Friday, February 4, 2011

Upcoming Events

Director and Writer to Introduce Key Lowrider Film,

Boulevard Nights (1979), at Oxy Cinematheque

February 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. in Johnson 200


February 2, 2011 Film and Media Studies’ Cinematheque series is pleased to announce its next film, Boulevard Nights (1979), will be introduced by its director, Michael Pressman (via Skype), and the film’s screenwriter, Desmond Nakano, will also be in person at the screening. The discussion and screening begin at 7 p.m. this coming Thursday, February 10, in Johnson 200. CSP 99* credit is available for this event.

In 1979, this classic lowrider film was boycotted by Chicano students as stereotyping Chicanos as gangsters, used by the L.A. Sheriffs as an excuse to close down cruising on Whittier Boulevard, but it remains hailed today by generations of lowriders and L.A. residents as a key document of lowriding and Chicano life in East L.A. Boulevard Nights has reached cult film status with Kid Frost using scenes from the film in one of his music videos and fans remixing scenes on YouTube.
The screening is being co-sponsored by Oxy’s ICC and is also part of Oxy’s Spring “Street Art: Speech, Identity, and the Public Sphere” series, which encompasses a number of cultural events on campus and in the community that investigate Northeast L.A.’s rich street arts, diverse racial heritage, and democratic negotiations.

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Katie Mills, Film & Media Studies, who has studied the film and the ways L.A. Sheriffs used the film as a pretense to shut down lowriding on Whittier Boulevard. Her research extends from the original boycotts to the present-day celebration of the film.
Occidental’s Cinematheque series is run this semester by Professor Paul Reinsch, Film & Media Studies. For more information on Cinematheque, contact Professor Reinsch (preinsch@oxy.edu); for more information on Boulevard Nights, contact Professor Mills (mills@oxy.edu); for more information on the ICC, contact Program Assistant Andrea Magana.

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Does the Internet Threaten Democracy?


Evgeny Morozov

When opponents of the Iranian government took to the streets in 2009, they also took to the Internet, linking Tehran protestors with supporters around the world, spreading heart-wrenching photographs and videos of the dead. The movement they fomented came to be called the Twitter Revolution. But the Internet isn't just for those who challenge dictatorship. Authoritarian regimes and repressive political movements around the world have harnessed the web for their own ends. Russians against immigration use Google Maps to make public the home addresses of ethnic minorities, who suffer harassment as a result. In Lebanon, the most active users of new media are aligned with Hezbollah. And Chinese officials pay Internet users to write pro-government comments. Does the web empower dictators as much as it does their opponents, and perhaps even more so? Stanford visiting scholar and Net Effect blogger Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, visits Zócalo to explain why the Internet isn't always a cure for repression, and why it may even be a threat to democracy.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2011, 7:30 PM

The Actors' Gang
9070 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA

Parking available in Trader Joe's Lot.
No validations.

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GLOBAL GREEN AND WOMEN IN FILM INVITE YOU AND A GUEST TO

A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE OSCAR® NOMINATED FILM


WASTE LAND




Directed by LUCY WALKER
Co-Directed by JOÃO JARDIM & KAREN HARLEY
Produced by ANGUS AYNSLEY & HANK LEVINE
Executive Produced by FERNANDO MEIRELLES
Music by MOBY

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

7:30 PM - Screening
9:00 PM - Discussion with LUCY WALKER, ANGUS AYNSLEY, & MOBY
9:30 PM – Reception to follow

THE LANDMARK
10850 West Pico Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 474-6291

RSVP REQUIRED: rsvp@tcdm-associates.com

Please indicate your affiliation and if you will be bringing a guest.

Seats are not reserved are on a first come/first serve basis

Arrive early for seating and to accommodate parking.

Parking is Free!


ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE
Best Documentary

*WINNER Sundance Film Festival 2010**
Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary

**WINNER 2010 IDA Documentary Awards**
Distinguished Feature Documentary

**WINNER Berlin International Film Festival 2010**
Audience Award Panorama Publikumspreis for Best Film

**WINNER International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam**
Audience Award


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