Friday Night Film Series: Faculty, Staff Free with Valid ID

Now newly under the management of Adjunct Faculty Professor Joseph Sgammato, the long-running (for almost 40 years) Friday Night Film Series has started up again.

The films will be screened in the Gateway Building’s Davis Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the movie itself starting at 7:30 p.m. every Friday until May 18.

Film notes compiled by Sgammato will be distributed before each film, providing extra information about the film. These notes will be used along with audience insights in the discussions of the film that will occur after each showing.

As always, entrance is free for students who bring a valid WCC ID, but this policy has now been expanded to all faculty and staff who have their own WCC IDs.  For other guests, price is $12.00 for individual movies at the door or a $48.00 subscription for all six films ($40.00 if the check was received by April 11), payable only by checks mailed to WCC.

The individual price is similar to the prices at other movie theaters in Westchester, and even $2.00 lower than the prices for non-members at the Jacob Burns Film Center, which shows similarly older and/or foreign cinema. There is no special child pricing, but that is probably due to the fact that many of the films already deal frankly with topics many would consider unsuitable for young children.

The full suite of movies this year is, in order: “A Better Life” (April 13), “Ali – Fear Eats the Soul” (April 20), “Maborosi” (April 27), “A Ma Soeur” (“Fat Girl” in the US; May 4), the South Korean “Mother” (May 11), and the wildly popular “Get Out” (May 18).

“A Better Life” and “Ali – Fear Eats the Soul” share a common theme of the plight of immigrants and migrants in the Western World.

“A Better Life” is the Academy Award-nominated story of single dad Carlos, an undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles who is torn between providing for his son Luis financially and providing for him emotionally, while his son is scouted by a local gang.

“AliFear Eats the Soul” (1974), is a classic of the New German Cinema, depicting the relationship between a North African “guest-worker” and a German widow in her sixties.

“Maborosi” (Japan 1995) is the story of a woman trying to understand and come to terms with her husband’s seemingly inexplicable suicide, with no easy answers provided.

“A Ma Souer” (France 2001) is a drama about the disturbing circumstances in which two young sisters lose their virginity.

“Mother” (South Korea 2009) is the story of a mother who goes to disturbing lengths to try to protect her mentally challenged son, imprisoned for allegedly killing a high school girl, directed by the director of films of kaiju thriller “The Host” (2006) and the dystopian graphic novel adaptation “Snowpiercer” (2013).  

The Academy Award-winning horror film “Get Out” is the directorial debut of famous comedian Jordan Peele, taking on issues of race in the 21st century, will close out the series.

Interested students can still obtain a ticket to view the remaining films.


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