Author Archives: Audrey Wells

Hidden African American Films

The popular film “Hidden Figures” tells a great story based on real figures, three important Black American women who work for NASA in key positions, as mathematicians and engineers, during the segregated 1960s. Contemporary audiences are celebrating this film that … Continue reading

Posted in African American, cinema | Comments Off on Hidden African American Films

Women’s Lib as Projected on the Screen

“You need some vitamin F.” That’s the teasing advice Claudine gets from her women friends after she complains of not sleeping well. “Could you live without a man around the house?” Alice Hyatt and her neighbor Bea ponder this question. … Continue reading

Posted in film | Comments Off on Women’s Lib as Projected on the Screen

Citizens Divided: the Presidential Campaign and Film

Audrey Wells (Audrey Wells is a retired educator, freelance writer, and co-author of The Art of Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years.) In an important film from the 2008 presidential race, Ann Coulter warns of Hillary Clinton: “She’s far more … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Comments Off on Citizens Divided: the Presidential Campaign and Film

Picture Yourself Watching a Painting Dry and Loving It

Ready for a brain change? Try watching a languorous, lovely film. Skill is required. But like a meditation practice, it is worth the effort. Or travel the world through imagination and time. I suggest four vehicles below from South Korea, … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Comments Off on Picture Yourself Watching a Painting Dry and Loving It

When Phallic Symbols Shoot Literal Bullets: Murder at the Movies

Imagine this headline: Study Finds Women Commit 98% of all Mass Shootings. The opposite is true, but if it were the case, what questions would we ask? If it were women gunning down children in schools, prayer groups in churches, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Phallic Symbols Shoot Literal Bullets: Murder at the Movies

We Are Being Watched, So Let Us Watch Back

I saw a dog riding a skateboard. Rather, I saw a video of a dog riding a skateboard. What’s the big difference? A few weeks ago I saw a mesmerizing movie, Monkey Kingdom, about Macaques in Sri Lanka. Shot as … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Politics | Comments Off on We Are Being Watched, So Let Us Watch Back

People of the Screen

As the day winds down, we no longer have to ask “What’s on tonight?” to keep ourselves entranced by moving pictures. We can download, dvr, stream, rent, borrow, or – don’t forget – go out to the movies. However, the … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Comments Off on People of the Screen

Audrey Wells piece

Champaign-Urbana, a cultural outpost on the prairie, the Timbuktu of its day, treasures and protects its gems. The Art Theater is one of those gems. Without driving to Chicago or making one’s way to the cinema meccas of New York … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Audrey Wells piece