The September Rundown with guest Dr. Dan Graff

By Ricky Herbst, Cinema Program Director for the Browning Cinema, September 7, 2018

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 In this month’s episode of Establishing Shot, Ted and Ricky breakdown the schedule with special guest Dr. Dan Graff, a close friend of and frequent collaborator with the Browning Cinema. Professor Graff is the director of Notre Dame’s Higgins Labor Program and teaches about labor history and 19th-century American history out of the History Department.

Among the amazing speakers, timely roundtables, community organizing, and integrating labor discussions into various campus intersections, the Higgins Labor Program also maintains the Labor Song of the Month blog, where you can listen and read about the history of the workplace. With Professor Graff’s help, Ted and Ricky run through the series and one-offs that make September such a busy month.

There are currently four ongoing film series, each offering a unique addition to the Browning Cinema’s programming:

  1. The Learning Beyond the Classics series this semester is Truth and Fiction: How to Analyze Documentary Films. Those not enrolled in the publicly available film course are welcome to attend any of the individual film screenings at regular ticket price.
  2. The Operation Frankenstein series—which is a collaboration between Notre Dame’s Departments of Political Science and English—has a sampling of early adaptations of Mary Shelley’s infamous creature.
  3. Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films continue on with the Studio Ghibli classic Howl’s Moving Castle (co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies), the 1980s inspirational teacher biopic Stand and Deliver (co-sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies), and the thoroughly British and thoroughly charming Paddington.
  4. The launch of the 2018-2019 National Theatre Live season rounds out our series offerings in the month of September with Julie, a new adaption of Miss Julie, and King Lear with Sir Ian McKellen in the title role.

Along with the semester-long series, various new and classic films are screening at the Browning Cinema in September, including the highest-grossing German film of 2016 Welcome to Germany which hits topic of refugees in Europe (co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies); the buzzy Eighth Grade about the perilous transitional year into high school; and American Animals which blends documentary and narrative techniques to tell the story of an actual rare books heist at an American university.

Lastly, a couple of classic films of note include an evening of silent-era films directed by women in the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers Shorts Program (a Because Gender screening) and the biopic Selena (co-presented by the Institute for Latino Studies) about the Tejano music star cut off during her ascendancy to worldwide fame.

As with all screenings, check out our website for updates and changes. And tune in next time in hopes Ted and Ricky were able to convince Professor Graff to stick around for a Top Three episode.