Film Festival LogoThe WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series aims to build a bigger, broader learning community through education, entertainment, and community engagement. Our annual public humanities Film Festival and Lecture Series offers a curated selection of culturally and thematically diverse films, lectures and keynote addresses, artistic creations, and celebrations that foster critical inquiry into real world concerns through world-class scholarship, community partnerships, and experiential education.

(Art by Dan Madden)

Join us November 7-10 for the 2019 Festival, “Food on Film.” Our Food Symposium will be held November 7 on UAlbany’s Downtown Campus. Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business owners, and professors. From November 8-10 at The Linda we will screen a diverse selection of international  films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, and other events.

Admission is free for students with a valid, active ID.

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WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series

“Food on Film”

November 7-10, 2019

Thursday, November 7, UAlbany Downtown Campus

4:30-7:30pm Interdisciplinary Symposium

Friday, November 8, The Linda

6-7 pm Keynote Conversation

7-9 Big Night (Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci, 1996, US)

9-9:30 Post Screening Discussion

Saturday, November 9, The Linda

10-10:10am Bao (Domee Shi, 2018, USA/Canada)

10:10-12pm Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007, US)

12:15-1:30 Student Luncheon

1:30-2:15 Short Lecture

2:15-2:45

La boulangère de Monceau / The Bakery Girl of Monceau

(Éric Rohmer, 1963, France)

2:45-4:30

Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, 1992, Mexico)

4:30-4:45 Post Screening Discussion

6:45-7 Short Lecture

7-8:40 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971, US)

8:45-9 Post Screening Discussion

9-12am Celebration to Benefit the South End Children’s Cafe

Sunday, November 10, The Linda

10am-10:15 Short Lecture

10:15-11am Short Film TBD

11-12:35Food, Inc. (Robert Kenner, 2008, USA)

12:25-12:45 Post Screening Discussion

1-2:30 Nippers and Sippers

2:45-3pm Short Lecture

3-3:15 Short Film TBD

3:15-4:45 Babettes gæstebud / Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel, 1987, Denmark)

4:45-5 Post Screening Discussion

6:30-6:45 Short Lecture

6:45-7 Short Film TBD

7-9 Tampopo (Jûzô Itami, 1985, Japan)

9 -9:15 Post Screening Discussion

 

This year, our Film Festival will be hosted by The Linda.

The Linda's mission is "to be of service, advance the arts and support the community. It has provided a public space for art and cultural expression and is constantly evolving to meet the needs and desires of its audience and community. It remains a catalyst for revitalization by generating investment, creating positive change and exciting stimulation to Central Avenue" (Thelinda.org).

We are proud to be partnering with The Linda and look forward to supporting its mission of creating positive change and excitement within the greater community. 

For more information about shows and directions, please visit The Linda's website: The Linda. 



Directions

From the South (Thruway I-87):
Take exit 23 to I-787. Follow I-787 to I-90 Westbound (toward Buffalo). From I-90 take Exit 5 (Everett Road). Turn left onto Everett Road at the top of the ramp. Take Everett Road to the 3rd traffic light; this is a T intersection with Central Avenue. Turn left onto Central Avenue. Continue for approximately 10 blocks. The Linda is at 339 Central Avenue, on the corner of Quail and Central.

From the North or West (Northway I-87 or Thruway I-90):
Take exit for I-90 Eastbound (toward Boston). From I-90 take Exit 5 (Everett Road) turn right onto Everett Road at the top of the ramp. Take Everett Road to 2nd traffic light, this is a T-intersection with Central Avenue. Turn left onto Central continue for approximately 10 blocks. The Linda is at 339 Central Avenue, on the corner of Quail and Central.

From the East (Massachusetts):
Take I-90 Westbound to Albany. From I-90 take Exit 5 (Everett Road). Turn left onto Everett Road at the top of the ramp. Take Everett Road to the 3rd traffic light; this is a T-intersection with Central Avenue Turn left onto Central Avenue Continue approximately 10 blocks. The Linda is at 339 Central Avenue, on the corner of Quail and Central.

Parking at The Linda:
Parking is free in the surrounding lot and the lot directly north across Sherman Street.

By Bus to The Linda:
Take CDTA 12 to Quail St.;walk two blocks to Central Avenue where The Linda is located at 339 Central Avenue. 

By Bus to Milne Hall, Downtown Albany Campus from Uptown Campus:
Route one school bus or CDTA 11 to Lake St. 

Title: Big Night

Writer(s): Stanley Tucci, Joseph Tropiano

Director(s): Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci

Rating: R (for language)

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Big Night IMDB Page

 

Title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Writer: Roald Dahl(book, screenplay)

Director: Mel Stuart

Rating: G

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory IMDB Page

 

Title: Babette's Feast

Writer: Karen Blixen (short story), Gabriel Axel (screenplay)

Director: Gabriel Axel

Rating: R

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Babette's Feast IMDB Page

 

Title: Como agua para chocolate/Like Water for Chocolate

Writer: Laura Esquivel (novel), Laura Esquivel (screenplay)

Director: Alfonso Arau

Rating: R

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Como agua para chocolate/Like Water for Chocolate IMDB Page

 

Title: Ratatouille

Writer: Brad Bird (screenplay), Jan Pinkava (original story by)

Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava (co-director)

Rating: G

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Ratatouille IMDB Page

 

Title: Food, Inc.

Writer: Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein

Director: Robert Kenner

Rating: R

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Food, Inc. IMDB Page

 

Title: Bao

Writer: Domee Shi

Director: Domee Shi

Rating: PG

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Bao IMDB Page

 

Title: Tampopo

Writer(s): Jûzô Itami

Director(s): Jûzô Itami

Rating: Not Rated (some adult content)

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: Tampopo IMDB Page

 

Title: La boulangère de Monceau / The Bakery Girl of Monceau

Writer(s): Éric Rohmer

Director(s): Éric Rohmer

Rating:Not Rated

Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

More Information: La boulangère de Monceau / The Bakery Girl of Monceau IMDB Page

This year's guest keynote speaker is Eugene Lim (Photo by Ning Li).

In his own words, "Eugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car (Ellipsis Press, 2008), The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013) and Dear Cyborgs (FSG Originals, 2017). His writings have appeared in Dazed, Fence, Little Star, The Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, Gigantic, Your Impossible Voice, The Coming Envelope, Everyday Genius, Vestiges and elsewhere. Pessimist of the intellect by night, by day, he’s house librarian at the Charles Xavier School for the Greatly Responsibled. He runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Jackson Heights, NY, with Joanna and Felix. His Wu name is Master Menace" (Eugene Lim's Website).

In a fairly recent article in the New Yorker, author Hua Hsu discusses "Eugene Lim's Uncanny Sense of What it's Like to Be Alive Right Now" through the lens of Lim's latest novel: Dear Cyborgs.

 
We are also excited to welcome Last Day Shining. They'll be performing a live accompaniment for Metropolis

 Visit their website for samples of music and more information about the band. Last Day Shining.



The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks will be hosting a live podcast during the film festival.

If you would like to learn more about the Brotherhood or listen to some of their podcasts, you can visit their website: The Brotherhood.

The WCI Film Festival & Lecture Series includes a Symposium, where the theme of the current festival is explored by scholars, teachers, and professionals from across a number of academic disciplines and the arts. The Symposium is always free, open to the public, and designed to further the festival’s aim of directly engaging the larger Capital District community.

To coincide with the Festival theme Classics of Science Fiction, this year’s Sci-Fi Symposium is on Thursday, November 1st, from 4:30-7:30PM in Milne Hall, room 200, on the University at Albany’s Downton Campus, 135 Western Ave., Albany NY 12222.

Unspeakable Scholarship!

Timothy Sergay (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) on Canonicity, Canon Formation, and Fan-Made Films and Fiction…

Marcie Newton (The Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry) on The Evolution of Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction…

Peter Monaco (The Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry) on Magic, Technology, and Writing from Hidden Realms...

Otherworldly Classrooms!

A round-table chat featuring: Jil Hanifan (poet, professor, and director of the UAlbany Writing Center), Elaina Frulla, Laurin Jefferson, and Josh Keller (Ph.D. candidates from the UAlbany Department of English) on Incorporating Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction in the College Classroom...

Thrilling Adventures in Writing and the Arts!

A panel of pros wax poetic about their work. Featuring comic book writer and creator Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Darth Maul, Jango Fett) and writers Barbara Chepaitis (The Fear Series starring Jaguar Addams, Feeding Christine) and Jacopo Della Quercia (You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News, The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy). Hosted by C-Mart and Undies of Wondy, podcasters on The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks.

WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series

Click on a poster to learn more about our previous film festivals. All the artwork was created by Dan Madden.

2018 Classics of Science Fiction!



















2017 The Zombies are Coming 2: Return of the Film Festival




















2016 Zombie Film Festival


 

Each year's Film Festival and Lecture Series has a charity component, ranging from food drives to silent auctions of art students’ work to gala balls, reflecting the University at Albany's ongoing commitment to serving the greater community of which the university is only a small part.

One of the Festival's goals is to provide opportunities for students to exhibit and enact their passions for helping others. For this year's charitable component, our students have chosen to highlight six amazing charities: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals; Early Childhood Education Center; Make-a-Wish; Making Strides of Albany; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; and Thirst Project

Not only were these charities proposed by our own University at Albany students, but our student body voted on the charity that will receive proceeds from the Film Festival. 

Results of Student Charity VoteThe results are in: congratulations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We want to thank our students for their tremendous work in both highlighting these wonderful charities and taking the time to vote.