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Film Series Announced | Fall Quarter 2009

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The Ohio Northern University’s department of art & design announces its Fall quarter film series. The film series was created to showcase the achievements of the film industry and to promote critical thinking and self-analysis. All members of the university community are invited to attend film showings.

Films are shown on Tuesdays at 6p.m. in room 115 of the Wilson Art Center located on Gilbert Street. Visitor parking is available at the McIntosh Center parking lot. Admission is free.

Coffee and Cigarettes
September 15

A comic series of short vignettes that build on one another to create a cumulative effect as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the ’20, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide, all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life can be. (2005)

Broken Flowers
September 29

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is completed to reflect on this past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. (2005)

Mystery Train
October 13

A Japanese couple obsessed with 1950s America goes to Memphis because the male half of the couple emulates Carol Perkins. Chance encounters link three different stories in the city, with the common thread being the seedy hotel where they are all staying. (1989)

Down By Law
October 27

DJ Zack and pimp Jack end up in prison for being too laidback to avoid being framed for crimes they didn’t commit. They end up sharing a cell with eccentric Italian optimist Roberto, whose limited command of the English Language is both entertaining and infuriating—but rather more useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route. (1986)

Student Art League’s Film Series

Being John Malkovich
Thursday, October 1

A puppeteer discovers a door in his office that allows him
to enter the mind and life of John Malkovich for 15 minutes.
The puppeteer then tries to turn the portal into a small business.
Starring John Malkovich as himself, John Cusack, Catherine
Keener, and Cameron Diaz.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Thursday, October 8

A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine
underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides
to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her
fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too
late to correct his mistake. Staring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

The Hudsucker Proxy
Thursday, October 22

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely
successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of
directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to
make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock
falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the
dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose
idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville
is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter
Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of
Hudsucker Industries. Starring Tim Robbins and directed by the Coen
brothers (The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men).

Thursday, November 5

An account of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s attempt to adapt Susan
Orlean’s non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, which is the story of John
Laroche, a plant dealer who clones rare orchids then sells them to
collectors. We see the action of the book as we see Kaufman struggle
to adapt it into a movie. This is presumably a somewhat true story,
as Charlie Kaufman is the real life screenwriter of Adaptation. Starring
Meryl Streep, Tilda Swanson, and Nicolas Cage in two roles.


Ohio Northern University offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, contact the department at 419.772.2160.