Filmaker showcased for theater and film department’s Director Series

Mike Robinson and Mike Robinson

Film buffs of Bowling Green will have the opportunity to see free films on the big screen.

Four films by director Jim Jarmusch will be screened in the Gish Film Theater this semester, as part of the department of theatre and film’s Director’s Series.

The Director’s Series offers students the opportunity to see certain films from one director.

The screenings are held on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm. The first screening of the Director’s Series, Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise,” was held on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The second screening, of Jarmusch’s “Mystery Train,” was held on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Film professor Daniel Williams, who is assisting the Director’s Series, wants students to take advantage of the opportunity to see interesting films.

“Jim Jarmusch definitely holds a certain position in American cinema,” said Williams. “We felt he would be a name that most of the student body would recognize.”

Jarmusch, originally from Akron, studied filmmaking in New York City. Throughout his career as a filmmaker, he has remained independent from big Hollywood studios. His most recent film, “Broken Flowers,” starred Bill Murray and won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

The Director’s Series first began last semester, in the spring of 2006. The work of director Wong Kar-wai was presented in the Gish Film Theater.

Professor Williams hopes that future Director’s Series will also be of interest to students.

“We look for directors whose body of work somehow exemplifies this idea of the auteur filmmaker,” said Williams. “A filmmaker who has a signature stamp that you can see from film to film.”

University student Emily Berens plans to attend some of the screenings. Berens is the secretary of the University Film Organization.

“It’s good for people who want to learn about film to look at as many films as possible,” Berens said. “The Director’s Series takes only a few films from one director and puts them side-by-side to study.”

There are two screenings left in the Jim Jarmusch Director’s Series. “Dead Man” will screen on Sept. 26 and “Broken Flowers” will be screened on October 3.

“I think the Director’s Series gives students an opportunity to see films that they may not have seen before,” said Berens. “It also saves me a few dollars by not having to rent all of the titles.”

The Film Director’s Series is sponsored by the Bowling Green State University of Theatre and Film and the Gish Film Theater Endowment.