2013 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Film

The Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Film, hosted by the film studies program, is a combination of classes and events throughout the spring semester. Free and open to the public, events include a lecture series from internationally known academics and filmmakers, and a three-day film festival, Latin America in the Movies.

Latin America in the Movies: A Film Festival From and About Latin America

March 1-3
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

“Latin America in the Movies” is a three-day film festival that brings films to Richmond that cannot be found in local movie theaters or on television. Sixteen films, both features and documentaries from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United States will be screened, with discussions presented by filmmakers and specialists. The festival will be linked to a class on Latin American cinema in which students will have the opportunity to meet Latin American film directors and learn about their craft.

The films selected have received numerous national and international awards, covering a wide range of contemporary subjects: the wars of independence, memory, labor and the environment, liberation theology, political activism, family and adopted children from regions at war, trials against the paramilitary, and more. All films have English subtitles. Presentations and Q&A will be conducted in English.


Around Bertrand Tavernier
Thursday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business
Get an insider’s look at working with Bertrand Tavernier through a panel discussion with three of his regular collaborators: assistant director Jean Achache, cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn, and film editor Ariane Boeglin.

One of France's premiere directors, screenwriters, and producers, Bertrand Tavernier has directed over 50 feature length films and has won many awards, including five César Awards, four Berlin Film Festival awards, a Best Director Award, (Cannes Film Festival), a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and a Prix Louis Delluc. His films include The Judge and the Assassin (1976), Coup de Torchon (1981), Mississippi Blues (1982), Round Midnight (1986), Life and Nothing But (1991), The Undeclared War (1991), It All Starts Today (1999), Safe Conduct (2000), In The Electric Mist (2007), and The Princess of Montpensier (2010).

Noir Infrastructure: A Lynchian Air

Dr.  Justus Nieland
March 27, 5:30 p.m.
Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall
Dr. Justus Nieland recently published arguably the most important study of the challenging but richly accomplished cinema of David Lynch. His presentation will discuss the way modern design practices quite literally color and shape Lynch’s famous interiors, including his work’s attention to the role of affect in specific settings and in viewers’ encounters with his films. He is co-editor of the Contemporary Film Directors series at the University of Illinois Press and an associate professor of modernism and film studies at Michigan State University.

Sound in Hitchcock's The Birds
Dr. Richard Allen
April 15, 5:30 p.m.
Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall
Dr. Richard Allen is an internationally known authority of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. His talk will focus on the use of sound in Hitchcock’s masterpiece of suspense, The Birds (1963). He is the author of Hitchcock’s Romantic Irony (Columbia University Press, 2007) and three edited collections—Alfred Hitchcock: Centenary Essays (BFI, 1999), Hitchcock: Past and Future (Routledge, 2004) with Sam Ishii-Gonzales, and The Hitchcock Annual Anthology (Wallflower Press, 2009) with Sid Gottlieb. Allen is chair of cinema studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Film and Culture in Cuba Today (in Spanish)
Dr. Ana Lopez
April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
Dr. Ana Lopez’s scholarship focuses on Latin American film, media, television, and popular culture. In her talk, Lopez will discuss recent changes in Cuban cultural and political environment, and the impact of these changes in Cuban film production. She will also discuss a recent Cuban film Juan of the Dead, which will be screened as part of the Latin America in the Movies festival. Dr. Lopez’s work has been widely published in film and Latin American studies journals, and she is the co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Latin American Culture (Routledge, 2000). She is an associate professor of communication and the director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University.

* Film and Culture in Cuba Today is co-sponsored by the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies and the Film Studies Program.
* This lecture is also part of the annual Senior Student Symposium, a one day conference in which all LAIS majors present a research piece, in Spanish, to an audience of peers and professors.

Past Events

Border Media: Violence and the State

Dr. Camilla Fojas
Jan. 24, 5:30 pm
Jepson 118, Jepson Hall
Dr. Camilla Fojas’ research examines the construction and representation of race and national borders in cinema and popular culture, providing in-depth analyses of films ranging from Vidor’s Duel in the Sun (1946) to more contemporary works such as Jones’s The Three Burials of Meliquiades Estrada (2005). Her UR lecture builds off this research to consider two recent films, Rodriquez’s Machete (2010) and Naranjo’s Miss Bala (2011). She is professor and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program and DePaul University.

Questions? Contact Abigail Cheever