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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.
Each screening starts at 7 pm followed by a spirited debate.

Save the Dates

February 13, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 15, 2014

Believe it or not, we have just completed our 14th semester of Cinema Slapdown…and what a ride! We traveled from the sublime to the rambunctious, proving yet again that all movies are worth debating.  We even showed that a television series is just as capable of fomenting an intelligently heated discussion as any movie out there.
Our selection of Fall 2013 debate-ready movies proved to be our most eclectic mix yet. We went goal to goal over Silver Linings Playbook, tuned into our first ever television series with Girls, cracked the whip over Django Unchained, and used our Annual Secret Santa Surprise to light a fuse under that perennial feelgood Christmas classic…Die Hard.
And our debaters were just as diverse and feisty. We pulled in some extraordinary combatants from outside the College; star debaters like “Dueling Critics” Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, Huffington Post television critic Mo Ryan, and legendary former Chicago alderwoman Dorothy Tillman. And our College confreres included Cinema Art + Science faculty members Dan Rybicky, Julian Grant and David Tarleton as well as Television chair Michael Niederman.

And, as a famous movie quote goes, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
On February 13, we will be celebrating “The Big 5-0.”  Yes, we will be hitting Round 50, and we intend to celebrate.  We are already deep in the planning stages for a real knockout.  Unlike a boxing match, though, this knockout won’t signal the end, but the start of a semester of very special Slapdowns.
Keep your eye on this page for some big announcements in the coming months.  And always remember:  If you can’t bring the heat, stay out of the Slapdown!

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, 312.369.6708 or scuprisin@colum.edu