Fat women in American film and television are historically invisible. When they are present, they appear as villains, funny sidekicks that act as a foil to a pretty main character, or as objects of pity (often played by thin actresses in fat suits). Only recently have self-actualized representations of fatness graced our screens. Even still, they are few and far between. This lecture uses existing fat studies scholarship to categorize representations of fatness in American film and television and examines their sexist and racist messaging. 

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Cinema Reset will interrupt its regular programming for a guest-curated screening by traveling microcinema NO EVIL EYE, presenting their inaugural film program SEQUENCE 01, which explores the theme of diasporic reckoning through landscapes, legacy, and memory.

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A person talking during a film can be the most annoying thing imaginable —unless that person is the director. Join Vimeo curator Ina Pira as she screens recent films from NOFF alumni with live, unscripted commentary. Founded in 2008, Vimeo Staff Picks has emerged as one of the preeminent channels for online video and one of the most coveted awards for filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of many celebrated directors. Hear from the next generation of storytellers in a format that’s sure to be eclectic and insightful.

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They said we were crazy for trying it in the first place, but this year NOFF brings our potent mix of heady film-talk and forced caffeination back for its sophomore slump! Filmmakers take turns arguing which film is scientifically the World’s Greatest Underrated Film, while facing down jeers, boos, and obligatory shots of espresso as punishment for using hack-critic clichés. Out of this caffeinated torture-test a winner will be crowned, to walk away with a fabulous and awkwardly bulky prize! Come jump on the dogpile and find out who gets the goods and who gets left with the jitters!

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