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Cinema Slapdown

Come for the film, stay for the fight! Fun. Fractious. Free.

Screenings are held in Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor beginning at 7pm followed by a spirited debate.

Save the Dates   
September 19, 2014
October 6, 2014
November 18, 2014
December 3, 2014

This was the big one, Mr. Bond!

This past February, we celebrated our 50th Round of Cinema Slapdown with an intellectual-tipped bullet aimed at at Skyfall, featuring power debaters College President Kwang-wu Kim and Cinema Art + Science Chair Bruce Sheridan. It was a gala night filled with everything from smart catcalls, whoops of intelligent debate, and a raffle for an Aston Martin. Check out the YouTube piece done for ReelChicago HERE.

But that was only the start of our semester long celebration! In March, we did our first Power Couple Slapdown when filmmaker Jack C. Newell went up against his fiancé, Cinema Chicago Education Director Rebecca Fons over their very different reactions to Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. Amazingly, they’re still engaged (in marriage, not battle)!

Then, in April, we commemorated the late Philip Seymour Hoffman when we went after Paul Thomas Anderson’s modern epic of spiritual masculinity and masculine spirituality, The Master.  For this special evening, we brought in Columbia’s own Dr. Ann Hetzel Gunkel and put her up against renowned film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.

But, of course, what is past is prologue. Next semester, be ready to break free of your chains, snuggle up to your OS, and put on your space boots to kick some interstellar intellectual ass when we take on 12 Years a Slave, Her and Gravity!


What exactly is Cinema Slapdown?

Cinema Slapdown is a unique screening series that has attained cult status. A wildly entertaining crossbreed of film discussion and knockdown, drag out debate, Cinema Slapdown showcases the best and the brightest of Columbia College Chicago’s faculty and local personalities as well as total audience engagement.

At each session of Cinema Slapdown, we screen a well-known though controversial film. It can be anything from a documentary that polarized its audience to a big award winner that left many scratching their heads and asking “Why?”  Following the screening, two debaters fight it out.  One loves it, one hates it, and then they open themselves up to the feelings of the audience.

Questions?  Contact Sandy Cuprisin via email HERE or at 312.369.6708.