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College of Central Florida International Film Series kicks off Jan. 26

The College of Central Florida is continuing its long-running International Film Festival with a safe, socially distanced format featuring classic international films and scholar film talks.

Screenings will take place at the Ocala Drive-In theater, located at 4850 S. Pine Ave., for free followed the next day with an online discussion. Each film also can be screened from the safety of one’s own home at a time of convenience via free internet film streaming services.

The Ocala Drive-in film screenings and accompanying scholar film talks on topics central to each film can be viewed on the dates and times listed below:

  • “Man with a Movie Camera” will be featured on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Janna Jones. This 1929 Soviet film by Dziga Vertov is an early experimental documentary that depicts daily life in the Soviet Union in 1920s, but it also is full of playful and breathtaking cinematic tricks. Jones is a professor of Creative Media and Film in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 20th century historian, Jones’ scholarship focuses on the history of cinema-going, historic movie theaters, amateur filmmaking, public exhibition, architectural preservation, public art and urban and suburban history.
  • “The Sheik” will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Linda Levitt. This film features Paris-educated Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassam, who is known for providing brides for wealthy Arabs. This Hollywood silent film solidified Rudolph Valentino’s stardom and earned him the nickname “the Great Lover.”
  • “Metropolis” will be presented Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, March 31, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Mark Neuman. This German science-fiction film (Giorgio Moroder’s edition) presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.
  • “The Night of the Living Dead,” will be presented Tuesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. with online discussion on Wednesday, April 28, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. hosted by Sezin Koehler. After Barbra and her brother Johnny are attacked by a strange, lurching man while visiting their uncle’s grave and Johnny is killed, Barbra manages to escape to a nearby farmhouse as more of these murderous flesh-eating people come out of the woods. Barbra is quickly met by Ben, who quickly takes charge of the situation and everyone’s safety as best he can –all while they continue to be violently set upon by hordes of the undead.

For links to the screenings and discussion, and for a full series list and more information on the International Film Series, contact Wendy Adams at (352) 873-5800, ext. 1546, or visit www.CF.edu/filmseries.

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