Now showing: Independent and foreign films
January 5, 2018

Are you tired of the same corporate blockbuster Hollywood movies? The endless onslaught of sequels, reboots, and remakes getting you down? Well you are not alone! Come join Hodges Library in its ongoing monthly screenings of independent and foreign films.

Starting Fall semester 2017, Hodges Library has revived its film series highlighting the enormous amount of independent and foreign films in its collection. The library holds a large physical collection of DVDs and — more recently — Blu-Rays that circulate amongst film loving students as well as scholars interested in the cinematic arts. Additionally, the library subscribes to a number of different video streaming services, such as Kanopy, hosting a large amount of classic, independent, and world cinema. These resources are open to anyone enrolled at UT, and this film series has been highlighting various movies across these collections.

Films in this series have been featured in a number of independent film festivals such as SXSW and the Sundance film festival, and many have won awards in their respective film festivals. These movies address a diverse array of topics. By their very nature, the films often employ styles and explore topics that are avoided in more traditional theater settings, and as such, many of the films are intended primarily for an adult audience.

Throughout the Spring semester of 2018, on the first Wednesday of every month, the library will be hosting a free viewing of one of these unique independent or foreign films from the library collection. The first film of this semester’s lineup is a French and Japanese film entitled Tokyo Fiancée. The film tells a unique romance story, just in time for Valentine’s Day, following a French woman’s quest to find happiness in Japanese culture. During this story, the woman finds that she may not have understood Japanese culture as well as she thought. It is a great film for students who wish to hone their French or Japanese skills, and any students who are looking to explore the complexities of romance clashing in different cultures would greatly appreciate this film.

We hope to see you there, as it is sure to be an entertaining experience! For more information concerning the event, its time, or location, feel free to contact Michael Deike , or just drop by the Public Services Desk on the second floor of Hodges Library and ask to talk to Michael about movies!


February 7, 7:30 p.m., Hodges Library Auditorium
Tokyo Fiancée
Runtime: 98 Minutes
Director: Stefan Liberski
Languages: French/Japanese
Genre Romance

March 7, 7:00 p.m., Hodges Library Auditorium
The Automatic Hate
Runtime: 98 Minutes
Director: Justin Lerner
Languages: English
Genre: Drama

April 4, 7:00 p.m., Hodges Library Auditorium
Patema Inverted
Runtime: 99 Minutes
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Language: Japanese
Genre: Sci-Fi Animation