April is an incredibly busy month in the Browning Cinema with 30 different titles screening. Ted and Ricky do a rundown of some options for indoor fun if the month makes good on its rainy persona. There’s a handful of film directors and writers visiting with their films during the month, including aerospace engineer and filmmaker Silvia Casalino and journalist Alice Coffin, who came for the April 6 screening of the film No Gravity; Helen Young, who is the director of the documentary The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs, came to campus with one of the film’s subjects Sister Megan Rice; mononymic director Huey is in from Maine with his biodocumentary entitled Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul, on which Professor Laura Walls of the Notre Dame English Department served as Lead Senior Consultant; the author of the book on which Annihilation was based, Jeff VanderMeer, will be on campus to discuss the adaption; and the month closes with a visit from Volker Schlöndorff, a towering figure in the German New Wave, with his film Young Törless from 1966.
Along with those special events, ongoing semester-long series are coming to a close. The Learning Beyond the Classics class on 1968 closes with Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Faces, and Night of the Living Dead. The Gender and Rock series closes with Detroit Rock City and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains. The run of Sunday Family Films has a broad mix with the Western mashup Rango, WALL-E on Earth Day, and Rain Man meets Nintendo with The Wizard. Lastly, a mini-series on Joan of Arc and Africa hits in the middle of April with Bruno Dumont’s new heavy metal musical about a young Joan of Arc entitled Jeanette; Mali Blues, a documentary on the busy and world-famous music scene arising from Mali in West Africa; and ends with a performer featured in Mali Blues live-scoring Carl Dreyer’s 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc with other Malian musicians and Notre Dame students. Outside of those series, there are many, many more new and classic films available during April.
This episode of Establishing Shot closes with Ted and Ricky celebrating the uptick of animals in prestige films, from Isle of Dogs to the upcoming Show Dogs. With a nod to those, they run down their Top 3 favorite films involving animals. This Top 3 menagerie is filled with dogs, cats, rats, turkeys, and even a home-security-system mongoose.