September 28, 2007
Festival to feature film on hip-hopThe Lewisburg Campus Theatre is holding its annual Documentary Film Festival through Thursday, Oct. 4.
The annual documentary film festival began yesterday. Susquehanna, in collaboration with Bucknell, will be part of the festival by showing "Beyond Beats and Rhymes," a documentary film about hip-hop and its relationship with society and culture.
Brian Johnson, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and special assistant to the president, said: "Bucknell had already selected the film, but we agreed to be a part because the message of the documentary is so timely and important for us to talk about.
Hip-hop is a cultural force in our world and has significant power to both entertain and educate."
The film will be shown at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday and will include a panel discussion and refreshments. The cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults.
"Beyond Beats and Rhymes" takes a look at the conceptualization of masculinity in hip-hop culture. It includes interviews with prominent rappers, music industry executives and social critics, according to Johnson.
Johnson continued: "It takes an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop, where creative genius collides with misogyny, violence and homophobia, exposing the complex intersections of culture and commerce."
Johnson said the festival is not only an enjoyable and entertaining day off of campus, but also a way to think outside of the box. "It goes without saying that we are a media-saturated society, and this particular medium has extended into every segment of the national culture," he said.
"Understanding the subtle and overt messages in the music helps us to be more media savvy, and in the process, we may be able to counter the negative aspects of this industry," he said.
The festival will be held at the Lewisburg Campus Theatre and is open to the public. The cost for an all-week pass is $30 for members of the Campus Theatre Ltd. and $40 for non-members. The pass includes all movies and receptions.
The 2007 festival is sponsored by Weis Markets, PA Partners in the Arts, the Union County Commissioners Tourism Fund, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University and Susquehanna.
For more information, check out the Lewisburg Campus Theatre Web site at www.campustheatre.org.
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