“Fruitvale Station” at Eastern Michigan University’s Film Series

Wed Feb 17, 2016

Lens Wide Open Film Series: Fruitvale Station

5:00 PM

Halle Library Auditorium

Cost: Free

Open to the public

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Discussion will follow.

Please note not all titles are appropriate for all audiences. Titles are subject to change without notice. Priority seating may be given to EMU Student ID cardholders and their guests. The views expressed during these programs do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Life, Eastern Michigan University, its staff or affiliates.

Eastern Michigan University’s Film Series showing, “A Better Life”

Wed Feb 3, 2016

Lens Wide Open Film Series: A Better Life

5:00 PM

Halle Library Auditorium

Cost: Free

Open to the public

A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. Discussion will follow.

 

Please note not all titles are appropriate for all audiences. Titles are subject to change without notice. Priority seating may be given to EMU Student ID cardholders and their guests. The views expressed during these programs do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Life, Eastern Michigan University, its staff or affiliates.

Tanya Tagaq, Inuit Throat Singer to Appear in Ann Arbor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7:30 pm

With Tanya Tagaq, ancient meets modern in provocative, powerful ways. This spellbinding performance features the Inuit throat singer accompanying a screening of “Nanook of the North” (1922) with a live score. Her mixed-media performance reclaims the controversial classic — considered the first feature-length documentary — capturing the sense of the sound of the Arctic spaces shown in the film and adding tremendous feeling and depth to the complex mix of beautiful representations and racially charged clichés. An Inuit throat singer from Nunavut, Canada, Tanya Tagaq has a voice capable of full-bodied and animalistic low  s, and breathtaking grunts and growls. She is an outspoken advocate of aboriginal rights and equality, weaving her musical and political tones into emotive, sensual, and complex compositions and improvisations that raise a fist of protest with no words at all.  University Musical Society

Reviews:

Tagaq’s music is unnerving and exquisite, rooted in Inuit throat singing, but also influenced by electronica, industrial, and metal. It is a style that she has perfected through collaborations with Björk and that invokes Meredith Monk’s vocal innovations. Winner of the 2014 Polaris Prize for “Album of the Year” (she beat out Drake and Arcade Fire), Tanya Tagaq makes her UMS debut in this one-night only event after acclaimed appearances at the Bonnaroo and SXSW festivals.  “Nobody, anywhere, sounds like she does.” (Globe and Mail)

                       Tanya Tagaq website

Tune In with UMS for a brief pre-performance talk. Just 15 minutes long, this Tune In will offer interesting information and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm at Michigan League Henderson Room (3rd floor).

 

 

 

Another Ann Arborite to Executive Produce film based on the life of Black Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Short Film Screening

Short Film Screening

Another Ann Arborite Deborah Meadows is Vice-President of the Board of The Ann Arbor Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, and the Executive Producer of the historical film ALL OR NOTHIN’This soon-to-be-produced feature film is based on the life and times of Asher Aray. Aray was an abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, and member of the first Black family in our area. He, along with other conductors on the Underground Railroad, helped 28 people who were fleeing Kentucky, liberate themselves from slavery.  

Deborah Meadows and her team are holding a fundraiser to help off-set production costs for the film that begins shooting in August. The May 14th  fundraiser will include:

The screening of a short film that will be expanded and turned into the feature ALL OR NOTHIN’ 

 A performance by a Washtenaw Community College student

An auction of donated items from local sources

A video produced by University of Michigan film students

Remarks by Carol Mull, local author and historian

Remarks from Asher Aray’s Descendants 

For more information contact Deborah Meadows at deborahmeadows2@msn.com or 1-734-819-8182

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