SAVE THESE DATES!
July 8, 15, 22, and 29 are now traditional dates for the Northfield Film Festival. This year’s theme is The Hollywood Renaissance, featuring very popular films of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Some important bullet points:
- Each weekly film will again be screened at the Weitz Center Cinema, at Union and Third Streets, on Tuesdays in July, at 7:30 PM.
- You may wish to come a little early: the audiences last year were large.
- An added feature this year will be three short films created by Northfield students—-one each from St. Olaf, Carleton, and Northfield High school. These students, in order, are Horacio Lopez, Diana Fraser, and the team of Sarah Goldfeather and Athena Currier.
- Bonnie and Clyde is the first film, on July 8. As in the past, seminars will be conducted on the mornings following the films, in room 104 of Carleton’s Language and Dining Center, 9:30-11:30 AM, and will require registration (form available online or at the Senior Center) and a fee of $25 for the four seminars. The first seminar will be given by Jay Beck.
- The Graduate is the second film, on July 15. The seminar on July 16 will be led by Eric Nelson.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey is the third film, on July 22. The seminar on July 23 will be led by Charlie Black.
- Chinatown is the last film, on July 29. Carol Donelan will lead the seminar on July 30.
Since this year’s film festival will highlight the impact of young directors and screenwriters on movies of the sixties and seventies, we are also featuring short films by innovative filmmakers at St Olaf, Carleton and Northfield High School. Each of these five-minute movies will precede the main feature of the evening. The Nerd (2005)will open the series on July 15th. Written and directed by Sarah Goldfeather and Athena Currier of Northfield, it is a gently humorous portrayal of the social challenges of high school. Selected for the Walker Art Center’s “Girls in the Director’s Chair” series, the film brings to mind the early comedies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Oh, Glory, by Horatio Lopez, a graduating senior from St Olaf , will be shown July 22nd. Horatio, born in the South Side of Chicago, has a strong interest in the intersection of racism and foreign policy. His self-declared ambition is to “challenge society in a creative manner …and to keep creating until my brain goes dull and I become a college professor.”
Diana Fraser is a 2014 graduate of Carleton’s Cinema and Media Studies program. In her senior comps she explored recent romantic comedies that feature darker themes such as divorce, adultery, mental illness and addiction. Her short film The Little Things, shown on July 29th, explores the relationship between two college sweethearts that emerges after their conventional “happy ending.”
Please join us whenever you can for this enjoyable series.