Every month, the Film Students Association (FSA) programs free screenings of celebrated movies, and February is no exception. Not only do these events allow you to see some of your favourite movies for free, but they also gives you the rare chance to see these films projected on a big screen. Additionally, these screenings are open to all York students, not just the ones in the film program, and are conveniently located around the CFT, ACE, and ACW, at the Keele Campus.
Experimental Film Retrospective
Monday February 5th @ 7 PM – Accolade East 004
Source: FSA Facebook Page
The first screening of the month is an experimental film retrospective, showcasing a collection of renowned experimental filmmakers, including Takashi Ito, Peter Tscherkassky, David Rimmer, Jean-Thomas Bedard, Jodie Mack, and Ben Russell. This event will give you the chance to experience films beyond the narrative movies we are accustomed to, and maybe even show you something you’ve never seen before. You can find the Facebook event page here.
Roman Holiday (1953) Screening
Wednesday February 7th @ 7 PM
Every month, the FSA chooses a theme and then screens a classic and revisionist film from this category. And what better theme for February than romantic comedies? The classic rom-com is Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It tells the story of Princess Ann as she hides from her royal responsibilities and explores the city of Rome with reporter Joe Bradley. Audrey Hepburn even won an Academy Award for her performance in Roman Holiday, so you know it’s going to be good.
In the Mood For Love (2000) Screening
Wednesday February 14th @ 7 PM
The FSA has a tradition of showing depressing films on Valentine’s Day. Last year it was Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, and this year they’ve chosen In the Mood For Love. This film is about a love story between a man and woman who live in the same apartment building, and find out that their spouses are having an affair. Known as one of the best films of the 21st century and a touchstone of Asian cinema, the In the Mood For Love screening would definitely make for an interesting Valentine’s Day date.
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) Screening
Monday February 26th @ 7 PM
Following Roman Holiday, But I’m a Cheerleader is the selected revisionist romantic comedy. It follows Megan (Natasha Lyonne) as she is put into a gay conversion therapy camp (featuring a RuPaul counselor cameo) and the budding romance she finds with Graham (Clea DuVall), another camper. Director Jamie Babbit takes a serious topic and flips it on its head to create a beautiful and hilarious queer romance, making for the perfect film to end the month with.
Source: But I’m a Cheerleader
These are just the film screenings the FSA has planned for February, but March will bring a whole new batch of films and events. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of these free screenings by following the FSA on Instagram and Facebook. If you are a film student who is interested in becoming a part of the FSA, you can use the social media pages to inquire about joining.