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Film At SMC


 Unless otherwise noted, all film screenings are FREE.
Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. 

Sponsored by the SMC Associates( and SMC Dance Department

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Film Screening:

Tribute to Director/Producer/Dancer Herbert Ross

The Turning Point Screening & Discussion

Featuring Leslie Browne

Join us for a screening of the classic film about a former dancer who—when her daughter joins a ballet company—is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family. Year released: 1977. Director: Herbert Ross. Starring: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Leslie Browne. Film star Leslie Browne will introduce the film, and SMC Film Studies professor Josh Kanin and SMC Dance Department chair Judith Douglas will moderate an audience discussion following the screening. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

Sat, October 10 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165​


Filmmaker Bill Duke:

Screening of Bill Duke’s Documentary Light Girls

Award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism, sharing the experiences of lighter-skinned women and diving into the discussion of skin color, privilege, pain, and prejudice through interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, Iyanla Vanzant, Michaela Angela Davis, and more. A Q&A discussion with creator, director, producer Bill Duke will be held October 22 (see listing below for details).

Tue, October 20 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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Q&A Discussion with Bill Duke about Light Girls

Join us for a special Q&A session with filmmaker Bill Duke about Light Girls, his latest documentary on colorism. The actor/director/producer and humanitarian who is the founder and CEO of Duke Media has worked in film and TV for more than 30 years, helped pave the way for African Americans in cinema, and has been honored by the Directors Guild of America with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute.

Thu, October 22 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165


Film Series: Tribute to Filmmaker Samuel Fuller

Join us for a film series focusing on the works of American filmmaker, crime reporter, and soldier Samuel Fuller, the audacious visionary renowned for his low-budget genre movies with controversial themes. Special guests Christa Fuller (the filmmaker’s widow) and Samantha Fuller (the filmmaker’s daughter) will introduce the films and join the audience for a discussion after each screening, moderated by SMC Political Science professor Alan Buckley and SMC Film Studies professor Josh Kanin. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, and SMC Political Science Department.

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A Fuller Life

Samantha Fuller’s revealing documentary about her father—featuring newly discovered home movies and readings by a wide range of his collaborators and fellow travelers—follows the passionate individualist Samuel Fuller on his path from New York tabloid journalist to Hollywood director-producer. Year released: 2013. Director: Samantha Fuller.

Fri, November 13 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165

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Shock Corridor

This satirical commentary on racism and other hot issues in 1960s America—with daring cinematography by Stanley Cortez—charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness with the tale of a Pulitzer Prize-seeking investigative reporter who has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. Year released: 1963. Director: Samuel Fuller. Starring: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, and James Best.

Sat, November 14 | 1pm | Free | HSS 165

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The Naked Kiss

This incisive satire of American culture is a bold and pulpy film about a former prostitute who relocates to a buttoned-down suburb and tries to fit in, but perverse secrets simmer beneath the wholesome surface. Year released: 1964. Director: Samuel Fuller. Starring: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, and Virginia Grey.

Sat, November 14 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165


Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

Familiar themes of duplicitous identities and malleable allegiances invoke detective-film conventions in this not-so-serious film—complete with a gun battle in a nursery—that romps knowingly through an assemblage of international diplomats and underhanded scammers. Year released: 1974. Director: Samuel Fuller. Starring: Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, and Anton Diffring.​

 Sun, November 15 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165

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