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Visiting Artists

Spring 2014

Cinema Visitors Series

At Binghamton University

LECTURE HALL 6 AT 7:30 (Unless otherwise noted) 

All Shows are free and open to The Public

Series Sponsored by Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean's Speakers Series.



Tuesday, April 1. Susan Ray


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Don't Expect Too Much (70 min., 2011) A full-length documentary directed by Susan Ray, to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival, DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH traces the director's bold experiments with multiple image, journalistic filmmaking, and the teaching of cinema undertaken in We can't go home again. The documentary will include archival picture and sound from the Nicholas Ray Archive; and interviews with directors Victor Erice and Jim Jarmusch, many of the original cast and crew of We can't go home again, and the last surviving cast member of Rebel Without A Cause. Susan Ray is a writer, director, and founder/director of The Nicholas Ray Foundation. Born in 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut, she attended the University of Chicago, where she met Nicholas Ray, who then was making a film about the Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial. She joined the film's crew and continued to work with Ray after their marriage on WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN, CITY BLUES, NEW YORK AFTER MIDNIGHT, and LIGHTNING OVER WATER, among the projects of his final years. Since his passing in 1979, she has made repeated efforts to restore WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN. Finally, in 2011, the 100th anniversary of Nicholas Ray's birth, the restoration of his groundbreaking last film was completed. Along with her supporting documentary, DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH, she brought the restored WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN to premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. She edited and introduced the book, I WAS INTERRUPTED: NICHOLAS RAY ON MAKING MOVIES.The museum is also the setting for a contemporary story of cross-­‐cultural friendship. Johann (Bobby Sommer), an Austrian man in his 60s who once worked as a road manager for hard-­‐rock bands, now makes his living as a security guard at the museum. A tolerant, philosophical fellow, he muses (in voice-­‐ over narration) on both the artworks and the tourists and schoolchildren who shuffle past them, finding the spectacle of spectatorship endlessly interesting.


Tuesday, April 8th. Wenhua Shi


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Wenhua Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University, originally trained as a doctor in China, departed from the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. In 2000, he came to the US and began making and exploring film and earned his BA and BFA. In 2009 he graduated with an MFA from Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley. Since then his new works integrate new media, sounds, installation, and sculpture. His work have been screened or exhibited at Pacific Film Archive, Black Maria Film Festival, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The National Museum of Film,  Photography and Television (UK), Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Beijing Film Academy, Berlin International Directors Lounge, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University, and dozens of international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bradford, and Mexico City.West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, The Arsenale of Venice in Italy.


Tuesday, April 29th. Joshua Bonnetta 


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Joshua Bonnetta is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video and sound in various modes of theatrical exhibition, performance and installation. His work has shown at the Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Images Festival, Mutek International Festival of Electronic Music, Rotterdam International Film Festival and at various other festivals and venues through out Europe, U.K., Russia, North & South America. He is the two time winner of the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award for excellence and visual innovation (2010, 2012) and the 2009 winner of the National Film Board of Canada Award to the Best Emerging or Mid-career Canadian Film or Video Maker from the Images Festival. Bonnetta received a BFA with Honors in Film & Video Production from York University and an MFA in Studio Arts (Film Production) from Concordia University. He is an Assistant Professor in the department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca College.


These artists’ screenings are co-sponsored by Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series.

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