The International Film Series Presents: Foreign Letters

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Photo courtesy of Film Movement

 

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday February 21, 2014 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free presentation of the American coming-of-age film Foreign Letters.  A brief discussion will follow the film.

Set in the 1980’s, Film Movement describes Foreign Letters as the story of Ellie, a 12-year-old immigrant  from Israel who is lonely and homesick. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. As Ellie and Thuy become inseparable, they eventually hurt and betray each other. Ellie must give up her most prized possession, in order to save their friendship. Based on filmmaker Ela Their’s experiences, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us.

Foreign Letters is in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Please email Sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.

From Book to Film

 

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Looking for a good book?  Why not see the movie instead?  Media Resources houses dozens of films based on bestselling books.  From classic stories like Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird to young adult favorites like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hunger Games, there is something for everyone.

The International Film Series Presents: A Screaming Man

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Photo courtesy of Film Movement.

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 13, 2013 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free presentation of the drama A Screaming Man. Professor George Aulisio will lead a discussion following the film.

Set in Chad, A Screaming Man is described by Film Movement as the story of Adam, an aging former swimming champion, who is a pool attendant at a popular hotel. When the hotel is taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of civil war. Rebel forces attack the government while the authorities demand the population contribute to the war effort.  Can Adam and his family survive the changes that are breaking their world apart?  

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun A Screaming Man is in French and Arabic with English subtitles and is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Please email Sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.

 

Are You a Train Buff?

Trains magazine ranks The General as one of the 10 best train movies of all time. Buster Keaton’s extraordinary stunt work and the use of Civil War-era trains make this film a classic.
Don’t let the train leave the station without you! Join us for the International Film Series’ free presentation of The General at 7:00 p.m. Friday October 18th in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.
This screening is being held in conjunction with the Lackawanna County Library System’s Scranton Reads program and is open to the public.
Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.

 

The International Film Series Presents: The General

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Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber.

What do you do when the love of your life and your beloved locomotive are stolen from you by enemy troops?   If you’re Buster Keaton, you deliver laughs and excitement while doing whatever it takes to recover what is yours!
The General is a 1926 silent film set in the midst of the American Civil War. Keaton plays Johnny Gray, an engineer whose train, The General, is stolen by Northern spies while the lovely Annabelle Lee is on board. Gray embarks on a daring adventure to save the day.

 Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, The General, captures the visual aspects of the Civil War while being thoroughly entertaining. 

 Join us for this free event on Friday October 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Kevin Norris will lead a discussion following the film. 

This screening is being held in conjunction with the Lackawanna County Library System’s Scranton Reads event and is open to the public.

 Contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.

NEW! – Circulation of Media to Students

During Fall 2013 the Library is piloting a new service which offers students the option to check out films for a 48-hour loan period.  This gives students the convenience of viewing films outside of regular Library hours.  The success of this pilot will determine if the service continues.

The library owns thousands of DVDs which may be used for home viewing or research.  Films do not have public performance rights, so they may not be shown publicly at club/group meetings.  Some films are Reserved for use in the Library and will not be part of this pilot.

To find out if a film you’d like to see is available, search the catalog for the title, and choose DVD or VHS under the Format heading to restrict the search.  You can also search by keyword to find films on a particular topic, like Physics.

 So if you missed a popular film like Life of Pi, or you need more information for that paper you’re writing, see what Media Resources has to offer.

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The International Film Series Presents Sleeper

 

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Photo courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures.

 

 What would you expect to find when you woke up after being cryogenically frozen for 200 years?

See Woody Allen’s slapstick vision of the future in one of his funniest films.

Swank Motion Pictures describes Sleeper as the story of health-food store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) who enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles’ sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother’s body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a “brave new world” of deadening conformity, ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen leader. Miles is forced to flee for his life when the scientists — actually a group of revolutionary activists — are overpowered by the leader’s police.  Stop in to find out what happens next…

Join us on Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Jean Lenville, Assistant Dean of the Library, will lead a discussion following the film.   The event is open to the public and free of charge.  Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.

The International Film Series Presents Found Memories

Photo courtesy of Film Movement
Photo courtesy of Film Movement

Things change, but not in Jotuomba, a mysterious Brazilian village which is the setting for Found Memories. When a Rita, a young photographer, arrives in town, she disrupts the quiet routine of the village which has a profound effect on the villagers and her.

Please join us on Thursday May 2, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free showing.

This 2011 drama is from Argentina, Brazil and France and is in Portuguese with English subtitles. Dr. Yamile Silva will lead a discussion following the film.

Contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6330 for reservations.

See you at the movies!

New! Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume I and Volume II

A new resource from Alexander Street Press has been added to the databases and Streaming Media web page.  Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volumes I and II contains over 700 hours of training videos, reenactments and footage of actual therapy sessions conducted by world-renowned therapists such as Albert Ellis, Allen Ivey, and  our own John Norcross.

The collection highlights dozens of therapeutic methods, diagnoses, and cultural groups and is a valuable tool for anyone involved in studying, teaching, or practicing in the helping professions.

Login to my.scranton and use the Library tab so that you’ll be authenticated as a University of Scranton user.  Links are found on the Streaming Media web page, the A-Z Database under C and in the Databases by Subject under Counseling and Human Services and Psychology. Authorized users can create an account and make custom clips and playlists.  Counseling and Therapy in Video can be accessed on or off campus from a computer, iPhone, iPad or Android.

If you have any questions about Counseling and Therapy in Video Volumes I and II, or would like more information, please contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6330.

Join Us for Corpo Celeste

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Photo courtesy of Film Movement.

The International Film Series presents the Italian drama Corpo Celeste at 7 p.m. on Friday April 12,2013 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.   Dr. Marzia Caporale will lead a discussion following the film.

Adolescence is a time of change, challenge, and transformation. The Italian coming-of-age drama Corpo Celeste portrays 13-year-old Marta facing the trials of youth as a newcomer to Calabria, Italy after living 10 years in Switzerland. With a mother trying to make ends meet by working at a bakery, Marta sets off into the city bright-eyed and restless. She seeks a community in the local church where she prepares for the rite of confirmation. Despite her hope, she soon realizes the hypocrisy of the priest and the misplaced morality of the local community. Through these interactions, Marta realizes she must take the first step in shaping her own life, as she climbs towards adulthood.

Corpo Celeste is the writing and directing debut of Alice Rohrwachers, and is in Italian with English subtitles.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.  Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.