Film festival's international theme puts America into focus

America Through the Eyes of the World" is the title for Old Dominion's Fourth Annual Film and Video Festival, which will be held April 1-6.

"This year's theme is meant first and foremost to highlight the international themes and issues that Old Dominion as a university - the international university of Virginia - has been underscoring," said Gary Edgerton, chair of the communication and theatre arts department, which sponsors the festival.

To illustrate the festival theme, international films that deal with American characters, stories and themes will be featured. Guest speakers include award-winning documentary filmmaker David Grubin with a discussion of his film "Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided;" producer, writer and children's psychologist Susan Lynn with a program titled "Different and the Same: Helping Children Identify and Prevent Prejudice"; VanDora Williams of WHRO-TV and Kelly Wright of WVBT-TV with a screening and discussion of the film, "Noble Desire: A Dialogue on Race and Reconciliation"; and Gene Cajayon, director and co-writer, and Patricio Ginelsa Jr., associate producer, with a discussion of the film "The Debut" following its premiere at the Naro Expanded Cinema.

The schedule for this year's film festival is as follows:

Sunday, April 1
o "Hester Street: A Jewish Immigration to America in the 1890s," featuring "Hester Street" (1974, 89 minutes), 2-5 p.m., 102 Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.
o "Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided," 7-10 p.m., 102 Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.

Monday, April 2
o "Homerun or Strikeout: Mr. Baseball Takes a Swing at the Japanese Culture," featuring "Mr. Baseball" (1992, 113 minutes), 9 a.m. to noon, Ches./Ports./Va. Beach Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Lunch at the Bagdad Café," featuring "Bagdad Café," noon to 2 p.m., Ches./

Ports./Va. Beach Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Games People Everywhere Play: Global Television Formats, American Markets and National Identity," a discussion of the hit reality-television series "Survivor," 3-5 p.m., Ches./Ports./Va. Beach Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Different and the Same: Helping Children Prevent Prejudice," with special guest speaker Susan Linn, 7-10 p.m., 104 Batten Arts and Letters Building.
o "America: What's the Beauty?", featuring "American Beauty" (1999, 121 minutes), 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., James/Potomac River Rooms, Webb Center.

Tuesday, April 3
o "Noble Desire: A Dialogue on Race and Reconciliation," 12:30-2:45 p.m., 104 Batten Arts and Letters Bldg.
o "Redefining Marital Expectations," featuring "Honey and Ashes" (1996, 80 minutes), 3-5 p.m., James/Potomac River Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Disney Presents America: A Critical Overview," featuring "Saludos Amigos" (1943, 45 minutes), 4-7 p.m., 104 Batten Arts and Letters Bldg.
o "The America of the Mind: Elia Kazan's 'America, America,'" featuring "America, America" (1963, 168 minutes), 7:30-10 p.m., Virginia Wesleyan College, Blocker Science Auditorium.
o "'Missing': The Death of Charles Horman in Chile," featuring "Missing" (1983, 122 minutes), 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., 102 Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Bldg.

Wednesday, April 4
o "Film and Television on the Web: The Digital Revolution," 10-11:30 a.m., Ches./Ports. Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Europe's Last Horizon: Volker Schlondorff's 'Voyager' and the Americanization of Max Frisch's 'Homo Faber,'" featuring "Voyager (Homo Faber)" (1991, 113 minutes), 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ches./Ports. Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Hardboiled New Wave: Godard's 'Breathless,'" featuring "Breathless" (1959, 89 minutes), 4-7 p.m., 104 Batten Arts and Letters Bldg.
o "College Night at the Chrysler Museum," featuring "Mississippi Masala" (1991, 110 minutes), 7-10 p.m., Chrysler Museum.

Thursday, April 5
o "Escape to Paradise: Giuseppe Tornatore's 'Cinema Paradiso,'" featuring "Cinema Paradiso" (1989, 125 minutes), 10 a.m. to noon, Regent University Library.
o "Mangia, Mangia: 'Big Night' and the Italian-American Experience in Film and Food," featuring "Big Night" (1996, 109 minutes), 3-6 p.m., James/Potomac River Rooms, Webb Center.
o "The Debut," 7-9:30 p.m., Naro Expanded Cinema, Colley Ave., Norfolk.

Friday, April 6
o "Student Works in Progress," noon to 1 p.m., James/Potomac River Rooms, Webb Center.
o "Filmmakers' Master Class," 2-5 p.m., Stables Theatre.

All festival events are free and open to the public, except the April 5 presentation at the Naro. The cost for this film is $6. For more information call 683-5174 or visit the Web site web.odu.edu/filmfest. TOP




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