Schedule

10:00 AM
BLOODY MARY BRUNCH

@ Goodrich Hall

Ease into your Sunday morning with a delicious brunch catered by Williamstown’s noted Hops & Vines restaurant.

11:30 AM
SHOW + TELL WITH KIRSTEN JOHNSON

@ Goodrich Hall, Williams College

Longtime documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (CitizenFour, The Oath, This Film is Not Yet Rated, Pray the Devil Back to Hell) and director (Innocent Until Proven Guilty, The Above) constantly contends with the tension between what one desires to capture while filming and the reality of being the one with the camera in the moment. In her upcoming “A Blind Eye,” Kirsten will be drawing on footage she’s shot over the course of 25 years. In it, she searches to reconcile her part in the thorny questions of permission, power, creative ambition, and human obligation that come with filming the lives of others. In this show & tell, Kirsten will talk about her ongoing ethical struggle as a filmmaker.

Co-sponsored by the Gaudino Fund, the Healy Fund, and the WWII Fund at Williams College.

1:00 PM
OF MEN AND WAR (dir. Laurent Becue-Renard, 103 min.)

@ ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

Of Men and War situates us in the middle of a Napa Valley–based retreat center for PTSD-afflicted veterans of the Iraq war. Some rage and rail against the world’s indignities, but over time their deep humanity emerges, thanks to the efforts of pioneering therapist Fred Gusman. Deeply grounded in authentic, earthy characters, including wives and children, filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard gains stunning access to these fragile souls and their stories. And he and his collaborator Camille Cottagnoud have an uncannily intuitive way with their cameras, creating a uniquely fluid intimacy. Of Men and War is a big movie about forgiveness, group dynamics, trust, guilt, shame, and the value of counseling and anger management.

Post-film conversation with director Laurent Bécue-Renard and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.

Pre-show music by Jacob Cohen who was discovered playing cello in the Manhattan subways and is featured on the Foxcatcher soundtrack.

Co-sponsored by the Gaudino Fund, the Healy Fund, and the WWII Fund at Williams College.

5:00 PM
LIVE DOCUMENTARY: GREETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF OUR PLANET! (75 min.)
Live performance by Sam Green and Dave Cerf

@ ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

For the last five years, Sam Green and his collaborator Dave Cerf have been madly recreating cinema as a live art. Green and Cerf come to Wind-Up to unleash a wide-ranging collection of short works revolving around the archaeology of pay phones, the bawdiness of the private Louis Armstrong, and much more. In these pieces, they investigate a little-visited, exotic territory where journalism, music and performance meet.  “(They) give back the sociability of a movie, by making it as live as a silent movie with an orchestra, a nineteenth-century Chautauqua lecture, a sermon or a party. Take it as an invitation to think about utopia…whatever faint aroma of paradise that might arise in a room where you hope and think and breathe with others.” (Rebecca Solnit)