Ackland Film Forum

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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.

ccm3_034900When: Select Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Nelson Mandela Theater, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Tickets: FREE! No RSVP needed.

The Ackland Film Forum is made possible by the generous support of Ruby Lerner.


This fall, the Ackland Film Forum explores the theme of photography in cinema—in everything from art films, to classic Hollywood gems, to recent popular films—in connection with the Ackland’s exhibition PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting.

4 November, 7:00 PM
Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2009)
With an introduction by Samuel Amago (UNC-Chapel Hill, Romance Languages)

11 November, 7:00 PM
Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, Israel, 2008)
With an introduction by Shayne Legassie (UNC-Chapel Hill, English and Comparative Literature)

Ari Folman’s animated documentary tells the story of his own time as a solider and the search for his lost memories from that time.

18 November, 7:00 PM
Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, USA, 2013)
With an introduction by Rachel Pollock (UNC-Chapel Hill, Dramatic Art; PlayMakers Repertory Company)

This documentary tells the story of Chicago nanny Vivian Maier, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that she hid in storage lockers, only to be found many years later.

Presented in collaboration with the Global Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill in connection with the CGI’s annual Carolina Global Photography Competition.

Special Screening: 6 November, 7:00 PM
In So Many Words (Elisabeth Haviland James, 2013)
Hanes Art Center Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill, Free Admission

LucyDaniels_InSoManyWordsElisabeth Haviland James’s acclaimed documentary uses narrative filmmaking techniques to explore the inner life of a woman whose Southern Gothic childhood has both tormented and motivated her at each phase of her life. Born into a prominent Raleigh newspaper family, Lucy Daniels lived, and almost died, by her ability to write. Despite suffering from severe anorexia―she weighed only 50 pounds at age 17―and enduring brutal treatment in mental hospitals far from home, she penned a bestseller and won a Guggenheim, all before age twenty-two.
James’s film uses imagined narrative, constructed dream sequences, intimate interviews and Lucy Daniels’s own writing to bring her story to the screen. Watch the trailer here.

Stay for a Q & A session with Lucy Daniels and director Elisabeth Haviland James following the screening.

Members and Friends of the Ackland are invited to a pre-screening reception with Dr. Daniels at 6:00 PM at the Ackland Art Museum. RSVP to Allison Portnow.

View Past Screenings