<< October 2017 >>

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Life of Wuxun

Film - Feature | October 1 | 2:30-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Notorious as the first film banned by Mao and the PRC, The Life of Wuxun tells the real-life story of a Qing dynasty–era peasant who devoted his life to free education for all.

No Home Movie

Film - Documentary | October 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akerman’s ultra-personal final work reflects on history, distance, memory, and intimacy, and reaffirms her inextricable relationship with her mother, a Holocaust survivor.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Berkeley Water Group's Screening of Water and Power: A California Heist

Film - Documentary | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

Hey everyone!
We’re approaching the heart of midterm season, but be sure to take a study break and join us on Monday 10/2 for a documentary and discussion!
We will be watching Water & Power: A California Heist. It's a documentary about how a handful of corporate landowners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state's most precious public resource, while drought...   More >

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Film - Documentary | October 4 | 4-5:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This playful portrait captures filmmaker, artist, and musician Tony Conrad’s radical and creative life. “Essential viewing for anyone involved in the history of music and visual art” (Artforum). With Beverly and Tony Conrad’s short flicker film Straight and Narrow.

Major!: October's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | October 4 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Movies at Moffitt presents MAJOR!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Film - Documentary | October 5 | 7-8:20 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A who’s-who of the African American culturati—including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and Ishmael Reed—appear in this documentary tracing Baldwin’s trajectory from Harlem to Europe and across the US. “A haunting, beautifully made biography” (Los Angeles Times).

Friday, October 6, 2017

Listen to Me, Marlon

Film - Documentary | October 6 | 4-5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A treasure trove of audiotapes, home movies, film clips, and more yields a mesmerizing portrait of one of America’s great performers. “A peculiarly philosophical, melancholic and beautiful piece of work” (IndieWire).

The Third Man

Film - Feature | October 6 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Joseph Cotten pursues Orson Welles through postwar Vienna in Graham Greene and Carol Reed’s cynical masterpiece. “Seeing it on the big screen is like watching it for the first time” (New York Times).

Saturday, October 7, 2017

College

Film - Feature | October 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Get in the mood for Homecoming Week with this classic of college chaos starring Buster Keaton as an egghead in jockland.

Went the Day Well?

Film - Feature | October 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An unsuspecting British village is infiltrated by sixty German paratroopers in “a wartime conspiracy thriller, a black-comic nightmare and a surrealist masterpiece” (Guardian), based on a Graham Greene story.

Bright Day

Film - Feature | October 7 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The great Chinese star Shi Hui stars as an energetic lawyer fighting for the good of his neighbors in this stirring, almost Capra-esque drama from Cao Yu, one of China’s most important twentieth-century playwrights.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Serenade for Haiti

Film - Feature | October 8 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Music is our refuge,” says a student at the Sainte Trinité Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. “With music . . . we feel we are in another world, far from troubles.” Owsley Brown’s vibrant documentary recognizes the troubles but celebrates the refuge, testifying to the role that music can play in creating community and sustaining hope under the most difficult of circumstances. Shot in...   More >

A Countess from Hong Kong

Film - Feature | October 8 | 4-5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando team up in Charlie Chaplin’s swan song, a bedroom farce involving an American diplomat and a stowaway Russian escaping prostitution.

Je, tu, il, elle

Film - Feature | October 8 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In her first feature, Akerman plunges into the themes—desire, longing, intimacy, and estrangement—that she would continue to plumb throughout her career. With Akerman’s debut short, Saute ma ville.

Monday, October 9, 2017

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Film - Documentary | October 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Maurice Fitzpatrick, Filmmaker

 Robert O'Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland

 Irish Studies Program at IES, The Los Gatos Irish Writers Festival, The Irish Literary & Historical Society

Maurice Fitzpatrick's new documentary recounts the life of Nobel
Laureate John Hume and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. The
film is narrated by Liam Neeson and features exclusive interviews with Tony Blair, John Major, Bill Clinton, and Bono, among other figures connected with the Peace Process.

Following the screening, Fitzpatrick will discuss the film with Robert
O'Driscoll,...   More >

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Which Way Home

Film - Feature | October 11 | 6-8 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Academy Award nominee Which Way Home shows the personal side of migration across this border, through the eyes of children. Director Rebecca Cammisa follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.”

(Photo courtesy of Bullfrog Films.)

Romance and Rage

Film - Short | October 11 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley professor and Canyon filmmaker Jeffrey Skoller spotlights women filmmakers Stephanie Beroes, Lynn Marie Kirby, Sandra Davis, Chick Strand, and Cauleen Smith in a program of films dating from 1978 to 1992.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Long Ride: Film Screening and Director Talk

Film - Documentary | October 12 | 5-7:30 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Room 4

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, AFSCME Local 3299, UC Berkeley Multicultural Immigrant Student Program (MISP)

Join us for a film screening of The Long Ride followed by Q & A with the director and members of the 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.

The Long Ride chronicles the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride and follows the progress and setbacks as immigration rights activists seek justice for immigrant workers and push for passage of comprehensive immigration reform. With the Freedom...   More >

FITE Film Premiere Night: "From Incarceration to Education" The Stories of the Underground Scholars

Film - Documentary | October 12 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Photogenie Films

From Incarceration to Education is a documentary film that delves into the lives of several formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley, and their paths to success and higher education. Please join us for our very own FITE Night, Thursday, October 12, 6:30 PM at Stanley Hall (Room #105), located at UC Berkeley.

$10 General Admission

 50% off for UC Berkeley students!. Buy tickets online

Long Live the Missus

Film - Feature | October 12 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of China’s most revered writers, the renowned Eileen Chang (Lust, Caution), wrote the screenplay for this enchanting, eye-opening look at family dynamics, sexual politics, and fabulous fashions in a thoroughly modern China.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quest for a Long-Lost Husband

Film - Feature | October 13 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fascinating glimpse of the Chinese diaspora across southeast Asia, this Hong Kong production follows a wayward husband through Southern China and Thailand, and tracks the travails of the wife he leaves behind.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Listen to Me, Marlon

Film - Documentary | October 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A treasure trove of audiotapes, home movies, film clips, and more yields a mesmerizing portrait of one of America’s great performers. “A peculiarly philosophical, melancholic and beautiful piece of work” (IndieWire).

Our Man in Havana

Film - Feature | October 14 | 5:45-7:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A vacuum-cleaner salesman in steamy Cuba turns to international espionage in this droll spy spoof from a quartet of formidable Englishmen—actors Alec Guinness and Noel Coward, writer Graham Greene, and director Carol Reed.

Suspicion

Film - Feature | October 14 | 8-9:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A war-veteran husband and his wife are slowly consumed with distrust in Xu Changlin’s fascinating hybrid of noir thriller and melodrama.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Fallen Idol

Film - Feature | October 15 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Graham Greene and Carol Reed’s gripping, gorgeously visualized thriller about a boy, a butler, and the butler’s secrets “reminds us of the glories of the black-and-white cinema at its peak” (New York Observer).

Reflections in a Golden Eye

Film - Feature | October 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Huston adapts Carson McCullers’s tale of repressed homosexuality with the able help of Marlon Brando as a military man among (many) men on a Southern army base, and Elizabeth Taylor as his put-upon wife.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Films of Claudio Caldini

Film - Feature | October 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A rare visit by the Argentine filmmaker Claudio Caldini, whose Super 8 and regular 8mm films are “eternal, dematerialized, and transcendent” (Pablo Marin).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Deej: Inclusion shouldn't be a lottery.

Film - Documentary | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Disability Studies Research Cluster, HIFIS

A nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. The documentary film Deej, with its insider view of autism, challenges us all to live inclusion. Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese ("Deej") found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a tect-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of...   More >

Investigating Paradise: 2017 Arab Film Festival Premiere

Film - Documentary | October 19 | 6-8:15 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in location

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival

From French-Algerian visionary Merzak Allouache, Berlinale 2017 pick INVESTIGATING PARADISE is a manifold treatise in what it means to be "radicalized."

News from Home

Film - Feature | October 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New York City, imposing and anonymous, serves as the visual counterpoint to Akerman’s reading of her own mother’s letters in this personal, gorgeously photographed film. With short La chambre.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Horse Feathers

Film - Feature | October 20 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA celebrates Homecoming Weekend with this perennial favorite in which college president Groucho and the other Marx Brothers wreak havoc on higher education.

The Godfather

Film - Feature | October 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and—with an impact that far outweighs his screen time—Marlon Brando anchor Coppola’s oft-imitated, never-improved mob epic, one of the defining films of seventies Hollywood.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Horse Feathers

Film - Feature | October 21 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA celebrates Homecoming Weekend with this perennial favorite in which college president Groucho and the other Marx Brothers wreak havoc on higher education.

Window to America

Film - Feature | October 21 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A New York City businessman hopes to market a suicidal window washer’s grief to the highest bidder in this acidic Korean War–era satire on American capitalism, played entirely by Chinese actors in whiteface.

Brighton Rock

Film - Feature | October 21 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Richard Attenborough stars as a teenage psychopath leading a gang of toughs in Brighton, Britain’s seedy seaside resort. “The best film to capture [Graham] Greene’s seedy world of evil, sin, and betrayal” (The Observer).

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Horse Feathers

Film - Feature | October 22 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA celebrates Homecoming Weekend with this perennial favorite in which college president Groucho and the other Marx Brothers wreak havoc on higher education.

Man with a Suitcase

Film - Feature | October 22 | 3:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akerman’s brilliantly funny comedy of manners could be the cinema’s most eloquent evocation of Sartre’s observation, “Hell is other people.” With Akerman’s self-portrait in film clips, Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman.

Apocalypse Now Redux

Film - Feature | October 22 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A reedit of Coppola’s Vietnam War saga, the most astute, acute portrait of Americans at war in the post-World War II period. At the heart of its madness lies Marlon Brando.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Films by Kevin Jerome Everson

Film - Series | October 25 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring a selection of Everson’s films from 2005 to the present that examine formal practices and structures of history while chronicling everyday African American life and excavating its neglected legacies.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Films by Kevin Jerome Everson and Edgar Arceneaux

Film - Series | October 26 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This program, presented in conjunction with the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, showcases the richly textured film and video work of two artists who share a concern for the multiple definitions of art, race, performance, and history.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our Man in Havana

Film - Feature | October 27 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A vacuum-cleaner salesman in steamy Cuba turns to international espionage in this droll spy spoof from a quartet of formidable Englishmen—actors Alec Guinness and Noel Coward, writer Graham Greene, and director Carol Reed.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Film - Feature | October 27 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Observing her mother and her aunts while growing up, Chantal Akerman became aware of the way in which the unending repetition of domestic duties became a proxy for emotion and self-expression. In Jeanne Dielman Akerman, cinematographer Babette Mangolte, and a predominantly female crew depict three days in the life of a middle-aged widow, Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig), living alone with her teenage...   More >

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Film - Documentary | October 28 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Head behind the scenes of one of the most notorious film shoots ever in this fly-on-the-wall documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now. “Fascinating, harrowing film history” (Roger Ebert).

Ministry of Fear

Film - Feature | October 28 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ray Milland is released from an asylum into an even stranger milieu—wartime London, stalked by Nazi spies—in Fritz Lang’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel. “A tour de force of paranoia” (Cinematheque Ontario).

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Precious Treasury

Film - Feature | October 29 | 4:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmed across the mountains, plateaus, and sacred sites of Tibet, The Precious Treasury offers a meditation “rooted solely in sight and sound.” Edited by Nathaniel Dorsky. With short Offerings from Nangchen

Les rendez-vous d’Anna

Film - Feature | October 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akerman’s semi-autobiographical work depicts the travels of a filmmaker on tour in Europe with a new film, and brings up an entire history of migrations and social changes in Europe.