Perhaps the most dramatic turnaround by any local arts organization in recent years has been the resurgence of Vanderbilts Sarratt Cinema, which served for two generations as the citys de-facto arthouse. It nearly went dark in the early Aughts, but under the guidance of faculty advisor F. Clark Williams, philanthropist cinephiles Scott and Mimi Manzler and coordinator Sarah Childress, its International Lens programming has blossomed into a film series nearly the equal of the campus cinemas 1980s glory days. This weeks offerings include Benson Lees 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy, which traces the global reach of hip-hop from Las Vegas to Seoul and Osakaand to demonstrate, the theater offers a free Hip Hop Dance Demo immediately afterward. Coming up 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9: the first local screening of Pere Portabellas experimental feature The Silence Before Bach, which considers the relationships between sound and image, music and silence, and the music of Bach and religious transcendence. Robert Fry, senior lecturer at Blair School of Music, will introduce the film. All International Lens screenings are free and open to the public.
Fri., Sept. 4, 7 p.m., 2009