The New School Arts Festival: Screening of Blood Simple

8:00 p.m.

The New School Arts Festival is a first—a cultural showcase reflecting the artistic and intellectual energy of the entire university. Each year, the festival will explore a single theme by presenting works from genres with an artistic home at The New School, including design, drama, film, literature, music, and critical theory. Each festival will feature renowned guest artists and theorists, discussion of contemporary criticism, and original work created by New School students and presented at festival events all around campus.The theme of our first arts festival is Noir, a cinematic style of shadowy expressiveness that had its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. Coined by a French critic in 1946, the term film noir refers to movies depicting a morally ambiguous world of cynical private eyes, lonely gangsters, and femme fatales. Since then, the influence of noir has been felt in areas ranging from fashion design to fine art, graphic art to fiction, suggesting the alienation and disorientation of modernism through stark silhouettes, sexual frankness, stylized emotion, and the absence of sentimentality. Join The New School community in an exploration of noir in a festival of iconic films, hard-boiled storytelling, graphic art, and illustration inspired by this uniquely 20th century style. Hirshon Festival Director-in-Residence Guy Maddin and film and culture writer Kim Morgan introduce the 1984 American neo-noir Blood Simple, which was the directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen.   Please note: The originally programed Conversation with Frances McDormand has been moved to Friday, April 8 at 2:00 pm. Reservations for the rescheduled event can be made at  The New School Arts Festival is made possible by generous support from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival, and the Writing Program, the Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy, and the School of Art, Media and Technology. 

Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:

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