teachers from the North West, partner of the Hangar to present film screenings with a series of conferences | News

North West teachers have partnered with The Hangar to produce a lecture series called “Thinking at the Movies” where students and community members can learn the history behind film and the genre and watch the screening of the movie.

Northwest assistant professor Chase O’Gwin said the idea for the series came from a professor he had when he graduated from undergrad. The teacher did a similar program at their local library where they watched and analyzed movies. So, spurred on by his wife, O’Gwin decided to pitch the idea to Maryville’s only movie theater – The Hangar.

“They had been looking for some time to partner with the University and attract students, but I wanted it to be more than just a student thing,” O’Gwin said. “I wanted it to be something anyone in the community could engage with, not just students.”

The program kicked off in October 2021 with O’Gwin teaching horror movies with screenings of “The Shining” and “Alien.” After the screenings, he wanted audiences to think outside the box about what some of the things in the movie really meant.

O’Gwin wanted this program to engage people so they weren’t passively watching movies. Instead, they stared at them, then struck up a conversation.

“Film today is what the novel was in the 19th century, and it speaks to a lot of us in different ways and a lot of different things,” O’Gwin said.

North West teacher Richard Black teaches a class in literature and film, as well as lessons in film history, and will review the classic film ‘The Third Man,’ directed by Carol Reed, at 6 p.m. January 27 at the Hangar.

“It’s funny; when I teach film in my classes now, 1990s movies are our old-school movies, or classic movies,” Black said. all the way back to the 1940s. There is a wealth of terrific material that feels ancient to us.

The presentation will focus on the 1949 film and the genre of film noir it is set in.Black said the genre was created by French film critics who noticed a change in tone in American films after World War II.

Black also said that after the presentation, he would leave questions for the audience to discuss after the film.

“I hope people will realize and appreciate the films of this particular era and the knowledge of this particular genre,” Black said. “In this movie, there was a sort of representation of film noir and hopefully, you know, that might inspire viewers to seek out some of the other great movies.”

O’Gwin is preparing upcoming presentations and he plans to continue the series while students are on campus to engage them and community members in a conversation about the importance movies have on society. today.

“Movies bring people together in a way that I don’t think anything else in our culture can,” O’Gwin said. “I think it’s kind of an education about something that we all do and participate in, but often we don’t have the words or the means to express the interesting things that we think about, because we never knew how to say it.”

Angela C. Hale