Tues, Feb 11, 7pm - Betts Auditorium
When avid boater George Wolfe decides to paddle the entire 52 miles of the concrete, laughable Los Angeles River, he and a band of ragtag locals change the course of the river forever. They help beat back a challenge to the Clean Water Act, and they wage a local battle with national significance. This film tells the incredible story of the expedition, the story of the embattled waterway, and the story of Los Angeles' past, present and potential future. Event is free and open to the public.
Rock the Boat
2008. USA. Film by Thea Mercouffer. 54 min. An informal discussion will include Linda R. Cox, Executive Director of the Bronx River Alliance; Jenny Price, Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University, and Alison Isenberg, Professor of History, Co-Director, Urban Studies Program.
Tues, April 8, 7pm - 100 Jones Hall
Edificio Master 2002 Documentary. Stories of the daily lives, dramas, frustrations and dreams of residents in a massive 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Winner of Awards at the Havana Film Festival, the Brazilian Cinema Great Prize, Gramado Festival, and others. Directed by Eduardo Coutinho. 110 min. Screening and conversation with Bruno Carvalho.
Named after the residential building where it was filmed, Edifício Master isn’t set in the Copacabana of postcards, sunny beaches, or the ocean’s wide-open horizon. It is rather the Copacabana of claustrophobic modern buildings, of surveillance cameras and dreary corridors. We are here in the familiar metropolis of anonymity and excessive stimuli, where individuals find different ways of coping, be it through painting, poetry, playing the keyboard, singing, dating, and above all, talking. “The stories of the Edifício Master” Coutinho has said, “seem to have a greater need of being told.” Tender, moving, and surprising, this is one of the best regarded films by one of Latin America’s most accomplished directors. Event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Urban Studies, Princeton University and Co-sponsored by by the Princeton-
Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism
and the Humanities.
2013 Film Series Events