4th Annual Tri-Co Student Film Screenings and Festival

The 4th Annual Tri-Co Film Festival is next week! From a record number of submissions, a selection of student films from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges will be showcased Thursday, May 7th at 7pm at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Can’t make the festival? End of semester screenings for individual classes will take place across the three campuses April 29th-May 10th, 2015.


Don’t miss all the opportunities to see innovative student work and support the Tri-Co visual culture community!

Hilary Brashear, 2015 Director
Dani Ford, 2015 Associate Director

Call for Submissions: 2015 TRICO Film Festival

The call for submissions is open for the third annual Tri-Co Film Festival! Selected works will be shown at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Thursday, May 7, at 7pm. All short films completed during the Summer of 2014, the Fall 2014 Semester and the 2015 Spring Semester that have been directed by students currently attending Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges are eligible. The deadline for submissions is:

Friday, April 24, 11:59 pm (Works-in-progress will be accepted as long as they will be completed by May 4th )

To be eligible, films must be no more than 10 minutes long (shorter works are strongly encouraged), produced by current Tri-Co students after the Spring 2014 semester in any style: experimental, documentary, narrative, animation, found-footage, glitch art, gifs or a fusion of genres. This year we will also consider multi-modal digital media submissions, such as websites, online interactive maps, video games, etc.


Founded by Swarthmore Professor Erica Cho in 2012, the Tri-Co Film Festival showcases exceptional student work. The festival is supported by the Film and Media Studies Department at Swarthmore College, the Film Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College, the John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.


Hilary Brashear, 2015 Festival Director
Dani Ford, 2015 Festival Associate Director



April 1, 2015 – Matthew Affron

Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Reality and Simulacrum in the Art of Joseph Cornell”

The invention of collage and related artistic practices produced distinctly 20th-century forms of illusionism. This talk will consider Cornell’s contribution to this historical development by examining his involvement during the 1930s and 40s with photography, film and, devices for the artificial duplication of reality.


April 8, 2015 – Alexander Harper

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Italian and Italian Studies
Bryn Mawr College

“Anachronism, the Late Medieval Patrona Statue of Lucera, and a Modern Angevin Cult”

This talk examines the so-called Santa Maria Patrona statue of Lucera, a late medieval wooden Throne of Wisdom venerated as an eighth-century statue for a southern Italian civic cult that dates to the eighteenth century. This talk examines the tensions that have formed between the Patrona statue as a work of art—or more precisely a product of a late thirteenth-, early fourteenth-century Angevin cultural milieu—and the statue as an important cult object and the center of a southern Italian city’s foundation legends. Second, it examines the tension between local legends that trace current devotional practices to the year 1300, and the reality that those practices were institutionalized only after a period of civic medievalism at the turn of the eighteenth century.


April 15, 2015 – Dr. Thomas J. Morton

Visiting Assistant Professor, Art Department, Swarthmore College

“Messy Vitality:” Designing Architecture and Urbanism in Roman Africa”

One might ask, how does the study of large-scale public buildings contribute to the new discussions regarding the diversified material culture of the heterogeneous populations of the Roman provinces? The case studies presented in this lecture indicate that while there are certainly commonalities in building types and forms, the evidence suggests that there was a clear intentionality to create site-specific monumental public architecture in Africa Proconsularis that responded to the various conditions of each place.


April 22, 2015 – Michele Monserrati

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Italian and Italian Studies
Bryn Mawr College

“Sites of Colonial Memory in Postcolonial Rome”

This presentation focuses on the latest work of the second-generation Somali-Italian writer, Igiaba Scego. In this book, the touristic map of Rome will be replaced by a lesser known map of Postcolonial sites of memory. I will discuss the relation between memory, forgetting, monuments of colonialism in Rome and postcolonial literature.


March 25, 2015 – Homay King

Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
“Christian Marclay’s Two Clocks”

Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) is a 24-hour digital video work composed entirely of found footage of clocks, watches, and people announcing or inquiring about the time, culled from film and television history. Shown only in installation form, it is synched to function as an accurate timepiece. But is Marclay’s clock digital or analog? This talk will define these terms and consider their relationship in light of Henri Bergson’s theory of durational time.


February 4, 2015 – Dr. Alberto Mira

Reader in Spanish, Oxford Brookes University

“Heroes in Transition: Class and Gender in the Cine Quinqui
Cine Quinqui is one of the key phenomenon of Spanish transition cinema. Francoist popular cinema had complacently focused on tame villagers and even tamer members of the urban middle classes. Around 1980, a number of films started to make visible the subculture of young urban proletarians and small time delinquents. With deep roots in neorealism and using some shock tactics of popular journalism, these films engaged with social conflict and proposed variations on gender roles. The lecture will be illustrated with clips from such films as Navajeros (1980), Perros Callejeros (1977), Colegas (1982) or Perras Callejeras (1985).