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Cinematheque presents CIRCUMSTANCE

Cinematheque Fall 2013

Surveillance series

Opening film


Date: 9/4/13 Location: 169 Crawford Hall Time: 6 P.M

The film will be presented by Kelsey Cameron, 2nd year Film Studies Ph.D.

A note on the film: Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Circumstance (2011) is a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. From newcomer Maryam Keshavarz, this suspenseful tale of love and defiance unfolds as a wealthy family struggles to contain their teenage daughter’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. Issues of surveillance saturate the film, from the narrative centrality of the security camera to the police intervention that nearly shut down its filming. (From

Freewriting Session

This Friday, 12-2pm, in room 527, Ryan Pierson will be holding yet another of his awesome freewriting sessions. The idea is that participants draw from a deck of cards with random tasks on them, write what the card says for an hour, and share the results.  Originally the cards were oriented toward the large projects (e.g., “make an archive of academic clichés,” “write a glowing review of your work written by someone else”), but for this session Ryan will make some cards specifically for possible blog posts: “make up a lesson plan for something you’ve never taught,” “start a debate about something you recently read that puzzled you,” etc.

The meeting is open to all FSGSO members and other interested parties. The writing is EXTREMELY low-stakes , and it’s fun. So come on down! And if anybody wants to add a task suggestion to the deck, email Ryan at and he’ll put it on a card.

Film Studies Graduate Student Orientation!

New students, film enthusiasts, program alums and curious parties! Get oriented with the interdisciplinary Film & Media Studies program at Pitt, get a sense of Pittsburgh’s film/visual culture, and take a brief tour of Pitt’s media resources for scholarship and teaching. The informational session will take place at 501CL, 3pm. Even if you can’t make this meeting, please feel free to join us for DRINKS at the Cage (5802 Forbes, Squirrel Hill) around 5 p.m. All (departments, specializations, years…) welcome!