Penn Homecoming 2012 | Film Events

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:30pm - Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:30pm

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Friday, October 26 @ 3:30-5pm

Presented by the Penn Alumni Film Festival

Beyond the Screen: Social Impact through Film

Terrace Room in Claudia Cohen Hall | 249 S. 36th Street

Through the last century, documentaries have played a pivotal role informing the public on issues of social and global justice and have served as calls to action, mobilizing citizens and leaders. This panel will feature alumni documentarians whose work has had an impact felt well beyond the theater. Panelists include Melissa Fitzgerald, C’87, actress and producer of "Staging Hope"; David Novack, ENG’86, PennDesign faculty and documentary filmmaker whose work includes “Burning the Future: Coal in America” and “Kimjongilia”; and Nancy Levy Novack, C’87, PennDesign faculty and Emmy award winning film editor whose work includes “The Accidental Advocate.”

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Friday, October 26 @ 5-6pm

Presented by the Penn Alumni Film Festival

Student Film Shorts

Terrace Room in Claudia Cohen Hall | 249 S. 36th Street

Whether you believe life imitates art or vice versa, there may be no better insight into the Penn experience of today than through these selected film shorts, each written, directed and produced by current Penn students. Join fellow alumni and students for a screening of five short films, ranging in genre from drama and documentary to animation and experimental:

Intro
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 Liliana Matos, C'13 | 2:09 | Ellen Reynold's Video 1 Class

Juliana Kulik
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Kevin Hudson, C '14 | 5:02 | Emory Van Cleve's Video 1 Class

Dangerous Games
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Daniela Chamorro, C '15; Julie Roland, C '15; Oscar Mattsson, C'15 | 7:34 | David Novack's Video 1 Class

Perception
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Michael Kipfer, C '14 | 5:30 | Jos Duncan's Video 1 Class

To Whom It May Concern
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Malcom Washington, C'13 | 7:05 | David and Nancy Novack's Editing Image and Sound Class

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Saturday, October 27 @ 3:30-5:30pm

Presented by the Association of Latino Alumni and the Penn Alumni Film Festival

Café Chavalos: Overcoming the Streets

Room 1206 in Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall | 3620 Locust Walk

Join the Association of Latino Alumni for a screening of "Café Chavalos: Overcoming the Streets," a documentary directed by Penn alumnus Alberto Chamorro, C'05, who will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards. Despite its coastal beauty and colonial architecture, Nicaragua's oldest city, Granada, is mired in unemployment, poverty, and violence. It is the poorest city in Central America where 80% of the population survives on less than $1 per day. The picturesque streets are littered with kids ("chavalos") who have succumbed to crime and drug addiction. The drug of choice due to its affordability and accessibility: glue-sniffing. With no means of receiving an education, learning basic job skills or finding employment, these kids are left with no options and no hope. This film follows Orlando, Oscar, Juan Carlos and Moises as they attempt to rehabilitate their lives through a program called Café Chavalos -- a culinary school, restaurant and rehab center. In their young lives, they have endured drug use, gang violence, abuse and family suicides, but miraculously found hope through the program. They learn to cook, wait tables and run a business. However, during the course of their own journey, when the Café runs into financial problems and is forced to close, how does that affect the boys? Refreshments will be served.

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Saturday, October 27 @ 5:30-7pm

Presented by the Penn Alumni Film Festival

Amos Vogel and the Evolution of the Modern Film Festival

Room 109 in Annenberg School | 620 Walnut Street

Before attending the closing night of the Philadelphia Film Festival, join fellow alumni and friends for a tribute to Amos Vogel, former Chair of Film Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Enjoy a panel discussion about Vogel's legacy and its impact on the evolution of the modern film festival. Panelists will include Robert Aibel, teaching assistant to Vogel during his time at Penn; Michael Chaiken, former Program Director for Film at International House Philadelphia and a close colleague of Vogel;  Nancy Novack, C’87, Emmy award-winning film editor and student of Vogel; and Steven Vogel, Amos’ son.

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Saturday, October 27 @ 7-10pm

Presented in collaboration with the Penn Alumni Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents FLIGHT

Zellerbach Theater in Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts | 3680 Walnut Street

Join fellow Penn alumni and the Philadelphia film community for a sneak preview of the film FLIGHT, starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle. Presented on the closing night of the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, this pre-release screening will be attended by the film’s director, Robert Zemeckis, the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump and Cast Away. For more information about FLIGHT, visit <http://www.paramount.com/flight/>. Tickets for this event are limited. Email Janell Wiseley at <jwiseley@upenn.edu> to secure your ticket. Note that a $15 fee applies.

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