The Lorain County Community College spring Film Series will begin April 1 and will host five films that include two films that were nominated for a 2015 Oscar, and one was a submission for a 2015 Academy Award. The delay comes after several months of renovations on the Hoke Theatre in order to accommodate audiences of all kinds.
The Stocker Arts Center Film Series is truly an alternative cinema, as most of these films have not played in Lorain County and are often not readily available on video. Audiences have the opportunity to sample the gourmet flavor of prize-winning foreign films, and the exciting energy and originality of contemporary independent American and international cinema.
“I see no point showing films that are being shown on the twenty screens down the street,” said Robert Dudash, LCCC professor and head of the society. “I want to give a chance to see films that are otherwise different and uncommon to the vast majority of moviegoers. And with new equipment we will be able to get any film that we could hope to introduce to local audiences.”
Dudash often chooses from films he has seen at the Cedar Lee in Cleveland or takes suggestions from his friends and colleagues in other parts of the country. Most of the Stocker Arts Center Film Series films that Dudash pick focus on human relationships; moral and social issues; cultural and religious diversity; and universal human emotions and aspirations including humor, disappointment and tragedy.
Dudash, who has been part of the LCCC faculty and staff since 1964 and began the courses for the current Film Appreciation and Introduction to American Cinema that are taught today. He is now retired from teaching full time, a position he has held for over 50 years and is still a part time faculty member, teaching parts of the courses he originated on campus.
Dudash does not plan to slow down anytime soon in his role with the society and at LCCC. “I enjoy sharing these films with audiences and members of the LCCC student body and the LCCC faculty,’ Dudash explained. “When the time comes for me to part I hope someone else will take up the series after me and will continue the fine job we have done at LCCC.”
The films are presented and supported by the Lorain County Community College Foundation and The Beth K. Stocker Trust.
The LCCC Film Society began in 1966 by showing films from around the globe around the main campus. When the Stocker Arts Center was opened in 1980, the society had a new home and theater to show the films, and has been there ever since.
The series has grown in attendance since the beginning of the program, with over 250 people attending the series, either on a weekly basis or just for singular showings throughout the season.
No annual membership is required during Stocker’s 35th anniversary season. Tickets are $7 per person.. The Stocker Arts Center box office is open Monday through Friday from 12-6 p.m. and one-and-one-half-hours before ticketed events, including films. For more information, call the box office at (440) 366-4040
LCCC Film Society Schedule
“Mustang” (2015) PG-13
France/Turkey (with subtitles)
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Cast: Gunez Sensoy, Burak Yigit and Suzanne Marrot.
“Coming Home” (2015) PG-13
China (with subtitles)
Director: Yimou Zhang
Cast: Li Gong, Guo Tao, Chen Daoming and Peiqi Liu.
“Jimmy’s Hall” (2015) PG-13
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Barry Ward, Jim Norton and Simone Kirby.
“Brooklyn” (2015) PG-13
Director: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson and Julie Walters.
There will be a discussion following the film.
“The Nightingale” (2014) Unrated
France/China (with subtitles)
Director: Philippe Muyl
Cast: Boatian Li and Xin Yi Yang.