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Sat, Jun 17 | 10:30am-12:00pm

Misfit Kingdom: A Wes Anderson Seminar

Presented by film educator Sarah Childress

Misfit Kingdom: A Wes Anderson Seminar

General Admission: $15 ($12 Belcourt members)


Wes Anderson’s films are as defiantly distinctive as his characters. To help celebrate the release of his newest, ASTEROID CITY, the Belcourt hosts a seminar that traces the development of Anderson’s thematic preoccupations and unique aesthetic — which has made him one of the most beloved and parodied of contemporary American filmmakers.

We’ll explore how he uses mise-en-scène, color, cinematography, editing and music to meditate on family dynamics and what it means to come of age at any age. Moving beyond the classical single-protagonist narrative model, his stories feature multiple characters whose idiosyncratic individuality harbors a wounded vulnerability that drives their development. Anderson also uses the interplay between surface and depth to contemplate how conflict within and between individuals can generate more certain and stable self-images as well as more genuine human connection.

This seminar is in conjunction with Wes Anderson’s ASTEROID CITY, opening at the Belcourt Thu, Jun 22. The seminar will be presented in the 1966 Hall, prior to the 12:30pm matinee of MOONRISE KINGDOM. Film tickets and seminar tickets are sold separately. 

About the speaker:
Dr. Sarah Childress is the education and engagement manager for the Nashville Film Festival. She has taught film courses at Vanderbilt University, Bowdoin College, Belmont University and San Francisco State University, and she helped establish the International Lens film series at Vanderbilt. Sarah produced a film, MÚSICA CAMPESINA, which screened at internationally renowned film festivals and her short film Blue Dragon Mussel Wagon exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. She has also introduced films and moderated discussions at the Belcourt, the Frist Art Museum, TPAC and the Nashville Film Festival.