The Depression era was one of the most significant periods in film history, producing numerous masterpieces and changing the role of filmmaking and moviegoing in American life. As hardship led average citizens to seek refuge in movie houses across the country, filmmakers provided that escape, often presenting sharp critiques of the world around them. In this three-week series, a local film scholar will introduce a screening of, and provide commentary following, three Depression-era films.
October 21: Sullivan's Travels with Angus MacLachlan, screenwriter and director.
October 28: I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang with Dale Pollock, filmmaker, writer, and professor of cinema studies and distinguished scholar at University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking
November 4: The Grapes of Wrath with David Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University