Berkeley Film & Media Seminar

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Thu, Feb 15, 2024, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Nestrick Room, 142 Dwinelle

Lauren Cramer, University of Toronto

Cosponsored by the Department of African American Studies   The reviews of prolific music video director Harold “Hype” Williams’s one and only feature film, Belly (1998), are withering. Regarding the “brutally stylish” film, reviews describe Belly as a “gratuitous” but “dimly lit” collection of “crotch shots, topless dancers, wall-sized television screens, ganja galore and, wherever possible, crime without...


Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Nestrick Room, 142 Dwinelle

Jeff Scheible, King’s College, London

Berkeley Film and Media Seminar Series presents: Jeff Scheible, King’s College, London “The Ideology of Alternation: Ping Pong, Narration, and Contemporary TV” This talk examines the recurrence of ping pong across recent television—including The Morning Show, I May Destroy You, Atlanta, and The Americans—to consider how the game and its iconography participate in what Martin Brückner, Sandy Isenstadt, and...


Tue, Mar 12, 2024, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Eugenie Brinkema, MIT

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Department of Comparative Literature Professor Brinkema takes as her starting point an aesthetic evaluation that greets the arrival of brutal death squads in Wes Anderson’s 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel: “I find these black uniforms very drab.” Using the problem of drabness, and a reciprocal term that is yoked to...


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