Posts Tagged ‘SUNY Oswego’


“A Story of Floating Weeds” Screens Accompanied by New Score Nov. 9

1 November 2013


Grammy-nominated steel-string guitarist Alex de Grassi was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to compose a score for Ozu’s classic silent film, A Story of Floating Weeds. The 1934 film (which Ozu remade in the ’50s as Floating Weeds) has a “elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all.” (Criterion) On Saturday, November 9, de Grassi will perform his score on stage as the film screens. It all takes place in Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall at SUNY Oswego. Tickets are $18; $5 for students.


“Margin Call” Screen 2/20/12

8 February 2012

OFG, along with the Economics Department of SUNY Oswego, will be screening the 2011 Wall Street drama Margin Call on Monday, February 20 at 7 PM in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center. After the screening, we’ll be discussing the film, the investment industry it depicts, and the aftermath of the financial crisis.

The first feature-length film of writer/director J.C. Chandor, the film’s impressive cast includes: Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, and Demi Moore.

As the movie opens, people at the firm are being summoned to a glass-walled conference room and politely told to clear out. Among the victims is an uncomplaining risk-management executive, Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci), who, leaving with nineteen years of his life in a cardboard box, passes a flash drive to Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), one of the young analysts. “Be careful,” he says. Staying late on the trading floor, and plugging Dale’s numbers into standard volatility models, Sullivan quickly understands: if the mortgage-backed securities currently on the company’s books, which are heavily leveraged, decline in value by an additional twenty-five per cent, the company’s losses will be greater than its total market capitalization.

“Margin Call” is one of the strongest American films of the year and easily the best Wall Street movie ever made. It’s about corporate manners—the protocols of hierarchy, the rituals of power, and, most of all, the difficulty of confronting flagrant habits of speculation with truth. (David Denby, The New Yorker)
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“Forks Over Knives” Screens 11/2/11

21 October 2011

The next OFG event (sponsored with SUNY Oswego’s Civic Engagement coalition and Science Café ad hoc group) will be the documentary Forks Over Knives.

The 2011 documentary traces the separate journeys of two men, nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Cornell University, and surgeon Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic. Their work leads both men to focus on a plant-based diet as key to health, warding off—and dealing more effectively with—many of the diseases that afflict us. In an interview in The New York Times, Campbell noted, “We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health. We should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to get nutrition, because it’s not. I’m talking about whole, plant-based foods. The effect it produces is broad for treatment and prevention of a wide variety of ailments, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes.”  In addition to giving the perspective of medical and health professionals, the film tells the stories of patients who are using whole food diets to help treat their chronic conditions. The film, written and directed by Lee Fulkerson, is rated PG and runs 90 minutes. The movie’s website is

The free screening (open to the public) will be Wednesday, November 2 at 7 PM in the Community Room at the Oswego Public Libary (120 East Second Street). A discussion will follow the film.


On Screen/In Person Film Series Begins 9/20/11, Oswego Cinema 7

20 September 2011

ON SCREEN/IN PERSON is a series of six films followed by a Q&A with the film director(s) or producer that has been organized by the SUNY Oswego’s Cinema and Screen Studies Program with support from ARTSwego and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
All On Screen/In Person screenings take place at the Oswego Cinema, 138 West 2nd Street, on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. Tickets are available from any SUNY Oswego campus box office, online at, or from the Oswego Cinema.  Adults $7 / Seniors $5 / Students $3.50
These three series films are scheduled for Fall 2011:

Tuesday, September 20 @ 7 PM
What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic w/ Director Shelley Rogers
This film dives into the challenges that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market. Though the stories of farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, the film offers audiences a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in creating a more sustainable food system.

What\’s Organic website

Tuesday, October 25 @ 7 PM
Beatboxing-The Fifth Element of Hip Hop w/ Producer Angela Viscido
In the late 70’s, a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York that combined several disciplines under the name of hip hop. Apart from the four classic elements of graffiti, DJing, breakdancing, and rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called ‘beatboxing’. From the hardship of poverty and the lack of instruments, a pioneer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms with his mouth – his brilliance creating the term ‘human beatbox’. Beatboxing features artists from New York, California, Florida, Spain, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Austria and Germany, who demonstrate their amazing techniques.

Beatboxing documentary website

Tuesday, November 15 @ 7 PM
Out in the Silence w/ Directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
When a popular 16-year-old jock is brutally attacked for coming out at his small town high school, his mother reaches out for help to the only person she feels she can trust, an openly gay man who lives 300 miles away–native son and filmmaker Joe Wilson. Returning home with camera in hand, Wilson documents the harrowing but ultimately successful battle waged by the teen and his mom against recalcitrant school authorities, the efforts of a lesbian couple to restore an historic theater in the face of vitriolic anti-gay attacks, and his own unexpected friendship with an Evangelical preacher. As walls are torn down and bridges built, Out in the Silence offers a fascinating and moving commentary on America’s culture war.

Out in the Silence website

OFG is pleased to be a partner with the groups bringing this series to Oswego.


Upcoming Films in Oswego: Week of 9/4/11

2 September 2011

On Tuesday, September 6th at 9 PM the first film in the SUNY Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) film series will run in the Campus Center Auditorium (132): Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death. Peter Bate directed this 2003 BBC documentary (released in the US in 2005); the film is unrated and runs 1 hour, 24 minutes. There’s no charge for the show.

The true story of what King Leopold did in the Congo, which was forgotten by the world for over 50 years. Leopold turned the Congo into his own private colony from 1885 to 1908. Under his control, the Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold assumed the role of protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave traders, but, in reality, he exploited them as he amassed a personal fortune in this country rich in rubber. If the men failed to produce enough wild rubber, their families were held hostage and starved to death. Children’s hands were chopped off for late deliveries. It is agreed today, that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo. (Rotten Tomatoes website)

On Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM, there will be a free screening for the community of the documentary Race to Nowhere in the Ralph M. Faust Auditorium, Oswego High School.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. (from the film’s website:

Presented by SUNY Oswego, ARTSwego, and the Oswego City School District, the film will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception at 9 PM in the auditorium lobby.


SUNY Oswego’s 6th Annual Hart Hall International Film Festival: 4/16-17

12 April 2011

Running from Saturday, April 16 · 1 PM until Sunday, April 17 · 11 PM in the Hart Hall basement. This year’s schedule:

Saturday, 4/16

1:00 France: Romance Love Me If You Dare
Hong Kong: Action IP Man
Hungary: Comedy Black Cat White Cat
India: Action Jodhaa Ackbar

Sunday, 4/17

1:00 Japan: Animated Totoro
England: Action The Escapist
Sweden: Horror Let the Right One In
India: Romance 3 Idiots



Oscar Winner ‘Inside Job’ Screens 3/31/10

7 March 2011

OFG and SUNY Oswego’s Ecomomics Department present this year’s Academy Award winner for Documentary Feature, Inside Job. The film will screen at 7 PM in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public; there should be a lot to discuss after the screening!

Check out the film’s website: and the film’s blog: