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Film series expands on art exhibit themes

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum will present a film series in conjunction with its exhibition “On Watching and Being Seen.” The exhibition focuses on themes of watching and of being watched.

The Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” will be screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. In this 1954 film starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, a wheelchair-bound man spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed a murder. After the film, NIU professors Scott Balcerzak and Tim Ryan will lead a discussion. Balcerzak regularly teaches a course on Hitchcock’s films. The film is rated PG. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and members of the art museum.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 26, “Marwencol,” written and produced by Jeff Malmberg, will be shown in Montgomery Auditorium on the NIU campus. In this unrated 2010 film, after a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in a small-scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

The third film in the series, “Catfish,” also will be shown in the Montgomery Auditorium. This PG-13 movie released in 2010 will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. In this film, young filmmakers document their colleague’s budding online relationship with a young woman and her family, and the unexpected discoveries that follow. After the movie, NIU professor Tim Ryan and North Central College professor Dee Anna Phares will lead a discussion.

The exhibition is on display through Oct. 19. A public reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12. Visit www.niu.edu/artmuseum for more information on supplemental programming.

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