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Labor Goes to the Movies: An Evergreen Island & Before the Mountain Was Moved

Event Date: 
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. These two documentaries present stories of ordinary flesh-and-blood people’s resistance to corporate resource extraction that destroys their villages and houses, leaves the land uninhabitable and useless, and poisons water for people and wildlife.

Labor Goes to the Movies: The Birds

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.

The Birds

Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963, US) is his last undisputed masterpiece. The story of a small-town California man, living with his overbearing mother and drawn to an alluring, independent blonde socialite, showcases many of Hitchcock's themes, but eliminates his traditional human villains (spies, thieves, murderers and the like) for the very forces of nature. As birds of every species unite in sudden fury to invade, attack and destroy, this small town is thrown into a great panic and civilization itself starts to unravel. The bird attacks are spontaneous, overwhelming, brutal and utterly mysterious. According to Hitchcock’s wry comment in the trailer, surely the birds appreciate all we've done for them”.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

Labor Goes to the Movies: Godzilla

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

Godzilla/Gojira

(1954, Japan, Ishiro Honda)
Born from the general atmosphere of dread and anxiety with which 1950s Japan viewed atomic weapons, Toho Studios’ Godzilla spawned an entire genre of daikaiju (“giant strange beast”) films, as well as endless sequels, spinoffs and remakes. But no subsequent films have approached the incredible staying power of the original; this incarnation of Godzilla may be just a man in a rubber suit, but his relevancy and impact on pop culture are undiminished even today. An ancient beast stirred from its underwater lair by atom bomb tests, Godzilla embodies the double threat of humanity’s nuclear aggression and the resultant rage of the natural world. For J. Hoberman, “As crass as it is visionary, Godzilla belongs with—and might well trump—the art films Hiroshima Mon Amour and Dr. Strangelove as a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare.”

Labor Goes to the Movies: The Island President

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise.

The Island President

The Island President (2011, US, Jon Shenk) documents the efforts of President Mohammed Nasheem of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country on the planet, to slow sea level rise by pushing for the implementation of global CO2 emissions limits. Shot mostly in 2009 and released in 2012, the film highlights the events in Copenhagen during the U.N. climate summit, with footage shot both inside the negotiations and outside in the streets. The film offers an important look at a largely unknown island nation experiencing the mortal threat of inundation consequent to global warming.

Labor Goes to the Movies: Hannah Arendt

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

Hannah Arendt (Germany, von Trotta, 2012)

Director Margarethe von Trotta is joined again by Barbara Sukowa (now of Brooklyn) in a narrative feature about the German Jewish philosopher's work. The focus is on Arendt's witnessing and writing about the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann (including documentary footage of the trial) and the furore surrounding her book about the trial-famously subtitled "The Banality of Evil."

Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Work." Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2013-14 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)

PSC-CUNY Union Hall
61 Broadway
16th Floor
New York

Labor Goes to the Movies: Glory

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/14/2014 - 18:00

Glory (USA, Zwick, 1989)

This film relates the story of the legendary 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the first black Union Army regiment, organized and commissioned in 1863 at the insistence of Frederick Douglass and other Black abolitionists and 'sponsored' by the free Black communities of the North.

Speaker: Clarence Taylor, Professor of History, Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, has written widely on the modern civil rights and Black Power movements, African-American religion, and the modern history of New York City.

Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Work." Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2013-14 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)

PSC-CUNY Union Hall
61 Broadway
16th Floor
New York

Labor Goes to the Movies Special Saturday Event: Mildred Pierce

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:00 to 17:00

Mildred Pierce (USA,Haynes,2011)

This Emmy-award HBO series is not a remake of the 1945 Joan Crawford vehicle, but a faithful, leisurely adaptation of the original 1941 James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity)novel.
Director Todd Haynes pays careful attention to the green and gold of the California landscape and every detail of the houses, cars and costumes of the period as he creates "a nightmare as American as Mom and apple pie" (J. Hoberman).

We will show the miniseries in its entirety. Details on the episodes are available at HBO.

Doors open at 12pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Work." Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2013-14 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)

PSC-CUNY Union Hall
61 Broadway
16th Floor
New York

Location
PSC Union Hall
RSVP Phone Number: 
212 354 1252 ex 270

Labor Goes to the Movies-Leviathan

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/08/2013 - 18:00 to 21:00

Leviathan (France/UK/USA, Castaing-Taylor and Paravel, 2012)
leviathan.jpgThe film records the sounds and images of a commercial fishing boat off the coast of New Bedford, Massachussetts. Without a word of commentary, with virtually no audible dialogue, smothered under the unceasing roar of the machinery and the sea, the filmmakers shared the multiple lightweight cameras with the crew, capturing the intense sensorial experience of the work on the boat. Not only does the film withhold judgment on the activity of the boat and crew, but the filmmakers specifically wanted to allow no privileged status to the humans: “In typical cinema fiction or non-fiction humans occupy the pride of place. . . In our films I guess we always try to relativise the human and to make them be as, I think in reality we are, part of a much larger sphere of nature.” “visually ravishing, Leviathan is in every way sensational.”– J. Hoberman.

Location
PSC CUNY Union Hall
Address: 
61 Broadway, 15th fl
City: 
NEW YORK
State: 
New York (NY)
Zip: 
10006
RSVP Phone Number: 
212 354 1252 ex 270

Labor Goes to the Movies-Pickpocket

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 18:00 to 21:00

Pickpocket
Pickpocket (France, Bresson, 1959)

Robert Bresson, one of the great French precursors of the New Wave, made films that managed to reach the spiritual through a rigorous anchoring in the material world. The hypnotic recurrence of objects, gestures, sounds and “models” (his term for actors) fills Bresson’s films, a resolutely modern world shorn of traditional cultural moorings, leaving characters adrift yet searching. Adapted from Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pickpocket transforms the meticulous criminal craft into visual ballet, a startling appreciation of the beauty of manual work.

Location
PSC CUNY Union Hall
Address: 
61 Broadway, 15th fl
City: 
NEW YORK
State: 
New York (NY)
Zip: 
10006
RSVP Phone Number: 
212 354 1252 ex 270

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