(Art by Dan Madden)
The University at Albany’s Writing and Critical Inquiry Program announces our sixth-annual Film Festival and Lecture Series, an interdisciplinary, student- and community-centered public humanities program that generates conversations and cultivates relationships across campus and Capital District communities. Each year, we offer a selection of culturally diverse films, lectures, discussions, and celebrations surrounding a relevant theme pulled from popular culture and global cinema. Through various modes of engagement, we foster critical inquiry into real-world concerns through world-class scholarship, community partnerships, and experiential education. We aim to expand academic discourse beyond the classroom; create various spaces where the public can engage in conversation, collaborative learning, and reflection; and help students build deep connections to the university, the city of Albany, the humanities, and their intellectual resilience.
The 2021 Festival explores one of the world’s most popular and enduring images: the Vampire. Its folklore comes to us from almost every continent and has inspired hundreds of films from around the globe, not to mention novels, short stories, plays, TV shows, fine arts, comic books, and more. Because it is so universal, the vampire has provided a powerful metaphor for prescient matters from Imperialism to the AIDS pandemic, BLM to #MeToo, arts and immortality to the death and decay of affect. As Bram Stoker scholar Nina Auerbach has said, “every age embraces the vampire that it needs.” In this current age of cultural reckoning, resilience, and rebirth, the vampire comes to symbolize our individual and collective trauma and our strength as we rise to meet the new challenges that face us.
*All proceeds from the 2021 Vampire Film Festival will benefit the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. To help them do the amazing work they do, the WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series, in partnership with the UAlbany Red Cross Club, will host a blood drive on October 22 from 10am-4pm in the UAlbany Campus Center room 116.
Find out more about the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, including how you can donate, at the following link: Red Cross.
**This event is free and open to the public.
Although many of them are physically beautiful, please be aware that the behavior of vampires can sometimes be quite hideous. Many of the films you will see this weekend are rated R, and with good reason: they might include physical and sexual violence, gore, adult language, and explicit sexual content. Information regarding the individual films can be found below, and reviews are readily available across the internet.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of assault or violence, help is available 24/7 at the CDPC Crisis Unit and from the Mobile Crisis Team. Call (518) 549–6500