UCI Fall Film Program Hosts Pedro Costa, Tsai Ming-Liang, Stanley Kubrick, Yes Men, Kirby Dick and Closeted Gay Politicians

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Kirby Dick is coming to Irvine to screen "Outrage," his documentary on closeted gay politicians.
UC Irvine's Film and Video Center was late in releasing details of its fall program because the FVC's tiny and tireless staff was unsure whether there would even be a program. (Thank you, UC system across-the-board budget cuts!)

Not only will the show go on, it will feature an impressive lineup of new, classic and experimental fare. Included are a 41st anniversary screening of the late, great Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Orange County premiere of The Yes Men Save the World, a brief residency by Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, an appearance by the leading exponent of Taiwanese Second Wave cinema Tsai Ming-Liang and a documentary on closeted gay politicians introduced by its Oscar-nominated writer-director, Kirby Dick.

Best of all, in these budget-crunched times, it's cheap! Admission to Dick's Outrage and afternoon seminar-screenings with Costa are free, while per-screening tickets to the other evening shorts and features range from a measly $3 to $6. Series passes to all nine evenings are only $15-$25. Full details on the program, tickets and locations follow after the jump . . .
Break of Dawn
Thursday, Oct. 22: reception 6:30 p.m.; screening. 7 p.m.
UCI Humanities Instructional Building 100 (HIB 100)
This independent feature film from 1988, produced during what has come to be known as the "Hispanic Decade," dramatizes the true story of Pedro J. González, the first Spanish-language radio host and recording star of 1930s Los Angeles. He was later framed by the District Attorney's office and sent to San Quentin. Oscar Chávez, María Rojo, Tony Plana and Pepe Serna star in Isaac Artenstein's film, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1988. Presented in association with UCI Law School and co-sponsored by UCI's Chicano/Latino Studies, Film & Media Studies and Spanish & Portuguese departments as part of the Cosecha Latina series, Break of Dawn will be shown in Spanish and English with English subtitles. Artenstein will be on hand to take audience questions immediately following.

Fred Worden's Throbs (1972)
Restoring the Los Angeles Avant-Garde: Films From the 60s & 70s
Thursday, Oct. 29: reception, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 7 p.m.
HIB 100
Presented by UCI Humanities Center and the Film & Media Studies Department and the UCI Humanities Center in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, this From the Archives series presentation is curated and introduced by Academy preservationist Mark Toscano. The Academy resorted prints of films, which will be shown in 16mm format, by 12 artists. The 91-minute program includes:
--- ------- (Thom Andersen & Malcolm Brodwick, 1967, color, sound, 12 min.)
Throbs (Fred Worden, 1972, color, sound, 7 min.)
Bondage Girl (Chris Langdon, 1973, color, sound, 6 min.)
Pasadena Freeway Stills (Gary Beydler, 1974, color, silent, 6 min.)
unc. (Bruce Lane, 1966, color, sound, 3 min.)
Stasis (David Wilson, 1976, color, sound, 8 min.)
Rose For Red (Diana Wilson, 1980, color, sound, 3 min.)
Mirror People (Kathy Rose, 1974, color, sound, 5 min.)
Future Perfect (Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren, 1978, color, sound, 11 min.)
Venice Pier (Gary Beydler, 1976, color, sound, 16 min.)
7362 (Pat O'Neill, 1967, color, sound, 11 min.)
Picasso (Chris Langdon, 1973, b/w, sound, 3 min.)
Film & Media Studies professor Edward Dimendberg hosts the post-screening Q&A.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Thursday, Nov. 5: screening 7 p.m.
HIB 100
Made on a budget of $10 million, Kubrick's 1968 head trip has been described as the world's most expensive experimental film, and Hollywood's most cryptic foray into science fiction. The plot sounds conventional: a computer (the ever courteous HAL) plots to murder its human handlers, and space explorers encounter extraterrestrial beings. And yet, the visually stunning rumination on the interrelationship between humankind and technology is unlike any other science fiction film--even 41 years later. Film & Media Studies professor Kristen Hatch introduces the Oscar-winner for Best Visual Effects, and this Cinephilia 101 series screening is co-sponsored by her department.

Monday, Nov. 9: screening 4 p.m.
UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C (FREE admission!)
This special event--presented in association with the UCI Center in Law, Society and Culture and its Nov. 9-10 Covering the Law: Documenting Justice in Picture, Performance and Press conference--features a Q&A immediately after the screening with Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Dick (Twist of Faith), who is introduced by Film & Media Studies professor Lucas Hilderbrand. Outrage is described as a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with appalling gay rights voting records who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. The documentary boldly dares to reveal the hidden lives of some of the United States' most powerful policymakers and the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans. But the media is also outed for being complicit in hidding the truth.

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