HANOVER, NH—Along with the Telluride at Dartmouth series, which opens the 16-17 season, Hop Film has a number of significant events and developments this fall.
The fall 2016 Dartmouth Film Society series runs Friday-Sunday, September 23 through October 30, and includes new films, both blockbuster and “art house.” Five are related to the theme “Hamilton’s America”—films that share themes with the groundbreaking Broadway musical Hamilton, including political idealism (Southside with You, October 30), scandal (Weiner, September 25), hip-hop music (Morris from America, October 21), and ambition (Equity, October 15). The highlight of the term will be a special advance screening (October 23, 7 pm, Spaulding) of the new documentary Hamilton’s America, to be shown on PBS this fall. Made by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s college roommate Alex Horwitz—who will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A!—the documentary is a behind-the-scenes look, filmed over three years as the musical was developed, with unparalleled access to Miranda’s creative process, the New York production with its original cast, interviews with big fans (Barack Obama, Jimmy Fallon) and more!
Much buzzed-about doc on Disney and autism – with Upper Valley connection
The new documentary Life Animated (Sept 24) has been lighting up audiences wherever it’s screened. You don’t have to be interested in autism or brain studies to feel a connection to this wonderful tale of the Suskind family, based on journalist Ron Suskind’s best-selling 2014 memoir of the same name. After years of struggling to connect with his autistic son Owen, Ron discovers that Disney animated films hold the key. For Owen, the Disney canon served as a kind of life primer. Not only did he re-discover language and empathy through Disney, but the cartoons also gave him a sense of purpose and belonging. This profoundly moving film examines both what it means to be human and the life-changing power of story. Thanks to the Suskinds’ connection to the Upper Valley and Dartmouth (the family has a home on Lake Sunapee and Suskind, a Harvard professor, has talked often at Dartmouth and has friends on the faculty), Ron and Owen will both take part in a post-screening Q&A—as well as many related events around the campus.
For 35 years, the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, CO, has attracted leading filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, climbers, scientists, journalists and explorers to a weekend celebration of the indomitable spirit. Each year The Best of the Fest goes on tour to five continents, engaging and inspiring over 40,000 people. On October 8, the Hop’s selection includes short features about a tight-rope walker in Utah, two determined female climbers, surfers in Iceland, fledgling paragliders and a 90-year old figure skater who’s still got it. On Mountainfilm night, we always see an uptick in hiking boots, flannel shirts and beards among our moviegoers—a refreshing change!
The Iraq War’s actual impact
If you want to truly understand what happened when the US invaded Iraq under President George W. Bush, from the perspective of the Iraqi people, Iraqi director Abbas Fahdel’s two-part Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is essential viewing. With war looming in his native country, Fahdel returned to Iraq in 2003 to chronicle the daily life for a family in Baghdad before (Part 1: Before the Fall, Saturday, October 8, 7 pm) and after (Part 2: After the Battle, Sunday, October 9, 4 pm,) the American invasion. Shot over the course of two years, Fahdel’s cinematic opus captures the occupation at ground level, offering a meticulous study of a tragedy, the consequences of which are still not fully understood. Fahdel himself will be on hand for discussions after each screening, along with Dartmouth Film and Media Studies Professor Jeffrey Ruoff, who was instrumental in bringing Fahdel and arranging this rare screening. Wrote Variety: “Clocking in at nearly six hours and presented in what may feel like raw homevideo form, this transformative verite glimpse into the lives of everyday Iraqis demands both patience and empathy to sit through, but the reward is worth every second, as an extremely limited number of courageous programmers and curious audiences can attest.” Both screenings are in Loew Auditorium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center.
Wild Cards and new discount card
To accommodate a host of ongoing changes in the marketplace for films, Hop Film is introducing two new initiatives this fall.
♦ New discount card for movie lovers: Replacing the old Dartmouth Film Society pass and the newer “Pick 6” pass, Hop Film is introducing the Take 10 card. This new, easy-to-use punch card rewards Hop movie lovers with a 25% discount, as well as increased choice, flexibility and benefits.
- Provides 10 tickets to regular films (not Film Specials or Event Cinema) for $60 ($6 a movie as opposed to $8);
- Valid during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms (Sep-Jun);
- Buy as many cards as you want, whenever you want.
- Use multiple punches at one time to bring others a film, if you choose
♦ Wild Card programming: In order to present the best possible slate, the last two weekends of the term (November 4-6 and 11-13) will be programmed later in fall. This enables Hop Film to program some very new films that are getting great reviews, or to schedule encore screenings of films that sold out earlier in the term. Check hop.dartmouth.edu on or around October 15 for the listings.
“Event Cinema” is a term that’s evolved to refer to the increasing array of live and recorded entertainment that, in addition to traditional films, is being shown in movie theaters, often for single or restricted runs. At the Hop, these include the Metropolitan Opera broadcast series, theatrical productions from Great Britain, museum exhibits and an occasional concert. Along with the opera broadcasts every Saturday and Sunday through the term, the Hop will screen Live from the Almeida: Richard III (September 25 and 29); Exhibition on Screen: Hermitage Revealed (October 2 & November 6); Globe on Screen: The Merchant of Venice (October 13 & November 10); Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (October 16 & November 13); National Theatre Live: The Threepenny Opera (October 20); and National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea (November 3).