Thursday Film Series Brings Alternative to Hollywood

Posted: February 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The Thursday Evening Film Series at the Johnson Center Cinema is one of the best-kept secrets on campus. A staple on campus for more than seven years, the series features top foreign and American independent films that are often nominated for Academy Awards. If the smell of free popcorn and the bargain price don’t lure you inside, then the movies will.

Peter Brunette, director of the Film and Media Studies Program at Mason and a nationally known film critic, chooses the movies based on his visits to world film festivals. “The philosophy for the Thursday series is the same as for our classes: to make sure that students and faculty know that there are other cinematic alternatives to Hollywood films,” says Brunette. “These films are really important for people to see because they often portray real-life dramas. They aren’t all explosions and car chases.”

This semester, the series included movies such as Dirty Pretty Things, which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and American Splendor, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Tonight, the series features Shattered Glass, which tells the true-life adventures of Stephen Glass, the journalist who fabricated more than 40 stories while working for New Republic magazine. For a complete list of the remaining movies for this semester, click here.

Another plus of the film series is the price: free for students, $1 for faculty and staff, and $3 for everyone else. The films are shown at both 6 and 9 p.m. each Thursday.

The budget for the series comes from the Provost’s Office, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University Life, and the Film and Media Studies Program.

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