Heroes In Color: THE LAST DRAGON

Watch Trailer Director: Michael Schultz
Cast: Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carry

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Leroy “Bruce Leeroy” Green embarks on a quest through the gritty streets of New York to complete his training and gain the level of martial arts mastery that will make him a true black belt like his hero Bruce Lee. When Sho’nuff, the self-proclaimed “Shogun of Harlem”, catches wind of Leroy’s abilities, he challenges the youth to a fight to see who will glow brightest as the baddest butt-kicker in town.

Released in 1985, this film broke with tradition by featuring a mostly-black cast in a kung-fu action movie. Additionally, it was produced by Motown’s head-honcho Barry Gordy and, as a result, boasts a soundtrack that includes the smooth sounds of artists like Debarge, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Rockwell, and Stevie Wonder. As much an action-packed martial arts extravaganza as it is a love letter to all things ’80s, The Last Dragon is a cult classic that you surely won’t want to miss!

Each show will feature added content such as trivia, introductions, raffles, themed drinks and more!

Seating and pre-show activities at 7:00 p.m., film start time 7:30 p.m.

About the series

The mission of this film series is to synergize education and entertainment, creating a unique experience for our community. At the heart of the Heroes in Color film series lies a commitment to celebrate voices and stories of people of color that have traditionally been marginalized within popular culture. By showcasing a kaleidoscope of cinematic heroes who reflect the spectrum of human stories, backgrounds, and aspirations, we strive to redefine heroism, proving that anyone, regardless of their origin, can rise to greatness.

Click here to view the other films coming to this year’s Heroes In Color series.

Sponsored by Ohio University Division of Diversity & Inclusion, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Global Affairs, Ohio Men of Excellence Network and Ohio Arts Council

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OU School of Film Winter Showcase

Ohio University School of Film presents a Winter Showcase featuring nine 2nd Year, Experimental and Sophomore short films

The screening will take place at the Athena Cinema on March 1, 2024, at 7pm and is free to the public thanks to sponsorships from Arts for Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council.

The films are directed by MFA and BFA students including:

Aram Riazi

Peter Owusu

Sharique Siddique

James Joseph Valiyakulathil

Constanze Brodbeck

Gianna Beaty

Kat Frazier

Aaron M. Kappers

Jonna Lutz

 

 

 

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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Watch Trailer Director: Banksy
Cast: Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Thierry "Mr Brainwash" Guetta
Awards: Oscar for Best Documentary (nom)

In conjunction with our next Paint & Sip event, we will be screening EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00 p.m.!

Paint & Sip tickets and film tickets must be purchased separately.

To find out more and to register for the Paint & Sip, click here.

About the Film

The incredible true story of how the greatest graffiti movie of all time was never made! EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is a chaotic trip through low-level criminality, comradeship, and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairytale…with bolt cutters. This is the inside story of Street Art—a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money, and vandalism collide. Directed by Banksy himself, this documentary follows Thierry “Mr. Brainwash” Guetta, an eccentric shopkeeper-turned-amateur-filmmaker, as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have famed British stencil artist Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner in one of the most provocative films about art ever made.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP was a critical success upon its release in 2010. Some reviewers, however, were left wondering if the film was a geniune portrayal of street artists, or if, like so much of Banksy’s endeavors, it was all a big, cheeky hoax. Either way, you’re sure to be entertained and come away being inspired to go make some art!

 

 

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The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.

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EXIT THROUGH THE ATHENA: Paint & Sip

Calling all cinephiles and wannabe street artists!

With the success of our “Trip to the Athena” Méliès-themed paint & sip, we are excited to announce our next movie-themed paint & sip event, Exit Through the Athena, inspired by the graffiti street artist – Banksy. Once selected as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Banksy continues to captivate with his well-known street art and mysterious identity.

OHIO Graduate Art Student Brooke Ripley will lead a 2 hour course that will guide you thru the creation of a graffiti-esque painting inspired by Banksy’s iconic style.

I just want to make the world a better looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it!” – Banksy

About the Teacher

Brooke Ripley is a multimedia artist who works with speculative fiction to represent the experience of the climate crisis. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design, with minors in Art History and Social Practice, and is currently a third-year MFA candidate at Ohio University in the Painting and Drawing Department. Visit Brooke’s website here.

We have very limited availability for these classes, so register today!  

Saturday, March 2nd at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m.

Registration for the basic course is $30.00 and includes all supplies for your 16×20 painting.

Or opt for our inclusive package:

$40—includes all supplies plus 2 drinks of your choice (we offer a menu of beer, wine, cider and seltzers!)

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Prepare to be inspired ahead of the paint & sip event by watching the critically acclaimed Banksy documentary EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. We will be bringing the doc as a one time special screening ahead of the paint & sip on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00p.m.

Paint & Sip tickets and film tickets must be purchased separately.

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Some have suggested that the whole story, including the emergence of Mr. Brainwash, is an elaborate hoax engineered by Banksy to satirize the commodification of art. If so, it's a brilliant one.

J.R. Jones
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SATANIC PANIC with Director Chelsea Stardust

Watch Trailer Director: Chelsea Stardust
Cast: Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn

Samantha “Sam” Craft is learning that being a pizza delivery driver is a tough gig – she’s spent her first night on the job without getting any tips. When she gets a delivery to an affluent neighborhood, things seem like they might be looking up. However, the mansion that she delivers the pie to just so happens to be the residence of a coven of Satanists (who also stiff her on the tip). Sam goes inside to demand her money and ends up getting way more than she bargained for – she’s taken hostage by the red-cloaked gang of devil-worshippers who want to use her womb to bring forth the material presence of an evil demon! Sometimes, being a virgin isn’t all its cracked up to be…

In the tradition of fun, late-night horror/comedies, Satanic Panic is the work of OU Film alumna Chelsea Stardust who partnered with the film production arm of Fangoria magazine to bring the movie to the big screen. We’re happy (and honored) to announce that Chelsea will be on hand at the screening to introduce and discuss the film with attendees. This event is sure to be a devilishly good time!

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

 

 

 

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Satanic Panic is one of the rare films that manages to find the right balance, in that it's a zippily scripted movie with some great dialogue... and buckets and buckets of bloody good fun.

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION

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Screening Only on Friday, March 8th & Saturday, March 9th

The Oscar season is just around the corner! So, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be screening some of the short films that have been nominated for cinema’s most prestigious award. We’ll be showing films from both the Animated Shorts category and the Live Action Shorts category on March 8th and March 9th. We’ll also have ballots available for attendees, so you can cast your vote for the films you think best deserve to take home the handsome golden statue.

It’s a great honor to offer our community the chance to see these amazing and creative films before the official Academy Awards broadcast taking place on March 10th, 2024!

Not for children under 13, verging on R. This isn’t a family-friendly program – topics include the Holocaust, inferred child sexual abuse, and violent battle scenes.

Featured Animated Shorts

 

LETTER TO A PIG – Tal Kantor, Israel. 16 min. 2022

Synopsis: A Holocaust survivor reads a letter to the pig who saved his life. A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and sinks into a twisted dream where she confronts questions of identity, collective trauma, and the extremes of human nature.

 

NINETY-FIVE SENSES – Jerusha Hess & Jared Hess, USA. 13 min. 2023

Synopsis: An ode to the body’s five senses delivered by a man with little time left to enjoy them.

 

OUR UNIFORM – Yegane Moghaddam, Iran. 7 min. 2023

Synopsis: An Iranian girl unfolds her school memories on the folds and fabrics of her old uniform.

 

PACHYDERME – Stéphanie Clement, France. 11 min. 2021

Synopsis: As every summer, Louise is entrusted to her grand-parents for a few days of vacation in the country. The green grass of the garden, the swimming in the lake, the fishing with Grandpa, everything seems a sweet as Grandma’s strawberry pies. Yet, this year, the snow will fall and a monster will die.

 

WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the music of John & Yoko – Dave Mullins, USA. 11 min. 2023

Synopsis: Set in an alternate WWI reality where a senseless war rages on, two soldiers on opposite sides of the conflict play a game of chess. A heroic carrier pigeon delivers the soldiers’ chess moves over the battlefield as the fighting escalates. Neither soldier knows his opponent as the game and the war builds to its final climactic move. Whoever wins the game, one thing is for certain: there are no winners in war.

 

 

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: LIVE ACTION

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Screening Only on Friday, March 8th & Saturday, March 9th

The Oscar season is just around the corner! So, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be screening some of the short films that have been nominated for cinema’s most prestigious award. We’ll be showing films from both the Animated Shorts category and the Live Action Shorts category on March 8th and March 9th. We’ll also have ballots available for attendees, so you can cast your vote for the films you think best deserve to take home the handsome golden statue.

It’s a great honor to offer our community the chance to see these amazing and creative films before the official Academy Awards broadcast taking place on March 10th, 2024!

Rated R. Topics include murder, abortion, sexual abuse, and suicide. 

Featured Live Action Shorts

 

THE AFTER – Misan Harriman, UK. 18 min. 2023

Starring: David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer, Amelie Dokubo

Synopsis: A powerful and affecting story that follows Dayo (Olewoyo), a Londoner who has to reconnect with himself and society after witnessing a devastating attack in the capital.

 

INVINCIBLE – Vincent René-Lortie, Canada. 29 min. 2022

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, Invincible recounts the last 48 hours in the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a 14-year old boy on a desperate quest for freedom.

 

KNIGHT OF FORTUNE (RIDDER LYKKE) – Lasse Lyskjær, Denmark. 25 min. 2022

Synopsis: The loss of a loved one, the grief, the risk of yellow skin, and a coffin – this is too much for Karl to face. It is much easier to fix a broken lamp. A chance encounter with a stranger will help him face his pain.

 

RED, WHITE AND BLUE – Nazrin Choudhury, USA. 23 min. 2023

Synopsis: Rachel (Brittany Snow) is a single parent living paycheck-to-paycheck. When an unexpected pregnancy threatens to unravel her already precarious position, she’s forced to cross state lines in search of an abortion. As Rachel contemplates the series of events that necessitated this journey and the obstacles in her path, we learn a heartbreaking truth that means her life will never be the same again.

 

THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR – Wes Anderson, UK. 37 min. 2023

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade

Synopsis: A beloved Roald Dahl story about a rich man who learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes and then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling.

 

 

 

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The Met: Live in HD: Verdi’s LA FORZA DEL DESTINO

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendettas, and family strife, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen as the noble Leonora, one of the repertory’s most tormented—and thrilling—heroines. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new Forza in nearly 30 years, setting the scene in a contemporary world and making extensive use of the Met’s turntable to represent the unstoppable advance of destiny that drives the opera’s chain of calamitous events. The distinguished cast also features tenor Brian Jagde as Leonora’s forbidden beloved, Don Alvaro; baritone Igor Golovatenko as her vengeful brother, Don Carlo; mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as the fortune teller Preziosilla; bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone; and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano.

Due to the current repairs going on at the Athena Cinema, this program will be presented as a pre-recorded encore at the Ridges Auditorium. The screening starts at 12:55pm and is estimated to end at 5:17pm. 

Admission $20 (senior $18, children $8)

OHIO Student: Free

Thanks to Arts for OHIO, we are able to offer a limited number of FREE student tickets available on first-come, first-serve basis. Must have valid student I.D.

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Sustainability Series: THE GREAT GREEN WALL

Watch Trailer Director: Jared P. Scott
Writer(s): Jared P. Scott
Cast: Inna Modja

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A landmass stretching uninterrupted for nearly 4000 miles, from Senegal on the Atlantic Coast to Djibouti on the coast of the Red Sea, Africa’s Sahel region serves as a climatic transition zone between the Sahara Desert to the north and the more tropical environments to the south. The Sahel not only embodies a diverse population and geography as it passes through many of the continent’s nations, it also, sadly, exemplifies the devastating effects that climate change is having on our planet. As desertification creeps through the region and soil erosion undermines the efforts of agriculture, social problems like famine, mass migration, and armed conflict have taken root and threaten to destroy an already-fragile ecosystem.

THE GREAT GREEN WALL chronicles the efforts of an ambitious reforestation plan striving to restore the environmental health and revitalize the economies of the region. Written and directed by Jared P Scott and produced by Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), the film follows Malian musician/activist Inna Modja as she journeys from coast-to-coast, gathering stories of resilience and self-determination by, sharing songs with, and spreading hope among the people on the Sahel’s frontline in the battle against a changing landscape.

About the series

Athena Cinema, University Libraries, and OHIO’s Environmental Studies Program present the 11th annual Sustainability Film Series.

This year’s batch of films will be centered on reflecting the urgency of what is before us. After a decade of screening movies and hosting discussions led by experts from the OHIO student body and faculty and the Athens community detailing the problems facing the world, this semester’s focus will be on solutions.

The films will demonstrate that a collaborative approach to problem-solving — involving all members of our global community, regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender — is a necessity. Education is the first crucial step in both understanding the world’s problems and developing sustainable solutions.

Following the screening of each of these beautiful, thought-provoking, and timely films, audience members are invited to join us for a panel discussion hosted by OHIO faculty members, students, and members of the Athens community.

The series is sponsored by Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, OHIO Honors Program, Honors Tutorial College, Cutler Scholars, Office of Sustainability, Center for Campus & Community Engagement, University College and beloved nonprofits and businesses.

Free admission and post-show discussion as part of the Spring Sustainability Series.

 

 

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The Met: Live in HD: Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE

Two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s towering staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

Due to the current repairs going on at the Athena Cinema, this program will be presented as a pre-recorded encore at the Ridges Auditorium. The screening starts at 12:55pm and is estimated to end at 4:26pm. 

Admission $20 (senior $18, children $8)

OHIO Student: Free

Thanks to Arts for OHIO, we are able to offer a limited number of FREE student tickets available on first-come, first-serve basis. Must have valid student I.D.

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