August 3, 2020

UMW to Host Tohoku Tomo Screening, Nov. 12

The University of Mary Washington will host a screening of the documentary film “Tohoku Tomo”on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to bring attention to the ongoing efforts to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan, which was directly impacted by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan. Philp Holbrook, a 2007 UMW alumnus, was cinematographer of the documentary.   Film ScreeningTranslated as “Friends of Tohoku,” the film is a story of friendship and commitment to Japan’s recovery following the earthquake. The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Combs Hall, Room 139 on the Fredericksburg campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Wesley Julian, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, was in Japan on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the USA committed to helping bring attention to the ongoing needs in the areas devastated by the tsunami. In 2013, with funding from a Kickstarter campaign, Julian and a small team traveled back to Japan to interview individuals and organizations that have been working in the Tohoku region since March 11. Philip Holbrook joined him as director of photography. “It was important to me to not forget what happened, but also to tell the story of what’s happening now in Japan,” Julian said. “The film captures the stories of people who saw a need and did what they could to make a difference. My hope is that it will inspire others to visit the area and be a part of the rebuilding efforts in Japan.” The film includes over a dozen interviews, footage from the impacted areas, and features J-Pop artist Maynard Plant from the band “Monkey Majik;” Stu Levy, producer of the film “Pray for Japan;”and host of Tokyofoodcast, Etsuko Nakamura. Both Julian and Holbrook will attend the screening at UMW and will be available to answer questions and discuss the film. The event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office and the English, Linguistics, and Communication Department. For more information, contact Anand Rao at arao@umw.edu.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Host Film Screening

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a screening of the new documentary “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show,” produced by 217 Films, on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.   image001Terri Templeton, filmmaker and executive producer, will introduce the film and hold a question and answer session afterwards. The screening is free and open to the public. The film highlights the historic and controversial International Exhibition of Modern Art, located in a New York City  armory in  1913.  Known simply as the “Armory Show,” the exhibition changed the face of art in America, giving many Americans their first taste of a new, revolutionary kind of art. “The more we dug deeply into the history of the Armory Show,” said the film’s director, Michael Maglaras, who also wrote the film and narrates it, “the more it became clear to us that, with this exhibition focused on ‘the new,’ we had truly entered the American century: the century of our greatest achievements as a nation and the beginning of our preeminence on the world stage.” From February 17 until March 15, 1913, Americans by the thousands pushed their way through the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory to experience “Modern Art” for the first time.  What they saw annoyed and infuriated some, and captivated, delighted and inspired many. President Theodore Roosevelt, upon visiting the exhibition, called the most modern of these works “repellent.” That was just the beginning of the controversy surrounding this historic exhibition. What resulted from these four weeks of mass exposure to European artists such as Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and the upstart Marcel Duchamp with his “Nude Descending a Staircase”—as well as such Americans as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler—changed how Americans came to understand their own times. “The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features works by more than 60 American and European painters and sculptors.  The film probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized; examines the critical efforts of American artists such as Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn; and explores the impact that the show had on collectors of art as well as ordinary citizens. For more information, call Gari Melchers Home and Studio at (540) 654-1015 or go to garimelchers.umw.edu.