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Past Events

2015-16 Events

Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. (1924) plus Neighbors (1921) and The Balloonatic (1923) with live, original piano score

keaton bannerSunday, November 15 Time: 7:00 PM 
Aeolian Hall Website Composer/pianist Robert Bruce plays his live original scores to three classic Buster Keaton short silent comedy films about love and romance. This program will include the films Neighbors (1921), The Balloonatic (1923) and the amazing 44-minuteSherlock Jr. (1924). Nobody gets the girl in more hilarious and ingenious ways than comedy legend, film pioneer and "master of the mechanical gag" Buster Keaton. The program will be approximately 90 minutes in total.

tug of war film screening

Join us for a special screening of Tug of War during Western's International Week festivities! This event is supported by Film Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, The Japan Foundation and the Japaense Student Association. All welcome!

The General performed with live, original score

generalThursday, September 17, 2015
Composer/pianist Robert Bruce performs his live original score to the 1926 classic silent film "The General" starring Buster Keaton. Composer/pianist Robert Bruce's live score for "The General" follows the story and action pretty closely, weaving in and out of a variety of musical moods and styles ranging from the "Jazz Age" sounds and cinema chase scenes popular in the 20s to more reflective and descriptive neo-classical pieces which have become his own musical trademark. Read more

2014-15 Events


lamare eventA Public Lecture by Media Scholar Thomas Lamarre, McGill University
Wed., March 18, 4:30pm, AHB 3B02
Thomas Lamarre, Professor in East Asian Studies, Art History, and Communication Studies at McGill University, discussed the transnational and transmedial movement of the Japanese anime series Hana yori dango (Boys Before Flowers) and Captain Tsubasa within the context of contemporary "Asianism." This event was sponsored by The Visual Cultures Research Group.

Film Screening with Janina Falkowska

film screeningMarch 19, 2015
Screening of "Joanna", an Oscar-nominated film by Polish director Aneta Kopacz, and a collection of Austrian short films. Presented by WUFS.

2013-2014 Events

benshiScreening and Benshi Performance: Yasujiro Ozu’s Passing Fancy (1933) and Yasujiro Ozu’s Dragnet (1933)
A Public Lecture and Performance by Japanese Benshi Ichiro Kataoka. Ichiro Kataoka also gave a master class in benshi history and performance. (Events co-sponsored with Performance Studies and Modern Languages and Literatures)

2012-2013 Events

Film Screening: Treasures from the Far Fur Country (1920)
Screening of rare archival footage documenting the Hudson’s Bay Company and First Nations and Inuit communities in Northern Canada

“From Western to Hollywood”
Student Career Workshop with Film Studies Alumnus Jason Olin

2010-2011 Events

“The Paradoxes of Cinematic Rear-Projection: An Outmoded Technology and its Place in the Work of Mark Lewis”
A public lecture by Laura Mulvey, Professor of Film & Media Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, Co-Sponsored with Visual Arts

Screening and Q&A: Dust (2001)
Screening and production workshop with internationally acclaimed director Milcho Manchevski. Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films BEFORE THE RAIN (1994), DUST (2001), SHADOWS (2007) and MOTHERS (2011). BEFORE THE RAIN won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc. The New York Times included BEFORE THE RAIN on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made. Please click on the screen to view excerpts from this discussion.

Screening and Q&A: Tierra sublevada: Oro impuro (2009) and Social Genocide (2004)
Film screening with internationally acclaimed director Fernando Solanas

“From neo-colonialism to globalization: just a matter of semantics”
Faculty Seminar with internationally acclaimed director Fernando Solanas

“Representational and discursive strategies then and now”
Faculty Seminar with internationally acclaimed director Fernando Solanas

World acclaimed political filmmaker Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas visited the Film Studies department in February 2011. During his three-day visit, he worked with undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring four different short films. He participated in two seminars with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, debating matters of globalization, culture and representation and two of his most recent documentaries were screened to a full auditorium, followed by a Q&A session. Fernando Solanas is the director (with Octavio Getino) of the canonical film The Hour of the Furnaces (1968). Also with Getino, he wrote the equally influential manifesto “Toward a Third Cinema”. Currently a member of Argentina’s National Congress, his more recent work as a filmmaker includes the documentaries Memoria del saqueo / Social Genocide (2004) and Tierra sublevada: Oro Impuro (2009). Please click on the screen to view excerpts of the exclusive interview that Solanas did with us.

2009-2010 Events

Screening: Katyn (Andrzej Wajda, 2007)

“The Art of Diddling: Slapstick, Science, and Anti-Modernism in the Films of Charlie Bowers”
Guest Lecture by Rob King, Cinema Studies, University of Toronto. Co-sponsored with the Centre for Theory & Criticism

Screening: “The Films of Jamelie Hassan”
Curated by Miriam Jordan and Julian Jason Haladyn

“Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy”
Guest Lecture by Matthew Fox, Department of Classics, University of Glasgow

Screening and Q&A: Media City Film Festival, Experimental Program
Curated by Jeremy Rigsby and Oona Mosna

Textures of Time:Films of Michael Snow Film
Retrospective and Panel Discussion co-sponsored by Film Studies, Martin Walsh Film Library, McIntosh Art Gallery, Visual Arts

Screening and Q&A: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Screening with internationally acclaimed director Alanis Obomsawin. Co-sponsored with English

Screening: Film/Spricht/Viele/Sprachen (Gustav Deutsch, Austria 1995) and film screening and artist Q&A: When you are Blind (Mansoor Behnam, Iran 2001);The Well (Mansoor Behnam, Iran 2000) and Adam’s Apple (Mansoor Behnam, Iran 2002).
Co-sponsored with Visual Arts, ArtLab

“European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition”
International conference, hosted by the Department of Film Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

2008-2009 Events

“Visible and Invisible: Media and Disappearance”
Guest Lecture by Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Cinema Studies, The University of Chicago

“Intensifying Life: Cinema of the Berlin School”
Guest Lecture by Marco Abel, University of Nebraska, English (co-sponsored with the Centre for Theory and Criticism)

Screening and Q&A, Grass (1999) and Know Your Mushrooms (2008)

Screening and Q&A with acclaimed director Ron Mann. Co-Sponsored with Western Film)

Guest Lecture: Kent Monkman Lecture given as part of the Speakers in the Arts Series, co-sponsored with Visual Arts

Film Screening and Q&A: Oliver Hussain Screening of video shorts with award-winning, experimental film director Oliver Husain (Toronto)

2007-2008 Events

“Contraband Cinema: Piracy, Titanic and the Middle East”
Guest Lecture by Barbara Klinger, Professor, Film and Media Studies at Indiana University

Screening and Q&A: Bon Cop Bad Cop (Kevin Tierney, 2006)
Screening with Kevin Tierney, producer and co-writer of BON COP BAD COP, the highest grossing movie in the history of Canadian cinema

2006-2007 Events

Workshop with Bob Munroe, President and Co-founder of C.O.R.E Digital Pictures

Screening: Sharkwater (Rob Stewart, 2007) Screening: Palestine Trilogy: Documentations in History (b.h. Yael, 2006)

Screening with director b.h. Yael, Professor of Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design

2005-2006 Events

Guest lecture: Thomas Elsaesser Guest lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam

2004-2005 Events

Guest lecture: Barry Keith Grant
Guest lecture by Barry Keith Grant, Professor, Film Studies and Popular Culture, Brock University

Guest lecture: Ella Shohat
Guest lecture by Ella Shohat Professor, Art and Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies, New York University

Workshop with Canadian director John Greyson (co-sponsored with the London Canadian Film Festival)

“Paradoxes of Citizenship: Environments, Exclusions, Equity”
Annual Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) conference, held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, on May 29-31, 2005.

Gorin and Me

Gorin and Me is an experimental documentary that adheres to minimalist and guerilla principles of production to recollect Jean-Pierre Gorin's 1974 appearance at the University of Western Ontario. Working from the original analogue audio recording, a collective of undergrads, graduate students and staff translated the event into a visual record with animated hand drawn illustrations. The project was mentored of Fernando Solanas during his visit to Western University in 2011.

The title is a reference to a chapter in Martin Walsh's book "The Brechtian Aspect of Radical Cinema" from 1981.