Chicago, IL (PressExposure) June 27, 2012 -- Movie lovers from all over Chicago will have the opportunity to enjoy a social evening of movie clips, cinematic insights, mingling, and munchies as part of "Reel Talk: Film Scholars on Tap," a free film event presented on July 9, 2012, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm by Facets Multi-Media. The Film Scholars on Tap event will be held at Facets CinÃ©mathÃ¨que, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago IL 60614. Admission to this free event will be first come, first served.
A panel of four film scholars will present briefly on a collection of cinematic topics - highly controversial films banned in Iran, early female director Ida Lupino, the heist as a narrative trope, and the greatest dance partnership in movie history - illustrating their observations with film clips screened in Facets CinÃ©mathÃ¨que's intimate 125-seat theater. A reception will follow the event, providing the opportunity for lively and informal discussion among attendees and panelists. Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided.
"Reel Talk: Film Scholars on Tap is an opportunity for cinephiles to share their love of cinema as a waking dream shared by others," said Charles Coleman, Film Program Director of Facets Multi-Media. "Film class students soon learn that people who like movies have a favorite. People who love movies could not possibly choose."
Kate Balsley has a BFA in Film and Video from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and an MFA in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her film, video, and visual artwork has been exhibited at galleries and film festivals throughout the United States and abroad, and she has presented her own research on cinema at the University of Cincinnati, San Francisco State University, and the University of Iowa. She will speak about Iranian films banned in their own country and the implications of film censorship.
Therese Grisham currently teaches film aesthetics and history at Columbia College Chicago. Therese holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle and was awarded a Fulbright lectureship to the University of Dresden, followed by a teaching award in film studies. A frequent guest scholar at Facets, she will speak on the films of pioneering female director, Ida Lupino.
Jef Burnham is the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com, a Chicago-based film criticism website in its fifteenth year of operation. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned his degree in Film & Video, and was published in Open Court's Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy (2011). He will explore "heist" films and characters that both build on and veer off from this classic formula.
Film Scholars on Tap serves as an introduction to the summer session of Facets Film School, which will offer more in-depth classes on the topics covered through four six-week evening film courses beginning July 12. Facets Film School is presented by the local non-profit Facets Multi-Media, which offers year-round education for adults and children through its many on and off-site programs. For further information call 773-281-9075 or visit http://www.facets.org