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2016-2017 Tucker-Boatwright Festival

The 2016-2017 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts, presented by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, delves into the cultural impact of cinema and its creators.

Change is Possible and Necessary: New Perspectives on Wim Wenders as Filmmaker and Visual Critic

An International Conference on Wim Wenders
Feb. 24–25, 2017

Wim Wenders came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema in the 1970’s and is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary German film. In addition to his many prize-winning feature films, his work as a scriptwriter, director, producer, photographer and author also encompasses an abundance of innovative documentary films, international photo exhibitions and numerous monographs, film books, and prose collections.

Critical acclaim and regular reviews in the mainstream and specialized presses have not translated into a heightened presence of Wenders’ contributions to cinema in the fields of film studies and German studies, or in more interdisciplinary conversations about visual culture. This conference aims at filling that gap and at bringing new intellectual energy to the scholarship on Wenders’ body of work. Scholars will gather from around the world to discuss all things Wenders and take stock of his major contributions to the visual arts.

French Film: Arts, Science & Technology at Work for Humanity II

A Symposium presented in conjunction with the French Film Festival
March 27-29, 2017

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the renowned French Film Festival, a three-day Symposium will convene to discuss the role of arts, science, and technology in creating a moving cinematic experience. Well-known directors, musicians, actors, and scholars will discuss topics including:

Day 1: Impacts of Music on Screenwriting, Cinematography and Film Editing

Day 2: From Optic Design to Sensor-Chip Engineering: Science & Technology, a Continuum and Guarantor of Our Cinematic Experiences

Day 3: Citizen Camera at Work for Humanity: Auteur Filmmaking and Visual Sovereignty

The French Film Festival will follow the Symposium, taking place March 30 – April 2.