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Film Studies Spring Visiting Artist Series 

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All shows are at 7 p.m. in the Putnam Theater and are free and open to the public. Co-presented by the Film Society and the Film Department

February 25 – Women Behind the Lens and ANIMATION: Penny Lane with NUTS!, in person, with new feature fresh from Sundance Festival

Penny Lane brings a sneak preview of her new film, NUTS! currently on the festival circuit. Part hand-drawn animation, part archival images and interviews, the film tells the TRUE story of a doctor who in 1917 discovered a “cure” for impotence by surgically implanting goat testicles into men. Needless to say, troubles ensue. Lane teaches at Colgate University and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Q & A after the screening with small reception.

March 3 – ANIMATORS ON ANIMATION: “Drawn Together” Animation Festival with Jake Fried and Overture, in person.

Curated by Valley-based animators Jason and Aya Brown (Overture) and KSC faculty member Jo Dery, this program offers independent animated shorts that highlight experimentation with “character”—both in animation technique and in representation.

March 24 – Women Behind the Lens: Jessica Oreck, in person, part of the  series, screening The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga.

A descent into Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands uncovers the secrets, fairy tales, and bloody histories that shape our understanding of man’s place in nature.

March 31 – FACULTY FOCUS: Teresa Podlesney in person with Cat Ballou

KSC film faculty member Teresa Podlesney examines how drunks, old men, shouters, and Jane Fonda’s curves in this 1960s comedy Western tell us about a national cinema—and a nation—in transition.

April 21 – FACULTY FOCUS: David Gonthier and Timothy O’Brien, in person, with Midnight Express.

Keene State Film faculty David Gonthier, Jr. and former KSC film student Timothy O’Brien will lead a discussion on British filmmaker Alan Parker’s harrowing 1978 film Midnight Express, the true story of American Billy Hayes who spent five years in a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Istanbul back to the U.S.A. Oliver Stone wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay based on Hayes’ best-selling book whom he co-authored with William Hoffer.

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