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Fall 2013   Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World

Themester Film Series

IU Cinema AuditoriumWhen: See schedule below
Where: IU Cinema

Events are free, but ticketed. See below for more information.

Departmental Sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, IU Cinema



 Film Schedule

Monday, Sept 9
7:00 pm

The Social Network (2010)
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This gripping fictionalized account of the creation of Facebook, the social networking site that, now with over a billion user accounts, has changed the way people interact, deals with the irony that its founding was mired in social dysfunction. Aaron Sorkin’s award-winning screenplay and David Fincher’s direction produce a witty, quick-moving drama about hurt and revenge, ambition and success, friendship and betrayal. IU's Bernice Pescosolido (Sociology) will introduce the film.

Monday, Sept 16
7:00 pm

And the Band Played On (1993)
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Based on the best-selling book by Randy Shilts, this film presents the U.S. AIDS crisis of the early 1980s. The film explores the mixture of fear and denial in the gay community, early disregard in the American media, apathy by the U.S. government, and in-fighting among scientists regarding the discovery of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that leads to AIDS.  It highlights both the networks through which disease spreads and the how the networks of problem solvers and policy makers can help and hinder each other.  Dr. Bill Darrow, one of the scientific researchers depicted, will introduce the film.

Monday, Sept 30
7:00 pm

The Hunt (2012)
IU Cinema | trailer | IMDB
A child’s innocent lie is twisted and spread through a closely-knit community in this intense and thought-provoking film. Mads Mikkelson won Best Actor at Cannes for his portrayal of an embattled and once-respected man tried and judged in the court of public opinion. Danish philosopher and logician Vincent Hendricks, who works on social effects related to networks will introduce the film.

Monday, Oct 7
7:00 pm.

Margin Call (2011)
IU Cinema | website | trailer | IMDB
The financial crisis of 2008 underscored how interconnected the world’s financial firms are. This taut film, boasting an all-star cast, dramatizes one unnamed investment firm’s overnight dissent into insolvency and ethical morass as its management attempts to understand the problem and control the fallout for the company while risking disaster for the market.  IU's Bob Becker (Economics) will introduce the film.

Monday, Nov 4
7:00 p.m.

The Big Chill (1983) - SOLD OUT.
IU Cinema | trailer | IMDB
In this character-driven comedy-drama, the funeral of a college friend sparks a group of 30-something baby boomers to reconnect 15 years after graduation. While reminiscing and reflecting on the paths they’ve taken, they realize the important role their friendships played. Actress Glenn Close, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the film, will introduce the film.

Monday, Nov 11
7:00 pm

King Lear (1971)
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Family connection and disconnection lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear. When an aging king seeks to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, he lets vanity overpower reason. In Grigori Kozintsev’s brilliant, soviet-era film, the resulting chaos is depicted as a national tragedy that extends beyond the court into the masses. With a score by Dmitri Shostakovich, Kozintsev’s Lear is hailed by many critics as the finest realization yet of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, but it is rarely screened in the United States. IU's Ellen MacKay (English) will introduce the film.

Monday, Dec 9
7:00 pm

Catfish (2010)
IU Cinema | trailer | IMDB
This controversial documentary – alleged by some to be faked – inspires questions about where social networking has led society. What’s true and what isn’t? Does social networking foster community and connection or undermine it?  The film documents the online romance of filmmaker Ariel Shulman’s  brother and how that relationship changes as it moves from its social network foundation to an offline meetings and some detective work in between.  A.O. Scott in the New York Times, noted that “The Social Network” is about origins, while “Catfish,” at once narrower and more universal in implication, is about consequences.”  IU's  Elizabeth Ellcessor (Communication and Culture) will introduce the film. 


All films listed here are free and open to the public, but require a ticket. Tickets are available in advance at IU Auditorium's Box Office and, if tickets remain, at IU Cinema 30 minutes prior to the scheduled screening.

If all tickets have been issued, the IU Cinema will recognize a standby line to seat additional patrons, if seats are available. See IU Cinema for more information on ticketing and parking.