From ‘Star Trek’ to ‘JFK,’ American television and movies have influenced fashion, culture, science, politics and the course of history. But how deep does that influence go? Can movies really be used as tools for social change – or even political weapons? Do funders and studios place hidden messages in the movies we love? And where do the lines of truth, agenda and fiction blur?
As studios invest in $50-$100 million dollar “tent pole” films, and independent productions grapple with finding a place in the crowded distribution market, the “investability” of a movie depends on its predictability. That means that overt and covert social messaging in films often follows a predictable pattern. You will learn what that pattern is, why it sometimes works and why it often fails miserably. From ‘Promised Land’ to ‘2016: Obama’s America,’ we will review a slate of movies that were either secretly funded or overtly crafted in order to catalyze some form of social or political change. From ‘Dallas’ to ‘The Hunger Games’ – we will also look at a group of movies and TV shows with hidden messages – and how in some cases they have had profound and surprising effects on geo-politics and society.
From August 31, 2013 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Save to calendar
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