The University of Massachusetts Boston Film Series, an initiative of the Chancellor's Office, continues with screening of BIG MEN and Filmmaker Q&A with Rachel Boynton, 7 p.m.
This monthly Series, which is free and open to the public, showcases innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers and their work. The UMass Boston Film Series pays particular attention to emerging and iconic directors of acclaimed documentaries that have obtained recognition for their unique, relevant, and exceptional cinematic efforts. The Series hosts filmmakers for in-person Q&As moderated by curator and lecturer Chico Colvard. The Film Series also partners with UMass Boston faculty, film industry insiders, and local organizations to participate in post-screening panel discussions about the issues central to the featured films. Ultimately, the UMass Boston Film Series aims to create a synergy of place around the moving image.
"Big Men" is a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals with crazy access to everyone. It gives you a ticket to places you’ll never get to otherwise, taking you into the room as company executives meet with Heads of State and into the jungle as militants blow up pipelines, causing worldwide oil prices to soar.
BIO: Rachel Boynton produced and directed the feature-length documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, winner of the International Documentary Association’s Best Feature Documentary Award and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film aired internationally and in the U.S. on The Sundance Channel. Our Brand Is Crisis also screened at multiple festivals worldwide including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where Boynton was the winner of the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. Currently George Clooney’s company, Smokehouse, plan to remake Our Brand Is Crisis as a fiction feature. Her other credits include associate producer for the feature documentary Well-Founded Fear, producer/director/cinematographer for Pageant Perfect, and associate producer of People Like Us: Social Class in America. She has managed shoots across America, worked on films in Cuba and France, and directed casting for reality-based commercials.
Campus Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
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Tuesday, October 22 @ 7PM - GOD LOVES UGANDA
Filmmaker Q&A with Roger Ross-Williams
A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and
Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.
BIO: Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence, winner of the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar® for directing and producing a film. He has produced and directed dozens of hours of non-fiction programming for major television networks and cable channels. Williams has won numerous awards for his work. Currently Williams has several projects in development, including a feature narrative film about the African American Baptist church titled Black Sheep.
Thursday, November 7 @ 7PM - LUCKY
Filmmaker Q&A with Laura Checkoway & subject, Lucky Torres
Masked in tattoos and armed with an indomitable spirit, Lucky Torres has forged a path all her own. Spanning five years, this intimate survival story delves deep into the fringes of NYC to reveal a life etched in wounds, longing, resilience and dreams.
BIO: Journalist Laura Checkoway has penned revealing celebrity profiles and investigative features for numerous publications including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Complex, and Spin. She is the former senior editor of Vibe magazine. Her first book, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011 and short-listed as one of the best music books of the year by NPR. She’s directed and produced documentary segments for PBS World, Google and Scion/Toyota. Lucky is her first feature length documentary.
Thursday, November 21 @ 7PM - BLACK OUT
Filmmaker Q&A with Eva Weber
Every day during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school children begin a nightly pilgrimage to the airport, petrol stations and wealthy parts of the city, searching for light. This evocative documentary tells the story of these children’s inspiring struggle for education in the face of the country’s own fight for change.
BIO: Originally from Germany, Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her award-winning films have screened at numerous international film festivals, broadcast on UK and international television, and shown at art exhibitions and museums. Black Out received its world premiere in 2012 at IDFA, and won the award for Best Short Documentary at the FIFE Environmental Film Festival in Paris and the Jury Award at the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival. Weber is currently in development with a number of feature projects, including the fiction feature Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name based on the novel by Vendela Vida.
Thursday, December 5 @ 7PM - MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
Filmmaker Q&A with Tom Berninger
In 2010, rock band, The National, were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour's crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom, decided to bring his camera along. Tom's at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother's shadow brings out the younger sibling in him - he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own.
BIO: Tom Berninger was born and raised in Cincinnati. At an early age—and guided by his older brother, Matt—Tom discovered a love of movies, especially horror and action films. After attending film school at Montana State University, he moved back to Cincinnati, where he continued to work on short films with his friends. Mistaken for Strangers is Tom’s most ambitious film to date.