Film Events at Pacific
The Film Studies Program often presents or co-hosts film-related events on campus. A few examples are described here:
Jörg Foth , Director of "Latest from the Da-Da-eR"
In October 2010, acclaimed German Director Jörg Foth gave a lecture and screened his film "Latest from the Da-Da-eR," which was made in 1990—a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film satirizes East German life in its final days before the reunification with West Germany. According to the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Da-Da-eR" is a wordplay on the irreverent Dada art movement of the 1920s and the German acronym for East Germany—the DDR."
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The showing of the classic cult film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" included fully costumed cast members who re-created the entire film, scene by scene, while it played on the screen.
As is the norm for Rocky Horror showings, audience participation was encouraged and expected.
The film was shown at the Pacific Theatre on campus.
Actor Gregory Walcott Speaks at Pacific
Gregory Walcott, a character actor who has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows during the past 50 years, came to Pacific to discuss one of the movies that made him famous: the cult film classic "Plan 9 from Outer Space." The film was shown during the lecture.
"Greg is an amazing talent and one of the foremost character actors of the American cinema, having worked in over 300 television shows and 50 films during his stellar career,'" said film professor Patti McCarthy. " 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' is probably the best bad cult film of all time and has been celebrated by fans for its unique high camp aesthetic and endearing ineptitude."
After "Plan 9," Walcott went on to star in many better films and television shows, including the Oscar-winning "Norma Rae," Steven Spielberg's "The Sugarland Express," and the television show "Dallas." He also had his own television show at one point in his career—"87th Precinct"—which co-starred Robert Lansing and aired from 1961 to 1962.
Dragging Gender Through Glitter
Film students Christina Argyres and Becky Meda
One of the benefits of a self-designed film major is that students can elect to take advanced classes in filmmaking. Students Becky Meda and Christina Argyres produced their film "Dragging Gender Through Glitter" as a senior project for the Advanced Film Production independent study requirement. It is a documentary about breaking down gender stereotypes through drag, filmed at the University of the Pacific PRIDE Center's 2008 Drag Show. The film was shown at the Gender and Performing Arts Festival in April 2009.
On Location at Pacific: PAC 2 TV
During the semester, students are interviewed by their filmmaking professor, Dr. Patti McCarthy, and talk about their projects while they are being made, providing insight into the creative process. These interviews allow viewers to get to know the filmmakers on a much more personal level and share in their unique vision of the world.
The interviews from the past year have been compiled into a student-generated television series that will air on Pacific's PAC 2 TV, allowing viewers to learn about what it takes to make a film and get to know the student filmmakers of Pacific intimately. During in-depth interviews, filmmakers discuss the creative process and screen their final work. Titled "On Location at Pacific," the series features between 15 to 21 filmmaking students each season and 50 to 72 films.