Film series announces changes to schedule

ESCANABA — The Bay Film Series at Bay College celebrates the art of film-making, showing the best in international, documentary, and independent cinema. This year’s roster is filled with award-winning, critically-acclaimed movies.

Because of the success of Parasite at the Oscars, the studio has delayed the film’s release to college audiences. This has necessitated the following changes.

On Feb. 13, in coordination with the 100 Years of Suffrage Celebration honoring the centennial of women’s right to vote in the U.S., The Woman Who Loves Giraffes will be shown. This documentary highlights the life and work of biologist Anne Innis-Dagg whose solo trip into the wilds of South Africa to study giraffes in the mid-50s was unprecedented for a female scientist.

On Feb. 27, Queen and Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jodie Turner-Smith, will be shown. Says The New York Times, “Early buzz around the movie pegged it as a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ tale for the Black Lives Matter set, but that would be an entirely different film from ‘Queen and Slim.’ ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ is the story of two outlaws who are fleeing justice; ‘Queen and Slim’ is a meditation on a system of justice that treats innocent people as outlaws.”

On March 19, the series celebrates film and women’s history with the documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache. Blache created the first narrative short in the Silent Era, becoming the world’s first director. She went on to a varied and illustrious career, helping to create movies and the movie industry. Then, suddenly, devalued and censored by the sexism of her time, she disappears from the record. The film is narrated by Jodie Foster.

On April 16, the series has tentatively scheduled the Best Picture winner Parasite. Winner of Best Picture, Best International Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, this film defies classification. Says Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, “If the movie is a Rorschach of who you identify as parasite and host, it’s a test you’re just as likely to fail; a filmgoing experience that refuses to fit into any box, and forces viewers to breathe the dangerous air outside of it too.” This is the Must-See Film of the year! Please check the college website to verify this showing.

All film series movies are shown in Bay College’s Besse Center Theater at 7 p.m. in Escanaba. Tickets are available at the box office or can be purchased online. Students with valid ID can get a reduced admission charge.

For more information about The Film Series and other events showing on the Bay College campus, go to baycollege.edu and click on “On Campus.”