Tuesday Club Film Night October 23, 2012 at 7 pm Loring – Greenough House
presents The Haunted House
by Volker Anding Germany 2011, 90 min
FREE for members, $5 for guests
This is not a Hollywood script – it really happened!
The well-respected lawyer and Swiss National Councilor Melchior Joller was an urbane, enlightened man, who fought against “backward thinking” and reviled all forms of superstition. Yet of all people, this progressive man discovered his house was haunted by a poltergeist. Windows and doors were opened and shut until they shattered, chairs were hurled across the room, pictures and furniture tipped over, stones rained down scarcely missing the children. The haunted house in Stans became a tourist attraction. One day, after months of suffering, Joller precipitately moved his family to Rome.
Joller had noted every incident in a detailed diary which he published in 1863. The filmmaker Volker Anding takes off with this document and an on-site inspection. His crew moves into the still existing house. Experts of all kinds – a famous ghost hunter, a monk, a magician, villagers, a medium a.o. – join them and contribute their theories. With irony and humour Anding’s documentary thriller hopes to find a natural explanation for every “cognitive dissonance”.
Several years after the original shooting the Haunted House in Stans was demolished. But the story is not resolved yet. Anding discovered that Joller’s heirs keep a secret – Joller devised another document about a “Night of Revelation” which turned his hair white. And now Anding is working on a sequel of The Haunted House.
Join us for Film Night on Tuesday, May 29, at 7pm.
Suggested donation: $5 (free for members).
SALAAM ISFAHAN (GOOD MORNING, ISFAHAN)
Documentary by Sanaz Azari Belgium 2010, 58 min
Grand Prix du Public 2010 Festival International de Cinema de Nyon
A resident of Brussels, Sanaz Azari returned to her native Iran, armed with a photo camera, a video camera, and two tripods. Stopping passersby to ask if they would be willing to pose for a photo, she engages them in conversation and all the while the video camera is rolling. Coincidentally Sanaz started shooting the film just as the fraught recent elections in Iran were beginning to unfold. Gradually the politics and the events surrounding the election begin to creep into the conversations. So while SALAAM ISFAHAN presents glimpses into the lives of the people it includes, the movie at a point takes an unexpected turn, and becomes a unique document of this historic election.
Preceded by… ZWISCHEN WELTEN (IN-BETWEEN WORLDS)
Experimental documentary by Doro Carl Germany 2009, 17 min
The film allows access to female immigrants’ lives in-between cultures. Their biographies are diverse: they range from women being born in Germany, women who moved to Germany as migrant workers or as war fugitives, or ethnic German patriates living in Hamburg. Like SALAAM ISFAHAN this film treats the mostly standardized technique of interviews with a remarkable new cinematic approach.
Join us for our April Film Night at Loring-Greenough House! Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7pm.
OLD AND NEW AND OLD…
Since January 2012 Dagmar Kamlah volunteers - in co-operation with Polina Marshakova - as programmer for our Tuesday Club film nights. This month she introduces her own work as filmmaker to the audience of the Loring-Greenough-House. The program entails her last film made in Germany and the first she realized in the US during her process of acclimatization to this country. The gap between OLD and NEW is also an issue in the earlier film, which deals with the short life span of technological progress.
BRAVE OLD WORLD D 2000, 15 min, engl. subtitles, found footage film
EDP at work anno 1970 – the tip of the iceberg of the late industrial revolution. Electronic dinosaurs sort mountains of punchcards and define scores for white, grey and blue collar workers. Punchcard operators pushing to be programmers… Only the apprentices seem to be not yet entirely in the ban of monster computers. Historic 16mm footage is taken from an educational TV program for school children. The soundtrack points into the future.
BLUE JAY TERRITORY USA 2009, 65 min, engl. version
When I came to live in Boston, I was anxious to quickly lose my foreign eyes. I started videotaping my everyday life. Americans wouldn’t bother to look at colorful water hydrants or trash barrels dancing in the streets after being emptied. Or a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. And a whole new animal kingdom! Being an amateur birder I was fascinated by all the new species. My first approach was like an environmental research, scanning the differences. With time passing the issue got more complex. As a 50 year old with personal and professional ties I had left quite a bit behind. Immigration means identity loss at first and if you are lucky, you find a new one. I procrastinated, stayed biased. I had a nice home, but outside I remained a foreigner.
Join us Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm for our March “For Your Information” night, co-sponsored by the JP Historical Society. We will be screening the short film The Conservation of Matter: The Rise and Fall of Boston’s Elevated Subway with filmmaker, Tim Wright.
This award-winning film traces the fate of the 100,000 tons of steel from the Boston Elevated Subway (demolished and removed from Washington Street in 1987) and then shipped eight thousand miles to be melted and re-formed into steel bars. Those products then cross the ocean again, where they are ultimately re-fabricated into a remarkable new structure in a surprising location. Workers, historians preachers, politicians, artists, riders, architects, astrophysicists and street people on two continents address the significance of the process as it unfolds. The piece gives a powerful sense of how architectural structures colonize the consciousnesses of both those who build them and those who live among them.
Tim Wright will be on hand to answer questions about his film.
Direction, Editing: Tim Wright
Winner: Editing Award, 1996 New England Film/Video Festival
Winner: Audience Choice and Judge’s Grand Prize, 1997 U.S. Super 8mm Film/Video Festival
30 minutes, color.
Suggested donation: $5.00, free for members. Email Courtney at email@example.com for more information.
May 1945… Five women are serving sentences on a small island on Lake Ladoga in northern Russia, to which they were exiled from occupied territories together with their children, aged from one to three, who were fathered by German soldiers. May 9 brings happy news that the war is over but it also brings sad news that the women will have to go to labor camps and their children will be placed into orphanages. One of the guards has pity for the young mothers. The next morning, he takes them and the kids to the mainland in a fishing boat, hoping to hide them in thick woods. His major, whose family perished in a Nazi death camp, knows about the plot but lets them go, risking being brought before a military tribunal.
The finale offers fragile hope that the women will have at least some chance of a better future. What can be more dreadful for a mother than the prospect of being separated from her child. In orphanages, little kids who could not give their full names were often registered under other names, so chances of being found by their parents after the war were bleak.
Asked by the Voice of Russia correspondent whose opinion she valued most, Vera Glagoleva said:“It was important to show the film to war veterans. They were deeply moved by the story, and their opinion mattered much to me. There were others, for example, one influential movie maker, a woman, who said that it was a controversial film and veterans may not like it. Some say it’s good for schoolchildren to watch this film as it will teach them to sympathize with and be kind to other people. As there are no archive documents confirming the events described in “One War”, the author relied on eye-witness accounts and reminiscences. Yet, the film is surprisingly true-to-life. Vera Glagoleva: “You know, it’s all those little things that make the film look realistic – the bead necklace one of the girls tries on, . . . → Read More: Film Night: One War (Tuesday, Febrary 28)