Jay Sanders Film Festival to present screenings of classic ‘Metropolis,’ Dada films

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The 2013 Jay Sanders Film Festival will be held March 26 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University with screening sessions at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. This year’s festival focuses on German avant-garde cinema of the silent era, a complement to the museum’s concurrent exhibition on the Bauhaus movement. The Jay Sanders Film Festival is a free public event dedicated to nurturing film culture in the community at large.

The 1 p.m. screening will include Cinéma Dada films directed by German filmmaker Hans Richter. This collection of work includes films such as “Rhythmus 21,” “Symphonie Diagonale” and “Filmstudie.”

The evening showing at 7 p.m. will be Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,”released in 1927 and one of the most famous science fiction films. This version, nearly 30 minutes longer than those previously available, restores footage thought lost for more than 75 years. One of the last German Expressionist films, “Metropolis” influenced such science fiction works as “Star Wars”and “Blade Runner.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to offer a rarely seen version of one of the greatest films ever made,” said Deron Overpeck, director of the Jay Sanders Film Festival. “All of the films shown during this year’s festival will be of interest to film fans, but science fiction lovers should consider the evening screening a particular treat.”

Overpeck, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, will present the Cinema Dada screenings. Thomas Nadar, an associate professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will introduce “Metropolis.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

The Jay Sanders Film Festival was founded in 1998 to honor the late Professor Emeritus Jay Sanders, who initiated film studies at Auburn University in the mid-1950s. The festival is a presentation of the Department of Communication and Journalism, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the Auburn Film Society.

Auditorium seating is limited and advance registration is encouraged as ticket holders will be seated first. To print an advance ticket, go to the museum’s website at http://www.jcsm.auburn.edu/programs.

Contact: Deron Overpeck, College of Liberal Arts, (334) 844-0230 (dmo0001@auburn.edu),
Charlotte Hendrix, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, (334) 844-7075 (charlotte.hendrix@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)