Published August 6, 2018
“Spotlight,” the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up in the local Catholic archdiocese, is among the films being screened in the fall 2018 edition of the Buffalo Film Seminars.
The popular, semester-long series of film screenings and discussions is hosted by UB faculty members Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson. Each session begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 28 and running through Dec. 4, in the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. in the University Plaza, directly across the street from the South Campus.
Christian, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English, and Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture in the Department of English, will introduce each film. Following a short break at the end of each film, they will lead a discussion of the film. The screenings are part of “Film Directors” (Eng 381), an undergraduate course being taught by the pair. Students enrolled in the course are admitted free; others may attend at the theater’s regular admission prices of $9.50 for adults, $8 for students and $7.25 for seniors. Season tickets are available any time at a 15-percent reduction for the cost of the remaining films.
“Goldenrod handouts” — featuring production details, anecdotes and critical comments about each week’s film — are available in the theater lobby 45 minutes before each session. The handouts also are posted online one day before the screening.
The series opens on Aug. 28 with the 1925 silent film “The Big Parade,” directed by King Vidor. The film tells the story of an idle rich boy who joins the army and is sent to France to fight in World War I. He befriends two working-class men, witnesses the horrors of trench warfare and finds love with a French girl. The screening will feature electronic piano accompaniment by Philip Carli.
The remainder of the schedule, with descriptions culled from IMDb and other sources: