Filmmaker John Sayles in Residency

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In February 2014, the Daniel and Maggie Inouye Chair in Democratic Ideals will be sponsoring a two-week residency by filmmaker, writer, director, and actor John Sayles. The latest in a line of distinguished public figures that the Inouye Chair has brought to the university, the “Godfather of Bootstrap Cinema” is a key figure in the development of Independent Film in the United States.

While best known for the Oscar-nominated films Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996), Sayles’ body of work is diverse and ambitious but linked by an abiding interest in working people, communities, and the complex networks that connect them.

To date, Sayles has directed 17 feature films, several of which will be showcased in a Thursday afternoon film series organized by the American Studies department and co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities and the Academy for Creative Media.  All films will be shown in the Art Auditorium at 4:00 pm unless otherwise specified. The screening of Amigo will be followed by a talk session with John Sayles.

Sayles will be giving the Inouye Chair public lecture (open to the public) on Thursday February 20, 2014, at 6:00 pm in the Art Auditorium.

Screening Schedule:

September 26 Brother From Another Planet (introduced by David Stannard)

October 17 Matewan (introduced by Tom Brislin) **film showing in Architecture Auditorium

November 7 Eight Men Out (introduced by Joe Stanton)

November 21 The Secret of Roan Inish (introduced by Vilsoni Hereniko)

December 5 Passion Fish (introduced by Kathleen Sands)

January 16 Lone Star (introduced by Claudia Pummer)

January 30 Casa de los Babys (introduced by Eric Thau)  

February 13 Amigo (introduced by Joyce Mariano and a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker.)