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Artist’s Choice Film Series: Fame

Sat, October 5th, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bodies of Knowledge brings together ten international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities. In conjunction with this exhibition, NOMA will be screening movies selected by these artists that reflect their inspirations, interests, and ideals.

Artist’s Choice Film Series

  • Saturday, June 29, 2 pm | Adriana Corral selects The Constant Gardener (2005 | Rated R | 2 hours, 8 minutes)
  • Saturday, August 17, 2 pm  | Manon Bellet selects La Jetée (1962 | Not rated | 28 minutes)
  • Saturday, August 24, 3 pm  | Garrett Bradley selects Sidewalk Stories (1989 | Rated R | 1 hour, 37 minutes)
  • Saturday, September 14, 2 pm | Mahmoud Chouki selects Whatever Lola Wants (2007 | Not rated | 1 hour, 55 minutes)
  • Saturday, October 5,  2 pm | Edward Spots selects Fame (1980 | Rated R |  2 hours, 14 minutes)


Fame is an American teen musical drama that chronicles of the lives of several aspiring adolescents who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts. The film follows the students from their auditions on through senior year with the hard knocks and victories of lives dedicated to their craft. Fame garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories, with particular praise for its title song performed by Irene Cara. It received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Cara), and Best Original Score (Michael Gore). The film only won one award for Best Original Song (“Fame”). Fame was the last musical film to be produced by MGM, before the studio merged with United Artists in 1981. The film has been credited with revitalizing the teen musical subgenre by adding dramatic elements into its story, echoing 1950s melodramas. Its presentation of musical numbers in the style of a music video was a major influence on other 1980s films in the dance film genre


Sat, October 5th, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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