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Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "Car Wash"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Car Wash." A “dizzying, nonstop kaleidoscope of cars, soul music, characters, crises...and lots of suds and hot wax” (Roger Ebert), this madcap comedy portrays a day in the life of a group of wisecracking car wash employees. Shot on location at an actual, since-demolished car wash in MacArthur Park, Car Wash is a joyful slice of 1970s life, with an award-winning soundtrack and stellar cameos.
Post-screening Q&A with James Benning and Anne Ellegood: "L. COHEN"
A post-screening Q&A with artist James Benning and curator Anne Ellegood follows a screening of "L. COHEN." A rumination on change and time set to a Leonard Cohen song, artist and filmmaker James Benning’s film observes an Oregon farm field on a very unusual day.
You Are on Tongva Land: Mercedes Dorame, Angela R. Riley & Wendy Teeter
Artist Mercedes Dorame, a member of the tribe of Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California, joins Angela Riley, director of UCLA’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center, and Wendy Teeter, Fowler Museum archaeology curator, to discuss repatriation and land ownership in indigenous communities.
Post-screening Q&A with Shirin Neshat: "Looking for Oum Kulthum"
A Q&A with director Shirin Neshat follows a screening of "Looking for Oum Kulthum." Artist Shirin Neshat’s Looking for Oum Kulthum is a visually dazzling film-within-a-film about an Iranian artist-filmmaker who attempts to make a film about her hero, the legendary female Arab singer Oum Kulthum. Neshat’s heroine, Mitra, struggles as she dares to cross lines in a conservative, male-dominated society—reflecting the obstacles faced by Neshat and Kulthum themselves.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy: "Set it Off"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding follows a screening of "Set it Off." Director F. Gary Gray’s classic 1996 film about four young black Los Angeles friends who turn to bank robbing out of financial desperation provides shrewd commentary on issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality. The quartet is vibrantly brought to life by Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise. Filled with sly humor and laced with a brilliant soundtrack, the film remains refreshingly relevant.
Poetry: Jennifer Moxley
Jennifer Moxley’s newest collection of poetry, Druthers, is full of wit and erotic exuberance. She is the author of six books of poetry, a book of essays, and a memoir. Her book The Open Secret was awarded the 2015 William Carlos Williams award from the Poetry Society of America. Moxley teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Maine.
Decarbonizing Transportation: Mobility in Los Angeles
L.A. County’s plan to shift its entire bus fleet to electric by 2030 is leading the way for a decarbonized transportation future. Río Oxas of Multicultural Communities for Mobility; Romel Pascual, executive director of CicLAvia and former Los Angeles deputy mayor for energy and environment; and urban planning professor Brian Taylor of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA discuss how to create decarbonized urban pathways and infrastructure that enhance access for pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and mass transit riders alike. Moderated by Jay Kim, assistant general manager of mobility management, Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: The Many Pasts of China's Future in Central Asia
In her new book, Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road, scholar and traveler Susan Whitfield tells the stories of 10 very different objects. She considers their interactions with the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road—those who made, carried, received, sold, worshipped, and, in more recent times, bought, conserved, collected, and exhibited them—thereby revealing the cultural diversity and interaction along these trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. UCLA distinguished professor Peter Sellars joins Whitfield in conversation.
Art & Neuroscience with Kerry Tribe and Eric Kandel
Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel and artist Kerry Tribe discuss their ideas on perception, response, and memory formation in the brain and in art. Kerry Tribe is a Los Angeles-based artist, known for her films and installations. She has created a number of works centered on her ongoing inquiry into the life sciences and medicine while raising questions around performance, communication, and empathy through a clinical eye. She is the recipient of a Herb Alpert Award in Film and Video (2017) and a Creative Capital Grant (2012). Tribe's most recent film, Standardized Patient, was commissioned by SFMOMA and is currently on view at 1301PE. Dr. Kandel is an Austrian-American neuroscientist and a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University. He was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. Trained in neurobiology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kandel wanted to understand how memory works. The central thesis of his study has been described as an explanation of the relationships between psychology and neurology. Copresented with the Hammer Museum and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Post-screening Q&A for Black Book: "Chameleon"
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Chameleon Street." Based on a true story, this underrated gem of American independent cinema tells the story of Doug Street, a Detroit man who becomes an extraordinary chameleon, successfully posing as an attorney, a Yale student, a Time magazine correspondent, and a practicing surgeon. This sardonic critique of race and class won the 1990 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
The Black Book Vol. V: Hustle & Flow: A Visual Anthology of Black Labor, Work, and Life
A cruel irony underlying myths of the American dream and exceptionalism is the failure to fully acknowledge the labor of enslaved Africans and their descendants. Yet the conditions of that labor are often transformed into sites of agency that allow black people to game the system, or create new games entirely, contributing to globally influential black culture, aesthetics, and resistance. Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant assemble a post-hip-hop visual anthology of film, TV clips, and diasporic black music examining the singular history of black labor, work, and life in America.
Threats to Indigenous Peoples in Latin America Today
Indigenous peoples across Latin America face widespread annihilation as a consequence of mega dams, mining, farming, deforestation, displacement, and genocide. Sarah Shenker, senior campaigner for Survival International; chef and culinary anthropologist Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., owner of Red Mesa Cuisine and consultant for the Cultural Conservancy; and anthropologist Mariana Ferreira discuss this humanitarian crisis and highlight the interconnection of human populations across North and South America, and the impact on biodiversity and environmental protection.
Poetry: Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters
Mihaela Moscaliuc’s book Immigrant Model asks: "What is it like to be of this world and this world and this world, while also of the elsewhere skirting these worlds?" Moscaliuc also authored Father Dirt and is an assistant professor of English at Monmouth University. Michael Waters’s new collection delves into the sensual and the spiritual with characteristic intensity. The author or coeditor of 10 books of poetry, Waters is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and professor of English at Monmouth University. Followed by a Q&A with Stephen Yenser.
From the Highlands to the Concert Hall: Classical Music of Armenia, 2018
The UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble brings Armenia’s rich musical history to life with mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen, baritone Garrett Schoonover, and the VEM String Quartet (Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Ji Eun Hwang, Morgan O’Shaugnessey, Niall Ferguson). Commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the program features exquisite chamber music by Komitas Vardapet, a founder of Armenian modern classical music, and compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Romanos Melikian, Edward Mirzoian, and Alan Hovhaness. Introduced by artistic director, violinist, and UCLA music professor Movses Pogossian.
Post-screening Q&A: "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami"
A Q&A with director Sophie Fiennes follows a screening of "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami." This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones moves between musical sequences and intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence—Jones allows director Sophie Fiennes’s documentary to go beyond the traditional music biography to offer a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject.
Cohabitation: Cities, Nature, and the Evolving Ecosystem
The mountain lions P-22 and P-55 have become unlikely stars of Los Angeles nightlife—and symbols of the complicated relationship between nature and cities. This panel examines the intersection of the built environment and Los Angeles’s natural habitat as the region prepares for a hotter and more populous future that can challenge the dynamics between urban environments, wildlife and nature. Lori Bettison-Varga, president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Mia Lehrer, landscape designer of Mia Lehrer + Associates, and Ryan Harrigan, assistant professor for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, join moderator Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA.