Special Showing

Appropriate Behavior

Monday, September 22 at 7pm

Free Screening! Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series

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Appropriate Behavior

Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit

For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.

  • Director: Desiree Akhavan
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy
  • “Somehow manages to work with the coming-out narrative in a refreshingly honest (and hilarious) manner — without a hint of cliché or cheesiness.”

    – Buzzfeed

    Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series. Sponsored by the Davis Center.

    Special Event

    The Catch

    9/23/2014–9/30/2014

    "My sister, Susan, is four years older than me. We have little in common except our growing-up years near Missoula, Montana, and a fierce, immutable bond. I looked up to her always, for reasons I can’t even name.

    "Our parents were divorced by the time we were teenagers, and in 1984, at the age of 18, Suz married her childhood sweetheart. Within six months, she was diagnosed with throat cancer. It came from nowhere, and it stopped everything. Incredibly, she survived. I wavered for years--gave up my basketball scholarship, moved around, discovered painting, grew up and fell in love--but I never stopped worrying about her.

    "Two years ago this November, at the age of 45, Susan was diagnosed with cancer in her brain, liver and lung. “Stage 4,” they said, and she is still fighting.

    "I wanted to paint us at another, happier time and, in the process, understand more about my love for my sister. I discovered a series of photographs from the mid-70s that my mom took and annotated for my grandparents, and these pictures from Kicking Horse Reservoir provide the material for this series. My mom’s inscriptions on the back of the photos gave the paintings their names.

    "Here we are with my dad, a fisherman and taxidermist. It looks like he was catching bass that day. I caught sunfish, and Suz, perch. I imagine I was happy to be alone with my family, on the other side of my mother’s encouraging lens. Everything we needed was right there in the camper, and we were safe."

    Stacy Govi received her bachelor’s in art from the University of Montana, and has been painting on and off ever since. Having worked as a hotshot firefighter, waitress, and UPS package car driver, she went on to a career in operations and manufacturing and recently took up marketing and design.

    Stacy moved to Williamstown in 2008 with her partner, Elizabeth Burnett. They live on Green River with their dogs, Dolly Dolittle and Rosie Valentine, where Stacy’s painting studio is the biggest, sunniest room in the house.

    For more of her work or to reach Stacy, please visit www.stacygovi.com.

    Special Showing

    Documented

    Monday, October 13 at 7pm

    In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine.

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    Documented

    Starring: Jose Antonio Vargas

    In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years.

    • Director: Jose Antonio Vargas
    • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
    • Genre: Documentary

    “A deeply engrossing self-portrait.”

    – Washington Post

    This event part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series. Sponsored by the Williams College Davis Center and the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

    Special Showing

    Ghostbusters

    Thursday, October 30 at 9pm

    Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film's original release! Screening followed by a panel discussion.

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    Ghostbusters

    Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis

    Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson lead the cast as the “Ghostbusters,” spirit-exterminators who fearlessly take on the other-worldly evil infiltrating Manhattan, whether it manifests itself as wicked green slime or an ancient tyrant back from the dead to take over the world. The spooktacularly successful franchise captured the imagination of audiences around the world and redefined the action-comedy genre in the process.

    • Director: Ivan Reitman
    • Rating: PG
    • Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
    • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

    Let's get slimed one more time.

    This event is sponsored by the Williams College Religion Department

    Special Showing

    The Unknown Known

    Sunday, November 16 at 8pm

    Errol Morris' portrait of Donald Rumsfeld. Free for Williams students. Regular ticket prices for all others.

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    The Unknown Known

    Starring: Donald Rumsfeld

    In The Unknown Known, Errol Morris offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts.

    • Director: Errol Morris
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
    • Genre: Documentary

    “It's hard to believe a story this serious can be told in such an involving way, but that is one of this expert documentarian's greatest gifts.”

    – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

    Sponsored by the Williams College English Department

    Special Showing

    Cesar Chavez

    Monday, November 17, at 7pm

    Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.

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    Cesar Chavez

    Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann, John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson

    Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.

    • Director: Diego Luna
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
    • Genre: Drama

    “In the title role, Michael Peña has a no-nonsense fire: He captures how Chavez borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr. but also fueled the struggle with his own improvisatory brilliance.”

    – Entertainment Weekly

    The is event is part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series. Sponsored by the Williams College Davis Center.