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The 2003 Old Dominion University Film and Video Festival, titled "Soundtracks: Music in Film and Television," will be held March 30-April 4. All events are free and open to the public and will take place on the Old Dominion campus in room 102 of the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building unless noted.

Today's events include:


April 1-------------

9 a.m.
"Magnolia" (1999) Introductory remarks by David Pagano, lecturer of English, Old Dominion University. Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson continues his successful career with this wildly ambitious story of lives intertwining on a single day in California's San Fernando Valley. Soundtrack by Aimee Mann. Running time - 188 minutes.

12:30 p.m.
"Jazz in Film," a presentation by Jae Sinnett, jazz musician, and producer/host/announcer for National Public Radio affiliate, WHRV-FM in Norfolk. From Tennessee Williams' classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, which contained the first major motion picture jazz score, to Roman Polanski's masterpiece, Chinatown, jazz music has helped to evoke the precariousness and the exhilaration of the human spirit in film. As movies changed to reflect life on the edge and cultural diversity, jazz helped bring a grittiness and urban reality to mainstream culture via film.

3 p.m.
"Kwaiden," with introductory remarks by Meiko Ishibashi, senior lecturer and program coordinator of Japanese, Old Dominion University. (Location: Constant Hall 1042). An impressively mounted anthology horror film based on four stories by Lafcadio Hearn, one of the stories to be highlighted in this session. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Running time - 70 minutes.

3 p.m.
"The Thin Blue Line" (1988), with introductory remarks by Gary Edgerton, professor and chair, Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, Old Dominion University. "The Thin Blue Line" tells the intriguing story of Randall Dale Adams, a convicted murderer who was falsely sentenced due to tainted testimony. Filmmaker Errol Morris tells the story of Adams' release from jail through extensive interviews and other evidence. Soundtrack by Philip Glass. Running time - 103 minutes.

6:30 p.m.
Musical performance by Fat Tony, opening for Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), with introductory remarks by Deborah Meltsner, festival director and senior lecturer of communication and theatre arts, Old Dominion University. Film to begin at 7:15 p.m.

10 p.m.
"Pink Floyd The Wall" (1983), with introductory remarks by Kyle Nicholas, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, Old Dominion University. Inspired by Pink Floyd's album of the same name, "Pink Floyd The Wall" is a dark, expressionistic musical told from the point of view of Pink, a depressed rock musician. The film is structured around Pink's reflections on his life, all of which center on the building of "the wall." Running time - 100 minutes.

Parking is free. More information is available by calling 683-3828; via email at dmeltsne@odu.edu; or via the Web at www.odu.edu/filmfest.

This article was posted on: March 31, 2003

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