OWU, Strand Theatre announce 2017 Community Film Series


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OWU holds inaugural Film Festival

Ohio Wesleyan University students have launched OWU’s first International Queer Film Festival to showcase acclaimed cinema from around the globe and create an opportunity to discuss LGBTQ issues.

The film festival launched Feb. 1 and continues weekly through April 4. Admission is free. The festival was created by junior Ryan Bishop and is sponsored by OWU’s People Regarding Individual Diversity Everywhere (PRIDE), Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA), Spectrum Resource Center, and Chinese Culture Club.

“It was born out of frustration and love for cinema,” said Bishop, a zoology major and East Asian studies minor. He organized the festival with help from senior Meme Salazar Rodriguez (representing VIVA Latinx and the House of Linguistic Diversity) and junior Jason Perry (representing SUBA).

“There came a point for me where the lack of meaningful queer characters or story lines in movies with otherwise good, unique plots became too much,” Bishop said. “So I decided to put together a two-month-long event showcasing queer cinema from around the world – queer characters living their lives in the cultural settings they were born in, having well-rounded storylines.”

Bishop said he was careful to pick films that received critical and/or audience acclaim to help ensure a meaningful experience for film-goers. “We try to open the floor to discussion after the film,” he said. “We also open the festival with remarks related to the theme of the movie and the region of the world it comes from. …

“We hope to give queer people on campus a chance to have a film festival dedicated solely to stories that may be similar to theirs, and to also give everyone on campus a chance to watch wonderful queer cinema from around the globe, which they would otherwise probably not encounter,” he said. “Ultimately, if we give just a few people a new way of seeing things, we will have succeeded.”

Upcoming films to be shown as part of OWU’s International Queer Film Festival are as follows. Please note the films contain mature subject matter and language. Unless otherwise noted, all will be screened in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

  • 7 p.m. March 20 – “Beautiful Boxer” (Thailand, 2004). Based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgender kick-boxer, this poignant action drama punches straight into the heart and mind of a person who fights fiercely to be able to express themselves as a woman.
  • 7 p.m. April 4 – “The Handmaiden” (South Korea, 2016). From famed director Park Chan Wook, this gripping and sensual tale is set in Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Lady Hideko lives an isolated life, attended to only by her handmaiden, Sook Hee, who plans to rob her of her inheritance with a conman pretending to be a Japanese count.

Learn more about the International Queer Film Festival at www.facebook.com/owuiqff and more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Spectrum Resource Center at www.owu.edu/spectrum.

DELAWARE – The Community Film Series – an annual tradition created by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of English and downtown Delaware’s historic Strand Theatre kicks off March 7 and continues through April 26.

All films in the 2017 series will be screened at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Strand, 28 E. Winter St., Delaware. General admission is $7 or $6 with a valid Ohio Wesleyan ID. Films comprising the 2017 Community Film Series are:

  • March 7-8: “Something Wild” (Demme, 1986). A genre-bending screwball comedy and thriller, “Something Wild” captures the cultural Zeitgeist of the mid-1980s, with its clash between Yuppie suburban life and free-spirited bohemianism. After a classic opening “meet-cute,” Lulu (Melanie Griffith) and Charlie (Jeff Daniels) set off to enjoy a spontaneous romantic weekend, only to be challenged by the reappearance of Lulu’s ex-con ex-husband, Ray (Ray Liotta). (Rated R, 114 mins.)
  • March 21-22: “Chinatown” (Polanski, 1974). This neo-film noir follows private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), by turns confused and intrigued as he attempts to solve the mystery of the “California water wars” of 1930s Los Angeles. Along the way, he falls in love with the troubled Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and has a series of run-ins with her father (John Huston), one of the creepiest villains ever dreamed up by Hollywood. (Rated R, 130 mins.)
  • March 28-29: “Winter’s Bone” (Granik, 2010). In her breakout role, Jennifer Lawrence plays 17-year-old Ree Dolly, one of the most courageous characters to grace the American movie screen of the 2010s. Amid the hardscrabble rural poverty of the Missouri Ozarks, Ree must locate her missing father in order to save her family’s home. Her crystal meth-addicted uncle Teardrop (John Hawkes) gives her what help he can in ascertaining his brother’s whereabouts. (Rated R, 100 minutes.)
  • April 4-5: “Nostalgia for the Light” (Chile, Guzmán, 2010). This documentary explores life at 10,000 feet above sea level in the driest place on earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert, where astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. Guzmán’s observing camera makes unexpected, sublime connections between star-gazing and the Andean heights’ secrets: the human remains of Pre-Columbian mummies, 19th century explorers, and political prisoners “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the fascist coup of 1973. (Spanish and English with subtitles, 90 mins.)
  • April 11-12: “Life, Above All” (South Africa, Schmitz, 2010). In this film based on the award-winning novel “Chanda’s Secrets” by Allan Stratton, 12-year-old Chanda fights the fear and prejudice of her community outside Johannesburg to get help for her mother, who is suffering from a disease that no one will even name: AIDS. She also fights for her best friend, who depends upon prostitution for survival. This film won the Black Film Critics Circle award for Best Foreign film and the François Chalais Award at Cannes. (Southern Sotho with English subtitles, rated PG-13, 100 mins.)
  • April 18-19: “Like Father, Like Son” (Japan, Koreeda, 2013). A doting father discovers that his 6-year-old son is not his son when the hospital confesses that two babies were switched shortly after birth. He insists that the boys be switched back over his wife’s objections. Critic Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times calls it “meaningful and deeply moving,” and Robbie Collin of The Telegraph calls it “a tender poem about the ebb and flow of paternal love.” It won a Jury Prize at Cannes. (Japanese with English subtitles, not rated, 121 mins.)
  • April 25-26: “Pride” (U.K., Warchus, 2014). Inspired by a true story, Pride recounts what happens when striking coal miners in a small Welsh village in 1984 receive outspoken support from an unexpected – and perhaps unwelcome? – source: a small but enthusiastic group of gay activists from London. Critic David Denby of The New Yorker called it “brilliantly entertaining,” and it won the Queer Palm at Cannes. Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton star. (Rated R, 119 mins.)

Learn more about OWU’s Department of English at www.owu.edu/english and more about the Strand Theatre at www.thestrandtheatre.net.

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Staff Reports

OWU holds inaugural Film Festival

Ohio Wesleyan University students have launched OWU’s first International Queer Film Festival to showcase acclaimed cinema from around the globe and create an opportunity to discuss LGBTQ issues.

The film festival launched Feb. 1 and continues weekly through April 4. Admission is free. The festival was created by junior Ryan Bishop and is sponsored by OWU’s People Regarding Individual Diversity Everywhere (PRIDE), Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA), Spectrum Resource Center, and Chinese Culture Club.

“It was born out of frustration and love for cinema,” said Bishop, a zoology major and East Asian studies minor. He organized the festival with help from senior Meme Salazar Rodriguez (representing VIVA Latinx and the House of Linguistic Diversity) and junior Jason Perry (representing SUBA).

“There came a point for me where the lack of meaningful queer characters or story lines in movies with otherwise good, unique plots became too much,” Bishop said. “So I decided to put together a two-month-long event showcasing queer cinema from around the world – queer characters living their lives in the cultural settings they were born in, having well-rounded storylines.”

Bishop said he was careful to pick films that received critical and/or audience acclaim to help ensure a meaningful experience for film-goers. “We try to open the floor to discussion after the film,” he said. “We also open the festival with remarks related to the theme of the movie and the region of the world it comes from. …

“We hope to give queer people on campus a chance to have a film festival dedicated solely to stories that may be similar to theirs, and to also give everyone on campus a chance to watch wonderful queer cinema from around the globe, which they would otherwise probably not encounter,” he said. “Ultimately, if we give just a few people a new way of seeing things, we will have succeeded.”

Upcoming films to be shown as part of OWU’s International Queer Film Festival are as follows. Please note the films contain mature subject matter and language. Unless otherwise noted, all will be screened in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

  • 7 p.m. March 20 – “Beautiful Boxer” (Thailand, 2004). Based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgender kick-boxer, this poignant action drama punches straight into the heart and mind of a person who fights fiercely to be able to express themselves as a woman.
  • 7 p.m. April 4 – “The Handmaiden” (South Korea, 2016). From famed director Park Chan Wook, this gripping and sensual tale is set in Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Lady Hideko lives an isolated life, attended to only by her handmaiden, Sook Hee, who plans to rob her of her inheritance with a conman pretending to be a Japanese count.

Learn more about the International Queer Film Festival at www.facebook.com/owuiqff and more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Spectrum Resource Center at www.owu.edu/spectrum.

Information for this story was provided by OWU.

Information for this story was provided by OWU.