Documentary Screening: Michael Caplan's ALGREN

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Contact person: Rashna Richards

The Film and Media Studies Program at Rhodes College invites you to a screening of Michael Caplan’s ALGREN, a riveting documentary about the National Book Award-winning writer Nelson Algren. Known as “the bard of the down-and-outer,” Algren portrayed the grittier side of Chicago. His books are about drunks and pimps and prostitutes and junkies, and they capture a sense of raw, unsentimental alienation from life. Ernest Hemingway considered Algren second only to William Faulkner in the canon of American writers.

Caplan’s documentary premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2014. It has received rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter praises the way it “weaves together Algren’s life in an absorbing blend of interviews, voiceovers and, most compellingly, a trove of Art Shay photographs.”

Michael Caplan is an Associate Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College and an award-winning independent director/producer. He will take questions after the screening.

Indie Memphis

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: A Film Screening and Conversation with Michael Streissguth

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A part of Indie Memphis Nights Weekly Film Series. Directed and produced by Bestor Cram, Written and produced by Michael Streissguth.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison explores the historical context of Johnny Cash’s seminal concert album, “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Based on writer Michael Streissguth’s acclaimed book Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece, the program weaves together compelling interviews with archival photography to evoke the spirit of that momentous day on Jan. 13, 1968 when Johnny Cash appeared on stage at Folsom Prison and re-imagined his destiny. Participants include: Rosanne Cash, band member Marty Stuart, former inmate Millard Dedmon, and relatives of inmate/singer Glen Sherley, who famously wrote “Greystone Chapel” for Cash. 

McNeil Concert Hall at Rhodes College
613 University St.
Free and Open to the Public

Film and Media Studies

An Evening with Werner Herzog

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The Film and Media Studies program at Rhodes College presents a public screening of Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), followed by a Q&A session with the legendary filmmaker himself. 

THE WILD BLUE YONDER tells the story of an alien species seeking refuge on earth while humans are looking for other worlds to colonize. Though the film announces itself as a “science fiction fantasy,” its combination of mesmerizing footage from NASA missions and underwater exploration in Antarctica with originally produced material defies easy categorization. It offers a haunting meditation on eco-conservation, on longing for home, and on what being an alien really means. It won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.

Werner Herzog is among the most daring, influential, and prolific contemporary filmmakers. He emerged as a creative force from the New German Cinema and has earned international critical acclaim with epics like AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and FITZCARRALDO (1982) as well as documentaries like FATA MORGANA (1971), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), and GRIZZLY MAN (2005). Spectacular and perplexing, Herzog’s films are set in unique landscapes that become reflections of emotional states; they blur distinctions between reality and fiction and are often populated by mad men and women at psychological extremes. As Roger Ebert once put it, Herzog is among a handful of directors who “keep the movies vibrating.”

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the Rhodes community at Rhodes Express and to the public at Novel bookstore, located at 387 Perkins Extd. 

Film and Media Studies