Media Arts Program
 

Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.

Cultivate Cinema Circle and Hallwalls present

Women Direct: Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides

Introduction by Nichols High School's Classic Movie Night curator Andrea Mancuso

Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers

According to the Motion Picture Association of America's most recent reports, women account for 52% of moviegoers, though the San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film reported that of the top 100 grossing films of 2016, women represented: 4% of directors, 11% of writers, 3% of cinematographers, 19% of producers, and 14% of editors. Obviously, the movie industry has a gender disparity problem.

In an attempt to help right this unfathomable wrong, over the past two years we'vehosted over 60 screenings at various venues around Buffalo, all the while continuously highlighting the immensely important, formally inventive work of female filmmakers, including organizing a five film retrospective of work by Agnès Varda (who just recently received an honorary Oscar), hosting Jessica Oreck at Squeaky Wheel, screening Oscar shortlisted films by Nanfu Wang and Bonni Cohen, and showing important new work by Kirsten Johnson, Petra Costa, and Jenni Olson.

With the coming year, we've decided to go further with Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers, a year long series celebrating the first films of modern masters like Kelly Reichardt, Lucrecia Martel, Sofia Coppola, and Julie Dash, as well as important new voices in cinema such as Dee Rees, Desiree Akhavan, and Anna Rose Holmer, each of whom emerged with fully formed, wholly unique perspectives from the start of their careers and have helped shape the world of cinema as we know it today. The series will be graciously hosted by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and will run from January through November, with special introductions by Buffalo's most notable women cinephiles and film scholars.


Synopsis courtesy of Turner Classic Movies:
On the surface the Lisbons appear to be a normal 1970s family living in a middle-class Michigan suburb. Mr. Lisbon is a quirky math teacher, his wife is a strictly religious mother of five attractive teenage daughters who catch the eyes of the neighborhood boys. However, when 13-year-old Cecilia commits suicide, the family spirals downward into a creepy state of isolation and the remaining girls are quarantined from social interaction (particularly from the opposite sex) by their zealously protective mother. But the strategy backfires, their seclusion makes the girls even more intriguing to the obsessed boys who will go to absurd lengths for a taste of the forbidden fruit.

"It remains Sofia Coppola's finest film—the perfect melding of sound and vision, teen passion and inexplicable tragedy, and plenty of 70s sartorial flair. Don't argue with me on this one: The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola's 1999 debut feature, is a masterpiece."
- Elizabeth Sankey, Noisy

Sophia Coppola Filmography:

The Virgin Suicides [2000]
Lost in Translation [2003]
Marie Antoinette [2006]
Somewhere [2010]
The Bling Ring [2013]
The Beguiled [2017]