University Film Series

Tuesdays, 7:30pm in the Little Theatre (Ayres 106)
$3 donation appreciated

Director: Sarah Pike
Phone: 530-898-6341


* The Humanities Center’s theme for this year is “Invention”.

Aug. 30Basquiat

(USA, 1996) 106 minutes. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Introduced by Rachel Middleman, Art and Art History.

Directed by the painter Julian Schnabel, the film examines the short life of ground-breaking New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, including his relationship with Andy Warhol.  Jeffrey Wright stars as Basquiat and David Bowie as Warhol. 

Sep. 06Nausicaä in the Valley of the Wind

(Japan, 1984) 117 minutes. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English.

Written and directed by Miyazaki, Nausicaä in the Valley of the Wind tells the story of a brave young princess living in a dystopian world.  The animation and narrative are both beautiful and ambitious with an environmentalist message. 

Sep. 13Hysteria

(UK, 2011) 95 minutes. Directed by Tanya Wexler. Introduced by Troy Jollimore, Philosophy.

Set in Victorian England, Hysteria looks at the medical treatment for female patients which led to the development of the vibrator.  Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy.

Sep. 20Modern Times

(USA 1936) 87 minutes. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Introduced by Brunella Windsor, International Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

A seminal work written and directed by Chaplin, featuring the last appearance of his Little Tramp character, this time struggling to keep pace with the heavily mechanized world.  Though comedic in structure, Modern Times is set during the Depression and makes powerful observations on the dehumanizing aspects of modernization.

Sep. 27American Hardcore

(USA 2006) 100 minutes. Directed by Paul Rachman. Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English. Based on the book

American Hardcore: A Tribal History by Steven Blush, this documentary film looks at early innovators of hardcore punk using interviews, vivid concert footage and a fierce soundtrack.


(USA, 2004-2008) 79 minutes. Directed and introduced by Chris Sollars.

C RED BLUE J is an experimental documentary feature that illustrates the complications of division during the 2004 Presidential election as it is manifested in one family. Director Chris Sollars, an artist living and working in San Francisco, sets out to try and bridge the political gaps in his own family between a younger sister who works for the Bush Administration, a Born Again Christian father, and a Lesbian mother.


Oct. 11Nine Queens

(Argentina, 2000) 114 minutes. Directed by Fabián Bielinsky. Introduced by Hannah Burdette, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Inspired by David Mamet’s House of Games, Nine Queens follows two con artists and their ambitious scheme to sell and resell rare stamps. Bielinsky's film “is a con within a con within a con. There comes a time when we think we've gotten to the bottom, and then the floor gets pulled out again and we fall another level.” (Roger Ebert, Sun Times)

Oct. 18A Canterbury Tale

(UK, 1944) 124 minutes. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Introduced by Corey Sparks, English and Humanities.

Evoking Chaucer’s themes and set in 1940s England, three “pilgrims” work to solve a mystery, uncovering a mystical connection with the English landscape.  “A Canterbury Tale may be the most loving and tender film about England ever made. It's a picture that's steeped in nature, in thrall to myth and history...” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian)

Oct. 18Marat/Sade

(UK, 1967) 116 minutes. Directed by Peter Brook. Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English.

Based on Peter Weiss’ play of the same name, Marat/Sade is about the Marquis de Sade’s direction of a play about controversial French Revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat’s final days while Sade is confined to a mental institution, using his fellow asylum patients as the cast.