French Film: Arts, Science and Technology at Work for Humanity II
Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium
In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the French Film Festival, the Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts presents a three day symposium on the role of art, science, and technology in advancing French film. All events take place in Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business, and are free and open to the public. Headphones will be available to provide English/French interpretation in real time.
March 27: Citizen Cameras at Work for Humanity: Auteur Filmmaking and Visual Sovereignty
10 a.m.: Viewer Authorship and Sovereignty: 1 Image out of 140,000–Write Your Own Film
Featuring director Gerard Krawczyk
A film is comprised of 24 images per second; 140,000 images equal one hour and 30 minutes of cinema. The interactive photo exhibition 1 Image Out of 140,000 invites you to write your own film from one still photo from the exhibit, a suggested film scenario for that specific frame, and original music composed for that possible film sequence.
11 a.m.: Challenges in Producing Socially Engaged Film
Featuring Moira Chappedelaine-Vautier, producer and director of post-production at Rouge International
2 p.m.: Citizen Camera's Autonomy: In Search of an Innovative and Collective Rating Agency based on Environmental Responsibility and Human Health and Happiness.
Featuring author and director Vincent Glenn
*Glenn's film Enfin des bonnes nouvelles will be screened as part of the French Film Festival; see website for showtime.
3:45 p.m.: Sovereignty, Reframing Cultural Survivance: Experiences with the Lakotas (Sioux) before, during, and after shooting The Ride
Featuring director Stephanie Gillard
*Gillard's film The Ride will be screened as part of the French Film Festival; see website for showtime.
March 28: Science and Technology: Accompanying and Creating New Visual and Cinematic Experiences
10 a.m.: Analogue and Digital Technologies: Creative and Esthetic Choices
Featuring Pierre-William Glenn, film director; with Christian Guillon, director of photography and special effects innovator, and Gerard Krawczyk, film director
11:30 a.m.: 4K Restoration and Responsibilities in Remastering Our Cinema Heritage
Featuring Andre Labbouz, digital restoration and technical director, Gaumont
2 p.m.: Previz On Set and New Technologies: What Impact for the Future of our Cinematographic Production and Perception?
Featuring Christian Guillion, director of photography and special effects innovator
3:30 p.m.: The Magic Lantern and Moving Images of Another Kind–The 400 Year-Old Awe-Inspiring Grandfather of HD Cinema
Featuring Laurent Mannoni, historian, author and director of Cinematheque Francaise, and Laure Parchomenko, director of collections at Cinematheque Francaise.
*A special performance of Magic Lanterns will take place on April 1 at 8 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre.
7 p.m.: Conquest of Visual Autonomy: Historical Examples and Contemporary Filmic Initiatives
Featuring Nicole Brenez, professor at University of Paris III and curator at Cinematheque Francaise and Cinema du Real
VCU Grace Street Theatre
A culminating event of conversation devoted to citizen camera work and visual sovereignty. Visual autonomy can be understood as a free image made by the people for the people, in opposition to any attempt to take, steal, use, or impose pictures on individuals or groups in a predatory manner. Professor Brenez will illustrate her presentation with examples from films by the the most notable historic and contemporary filmmakers.
March 29: The Interplay of Music with Screenwriting, Cinematography, and Editing
9 a.m.: Screening of In the tracks of Bruno Coulais, directed by Pascale Cuenot
10 a.m.: Historical Perspectives on Film Music in French Cinema
Featuring composer Bruno Coulais and author/editor Stephane Lerouge
1:30 p.m.: Film Music Composition within Cinematic Art
Featuring composer Bruno Coulais and director/producer/actor Jacques Perrin
Music composer Bruno Coulais has created many original scores for feature films of Jacques Perrin and for numerous other French and international directors. In a dynamic discussion between Bruno Coulais and Jacques Perrin moderated by Stephane Lerouge, they discuss their inter-working relationships during the creative, aural, and visual processes. They will be joined by colleagues Jacques Cluzard (director and scenarist); Olli Barbe (line producer and general director); and Mathieu Simonet (still photographer) of Galatee Films.
* Jacques Perrin and Bruno Coulais will screen Les Saisons, Himalayas, and Winged Migration; see website for showtimes.
3:30 p.m.: Conversation with Bertrand Tavernier: How Music Informs by Visual and Cinematographic Process
Featuring Bertrand Tavernier, director and author, and Elsa Boublil, music journalist and author
*Bertrand Tavernier and Bruno Coulais will screen Voyage a travers la cinema francais; see website for showtime.
"French Film: Arts, Science and Technology at Work for Humanity II" is presented as part of 2016-17 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts, and is organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Contact: Francoise Ravaux-Kirkpatric