“Bites, Camera, Action!” Vampire Film Festival and Lecture Series
October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The sixth-annual Film Festival and Lecture Series, presented by UAlbany’s Program in Writing & Critical Inquiry (WCI) is an interdisciplinary, student-and community-centered public humanities program. It generates conversations and cultivates community relationships through a selection of culturally diverse films and lectures that expand academic discourse beyond the classroom and foster critical inquiry into real-world concerns through experiential education.
The 2021 Festival explores one of the world’s most popular and enduring images: the vampire. Its folklore is ubiquitous and continues to inspire numerous stories through film, tv, and other forms of media. The vampire stands as a powerful metaphor for prescient matters from Imperialism to the AIDS pandemic, and even BLM to #MeToo. As scholar Nina Auerbach states, “every age creates the vampire that it needs.” Today, the vampire symbolizes our cultural trauma and our strength as we rise to meet the new challenges that face us.
Join us on October 22 at 6 pm in the UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom for the 2021 keynote guest, author/activist Jewelle Gomez. Gomez will read from her novel, “The Gilda Stories,” discuss her writing process and writing as activism, answer audience questions, and introduce her favorite vampire film. After the screening, Gomez will lead a discussion about the film.