Lecture series

Every other Wednesday night the Master’s department of the Film Academy invites guests to come and give a lecture. Speakers can be film makers, visual artists, composers but also philosophers, scientists or film theoreticians. The aim is simple: to broaden our horizon and to get inspired by a diversity of approaches and perspectives.

The lectures are free and open to all who are interested. For most lectures a reservation won't be necessary, but if you want to be sure to have a seat: please use the online RSVP form.

30 April 2014

Programme to be announced

14 May 2014

The past tells – telling the past | Willem Capteyn

Reflections of a screenwriter on the omnipresence of the past in film and the many different ways the past can be told.

From formal flash back structures to details of images and sound design; from general preconditions in the mind of the spectator to the complex mental activities that drama can prompt in the viewer and the key role memory plays in this process.

Born in Wierden (the Netherlands) in 1944, Willem Capteyn completed his studies as a violinist at the Amsterdam Conservatorium in the late nineteen sixties. In the seventies and eighties he wrote many radio plays, television plays and television series, often together with co-authors.

Award winning productions to which he contributed include the twelve-part television series 'Zwarte Sneeuw' (‘Black Snow’), which in 1997 received the Gouden Beeld (Golden Image) for the best drama series in the previous season. In 2002 the eight-part series 'De Negen Dagen van de Gier' (‘The Nine Days of the Vulture’) was awarded a Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) for the best television drama of 2002.

In 1989 Capteyn joined the Netherlands Film Academy where, from 1995 to 2003 he was head of the screenwriting department and, from 2008 to 2009, was its Director.

He is currently working on the scripts for three feature film projects.

28 May 2014

Guerilla filmmaking in South-East Asian cinema | Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee will speak about guerilla filmmaking in South-East Asian cinema (and the lessons we westerners could learn from that).

More information will follow soon.

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11 June 2014

Programme to be announced

Postponed until further notice. Exact date will be announced

On truth and fiction in documentary cinema | Jos de Putter

Jos de Putter will focus on narrative, cinematic and philosophical questions that deal with the concept of ‘truth’ in documentary cinema.
Documentary has always manoeuvred between ‘journalism’ and ‘storytelling’, or topic-driven versus auteur-driven. Both traditions make a particular claim to what is called ‘truth’. However, distinctions are not always transparent; thus, ‘storytelling’ is often confused with ‘manipulating’, while the reality claims of direct cinema have their own shortcomings. This leads to the question if we can ‘lie the truth’.

Jos de Putter will focus on this question from different angles. For a practical discussion he will show fragments from his own work and that of other filmmakers, which exemplify the dilemma.
For a more theoretical approach he will include a survey of the theory of sign and meaning as understood in the tradition of Prague Structuralism, notably the work of Jan Mukarovsky.

Jos de Putter (1959) studied political science and literature at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, and as a post-graduate modern philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. He worked several years as a film critic before he made his first documentary in 1993, ‘It’s been a lovely’, which was very successful. Since then he has made several other prize winning documentaries, made installations and shorts (shown at MOMA, New York), and worked as editor-in-chief for VPRO Tegenlicht. His new film 'SEE NO EVIL' (2014) is a portrait of three elderly famous chimpanzees, who ‘look back upon their lives’.

More information:

Time & place

Every other Wednesday night,
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Film Academy cinema

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Programme spring/summer 2014

Wednesday 30 April 2014
programme to be announced

Wednesday 14 May 2014
The past tells – telling the past
Willem Capteyn

Wednesday 28 May 2014
Guerilla filmmaking in South-East Asian cinema
Lorna Tee

Wednesday 11 June 2014
programme to be announced

Postponed until further notice:
On truth and fiction in documentary cinema
Jos de Putter

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Wednesday Night Film Screenings

On the other Wednesday nights (when there is no Master Film lecture) our Master Film students are organizing film screenings and talks at the Film Academy cinema.

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