The Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighting different aspects of the art of cinema and showcasing the aesthetic power of film. Art films, narrative films, and documentaries are chosen by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and Ackland staff, often in connection with particular courses, campus-wide initiatives, or exhibitions.
Where: Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill
Tickets: Students free with valid university or high school ID, $4 for all others unless otherwise noted with an asterisk (* = free screening). Tickets are available at the Varsity Theatre Box Office.
North Carolina Public Radio WUNC is the Official Media Sponsor of the Ackland Film Forum.
The Ackland Film Forum is made possible by the generous support of Ruby Lerner.
Upcoming Films – Spring 2014
A film history of our popular music, from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. Co-presented with the UNC Music Library, the Music Department, the Center for the Study of the American South, and the Southern Folklife Collection. Participants are invited to stay for a post-film discussion after each screening moderated by Allison Portnow (Public Programs Manager, Ackland Art Museum) and a guest expert on the evening’s musical genre.
Country and Bluegrass - High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass
Post-film discussion with Jocelyn Neal (Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill).
Thursday, 20 March, 7:00 PM*
Rock - The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll: “Plugging In”
Post-film discussion with John Brackett (Lecturer in Music, UNC-Chapel Hill).
Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop
Latin Music USA: “Bridges”
From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale
Post-film discussion with David Font-Navarrete (Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University).
The Ackland Art Museum is thrilled to take part in “America’s Music,” a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with The American Library Association Public Programs Office, Tribeca Flashpoint, and The Society for American Music. Made possible by a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
A series of films devoted to the ways that Hollywood cinema, particularly depression-era comedies, have depicted the problems and possibilities of democracy. Co-presented with the UNC Global Cinema Studies Program.
Shampoo (1975, dir. Hal Ashby)
This Academy award winning romantic comedy was released at the conclusion of the Watergate scandal and is set on the eve of Richard Nixon’s election in 1968. The film follows a successful Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) on his journey for self-fulfillment. Roundy yearns to own his salon, but doesn’t have the funds to bring his dream to life. He tries to acquire money through his rich lover’s husband, Lester (Jack Warden), but his efforts get him caught in a dangerous web between his current girlfriend, Jill (Goldie Hawn), and ex-girlfriend, Jackie (Julie Christie).
This film will be introduced by Shayne Legassi (UNC-Chapel Hill, English and Comparative Literature).
Tuesday, 15 April, 7:00 PM
This screwball comedy follows a Polish theater company couple as they attempt to stay safe in Nazi Germany. In Carole Lombard’s last movie, she plays Maria Tura, wife of Joseph Tura (Jack Benny). The Turas find themselves battling to stop a traitor from revealing names of people in the underground. The theater group members then impersonate Nazi officers to ensure their safety and avoid spies. Though this comedy was controversial after its original release date during WWII, it later acquired acclaim.
This film will be introduced by Priscilla Layne (UNC-Chapel Hill, German).
Tuesday, 22 April, 7:00 PM
Nashville (1975, dir. Robert Altman)
Over five days leading up to a political rally for Replacement Party candidate Hal Phillip Walker, the lives of various people connected to Nashville’s music industry intersect. The myriad characters represent a cross-section of America in the wake of JFK’s assassination and under the shadow of the Vietnam war.
“American Comedy, American Democracy” is the inaugural William Nolan Cinema Series sponsored by the UNC Global Cinema Program, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Swain Lot Film Festival
The annual juried series of short films by UNC student filmmakers in the Communication Studies Department.
Thursday, 1 May, 7:00 PM
Festival Shorts, Part 1
Thursday, 8 May, 7:00 PM
Festival Shorts, Part 2