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.
The Blues and Gospel Music
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: “Feel Like Going Home”
Say Amen, Somebody
Post-film discussion with Chris Reali (PhD candidate in musicology, UNC-Chapel Hill).
Thursday, 27 February, 7:00 PM*
Broadway and Tin Pan Alley
Broadway: The American Musical: “Syncopated City”
Post-film discussion with Tim Carter (David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill).
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Ken Burns’ Jazz: “Swing, The Velocity of Celebration”
Post-film discussion with Chris Wells (PhD candidate in musicology, UNC-Chapel Hill).
Tuesday, 18 March, 7:00 PM*
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).
The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll: “Plugging In”
Post-film discussion with John Brackett (Lecturer in Music, UNC-Chapel Hill).
Tuesday, 25 March, 7:00 PM*
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.
American Comedy, American Democracy (Part 2)
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.
Tuesday, 15 April, 7:00 PM
To Be or Not to Be
Tuesday, 22 April, 7:00 PM
“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