Varsity continues Peripheral Vision Film Series in partnership with SIU professor of film studies
The Varsity has formed a partnership with an SIUC professor to continue its Peripheral Vision Film Series.
"Running Time: Exploring the Nature of Shorts and Feature Films" will be presented each Wednesday evening for six weeks beginning Oct. 16. Walter Metz will explore the concept of duration in storytelling and will screen a film that illustrates the problems narrative artists encounter when deciding how and why to begin and end their work. After each screening, Metz will lead a discussion of each film.
Metz is a professor of Film and Television Studies. His specializations include the adaptation of novels to films, contemporary American cinema, and the 1960s television sitcom.
Each film event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at https://www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but can be purchased on the night of each filming when doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6:30.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with events at facebook.com/varsitycenter.
Here’s what is upcoming in the series:
Oct 16, “Smoke” (1995) From acclaimed director Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”), Smoke follows the stories of multiple characters whose lives lead them in one way or another to a Brooklyn tobacconist store managed by a man named Auggie, played by Harvey Kietel. As we drift in and out of each plotline, we realize how sometimes the most precious things in our lives are truly lighter than the air and we must appreciate those fleeting moments carefully.
Oct 23 “Short Cuts” (1993) Nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, Robert Altman brings the words of Raymond Carver to life in this sprawling anthology film. Drawing upon nine of Carver’s most famous works, the film revolves around the lives of twenty-two characters dealing with luck, death, infidelity, and so much more in Los Angeles during the Medfly epidemic.
Oct. 30, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947) The first feature-length adaptation of the beloved short story, Danny Kaye plays the titular lead character as he deals with the crushing reality of his day-to-day life. Everyone from his fiancée to his mother to his boss bully him in some way or another, causing Walter to retreat into daydreams based on the pulp magazine stories his publishing company prints. However, things get complicated as a woman who almost exactly resembles his dream woman enters his life and drags him into a real-life adventure!
Nov. 6, “Sling Blade” (1996) In this Oscar winning adaptation of Billy Bob Thorton’s short film “Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade,” Thorton plays Karl Childers, an intellectually challenged man released from a psychiatric hospital after serving time for murder. While working as an engine repairman in his small Arkansas hometown, he befriends a young boy who allows him to stay at his house with his mother. It is through this that Karl’s road to recovery is challenged as complications come one after another, while also dealing with the demons of his past.
Nov. 13, “Lumière and Company” (1995) In 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the Cinématographe camera and projector, which revolutionized filmmaking into the art form we know today. A century later, this anthology film was commissioned to honor their contribution to the arts. Forty of the world’s best filmmakers, including Spike Lee and David Lynch, created shorts just like the Lumières. The only requirements were that they had to be under a minute, could not have synchronized sound, and cannot be more than three takes.
Nov. 20 “The Swimmer” (1968) Adapted from John Cheever’s classic short story, “The Swimmer” follows a man named Ned Merrill, who is invited to a pool party after being away for most of the summer. Realizing how many pools there are in the valley, Ned decides to swim every single pool on his way back to his house. With each pool he swims, his encounters become increasingly surreal as we learn more about his life story.