Symposium Celebrates the John Sayles Collection at U-M

May 30, 2014
General
photo of John Sayles
From the John Sayles Archive, U-M Library

Join us for any or all of the symposium,

Declarations of Independence: John Sayles as Author, Auteur, Founding Father
Conversations Celebrating the Opening of the John Sayles Archive

Maverick independent filmmaker John Sayles directed films such as Return of the Seacaucus 7, The Brother from Another Planet, and Passion Fish, but he is also a screenwriter, actor, and author. The U-M Library now houses documents, images, and props from Sayles's vast body of work.

The symposium brings Sayles collaborators and scholars from around the globe to Ann Arbor to discuss what makes him unique.

All sessions are free and open to the public, although attendees must purchase tickets to view the Cinetopia films.

SYMPOSIUM

Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
913 South University Ave., Ann Arbor

Remember to allow time to view the Gallery exhibit Sayles Pitch: John Sayles, Author, Auteur, Independent.
   

Wednesday, June 4

 
10:00 - 10.30 a.m. Opening Remarks
Jim Burnstein, writer, producer and U-M professor
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. The Word is the Thing: John Sayles as Screenwriter, Author, and Exploitation Master
Panel discussion with Jim Burnstein, screenwriter and U-M lecturer; Peter Ho Davies, fiction writer and U-M professor; A. Van Jordan, poet and U-M Professor; and V. Prasad, screenwriter and U-M lecturer (moderator)
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 - 2:45 p.m. Sayles-ing the Seas of Diversity: John Sayles on Race, Ethnicity and Gender
Panel discussion with Maria Eugenia Cotera, U-M associate professor; Colin Gunckel, U-M assistant professor; Heidi Kenaga, Wayne State University instructor; Dylan Miner, Michigan State University associate professor; and Jack Ryan, Gettysburg College vice provost and professor
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Lone Star: John Sayles and the Changing Landscape for Independent Cinema
Panel discussion with Mason Daring, composer; Maggie Renzi, producer; David Strathairn, actor; and Daniel Herbert, U-M associate professor (moderator)
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Public Unveiling of the John Sayles Archive
Ribbon cutting with John Sayles and Maggie Renzi


SCREENINGS


Part of Cinetopia International Film Festival; tickets required

Thursday, June 5

 

7:00 p.m.

 

U-M Modern Languages Building (MLB), Auditorium 4
812 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor

Go For Sisters (2013)
Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice — her estranged old friend and current parole officer — along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice's son, who went missing on the Mexican border.

Includes a question and answer session with John Sayles

Friday, June 6

 

8:00 p.m.

 

U-M Modern Languages Building (MLB), Auditorium 2
812 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor

Silver City (2004)
The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

Saturday, June 7

 

2:00 p.m.

 

U-M Modern Languages Building (MLB), Auditorium 2
812 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor

Lone Star (1996)
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

6:45 p.m.

 

Detroit Institute of Arts, Lecture Hall
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Go For Sisters (2013)
Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice — her estranged old friend and current parole officer — along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice's son, who went missing on the Mexican border.

 
Sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the University of Michigan Library, the Michigan Theater, and Cinetopia International Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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