Bryn Mawr Film Institute Series Celebrates College’s 125th Anniversary

Posted September 16th, 2010 at 12:08 pm.

The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, founded by Bryn Mawr alumna and former trustee Juliet Goodfriend ’63, will celebrate the College’s 125th anniversary with a film series highlighting the accomplishments of Bryn Mawr alumnae.

Three of the screenings will be introduced by the Bryn Mawr alumnae who played roles in producing, writing, and/or directing the film being shown. One film, starring Katharine Hepburn ’28, will be introduced by Homay King, the director of the College’s film-studies program, with a discussion of Hepburn’s impact on women in Hollywood film.

Offered on four successive Wednesdays in September and October, the films are free for Bryn Mawr College students with College ID; $5 for BMFI members; $7 for other students and for senior citizens; and $10 general admission.

Included in the series:

Rock School poster -- image of child with pink mohawk haircut

Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.: Rock School

Bryn Mawr College alumna Sheena Joyce ’98, who produced “Rock School,” will introduce and discuss this documentary by local director Don Argott about Philadelphia musician Paul Green and his school of rock for kids. With his wacky methods and endless dedication, Green creates wonderful music with his students.

Still from Christopher Strong: Hepburn as aviator in planeSept. 29, 7:30 p.m.: Christopher Strong

Dorothy Arzner directs Katharine Hepburn ’28 in her second film appearance, in which she portrays the spirited aviatrix Lady Cynthia Darrington, who is drawn into an affair with Sir Christopher Strong. Their illicit relationship threatens both of their careers and his marriage. Professor of History of Art Homay King, director of the Bryn Mawr Film Studies Program and the Center for Visual Culture, will introduce this film and give a talk about Hepburn’s lasting influence on Hollywood.

"Kicking It" poster: dilapidated soccer ballOct. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Kicking It
Colin Farrell narrates this documentary written and directed by Bryn Mawr College alumna Susan Koch ’73, who will introduce and discuss the screening. The moving film focuses on the lives of six players chosen to represent their countries in the Homeless World Cup, an annual international soccer tournament dedicated to uniting and changing the lives of the players.
Photo of woman prayingOct. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Virgin
Virgin is the heartbreaking, inspiring story of young Jessie Reynolds (Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss) who finds herself pregnant and believes it to be miraculous conception. Robin Wright co-stars as Jessie’s religiously devout mother in this film that speaks to women of all ages. The screening will be accompanied by a talk by producer Sarah Schenck ’87.

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