Nov 232011

Italian movie poster for Il Grande Dittatore.

On Wednesday, November 30 the Bluegrass Film Society will screen Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 satire of Nazi Germany, The Great Dictator. After a distinguished career as director and actor of silent films throughout the 1920s and 30s, The Great Dictator was Chaplin’s first serious foray into the world of “talkies.” Chaplin stars in a double role as a Jewish barber enlisted as a private in a fictionalized European war, and as the fascist dictator Hynkel (clearly modeled on Adolf Hitler) the Jewish barber has enlisted to fight. At the time of The Great Dictator‘s release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin’s film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, whom he excoriates in the film as “machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts.” It ultimately became the silent-actor’s most commercially successful film.

Bluegrass Film Society screenings take place in the Oswald Auditorium at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, located on Cooper Drive nearby Commonwealth Stadium. Screenings are free and begin at 7:30 P.M.

Aug 242011

By Michael Benton

This is the start of our seventh year for the Bluegrass Film Society.  We are still dedicated to providing a forum for BCTC film students and filmmakers to watch films from around the world.  Due to our involvement with BCTC’s Peace and Conflict Studies, we also are continuing to choose films that explore conflict as well as meditations on the possibilities for peace.  As always, in the spirit of our Humanities department, we seek to find films that celebrate creativity and imagination.  All films are at 7:30 P.M. in the Bluegrass Community and Technical College auditorium and are always free of charge. Continue reading »

May 252011

Britt needs NoC subscription

I finally got around to reading this last issue. Danny’s “Between God and Superman” piece is the best coverage of the Eli Capilouto hire to be found anywhere. The other so-called newspapers in Lexington should take note of how this piece is done. Apparently Britt Brockman forgot NoC in his effort to get to every paper.

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Feb 162011

KET’s Community Cinema Series at the Lexington Public Library

KET, in association with Independent Lens, will host a screening of Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story at the downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library on Thursday, February 17.  The film, which is the latest installment in the Community Cinema Series, tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who is arrested and tried for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Over the course of six years, the film follows Cyntoia through the judicial process while seeking to discover–both culturally and biologically–the factors involved in creating her current situation. The screening will begin at 6 P.M. and is free and open to the public. Expect a discussion to follow. For more information, please visit:

Bluegrass Film Society Screenings at BCTC

The Bluegrass Film Society (BFS) continues its 2011 Spring Semester with a series of challenging and thought-provoking films–all of which are free! This year’s programming boasts the addition of a Social Documentary Series as well as a Family Film Series. Most screenings are held  in the Oswald Building Auditorium on the campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College and all are open to the public. For a complete list of films and their showtimes, please visit and do a search for “Bluegrass Film Society.” The series will run until April 20.

On Wednesday, February 23, BFS will show The Cove (USA: Louie Psihoyos, 2009: 92 mins), a hard hitting expose of an annual hidden massive roundup and slaughter of dolphins in a Japanese cove. The film won a 2010 Oscar for best documentary.

Feb 022011

By Michael Dean Benton

The Bluegrass Film Society is celebrating its sixth year by joining with Ondine Quinn of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to initiate a Social Documentary Series and by extending our audience range through a new Family Film Series (suggested by BCTC Librarian Meagan Brock) that will provide films suitable for all ages. Additionally, in April we will screen and discuss Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job, an important documentary about the financial crisis, for the BCTC Peace and Earth Justice Spring 2011 Speaker Series (organized by BCTC Geography professor Rebecca Glasscock). Continue reading »

Jan 192011

Bluegrass Film Society announces its Spring Screening Series

The Bluegrass Film Society will launch its 2011 Spring Series with a screening of Terribly Happy, a 2008 Danish thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town following a nervous breakdown. The film will be shown on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 P.M. in the Oswald Building at BCTC. The second screening in the series will be the acclaimed 2008 Belgian film Lorna’s Silence. That film will be shown on January 26 at 7:30 P.M. in the same location. All screenings in the series are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: Continue reading »