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January 27, 2017

Two 2017 Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries Part of UMass Boston Film Series Slate


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Spring Edition of UMass Boston Film Series Kicks Off This Weekend

The spring lineup of the UMass Boston Film Series kicks off this weekend with a special three-part screening of OJ: Made in America, which is nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards. Filmmaker Ezra Edelman will take part in a Q&A on Monday.

OJ: Made in America draws upon more than 70 interviews to tell the story of the 1994 murder investigation of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Filmmaker Ezra Edelman talks to longtime friends and colleagues of murder suspect O.J. Simpson, members of the prosecution and Simpson’s defense team, and observers and commentators who examine race relations in 1990s Los Angeles and provide context to one of the most covered trials of all time.

Because OJ: Made in America is seven and a half hours long, the UMass Boston Film Series has partnered with The DocYard to show the film in three parts. Part One will be shown on Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Part Two will be shown on Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m., and all three parts will be shown on Monday, January 30, starting at noon. Each screening segment costs $12 ($10 for students), or $25 for all three parts. Edelman will be on hand for a discussion following the screening of the third segment, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The second film in the UMass Boston Film Series, 13th, is also nominated for an Academy Award this year. In Ava DuVernay’s thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Co-presented with the Emerson College Bright Lights Film Series, Ava DuVernay's 13th will be shown free of charge on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, located on 559 Washington Street in Boston.

The other two films that will be shown this spring are Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, and Presenting Princess Shaw.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four is about four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. After the film was released, The San Antonio Four were exonerated. The film was cited among the factors that turned the tide in their favor. It will be shown at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge on Monday, February 27. A Q&A with director Deborah Esquenazi will follow. Tickets will be available at a later date.

Co-presented with the Emerson College Bright Lights Film Series, Presenting Princess Shaw is a true story about an aspiring musician who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a collaboration that ended up bringing her music to a whole new audience. This free screening is on Thursday, April 4 at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. A Q&A with director Ido Haar follows.

The UMass Boston Film Series will end its season with a screening of works in progress on the UMass Boston campus. The films will be screened for free on Thursday, April 27 in the University Hall Auditorium. The schedule of will be set at a later date.