The Bay Film Series announces their Fall 2015 schedule. The Film Series at Bay College shows the best in modern art film including independent, documentary, and foreign movies. On September 17, we begin with PHOENIX, a post-WWII thriller set in Germany. Recommended by NPR, the film tells of a disfigured concentration-camp survivor whose facial reconstruction surgery makes her unrecognizable. She searches postwar Berlin her husband -- who might have been the one to betray her to the Nazis. Once she finds him, a duplicitous game of cat-and-mouse begins. This is the top-grossing foreign film in America this year.
On October 1st
, the Film Series takes a different turn, showing the top college-cult movie of the season, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. Chronicling four vampire roommates trying to get by in the modern world, this film is written and directed by Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series "Flight of the Conchords." In this hilarious send-up, these endearingly unhip friends reveal to the documentary crew that's filming them the details of their daily and nightly routine. Critics say it’s “The Real World” of vampires. The Chicago Tribune
calls it one of the best comedies of the year.
On October 8th
, we are thrilled to be screening SUPERIOR, filmed entirely in the UP along the shores of Lake Superior. This coming-of-age story finds two young friends at a crossroads in 1969. Charlie is on his way to Michigan Tech University, while Derek counts the days to the military draft and Vietnam. Before their futures take hold, the lifelong friends embark on one final adventure: a 1,300 mile bike ride along the shores of the Lake Superior. This film sold out at the Dances with Films Festival in Hollywood, and has been a hit with audiences around the U.P. After the showing, director and writer Edd Benda will be here to discuss the movie and answer questions.
On November 12th
, the documentary AMY will be shown. Her music made her famous; her personal life made her infamous. Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice often compared to Billy Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a once in lifetime musical talent. The film features archival footage, un-released home movies, and images from her friends and family.
Finishing our season on December 10th
, we are showing BEST OF ENEMIES, another popular and critically-acclaimed documentary. In the summer of 1968, last in the ratings for news, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. Gore Vidal was a leftist Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult, devolving into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News' ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born. This documentary examines their feud and its effect on television to this day.
All Film Series movies are shown in the Besse Center Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office or can be purchased online. For more information, go to the Bay College website (www.baycollege.edu
) and click on Around Campus at the top of the page, then “Arts and Culture.” Students with valid ID can get a reduced admission charge of $2.