Promised Land - Screening and Q and A with the Filmmakers
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Promised Land - Screening and Q and A with the Filmmakers

Seattle University Presents a special screening of Promised Land followed by a Q and A with the filmmakers

The event is free and open to the public, though space is limited. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Traftonj@seattleu.edu

Synopsis: Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, both in our regions shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

About the Directors: Vasant and Sarah Salcedo are a filmmaking partnership based in the Pacific Northwest. They both have degrees in English Literature and Cinema Studies from the University of Washington. They have been writing and filming together for the past decade and PROMISED LAND is their first feature. Their next project after the documentary is a short musical and a female-led science fiction feature.

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22
to Mar 24

"Acoustic Shadows: The Sounds of History"

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Los Angeles and Cinema: An Interdisciplinary Site
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14
to Mar 18

Los Angeles and Cinema: An Interdisciplinary Site

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Chair: John Trafton, Seattle University

  • René Thoreau Bruckner, Columbia College Hollywood, “Wildness Enclosed: The Film-Animal Industry in Los Angeles”

  • James Tweedie, University of Washington, “The Art Director as Architect, or the Construction of Classical Hollywood”

  • Michael Green, Arizona State University, “Whiteness in the Los Angeles-set Films of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling”

  • John Trafton, Seattle University, “L.A. Punk Cinema and La Caméra-Stylo”
                    

 

 

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28
2:00 PM14:00

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18
to Feb 15

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21
to Oct 19

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16
11:00 AM11:00

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27
to Apr 17

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During the 60s, Hollywood turned its cameras toward an era of sex, drugs, and rock & roll that was exploding across the country.  In the decades that followed, some of America's most iconic filmmakers would use the radical 60s as a lens to dramatically reflect the revolution of history. This class will look at Hollywood's relationship with the 1960s, starting with how the counterculture was filmed as it happened and then exploring how the era's legacy continues to captivate audiences today.

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Jan
19
to Feb 16

How Boogie Nights Became The Master: The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson

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The Horror Film
Oct
20
to Oct 27

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