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APPENDIX F
CALENDAR 2006-2007
Academic Year
The academic calendar follows a semester system. Each semester in the fall and spring consists of 16
weeks, followed by two, six-week intensive summer sessions.

        FALL 2006                         AUGUST 28 – DECEMBER 17
        WINTERIM 2006                     DECEMBER 18 – JANUARY 12
        SPRING 2007                       JANUARY 13 – MAY 7
        SUMMER I, 2007                    MAY 14 – JUNE 25
        SUMMER II, 2007                   JUNE 26 – AUGUST 6

Fiscal Year
July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007



Where to Obtain/Access the Following Calendars:

Academic Calendar             Online: http://www.pratt.edu/pdf/acalendar/06-07.pdf
                              In print: Registrar’s Office, Thrift Hall 1, 718-636-6336, reg@pratt.edu

Faculty Actions               Online: http://www.prattsenate.org/facultyactions.htm
Schedule 2006-2007            In print: Office of the Provost, Main 1, 718-636-3744, provaa@pratt.edu
                              [Faculty Actions refer to processes by which full-time and part-time
                              faculty apply for faculty re-appointment, promotion & tenure]

Athletics Schedule            Athletics Department, ARC upper level

Pratt Film Society            Log on to: http://www.prattsenate.org/pfs
Weekly Screenings             Contact: reel@pratt.edu


Online Dynamic Calendar, Services sponsored by the Academic Senate

Log on to the Academic Senate Calendar pages: http://www.prattsenate.org/calendar

You will be able to browse and search the events calendar, which can be sorted by event date,
author, location and category (e.g., lecture, exhibition, film screening, meetings, portfolio day, open
house)




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                             Academic Year 2006-2007 At-a-Glance
        September 2006                       October 2006                        November 2006
   S     M    T    W T        F    S    S    M     T    W T       F    S    S     M     T    W T       F    S
                              1    2    1    2     3    4    5    6    7                     1    2    3    4

   3     4    5    6    7     8    9    8    9     10   11   12   13   14   5     6     7    8    9    10   11
   10    11   12   13   14    15   16   15   16    17   18   19   20   21   12    13    14   15   16   17   18
   17    18   19   20   21    22   23   22   23    24   25   26   27   28   19    20    21   22   23   24   25

   24    25   26   27   28    29   30   29   30    31                       26    27    28   29   30



        December 2006                        January 2007                        February 2007
   S     M    T    W T        F    S    S    M     T    W T       F    S    S     M     T    W T       F    S
                              1    2         1     2    3    4    5    6                          1    2    3

   3     4    5    6    7     8    9    7    8     9    10   11   12   13   4     5     6    7    8    9    10
   10    11   12   13   14    15   16   14   15    16   17   18   19   20   11    12    13   14   15   16   17
   17    18   19   20   22    23   24   21   22    23   24   25   26   27   18    19    20   21   22   23   24

   25    26   27   28   29    30   31   28   29    30   31                  25    26    27   28



          March 2007                              April 2007                           May 2007
   S     M    T    W T        F    S    S    M     T    W T       F    S    S     M     T    W T       F    S
                        1     2    3                                                    1    2    3    4    5

   4     5    6    7    8     9    10   1    2     3    4    5    6    7    6     7     8    9    10   11   12
   11    12   13   14   15    16   17   8    9     10   11   12   13   14   13    14    15   16   17   18   19
   18    19   20   21   22    23   24   15   16    17   18   19   20   21   20    21    22   23   24   25   26

   25    26   27   28   29    30   31   22   23    24   25   26   27   28   27    28    29   30   31
                                        29   30



          June 2007                        July 2007                              August 2007
   S     M T W T F                 S    S M T W T F                    S    S     M T W T F                 S
                              1    2                                                         1    2    3    4
   3     4    5    6    7     8    9    1    2     3    4    5    6    7    5     6     7    8    9    10   11
   10    11   12   13   14    15   16   8    9     10   11   12   13   14   12    13    14   15   16   17   18

   17    18   19   20   21    22   23   15   16    17   18   19   20   21   19    20    21   22   23   24   25
   24    25   26   27   28    29   30   22   23    24   25   26   27   28   26    27    28   29   30   31
                                        29   30    31




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http://www.pratt.edu/pdf/acalendar/06-07.pdf




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            SENATE CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
            FALL SEMESTER


            August
Thu 24      Orientation, Brooklyn
Mon 28      First Day of Class
Tue 29      Orientation, Manhattan
Wed 30      Orientation, Manhattan


            September
            What is an academic imperative?
Mon 04      Labor Day (no classes)
Tue 05      Senate mtg; guest: VPIT Joe Hemway; Small Fac Dining Rm
Mon 11      PFS: After 11, by Pratt faculty & students (2001) - AND - 11'09”01- Sep 11, by various
            Directors (2002)
Tue 19      Senate mtg; guest: Pres Schutte; Small Fac Dining Rm
Tue 19      PFS: Viridiana, Luis Bunuel (1961)
Tue 19      President and Mrs. Schutte's Fall Party for Faculty and Staff
Tue 26      PFS: In the Realms of the Unreal, Jessica Yu (2004)



            October
            What is interdisciplinarity?
Tue 03      Senate mtg: Provost Peter Barna; Small Fac Dining Rm
Tue 03      PFS: Rivers and Tides, Thomas Riedelsheimer (2001)
Mon 09      Columbus Day (classes meet, offices closed)
Tue 10      PFS: The New World; Terrence Malick (2005)
Tue 17      PFS: Hara-kiri, Masaki Kobayashi (1962)
Tue 17      Senate mtg; Trustee Mike Pratt; Small Fac Dining Rm
Tue 24      MidTerm Break; PFS: no screening
Mon 30      Nom & Elections: Start Nominations
Tue 31      Senate Report meeting of the Institute; ENG 371
Tue 31      PFS: Dawn of the Dead, George Romero


            November
            What is problem solving?
Tue 07      PFS: Vidas Secas (Barren Lives), Nelson Pereira dos Santos (1963)
Tue 14      PFS: The Intruder, Claire Denis (2004)
Tue 14      Senate mtg: Trustee Ned Twining; Small Fac Dining Rm
Fri 17      Nom & Elections: Close Nominations
Tue 21      PFS: Thanksgiving, no screening
Nov 22-26   Thanksgiving Break
Fri 24      Nom & Elections: Notify/confirm nominees; request stmt
Tue 28      Senate mtg; Small Fac Dining Rm
Tue 28      PFS: The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Jeff Feuerzeig (2005)

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             December
             What is critical thinking?
Fri 08       Nom & Elections: Announce nominees
Dec 11-17    Final Critique and Exams
Sun Dec 17   Last Day of Class
Tue 19       Grades Due


             SPRING SEMESTER

             January
             What is creativity?
Mon 08       Nom & Elections: Nominee Statements Due
Sat 13       First Day of Class (weekend)
Mon 15       Martin Luther King Day (no classes)
Tue 16       First Day of Class (week day)
Tue 23       Senate mtg; guest: Provost Peter Barna; Small Fac Dining Rm

             February
             What is craft?
Mon 05       Nom & Elections: Start Elections
Tue 06       Senate mtg; Small Fac Dining Rm
Mon 19       President's Day (classes meet, offices closed)
Tue 20       Senate mtg; Small Fac Dining Rm


             March
             What is materiality?
Fri 02       Nom & Elections: Close Elections
Mon 05       Nom & Elections: Tally
Tue 06       Senate mtg; Small Fac Dining Rm
Fri 09       Nom & Elections: Notify & confirm Nominees
Mar 10-16    Spring Break
Fri 16       Nom & Elections: Senator Confirmations Due
Mon 19       Nom & Elections: Announce Electn Results
Tue 20       Senate mtg; Small Fac Dining Rm
Mon 26       Nom & Elections: Publish N&E Report
Tue 27       Senate Report meeting of the Institute; ENG 371


             April
             What is research? (Or, What is a concept?)
Fri 06       All Institute Holiday (classes meet, offices closed)
Apr 07-08    Spring Holiday (no classes, Institute closed)
Tue 10       Senate mtg; Small Fac Dining Rm
Tue 24       Nom & Elections: Exec Comm Election
Tue 24       Senate mtg: Election of Senate Officers

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               May
May 01-07      Final Critique and Exams
Mon 07         Last Day of Class
Wed 09         Grades Due
Thu 10         Honors Convocation
Fri 11         Commencement

               SUMMER I & II
               May
Mon 14         First Day of Class, Summer I
Mon 28         Memorial Day (no classes)


               June
Mon 25         Last Day of Class, Summer I
Tue 26         First Day of Class, Summer II
Wed 27         Grades Due


               July
Wed 04         Independence Day (no classes)


               August
Mon 06         Last Day of Class, Summer II
Wed 08         Grades Due



               ACADEMIC SENATE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS


Oct 30, 2006   Start Nominations (19 days)
Nov 17, 2006   Close Nominations
Nov 24, 2006   Notify/confirm nominees; request stmt (15 days)
Dec 8, 2006    Announce nominees
Jan 8, 2007    Nominee Statements Due (46 days to write stmt)
Feb 5, 2007    Start Elections (26 days)
Mar 2, 2007    Close Elections
Mar 5, 2007    Tally
Mar 9, 2007    Notify & confirm Nominees
Mar 16, 2007   Senator confirmations due
Mar 19, 2007   Announce Election Results
Mar 26, 2007   Publish N&E Report
Apr 24, 2007   Executive Committee Election


               The current term of the Academic Senate will expire at the end of the Spring 2007
               semester. New members shall be elected before the end of the Spring semester to begin
               serving the three-year term, 2007-2010


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Participation by all faculty and chair constituents is critical in the process of selecting new
representatives.
Service on the Senate should be seen as both, an honor and duty, for those who carry
the highest level of commitment towards the betterment and well-being of Pratt Institute.
A complete set of Guidelines, Instructions, Schedule/Deadlines and Nominations &
Election Ballots shall be mailed to all constituents and shall be available for download on
the senate website, www.prattsenate.org




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               ACADEMIC SENATE MEETINGS

Sept 5, 2006   Senate mtg; guest: VPIT Joe Hemway; 12-1:50pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Sept 19, 2006 Senate mtg; guest: Pres Schutte; 12-1:50pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Oct 3, 2006    Senate mtg: Provost Peter Barna; 12-1:50pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Oct 17, 2006   Senate mtg; 12-1:50pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Oct 31, 2006   Senate Report mtg of the Institute, 12-1:50pm; ENG 371
Nov 14, 2006   Senate mtg; 12-1:50pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Nov 28, 2006   Senate mtg; 12-1:50pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Jan 23, 2007   Senate mtg; guest: Provost Peter Barna; 12-1:20pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Feb 6, 2007    Senate mtg; 12-1:20pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Feb 20, 2007   Senate mtg; 12-1:20pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Mar 6, 2007    Senate mtg; 12-1:20pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Mar 20, 2007   Senate mtg; 12-1:20pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Mar 27, 2007   Senate Report mtg of the Institute, 12-1:20pm; ENG 371
Apr 10, 2007   Senate mtg; 12-1:20pm; Small Fac Dining Rm
Apr 24, 2007   Senate mtg: Election of Senate Officers; 12-1:20pm

               The Senate meets every other Tuesday in the Small Faculty Dining Room.

               Senate Report: Senate ByLaw 9B requires the Academic Senate to convene at least
               once, after the eighth week of each of the semesters, Fall and Spring, a meeting of the
               faculty and chairs, presided over by the President of the Academic Senate. The President
               of Pratt Institute and the President of the Academic Senate will report on issues
               confronting the Institute and academic governance.




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SENATE ACADEMIC INITIATIVES PROGRAM, 2006-2007
Michael Eng, Chair, Academic Initiatives Committee; meng@pratt.edu
This year's program of events is designed to fulfill the committee's charge of identifying academic,
intellectual, and pedagogical issues of central concern to the Pratt community.
Two initiatives are scheduled to take place over the 2006-2007 academic year:
    "Perspicuous Representations: Basic Questions in the Life of the Institute," a series of monthly,
    lunchtime discussions, all directed at exploring fundamental concepts animating the disciplines at
    Pratt, and;
    "Art, Design, Architecture and the Future of Formalism in 2006-2007," a research group founded
    and coordinated by Professor Jeffrey Hogrefe and inspired in part by faculty interest in exploring
    issues of interdisciplinary methodology among the areas of art, design, and architecture.
    The blog, Perspicuous Representations, will be launched


PERSPICUOUS REPRESENTATIONS: BASIC QUESTIONS IN THE LIFE OF THE INSTITUTE
"Perspicuous Representations," a phrase that comes from Ludwig Wittgenstein's posthumously published
1953 work Philosophical Investigations, names a program of events whose aim is to critically assess and
discuss basic assumptions -- conceptual, pedagogical, linguistic, practical -- operating within the various
disciplines. Such assumptions include the meaning of such concepts as 'interdisciplinarity,' 'criticality,'
'materiality,' and even 'the conceptual' itself.
Because they are assumptions, they often go unquestioned, even though they help shape the direction of
work in the disciplines (and what qualifies as 'work'), as well as the limits of disciplinary discourse. The
goal then is to turn these basic assumptions into basic questions, to provide what Wittgenstein calls a
"perspicuous representation," an overview of how different terms and concepts – how language itself –
appears on the disciplinary scene.
Each lunchtime discussion will be dedicated to a single concept, with faculty presenters from the various
areas making-up Pratt's academic community. The series will begin in September by investigating a
notion positioned at the heart of the AIC's mission -- What is an academic imperative?
The series schedule is as follows:


        Fall 2006
        September        What is an academic imperative?
        October          What is interdisciplinarity?
        November         What is problem solving?
        December         What is critical thinking?


        Spring 2007
        January          What is creativity?
        February         What is craft?
        March            What is materiality?
        April            What is research? (Or, What is a concept?)


        Fall 2007
        Symposium to be held in conjunction with New Faculty Orientation presenting the findings of the
        past year's initiative.



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A more detailed description of the "Perspicuous Representations" series can be found at
http://www.prattsenate.org/ac_initiatives_m_eng.pdf , and more precise dates for each discussion will be
announced shortly.


ART, DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE AND THE FUTURE OF FORMALISM IN 2006-2007
Jeffrey Hogrefe, Research Coordinator; jhogrefe@pratt.edu
The research group will host two evening roundtable discussions focusing on formalism as a means to
explore interdisciplinary methodology and relations.


October 2006 Studio Culture as a Model for an Academic Course
                This evening event will assess ways in which studio culture has been, is and could be
                used as a methodological model for an academic course. The session would include, for
                example, a presentation of the genealogy of studio pedagogy, beginning with Froebel,
                Dewey, Gropius, Gardner, etc., and feature case study presentations by faculty
                representatives from the different schools.
March 2007      Formalism in 2006-2007
                This evening's event will feature this time a more specific genealogy of formalism,
                running from Aristotle to Michel De Certeau and Gilles Deleuze, and will compare how
                formalism is theorized and taught by the various studios and academic courses in SLAS,
                Architecture and Fine Arts. Similar to the fall event, the formalism roundtable will invite
                faculty presenters from within and without Pratt, as well as student presentations.


AIC BLOG: PERSPICUOUS REPRESENTATIONS (WWW.PERSPICUOUS.WORDPRESS.COM)
With the launch of the AIC blog "Perspicuous Representations," it is hoped that the discussions
conducted as part of the above initiatives will 'live on' and transform in ways unanticipated and
unforeseen. Providing a site for both the documentation AIC events, as well as from which to offer
preparatory material such as relevant links, book and article reviews, and faculty interviews, the
Perspicuous Representations blog is designed to be the primary space in which the AIC conducts its
activities. In addition to offering the above features, it will make it possible for members of the Pratt
community to continue the discussions begun by AIC events through the submission of comments and
even guest posts.




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Pratt Film Society Fall 2006 Schedule
Log on to: http://www.prattsenate.org/pfs
Contact: reel@pratt.edu
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First screening:         Monday, September 11 at 5:30 P.M.
                         Higgins Hall Auditorium


All other screenings:    Tuesdays at 5:30 P.M.
                         Higgins Hall Auditorium


September 11        (Special Monday screening)

After 11, by Various Directors, (USA, 2001, 10 mins.)

Short films produced by Pratt Faculty and Students created as an immediate response to the events of
September 11, 2001.

and the feature:

11'09”01- September 11 ((France 2002, 135 mins.)
Producer: Alain Brigand,
Director(s): Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)
▪ Claude Lelouch (France)
▪ Youssef Chahine (Egypt)
▪ Danis Tanović (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
▪ Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
▪ Ken Loach (UK)
▪ Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
▪ Amos Gitaï (Israel)
▪ Mira Nair (India)
▪ Sean Penn (USA)
▪ Shohei Imamura (Japan)

11'9''01 September 11, is an international film composed of 11 contributions from different filmmakers,
each from a different country. In this fascinating and revealing compilation, each renowned director gives
us their own vision of the events in New York City on September 11, 2001, via a short film of 11 minutes,
9 seconds, and one frame. The original concept for this collaboration came from French producer Alain
Brigand. This film received the special prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


September 19
Viridiana, by Luis Bunuel, (Spain, 1961, 91 mins.)

After 25 years in exile, Luis Buñuel was invited to his native Spain to direct Viridiana -- only to have the
Spanish government suppress the film on the grounds of blasphemy. Regarded by many as Buñuel's
masterpiece, the film centers on an idealistic young nun named Viridiana (Silvia Pinal) who is about to
take her final vows when her uncle invites her to visit his estate. Viridiana admits she feels nothing for the
uncle she hasn’t seen in years, but goes reluctantly when ordered to do so by the Mother Superior. Her
uncle Don Jaime (Fernando Rey) soon becomes obsessed with Viridiana, who bears a striking
resemblance to his late wife, and sets out to corrupt her beyond redemption. Viridiana does her utmost to
maintain her Catholic principles, but her uncle and a motley assortment of beggars force her to confront
the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, Viridiana is as
audacious today as ever.


September 26
In the Realms of the Unreal, by Jessica Yu, (USA, 2004, 82 mins.)


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This innovative feature length documentary, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu
explores the parallel lives of legendary outsider artist Henry Darger. Reclusive janitor by day, visionary
artist and writer by night, Darger’s 15,000 page novel details the exploits of the Vivian Girls, seven angelic
sisters who lead a rebellion against godless, child-enslaving men. In the Realms of the Unreal explores
outsider art from the inside. Eschewing expert opinion, it reflects the uniqueness of its subject, employing
vivid animation and experimental elements to immerse us in the strange beauty of Darger’s world.
Brought to life on film, the works reverberate with universal themes: the search for meaning, control,
connection, and moral direction. The film begins as a mystery, but ends as a celebration of the power of
individual creativity. In the Realms of the Unreal captures the haunting imprint of an extraordinary,
ordinary man.


October 3
Rivers & Tides, by Thomas Riedelsheimer (Germany, 2001, 90 mins.)

This is that rare film about an artist that is in itself a work of art. Rivers and Tides; Andy Goldsworthy
Working With Time is an extraordinary journey into the world and mind of Scottish sculptor Andy
Goldsworthy. A land-artist who uses materials from nature to make site-specific works, Goldsworthy
allows the elements to have the last say in his beautiful creations, as his ingenious patterns of wood,
leaves, stone and ice move and erode over time. German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer followed the
artist for over a year in several outdoor locations, intimately documenting his improvisational process and
capturing the serene spectacle of his works and their delicate changes. Although Goldsworthy's private
and often ephemeral pieces have been documented extensively in still photographs, this remarkable
movie uses the artist's own voice to guide us through his process and help us see something we were
blind to, yet was always there. Winner of the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film
Festival, Rivers and Tides is a sensual and poetic masterpiece.


October 10
The New World, by Terrence Malick (USA, 2005, 135 mins.)

In his fourth film in 33 years, one of America's most respected and least prolific directors gives us this
elegiac tone poem. The story is based on contemporary accounts written by Jamestown's Captain John
Smith, about his relationship with the Powahatan native who came to be known as Pocahontas. Malick's
extraordinary efforts in representing an historically accurate Jamestown, his commitment towards a
reconstruction of the Powhatan/Algonquin language, and his legendary cinematic vision make this film a
remarkable addition to the counter-mythologizing of the colonization of America. Through shifting vantage
points, Malick presents an historical anti-epic. He re-examines and re-imagines both the natives' and
colonizers' experiences of this first English enterprise in America. We also see another "New World" as
Pocahontas herself witnesses it, in her subsequent move to England. Malick has created a meta-romance
that explores the turbulent beginning of the new America.


October 17
Harakiri, by Masaki Kobayashi, (Japan, 1962, 134 mins.)

Winner of the 1963 Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri is a scathing
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denouncement of the hypocrisy of feudal authority in 17 Century Japan. Following the collapse of his
clan, unemployed samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi,
begging to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) on his property. Iyi's clan’s men, believing the desperate ronin
is merely angling for charity, try to force him to go through with it - but they have underestimated his
honor and his past. The film is Shakespearean in its emotional scope, embodied by the remarkable
performance of Nakadai as the elder warrior seeking revenge for the unnecessary seppuku of his beloved
son-in-law. Dramatically compelling and emotionally intense, Harakiri is a riveting study of samurai codes
of honor, and a film classic.

October 24
Midterm break, no screening



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October 31
Dawn of the Dead by George Romero, (USA, 1979, 125 mins.)

In 1968, director George A. Romero brought us Night of the Living Dead. It became the definitive horror
film of its time. Eleven years later, he unleashed the epic sequel Dawn of the Dead, which would become
one of the most important horror films in history. As modern society is consumed by zombie carnage, four
desperate survivors barricade themselves inside a shopping mall to battle the flesh-eating hordes of the
undead. Romero's excellent, multi-layered story combines high-adventure, three-dimensional characters
and landmark gore effects to excellent effect. It’s also a trenchant and humorous satire on American
consumerism. "It's some kind of instinct," one of the characters comments, observing the zombies'
attraction to the mall; "This was an important place in their lives." When there’s no more room in Hell, the
dead will walk the earth.


November 7

Vidas Secas, (Barren Lives), by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, (Brazil, 1963, 115 mins.)

Vidas Secas, is one of the pivotal works of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement. Based on the eponymous
novel by Graciliano Ramos, the primal documentary-style film is set in the early 1940s and describes two
years in the life of an itinerant cowhand's family struggling to eke out an existence in the drought-plagued,
landowner-dominated sertão, or northeastern backlands. This powerful portrayal of the uprooted is
composed of stark black and white imagery. At the time of its theatrical release, Vidas Secas was
considered the last word in realistic depiction of the wretched of the earth. Today it somehow seems
much more: an almost mystically intense pilgrim's progress through a desolate and unending hell.


November 14

The Intruder, by Claire Denis, (France, 2004, 130 mins.)

The Intruder, which was nominated for a Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival, follows the
global travels of an enigmatic 68-year-old man, Louis Trebor (Michel Subor), who goes looking for a long-
lost son and a new organ to replace his ailing heart. Packed with boldly subjective close-ups, stunning,
all-encompassing vistas and a complex sound mix, Denis challenges her audience to assemble the
pieces of reality which form Trebor’s interior and exterior journey. The Intruder is a mysterious and
enthralling story about fresh starts and the possibility of escape. Like all of her films, it explores the literal
and metaphorical borders where natives and intruders wander, looking for signs of home within and
beyond the barriers of nation, culture, sex and family.


November 21
No Screening/Thanksgiving


November 28
The Devil and Daniel Johnston, by Jeff Feuerzeig, (USA, 2005, 110 mins.)

In The Devil and Daniel Johnston, director Jeff Feuerzeig, (best Director, Sundance 2005), depicts a
perfect example of brilliance and madness going hand in hand. Daniel Johnston is a genius
singer/songwriter/artist suffering from manic depression with delusions of grandeur, and his wild
fluctuations, downward spirals, and periodic respites are exposed in this deeply moving documentary.
Now in his mid 40s, Daniel Johnston has grown into a prolific visual artist. His expressions have earned
him worldwide recognition and critical praise. His supporters have included Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening,
The Butthole Suffers, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Beck, The Flaming Lips, and an ever-
growing international cult audience. The film artfully melds current footage, vintage performances, home
movies, and dozens of recorded audiotapes from Daniel's life. Testimony from supportive friends and a
deeply committed family add a rich layer to his personal history, but it is Daniel's poetic songs interwoven
throughout the film, that tell their own passionate, haunting, and truly unforgettable story.


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