IMRC Center Influential Art Based Film Series

The Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center welcomes a new eight-event series exhibiting a selection of the most influential and artistically diverse movies since the emergence of the movie camera. The curation of films spans 140 years of evolving genres, mediums, technologies, and cultures. Film categories (abstract, seminal, pop art, and documentary) have been chosen to help expand audience perspectives, provide examples of various creative filmmaking techniques, and engage people with predominantly non-English and/or unconventional films. Each film illustrates cinematic practices across the globe, exemplifying values of discovery and diversity.

Schedule – Selected Thursdays (and one Friday) from January 26th to March 23rd
Thursday, 1/26/23 – L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, Le voyage dans la lune, Le Voyage A Travers L’Impossible, Ballet mécanique, The Great Train Robbery (public domain)
Thursday, 2/2/23 – Georges
Thursday, 2/9/23 – Russian Ark
Thursday, 2/16/23 – Maya Deren
Friday, 2/24/23 – Run Lola Run
Thursday, 3/2/23 – Breathless
Thursday, 3/9/23 – Loving Vincent
Thursday, 3/23/23 – Koyaanisqatsi

Screenings are free and open to the UMaine community; everyone is encouraged to join. Some films in the series may be inappropriate for young audiences.

These films will be projected onto the movie screen built into the facade of the Fernald Adaptive Presentation and Performance Environment at the IMRC Center. The environment houses a 30′ screen, theater projection and sound, and space large enough to seat seventy viewers comfortably. Weather permitting, we plan to project the films onto the screen in the theater from the outdoor area in front of Stewart Commons. The audience will be situated across the lawn, and food will be available at a table off to the side. Otherwise, the films will be indoors and projected onto the same screen with the image flipped facing inwards toward the interior of the Fernald Adaptive Presentation and Performance Environment.

To create a comfortable movie-watching atmosphere, refreshments, including popcorn and soda/seltzer/water, will be provided for each screening at no cost to the attendees.

This series supports UMaine’s commitment to engaging the community in transformational teaching and public service by offering free educational events that will serve our campus community. The films have been curated to attract both casual movie-goers looking for something new and scholastic cinema buffs that may already be familiar with these titles but have not experienced viewing them in a cinematic environment (big screen, HiFi sound, snacks, community, etc.). Each film in the series has been selected to appeal to a wide range of interested audience members from across campus.

The IMRC Center Influential Art-Based Film Series is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund and through a collaboration between the IMRC Center and Student Entertainment, a growing and advancing partnership building a bridge between student-focused programming and interdisciplinary, experiential learning centers on campus.