Labor Goes to the Movies

Labor Goes to the Movies, a committee of the Executive Council, plans and organizes the PSC’s long-running film series. As a committee, we select the annual theme and films, usually after spirited discussion, and arrange for a speaker with expertise in the film’s subject to lead discussion. The committee is open to all, and includes film studies faculty as well as members who just love movies. We meet during the spring and summer to choose the following year’s films and stay in touch by attending the screenings each month. To download the 2018-19 Labor Goes to the Movies poster, click here.

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2017-2018 Film Series -- SEX & POWER The film industry made cinema the art of the 20th Century, selling sex and power on the screen. So the film industry was also the fitting trigger, however delayed, for #MeToo, as Hollywood had, since its inception, made the casting couch the first audition for female stardom, a symbol for the power over screen access exercised by male executives. The cinema offers one apposite terrain for examining the representation of sex and its manipulation by power in popular culture, as the gendered relations of production ineluctably shape the industry’s cultural output. This year’s series looks at a variety of approaches to the tensions of sex and power across cultures and times at a moment when the culture industries have come under heightened critical scrutiny.

Doors open at 6 PM. Light refreshments provided. There is a $4 suggested donation.

Moonlight--Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

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Whale Rider--Fri., Oct. 12, 2018

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Fire--Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

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Boys Don't Cry--Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

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Celebration --Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

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Late Spring--Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

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Far From Heaven--Fri., Apr. 12, 2019

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Thelma and Louise--Fri., May 10, 2019

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