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4 Must-See Films Coming to the Bright in November

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester, the Bright Lights Film Series brings world-class cinema to campus with free screenings in the Bright Family Screening Room presented by the Department of Visual and Media Arts. Seeking to foster dialogue and create community through cinema, the Series offers an exciting and diverse program including filmmakers of color, queer cinema, and films that deal with disability. Screenings are at 7:00 pm, followed by discussions with the filmmakers themselves.

Check out the top four (free and open to the public) screenings coming to the Bright throughout November:

1. The Witness

Tuesday, November 7th

Directed by James D. Solomon, documentary, 89 minutes, USA, 2015.

Kitty Genovese became synonymous with apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a New York City street while 38 witnesses did nothing. Forty years later, her brother decides to find the truth. He uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.

The screening is sponsored by Emerson’s Student Accessibility Services and Office of the General Counsel. A discussion with subject Bill Genovese and director James D. Solomon will follow.

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/487791918273667


2. Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Thursday, November 8th

Directed by Eric Stange, documentary, 84 minutes, USA, 2016.

After his death, writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) became a global icon of modern literature and a pop culture brand. An orphan in search of family, love, and literary fame, Poe struggled with alcoholism and was also a product of early 19th-century urban American life: depressed from the era’s culture of death due to the high mortality rate and the struggles of living in poverty. Poe famously died under mysterious circumstances and his cause of death remains unknown.

The screening is sponsored by the Independent Film Fest of Boston, the Boston Literary District, and Emerson’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing department. A discussion with director Eric Stange will follow. There will also be a pre-screening reception in the lobby at 6:00 pm showcasing set stills by Liane Brandon.

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/585876024916032/


3. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Tuesday, November 14th

Directed by David France, documentary, 105 minutes, USA, 2017.

This film takes a documentary look at the life of Marsha P. Johnson, a notable activist for trans rights in New York City who was found dead in 1992. Director David France enlists Johnson’s former friends and activists to reconstruct her life of political advocacy and try to piece together the events that led to her death.

Part of Trans Awareness Week, this screening is sponsored by Wicked Queer, the Mass Trans Political Coalition, EAGLE, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, and Emerson’s Office of Intercultural Student Affairs. A discussion with producer L.A. Teodisio and director David France will follow.

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/467913423609602


4. 6th Annual Silversonic Music Video Showcase

Thursday, November 16th

Silversonic is an annual showcase of music videos made by current Emerson students and alumni. It is a celebration of the combination of music and image as a unique art form worthy of exhibition in a cinema environment. There will be a reception following the screening with an opportunity for talkback with musicians and filmmakers, as well as a karaoke party in the cinema!

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551188244971755/