Film Society entertains, connects cultures
Fermilab's International Film Society's 2007-2008 season began this month and runs through May of 2008.
As the lights dimmed for opening night of the Fermilab International Film Society's 2007-2008 season on Friday, June 15, Ramsey Auditorium exchanged its usual academic air for the magical ambiance of the movies. The showing of Wes Anderson's off-beat comedy, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," kicked off the society's new season, which has goals of both entertaining and inspiring communication within Fermilab's complex international community.
Society Chairwoman and DZero scientist Tania Moulik believes that film possesses a unique ability to connect cultures. "Many films provide a window to different cultures, promoting understanding and providing a ground for common discussion among viewers from diverse cultures," she said. Moulik hopes that the society's traditional post-film discussion session will facilitate this type of interaction.
At Fermilab, strong inter-cultural relationships are important for social harmony and scientific success. Society member and DZero scientist Jochen Cammin expressed the importance of the arts to the lab. "Fermilab demonstrates that there is space for both [science and art] on the same site," he said.
Since its inception, the Film Society has tried to include a diverse selection of film genres. This season, they hope to continue that tradition by including a range of films, such as the Charlie Chaplin classic "The Great Dictator," and the contemporary "Donnie Darko," that will appeal to all age groups. International diversity and cinematic quality remain the most important selection criteria.
Moulik encourages Fermilab employees, users and students to support the Film Society at future events. "High copyright fees are paid to show these films publicly, and we need support from within the community to make these events successful," Moulik said, adding that the most important thing is providing "a relaxed atmosphere where we can interact with our colleagues and be entertained by a good movie."
The Film Society's next event will be a showing of "The Scent of the Green Papaya," on July 13. Admission is $2 for students and $5 for adults. More information is available on the Film Series web site.
-- J. Bryan Lowder