories are woven through first hand accounts of journalists, world renowned lawyers and experts on the case, but most importantly through the miners and the working class families who lived it.

Cienfuegos (Dir. - Richard McFarlane, 15 min.)
A short film portraying the atrocities that happened to political prisoners during Castro's Communist takeover in Cuba.

A Little Bit of So Much Truth (Dir. - Jill Freidberg, 93 min)
When the people of Oaxaca decided they had enough of bad government, they didn't take their story to the media...they TOOK the media.

Pass Me The Map (Dir. - Spencer Wilkinson)
Take a trip down the Pan-American Highway and experience the vibrant communities and visionary voices Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica! "Pass Me the Map" presents the stories from people living on the front line of controversial development projects.

Un Sueno Americano (Dir. - Alverto Garcia, 30 min.)
Un Sueno American [An American Dream] is a visit into the lives of those people who have been affected most by immigration policy, from the border patrol agent guarding the border to the migrant worker who sends money back home to his family, As the immigration debate continues in the United States, this is an intimate portrait of the people who are caught in the middle of that debate.

The War on Democracy (Dir. - John Pilger, 94 min.)
John Pilger reports that, in spite of a history of repeated US-backed suppression, popular democratic movements are gaining ground in Latin America.

Zeitgeist: Addendum (Dir. - Peter Joseph, 120 min.)
The failure of our world to resolve the issue of war, poverty, and corruption, rests within a gross ignorance about what guides human behavior to begin with. Zeitgeist-Addendum addresses the true source of the instability in our society, while offering the only fundamental, long term solution.