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Cinematheque film series debuts this Friday

New monthly Cinematheque Film Series, supported by the Arts for Ohio initiative, offers free student admission and a range of cinematic gems

Oct. 8, 2007
By Anita Martin

As part of the 2007-08 Arts for Ohio initiative, the Athens Center for Film and Video will kick off the first installment in its monthly Cinematheque Film Series this Friday, Oct. 12.

Five films will be shown at the Athena Cinema at various times through Thursday, Oct. 18, each one accompanied by a faculty-led introduction and a post-film discussion. Admission to all Cinematheque films is free for all students with a valid ID, including local high school students and those visiting from other universities. Ohio University employees and community members pay $4 per film.

"This week's series will serve as something of a smorgasbord for themes to come," said Ruth Bradley, director of the Athens Center for Film and Video. "We will present a sampling of different programming strands, which we will develop throughout the year."

In collaboration with various university departments, each subsequent Cinematheque Film Series will elaborate on a specific theme, such as African-American culture or Southeast Asian studies.

"This film series will expose the Ohio University and Athens communities to a variety of classics, documentaries and international titles," Bradley said. 

This month's series runs the full gamut of cinematic sensibilities -- from "Army of Shadows," about French Resistance fighters in World World II, to Dave Chappelle's "Block Party," a music documentary featuring exclusive performances by urban artists such as Mos Def, Erykah Badu and the Roots.

Cinematheque Films will begin on the second Friday of every month and run until the following Thursday. The series is sponsored by the Athens Center for Film and Video, which also coordinates the spring-quarter Athens International Film and Video Festival.

The Arts for Ohio Initiative, funded this year by a starter grant from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, also provides Ohio University students free admission to most College of Fine Arts performances and will support additional fine arts programming throughout the year.

For October's complete Cinematheque lineup, visit: http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/cinematheque_now_playing.htm

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