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ONFILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES THURSDAY WITH APPEARANCE BY SUSAN SEIDELMAN

The ONFilm Festival continues Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Naro Expanded Cinema with an appearance by director Susan Seidelman who will introduce a screening of her 1985 hit "Desperately Seeking Susan." A graduate of Drexel University and New York University Film School, Seidelman's recent work has included "Sex in the City" and the film "Boynton Beach Club."

Hosted by Old Dominion University and the city of Norfolk, the ONFilm Festival is a collaboration to expand and enhance the university's nearly decade-old film festival into an international event. It runs March 18-24 at Old Dominion and several other venues in Norfolk. Under the theme "Colonial Encounters," the festival will explore colonialism and cultural interaction in the Americas and across the globe through a multitude of film screenings, discussion forums and seminars.

The festival will conclude with the presentation of the first ONFilm Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors excellence in acting, writing or producing, followed by a screening of "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Closing ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St., Norfolk.

A panel of filmmakers and scholars will highlight the ways in which international films depict the intersection of colonialism and gender at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Godwin auditorium. The short films "Take Me Out Tonight," Liberty Kids," "Under the Willow Tree" and "Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night" will be screened, followed by a discussion.

All screenings on the ODU campus are free. Tickets for all other events are $8. Tickets for the closing event may be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster.

Joining ODU and the city of Norfolk as sponsors of the film festival are: Alliance Françoise; Filipino American Center; Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Fund for the Arts; Belgian Consulate; Alessandra Benedicty, Quebec Cultural Services, New York; Naro Expanded Cinema; and Asian Indians of Hampton Roads.

More information can be found at http://www.odu.edu/ONfilmfest.

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, March 22

8 a.m. "Cry Freedom" (Richard Attenborough, 1987). Discussion led by Patrick Mbajekwe, ODU assistant professor of history. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

11 a.m. "Cabeza de Vaca" (Nicolás Echevarría, 1991). Discussion led by Andrew Gordus, ODU lecturer of foreign languages and literatures. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.

1:30 p.m. "Black Robe" (Bruce Beresford, 1991). Discussion led by Martha Daas, ODU assistant professor of professor of foreign languages and literatures. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

7 p.m. "Desperately Seeking Susan" (Susan Seidelman, 1985). Introduction by Seidelman, with Q&A following the film. Naro Cinema $

9:30 p.m. "1776" (Peter H. Hunt, 1972). Discussion led by Konrad Winters, ODU associate professor of communication and theatre arts. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

Friday, March 23
10 a.m. "Crying Ladies" (Mark Meily, 2003). Discussion led by Luisa Igloria, ODU associate professor of English. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

1 p.m. "The Ground Truth" (Patricia Foulkrod, 2006). Discussion led by Jonathan Phillips, ODU assistant professor of history. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

3 p.m. "You've Got Mail" (Nora Ephron, 1998). Discussion sponsored by Friends of the ODU Library and led by Susie Weaver, owner of Broadstreet Books. ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

7 p.m. "International Women in Film Forum." Featuring Emily Rosdeicher of NYU Film School, "Take Me Out Tonight"; Moira Tierney of Dublin, Ireland, "Liberty Kids and Matilda Tone"; Sen-I Yu, of Taiwan, "Under the Willow Tree"; Sonali Gulati of India, "Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night." ODU - Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium

10 p.m. "Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford, 1939). Discussion led by Konrad Winters, ODU associate professor of communication and theatre arts. ODU - Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium

Saturday, March 24

1:30 p.m. ODU student film competition. Moderated by Konrad Winters, ODU associate professor of communication and theatre arts. ODU - Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium

3:30 p.m. "Filmmaking in Hampton Roads." Forum featuring Jeffrey Frizzel, Hampton Roads Film Office, and moderated by Stephen Pullen, ODU assistant professor of communication and theatre arts. ODU - Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium

7 p.m. ONFilm Festival closing ceremony. Featuring the presentation of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award followed by the screening of "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Attucks Theatre $

This article was posted on: March 19, 2007

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