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Stevenson, Room 150

December 2012

UCSC will host the California Regional Ethics Bowl

December 1, 2012 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The philosophy department is proud to announce that UCSC will be hosting two Ethics Bowl debate competitions this year. On December 1st, 2012, UCSC will host the California Regional Ethics Bowl, a qualifier for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Ethics Bowl is a team debate competition where teams of five undergraduates analyze case studies that demonstrate ethical dilemmas drawn from a wide range of areas (environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, business ethics, institutional ethics, personal ethics, etc.). Come see the UCSC team,…

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February 2013

Film Screening: Dante's Inferno directed by Sandow Birk

February 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public (English dialogue) Melding the seemingly disparate traditions of apocalyptic live-action graphic novel and charming Victorian-era toy theater, Dante’s Inferno is a subversive, darkly satirical update of the original 14th-century literary classic, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Retold with the use of intricately hand-drawn paper puppets and miniature sets, and without the use of CGI effects, this brilliant film takes viewers on a tour of Hell. Sporting a hoodie and a hangover from the previous night’s…

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January 2014

Misfit Horror Film Series: Who Can Kill a Child?

January 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected.   January 19th - Who Can Kill a Child? One of the most disturbing horror films from a decade that was conspicuously filled with them, Who Can Kill a Child? takes The Birds (1963) and replaces Alfred Hitchcock’s bloodthirsty birds with an island full of homicidal children. Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (whose other horror film…

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Misfit Horror Film Series: The House with Laughing Windows

January 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The House with Laughing Windows (1976, dir. Pupi Avati) - a moody and masterful giallo (Italian thriller / mystery / slasher film) One of the most remarkable (albeit atypical) examples of a giallo (Italian mystery-thriller-slasher film) out there, Pupi Avati’s The House with Laughing Windows is a masterpiece of mood and ambient creepiness whose ability to stretch an atmosphere of queasy apprehension to the absolute breaking point over the course of a feature-length film is probably second only to Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look…

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February 2014

CANCELLED: Misfit Horror Film Series: Arrebato

February 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected. February 2nd - Arrebato (1980, dir. Iván Zulueta) - think of it as a Spanish Videodrome, only avant la lettre For more information, please visit: ihr.ucsc.edu

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Misfit Horror Film Series: The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

February 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected. February 9th - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960, dir. Terence Fisher) - perhaps the sleaziest and most affecting adaptation of Stevenson's novella Sunday nights at 7PM in 150 Stevenson. Sponsored (or at least turned a blind eye) by the Literature Department, and produced by the usual gang of aficionados. More informative flyers to follow…

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Misfit Horror Film Series: Love Object

February 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected.   Relationships come and go, but plastination is forever!  The only film hitherto written and directed by Robert Parigi, Love Object creepily tells the story of a love triangle involving a young man, a young woman, and an anatomically correct sex doll that looks an awful lot like the young woman. Kenneth (Desmond Harrington)…

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Misfit Horror Film Series: A Chinese Ghost Story

February 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, dir. Siu-Tung Ching) is a remarkable high point of 80s Hong Kong cinema. Both an adaptation of a story by Pu Songling written during the Qing Dynasty and a remake of a Shaw Brothers film entitled The Enchanted Shadow (1960), A Chinese Ghost Story is feverish mix of romance, comedy, and…

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March 2014

Misfit Horror Film Series: Mother Joan of the Angels

March 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected. March 2nd - Mother Joan of the Angels (1961, dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz) - an impressive and unsettling Polish film about the demonic possession of a group of nuns in the early 1600s Sunday nights at 7PM in 150 Stevenson. Sponsored (or at least turned a blind eye) by the Literature Department, and produced by the usual gang…

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Misfit Horror Film Series: Possession

March 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror  A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected. March 9th - Possession (1981, dir. Andrzej Zulawski) - for those of you who suspect that marriage is intrinsically a horror film Sunday nights at 7PM in 150 Stevenson. Sponsored (or at least turned a blind eye) by the Literature Department, and produced by the usual gang of aficionados. More informative flyers to follow weekly.   For…

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Misfit Horror Film Series: Freaks

March 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Misfit Horror: A film series dedicated to one-of-a-kind horror movies whose originality and power have been unjustly neglected because they aren’t at all what you expected. March 16th - Freaks (1932, dir. Tod Browning) - a Pre-Code horror flick that still has the capacity to haunt and creep you out The granddaddy of all the misfit horror films we’ve been exploring this quarter, Freaks is Tod Browning’s empathetic depiction of the physically deformed performers who comprise the circus sideshow of Madame Tetrallini…

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April 2014

Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: Martyrs

April 27, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

It's easy to create a victim. One of the more insightful recent examples of French extreme cinema and “torture porn,” Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs is a singularly divisive horror film experience. After police officers rescue her following over a year of repeated exposure to torture and torment, Lucie build up her strength in an orphanage and befriends Anna, another victim of abuse. Fifteen years later Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) and Anna (Morjana Alaoui) break into the house of a seemingly middle-of-the-road bourgeois…

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May 2014

Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: Suicide Club

May 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

They're not the enemy. The film that put Shion Sono on the international art house horror map, Suicide Club opens with the bizarre and eerie sight of 54 uniformed teenage schoolgirls queued up beside a subway platform where they hold hands, begin to sing, and then all at once hurl themselves into the path of an arriving train. The police investigation into their deaths seems to be going nowhere when an alarming number of suicides start to sweep through the…

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Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: The House of the Devil

May 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

During the 1980s, over 70% of American adults believed in the existence of abusive satanic cults. A typically low key and intelligent horror film from Ti West, perhaps the most critically lauded of America’s rising generation of horror movie auteurs, The House of the Devil is a moody and evocative spin on the satanic cult sub-genre. In an attempt to raise money for a deposit on an apartment, Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) agrees to babysit for the Ulmans (Tom Noonan and…

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Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: Pulse

May 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Pulse (2001) Would you like to meet a ghost? About as bleak a depiction of apocalypse as you’re ever likely to come across, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse is a J-Horror film in which short episodic vignettes slowly disclose a world where ghosts outnumber people and people have been reduced to black ashy stains on the wall. In the midst of dealing with the emotional fallout of their friend’s suicide, a group of young people start to notice that their computers are…

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Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: You're Next

May 25, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

You never want to do anything interesting anymore. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what a mumblecore slasher film might be like, then look no further than You’re Next. Directed by Adam wingard (who also helmed 2010’s elliptically grim A Horrible Way to Die and this year’s John-Carpenter-meets-The-Terminator homage The Guest) and featuring a number of prominent figures from the mumblecore scene (most notably Amy Seimetz and Joe Swanberg), the film is a wild recasting of the slasher film’s “Final…

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June 2014

Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: One Missed Call

June 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Helmed by the wildly prolific Takashi Miike, whose other notable horror credits include Audition (1999), Visitor Q (2001), Gozu (2003), and Imprint (2006), One Missed Call takes the anxieties surrounding the obsolescence of video tape technology that were so gloomily evoked in Ringu (1998) and shifts them onto the rise of cellular phone communication and the exploitative potentials of reality television. Yumi Nakamura (Kô Shibasaki) tries to find out who or what is behind the death of her friend, Yoko…

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Contemporary Horror Auteur Film Series: À l ́interieur

June 8, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

A French body horror film that takes home invasion movies to their ne plus ultra, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s À l'intérieur depicts the attempts of Sarah (Alysson Paradis), very pregnant and very alone in her house on Christmas Eve, to ward off the efforts of “La Femme” (Beátrice Dalle) to break into Sarah’s home and (if she can) Sarah’s womb to take the baby for herself. Mixing together this gruesome premise with yuletide ennui and the aftereffects of the…

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April 2015

Teach In: Bettina Aptheker

April 25, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Be a student again for an afternoon! Attend a lecture entitled "Feminism & Social Justice" from faculty professor of feminist studies Bettina Aptheker. Join fellow alums for a lively look at current movements in social justice and the ways in which gender, race, class, and sexuality interconnect with each other. From birth matters to thinking about prisons, from queer stakes to transgender identities, from immigrant lives to environmental justice in scores of communities across the country, these issues animate and…

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October 2015

Ozploitation Film Series Presents: Razorback

October 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Razorback

There's something about blasting the shit out of a razorback that brightens up my whole day. As one would expect from a film about a car-sized boar rampaging through the outback with a bloodlust for humans, Razorback is equal parts style, surface, and absurdity. Accordingly, plot summaries fail to do justice to the sheer bloody loveliness of the highly artificial lighting (in particular, the dead of night in the outback has never looked so neon blue) and gratuitous camera movements…

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Ozploitation Film Series Presents: Wyrmwood

October 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
wyrmwood

We need to find a zombie fast. The visually striking feature-film debut of director Kiah Roache-Turner, who made it on weekends with friends and actors over a number of years, Wyrmwood approaches the ubiquitous zombie apocalypse (familiar to us from so many works of popular culture over the past decade or so) in an unusually inventive and frenetic do-it-yourself spirit. A passing meteor (our star of Wormwood from the Book of Revelation here) seems to be the instigating force in…

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Ozploitation Film Series presents : Long Weekend (1978)

October 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Long Weekend Film Screening Flyer

An unsettling cross between Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and an early Harold Pinter play, Colin Eggleston’s Long Weekend presents us with an extremely prickly couple on holiday who are finding it harder and harder to tolerate each other even as it becomes increasingly apparent that nature itself might be out to do them in at their idyllic beach campsite. Petty squabbling and rampant passive aggressivity momentarily distract from the couple’s casual littering and senseless slaughter of animals. As the…

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