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OKCU Film Institute offers a new series, Picturing Poetry

Sunday, March 25, 2 pm  Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch, USA (2016), 118 min.

A slice-of-life drama from Cannes Grand Prix winner Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Down By Law), Paterson is perhaps the best argument for individual creativity ever put to film. In the small city of Paterson, New Jersey, a young bus driver hides amongst the bustle and flow of daily life. Averse to all digital distractions, he spends his days aiding a zealously “do-it-yourself” girlfriend, meeting with friends at a local bar, and crafting poems in a journal kept secret from

the world. An examination of the ever-changing relationship between art and life, the picture crafts an emotionally complex fable of working class versification and personal poetry. With an intimate performance from Emmy-nominated actor Adam Driver, the film is a love letter to art for art’s sake, an unassuming, unflinching, and entirely unpretentious portrait of the artist as an everyman.

Paterson is the first “Picturing Poetry” screening, a new annual offering of a film about poetry, in conjunction with the spring Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series. Join us Wednesday, April 4, 2018 for readings by Pulitzer-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

The Film Institute is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment and OKCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.

A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay.

Praise for Paterson

“Jarmusch has created a small miracle of a film, one that is both intellectually dazzling and emotionally provocative.” David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

“Paterson is simultaneously a paean to art and a tribute to working men—long-suffering men who toil in thankless isolation on repetitive jobs, carrying family responsibilities on their shoulders.” ~ Richard Brody,The New Yorker

“Paterson himself is deathly allergic to pretension, and the film inhabits his sensibility. It’s A Portrait Of The Artist As A Working-Class Stiff, arguing for the mundane beauty of all our lives.” Mike D’Angelo, AV Club

For more films in the 2017-2018 series, read more HERE.