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April 2020

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution’

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution. Just down the road from Woodstock, Camp Jened was a camp for disabled teens. Directors Nicole Newnham and former Jened camper Jim LeBrecht deliver a rousing film about a group of campers-turned-activists who shaped the future of the disability rights movement and changed accessibility legislation for everyone.

Film available on Netflix

Discussion with disability studies scholar David Kociemba to follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival, ReelAbilities, and the Roxbury International Film Festival.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘I Am Mother’

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind. The pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been old about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions.

Film available on Netflix

A discussion with Uri Aviv, general director of Utopia: The Tel-Aviv International Festival for Science, Imagination, and Future Visions will follow.

A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Performer Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) develops an outrageous character named Dolemite, who becomes an underground sensation and star of a kung-fu, anti-establishment film that could make or break Moore.

Film available on Netflix

A discussion with David Shabazz, author of Dolemite: The Story of Rudy Ray Moore, will follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Roxbury International Film Festival.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Edge of Democracy’

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis — the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to leaders past and present, including presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, with accounts of her own family’s complex past, filmmaker Petra Costa witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

Film available on Netflix

A discussion with Costa and Writing, Literature and Publishing Assistant Professor Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann to follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival, the Roxbury International Film Festival, and the Boston Latino International Film Festival.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Miss Americana’

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A look at iconic pop artist Taylor Swift during a transformational time in her life as she embraces her role as a singer/songwriter and harnesses the full power of her voice.

Film available on Netflix

A discussion with Marketing Communication Associate Professor Kristin Lieb, author of Gender, Branding, and the Modern Music Industry, will follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Circus of Books’

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For nearly four decades, unassuming couple Karen and Barry Mason ran Circus of Books, a Los Angeles porn store that became a hub for the local gay community.

Film available April 22 on Netflix

A discussion with director Rachel Mason will follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival, Wicked Queer, Globe Docs, Boston Jewish Film, and the Boston Underground Film Festival.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Cunningham’

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cunningham traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.

Film available April 23 on Hulu

A discussion with director Alla Kovgan, Visual and Media Arts Assistant Professor Shaun Clarke, and Boston Conservatory dance professor Allissa Cardone will follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with GlobeDocs.

Bright Lights at Home: ‘Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins’

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Raise Hell tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, 6 feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor-sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril and said, “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.” Ivins’ words have proved prescient. Now it’s up to us to raise hell!

Film available on Hulu

A discussion with Journalism Chair Janet Kolodzy will follow. A Zoom link will be sent out via email on the day of the discussion. Subscribe to receive Zoom link updates.

Co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival and the Journalism Department.

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