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Bright Lights Film Series opens January 28

Faculty and alumni directors and writers and an Oscar-nominated animator are among the special guests who will discuss their films as part of Emerson College’s spring Bright Lights Film Series, beginning Thursday, January 28.

Bright Lights screenings, sponsored by Emerson’s Visual and Media Arts (VMA) Department and presented in the Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center, are free and open to the public.

The 18-film series kicks off with The Final Girls, the story of a girl who, along with friends, is sucked into the world of a horror film that her deceased mother made 20 years earlier. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson ’03 will lead a discussion after the film.

On February 23, VMA faculty Stephen Glantz, writer of Auf das Leben (To Life!), will talk about his story of the intense relationship between an aging cabaret singer and a seriously ill young man. 

VMA faculty Maria Agui Carter will discuss her documentary, Rebel, about Cuban immigrant and secret Civil War soldier Loreta Janeta Velazquez, after it screens on March 22.

Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton will chat about Cheatin’, which tells the tale of a couple who meet in a bumper car collision, on March 29.

Oscar nominees Room (Best Picture, Best Actress, Directing), co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston; and Carol (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress), screening as part of the Boston LGBT Film Festival, will be shown March 15 and April 5, respectively. 

The Bright Lights series uses a rating system that classifies films by seven categories: feminist (F, based on the Bath Film Festival system); directed by a woman (W); directed by or featuring a person of color (POC); social justice themed (SJ); queer themed (LGBT); relating to the Emerson College community (EC); and comedy (COM).

A full schedule of film screenings, ratings, and special guests is available on the Bright Lights webpage.

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