“Aferim!” – Nov 20 and Lunch with Its Screenwriter – Nov 19

The Romanian Film Festival invited this year’s Silver Bear for the best director awardee of the Berlin International Film Festival, Aferim!

If you are interested in watching Aferim! at 7:00pm on Nov 20th (Fri.), let us know.

On top of that, there will be a free lunch with the screenwriter Florin Lazarescu of Aferim! on Thursday, November 19.
As we had a very good time with the director Serven Oliver Tataru last year, this lunch will be also very exciting to all of us.

Here are links to the program of the Romanian Film Festival and the international trailer of the film.


“The Assassin” by Hou Hsiao-Hsien – Nov 6th

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s latest film, The Assassin, is the first martial arts movie by Hou, the leading master of Taiwanese New Wave. This film will be a great opportunity for all of us to see how the martial arts genre that is usually being associated with ahistorical fantasy could be put into conversation with cinematic realism.

Seattle premiere is scheduled on Nov 6th at SIFF Egyptian Theater.


“Victoria” at the Egyptian – Oct 20th

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria at the Egyptian on Tuesday (Oct 20) at 8pmhttp://www.siff.net/cinema/victoria

“Victoria, a young Spanish woman, dances through the Berlin scene with abandon. She meets four mates outside a club who introduce themselves as Sonne, Boxer, Blinker and Fuß. They quickly get chatting. Sonne and Victoria take a fancy to each other and slip away from the group at the first opportunity. But their tender flirting is rudely interrupted by the others because, for these pals, the night is far from over. To settle an old debt they have to pull off a dodgy deal. And because one of them is too drunk, they decide that Victoria, of all people, should take over the role of driver. What began as a game suddenly becomes deadly serious.”

MIRG-GIG’s Movie Going and Kick-Off Meeting on Oct 15th

We would like to invite our members to the first movie screening of this quarter including a kick-off meeting, where we can greet each other, have some snacks and drinks, and of course suggest future activities of our group.

The first movie we’ll watch is Welcome to This House (2015), a recent documentary of a renowned lesbian cineaste, Barbara Hammer. The film is one of the official selections of this year’s Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. You can find more details about the film in the following link.

The screening begins at 5:00pm on Oct 15 (Thur) at the Northwest Film Forum.

If you just want to join the kick-off meeting without watching the movie, then please come directly to the Grim’s Provisions & Spirits by 7:00 pm on the same day.

We are back: MIRG GIG Autumn 2014 Schedule

Oct. 3 at 4:30 pm
We would like see you at a casual get-together at the College Inn.

Oct. 4 at 6 pm
Screening of  O Brother Where Art Thou at the Egyptian
Tickets: Please let us know by WEDNESDAY if you are planning on attending.
FYI: FREE admission with a Capitol Hill business receipt (let me know if you are thinking about getting your own ticket)

Oct. 9-19

Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Suggestion for attending screenings together are more than welcome. We would like to direct your attention to:
                  Oct 10 Gerontophilia
                  Oct 12 Regarding Susan Sontag

Oct. 10 at 11 am – 1 pm
MIRG Teaching Workshop, Mary Gates 082
Topic: Designing and Assessing Creative Media Assignments
For more information contact Jennifer Bean (jmbean at uw.edu)

Oct. 13 at 3:30 – 5 pm 
MIRG GIG Post-Workshop Meeting, CMU 202

For the rest of the fall schedule, please click here!

May 16 – Talk: Paula Amad on Cin-aereality

Paula Amad (University of Iowa) 
Cin-aereality: The Aerial Imprint in European Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s
4:00 PM, Communications 120, UW Seattle

Although the photographic view from above forms a canonical figure in modernist art, architecture and photography of the early twentieth century, and has more recently become ubiquitous with Google Earth, there has been relatively little attention given to the aerial imaginary within the realm of motion pictures. This paper offers some preliminary outlines for a potential study of the thematic, formal and cultural relation between aviation and cinema, giving particular emphasis to the reframing of perception resulting from the advances of aerial reconnaissance photography in the First World War and the ensuing visual imprint of aerial vision in early twentieth century avant-garde films such as László Moholy-Nagy’s Marseille, Vieux Port (1929) and Jean Vigo’s A Propos de Nice (1929).

SCMS Conference 2013 in Chicago – MIRG-Gigsters were a part of it!

Four of our Mirg-Gigsters attended this years SCMS conference in Boston.

Katherine Morrow presented on “China Inside and Out: The 1958 Karlovy‑Vary  International Film Festival.”

Verena Kick presented on “Social Networks and Internet Cinephilia—The Case of Amélie.”

Annie Fee presented on “The Rejection of the International Film Avant‑Garde by French Audiences : 1918–1922.”

Jasmin Krakenberg and Verena Kick co-chaired a panel on “Werner Herzog’s Documentaries.”


We would like to thank the Simpsons Center for supporting us to attend this year’s conference.

Hopefully, some MIRG-Gigsters will be able to participate in next year’s conference here in Seattle!!!

Talk: “Traces of a Viennese Childhood: Uncovering the Early Life and Career of Edgar G. Ulmer”

Noah Isenberg (Director of Screen Studies and Associate Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, NYC)

Noah Isenberg
Friday, February 15, 2013 – 1:30pm
Rey Library, Denny Hall 308

Friday Lecture Series

Edgar G. Ulmer (1904-1972) enjoyed a thirty-five year career as an international film director. Born in the Austro-Hungarian provinces and raised in Vienna, he came to America with Max Reinhardt’s theater company in 1924, and is today best remembered for his remarkably diverse output of movies (from Menschen am SonntagThe Black Cat, and Green Fields through DetourRuthlessThe Naked Dawn and The Cavern) made in Berlin, Hollywood, New York and points in between. Building on more than a decade of writing and research, and focusing specifically on the director’s early years, Isenberg’s lecture untangles the persistent myths and half-truths that have shrouded Ulmer’s life and career.

Noah Isenberg is Director of Screen Studies at Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. His forthcoming critical biography, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, is due out next year from the University of California Press.