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Humanities Film Series

The annual Humanities Film Series at York College is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the English and Humanities Department and the Office of The Provost. Its aim is to promote the humanities on campus and in the surrounding community by fostering a serious and ongoing discussion about cinema. 

The Film Series consists of six events scheduled throughout the academic year that are free and open to the entire college and the surrounding community. At each of these events, a guest speaker screens a film or delivers a lecture on cinema, and then leads a discussion. Guest speakers include acclaimed directors, writers, producers and actors, as well as noted authors, critics and professors. 

Aardvark film actors
Aardvark(2018) with Director Brian Shoaf
Sept. 27, 2018, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Starring Jon Hamm, Zachary Quinto, and Jenny Slate, writer-director Brian Shoaf’s debut feature film Aardvark (2018) tells the story of an emotionally troubled man (Quinto) whose estranged brother (Hamm), a handsome and successful TV star, has an affair with his therapist (Slate).
Night of the Living Dead woman
Night of the Living Dead(1968), with Professor Ian Olney
Oct. 25, 2018, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
An ultra-low-budget zombie movie shot by an amateur filmmaker, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead became a cult sensation upon its release and went on to change the face of horror cinema.
Quest actors
Quest (2017), with Director Jonathan Olshefski
Nov. 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Jonathan Olshefski, director of Quest, the portrait of a Philadelphia family, will join us to present the documentary and answer questions after the screening.
I, Tonya Margo Robbie
I, Tonya, with Professor Jill Craven
Feb. 21, 2019, 7p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya created a buzz at its premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Millersville University professor of film studies Jill Craven will present the movie and lead a Q&A after the screening.
Mulholland Drive close-up
Mulholland Dr. (2001), with Professor Susan Loy
Mar. 21, 2019, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
David Lynch worked once again with his longtime collaborator, composer Angelo Badalamenti. York College professor of music Susan Loy will present the movie, tying it to other Lynch-Badalamenti collaborations like Twin Peaks (1990-1991).
Unbreakable Film Bruce Willis
Unbreakable (2000), with Professor Noel Sloboda
Apr. 25, 2019, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Set in present-day Philadelphia and focused on a middle-class man whose marriage is falling apart, M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable (2000) offers a novel take on the superhero film.
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