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Spring 2019 Events

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 6:30pm, James Gallery

Music and Movements: Listening Event with Josh MacPhee of Interference Archive

 In the early 1960s, 12” long-playing albums and 7” “singles” took over the recording industry. The Civil Rights Movements took notice. The Congress for Racial Equality released Sit-In Songs: Songs of the Freedom Riders in 1962. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s Freedom Singers quickly followed, releasing their first single and album—both titled We Shall Overcome—in 1963. Over a dozen recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. were released in the 1960s. In the 1970s, music becomes a key part of the struggle against the rightist

coup in Chile, and in the 1980s the anti-apartheid movement grew through recorded music. Journey into politicized sound with a collective listening session and discussion of the cross-over between mass-distributed pop music and political movements

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:30pm, Segal Theatre

Animated Objects and Resistant Bodies

This evening’s performances are the live component to the exhibit at the Gallery of the College of Staten Island, entitled Playthings and Performing Objects. This event explores how objects and images can be constituted to manifest themselves and enlisted toward statements and positions that resist current political culture. The evening’s performances and films feature not only resistant bodies and voices but also explore ways in which animated objects and moving images can serve to form a phalanx against encroaching rightwing forces in the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere. Included in the event is Zoe Beloff's film Exile, a new toy theater performance of Terror as Usual by Great Small Works, and performances by Camel Collective and Natalia de Campos and Thiago Szmrecsányi.


Friday, May 16, 2019, 6:30pm, location TBA

Presentation and Discussion with Alejandra Bronfman on Sounds of the Military in the Caribbean, with Maria Edurne Zuazu.

More information to come.

Fall 2018 Events

Friday, November 2, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Segal Theater
Happy Birthday Marsha! Screening and Filmmaker Talk Back
Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a short film about iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Filmmakers Tourmaline Gossett and Sasha Wortzel will join for a talk-back after the screening. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored with the Doctoral Student's Council, the Center for LGBTQ Studies, and the Center for the Humanities.

Spring 2018 Events

Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:00pm, Segal Theater
A Conversation and Reading with Pedro Cabiya (Puerto Rican writer, poet, and filmmaker).

On Friday, April 13, The Graduate Center's Film Studies Certificate Program and the Cinema Studies Group will be sponsoring an event with Pedro Cabiya - A Puerto Rican writer living in the Dominican Republic.

Cabiya is today one of the most prominent voices in the Hispanic Caribbean. A very prolific writer, he has published in a wide variety of genres: poetry, novels, short stories and hard-boiled graphic novels. Many of his works have acquired cult status. He is also a screenwriter and, most recently, one of his novels have been adapted to film: Reinbou.

At The Graduate Center, Cabiya will hold a conversation and will read from his new novel Third World. We will also screen the film REINBOU (2017). The novel Reinbou, and the film adaptation, follow the life of a boy living in Santo Domingo during the 1970’s, while simultaneously revealing the intrigues of the Dominican Civil War that took place a decade earlier in 1965.

The reading will be in English. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Date: Friday, April 13
Place: Martin E. Segal Theater Center, The Graduate Center
Time: 6pm Conversation and Reading followed by the Screening of REINBOU

Free and open to the public. Organized by Magdalena Sagardía

For more information about Pedro Cabiya's work and, for the film's trailer, see the links below:[][]

Fall 2017 Events

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:30pm-9:00pm, room 9204
Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema

Featured speaker: Elena Gorfinkel

The Film Studies Certificate Program is delighted to welcome Dr. Elena Gorfinkel (King’s College, London), who will present from her new book, Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s (Minnesota 2017).
One of the most fascinating phenomena of 1960s film culture is the emergence of American sexploitation films of the 1960s—salacious independent films made on the margins of Hollywood. Hundreds of such films were produced and shown on both urban and small-town screens over the course of the decade. Yet despite their vital importance to the film scene, and though they are now understood as a gateway to the emergence of publicly exhibited hardcore pornography in the early 1970s, these films have been largely overlooked by scholars. Lewd Looks recovers a lost chapter in this history.
Defined by low budgets, quick production times, unknown actors, strategic uses of nudity, and a sensationalist obsession with unbridled female sexuality, sexploitation films provide a unique window into a tumultuous period in American culture and sexual politics. Gorfinkel examines the social and legal developments that made sexploitation films possible: their aesthetics, their regulation, and their audiences. In an illustrated talk, Gorfinkel will share from this research, exploring the ways sexploitation films changed how spectators encountered and made sense of the sexualized body and set the stage for the adult film industry of today.
Elena Gorfinkel is senior lecturer in Film Studies at King's College London. She is author of Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s (Minnesota 2017), and co-editor of Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (Minnesota, 2011) and Global Cinema Networks (Rutgers, 2018). Her writing on embodiment, sexuality, labor, temporality and marginal cinemas have appeared in numerous journals and edited collections.