With Oscar season behind us and all of the buzz finally dying down, it’s time to catch the nominees and winners you may have missed—and hopefully revisit a few classics or fall in love with a movie you had never heard of. That’s right, we’re taking you to #FilmSchool.
Every term we collaborate with Dartmouth professors to present films relevant to their courses and this spring exemplifies our process. One film especially abundant with class connections is Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma (Apr 6), which won three Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. In conjunction with her course of Mexican cinema, Prof. Desirée Garcia requested that we pair Roma with Cuarón’s earlier smash hit Y Tu Mama Tambien (May 23), which also explores the class divide between Mexico’s urban and rural communities. But after adding Roma to the slate, already four more classes have joined in. And thanks to Dartmouth’s Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies department, American University Prof. Jeff Middents (a Dartmouth ’93!) will join Prof. Garcia in a pre-show discussion that will put Cuarón’s masterpiece in context with his previous work and Mexican cinema at large.
Prof. Garcia, also teaching a course on Race and Gender in American Film, joins us the following day for a conversation with director RaMell Ross after a screening of his Oscar-nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Apr 7). A poetic meditation on life in rural Alabama, Hale kicks off a symposium: Ruralities: Politics, Cultures and Contested Places, hosted by post-doctoral fellows Max Fraser and Garrett Nelson in the History and Geography Departments, respectively. With America heading into election season seemingly as divided as ever, this symposium will present a variety of perspectives on how we might reconcile differences and find a way forward.
Hale County is just the first of several documentaries in our spring series. Check out all of the docs we’re playing this term, some of which have just been added to the Hop Film line-up: Into the Canyon (Apr 13): National Geographic photographer Pete McBride ’93 presents (in person!) his extraordinary new film: a 750-mile trek of the Grand Canyon. This will be absolutely stunning on Spaulding’s 27-ft screen. They Shall Not Grow Old (Apr 14): Simply put, you won’t believe what you’re seeing. Director Peter Jackson (of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) has restored hundreds of hours of WWI archival footage to present a British soldier’s experience in the trenches in living color. The Image Book (Apr 21): Film Studies Prof. Mark Williams will introduce Jean-Luc Godard’s collage film essay about the state of our world. This masterwork completely changed my understanding of what it means to capture human experience on film—not to be missed. Change the Subject (Apr 27, FREE!): One of our former projectionists, Melissa Padilla ‘17 is also a badass immigration reform activist! She returns to campus with this engaging doc about how her fight to remove the phrase “illegal alien” from the Library of Congress pitted her against Capitol Hill. Who Will Write Our History (May 2): In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rabbi Meir Goldstein presents this true story of the heroes who fought the Nazi propaganda machine and secretly chronicled life in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Great Buster (May 5): We caught this entertaining, joyful tribute to the master of silent comedy Buster Keaton at the Telluride Film Festival this past year and have been dying to bring it to the Hop ever since. Director Peter Bogdanovich closes the film with Keaton’s 1920 highlight reel, which is worth the price of admission alone.
And if you’re looking to leave the world behind and become completely absorbed in a theater experience, look no further than our ongoing #MovieMagic series, which is all about good, ole’ fashioned big screen fun. Like Mountainfilm and the International Ocean Film Tour, Women’s Adventure Tour (Apr 19) celebrates wild, driven and gutsy women tackling challenges in the great outdoors—their insane feats in rock-climbing, skiing and mountain-biking will be awe-inspiring on the Spaulding screen. We also have a great selection of animation this term, including the Oscar-nominated Mirai (Apr 14), the concluding chapter of a beloved series with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Apr 28), and Torrey Pines (May 16), with animator Clyde Petersen in person!
You may also notice that we’ve carved out room in the program for a Throwback Thursday series, curated by the student-run Dartmouth Film Society. When I was a Dartmouth student, I fell in love with cinema when I got to see my favorite classics on the big screen. Now in the age of online streaming, the DFS is still generating excitement for seeing movies in the theater, as they were meant to be seen, with their selection of classics they think are worth a second look: 2001: A Space Odyssey (which had 188 in attendance last week!), Clueless (Apr 4), Ghostbusters (Apr 11), The Matrix (Apr 18), Alien (Apr 25), Rashomon (May 9) and Y Tu Mama Tambien (May 23). These films are all FREE for Dartmouth students, and we expect a fun crowd!
Our mission at Hop Film is to broaden and deepen our audience’s understanding of—and love for— cinema. [or: Movies have the power to educate, enlighten and entertain.] Cultivating an appreciation for the communal aspect of the moviegoing experience is critical. Whether you’re coming to the theater for an intense intellectual journey, meaningful entertainment, something inspirational, or just to marvel at the power of cinema, you’ll find it at the Hop. Even in this age of personalized technology, nothing beats sitting in the dark with fellow movie lovers and experiencing great storytelling…together.