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Films: Tucker Theater

Enjoy free admission to all Tucker Theater programs.  Tucker Theater programming features films presented by W&M alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are not required for these screenings, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, January 30

Faculty Curated Shorts

Thursday, January 30, 5:00 PM

The Mortician of Manila
2019, UK and Philippines, 25 minutes, Not Rated, Tagalog and English with Subtitles
With an introduction from Francis Tanglao Aguas, Professor of World Theatre and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies

Filipino mortician Orly manages and lives at a 24-hour funeral home, where he has a sobering perspective on the lives impacted by President Duterte’s “war on drugs.”

The Choice
2018, USA, 7 minutes, Not Rated, English
Written, Produced, and Co-Directed by Desiree Cooper
With an introduction by Hermine Pinson, W&M Professor of English

One in four American women will have an abortion over a lifetime. That’s double the number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in a lifetime (one in eight). Yet, this staple of women’s reproductive health care remains shrouded in taboo and stigma. In this work of fiction, each line tells a different woman’s story, showing the complicated feelings and circumstances that surround abortion from the point of view of women.

Writer/Producer/Co-Director Desiree Cooper will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

About Desiree Cooper
Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards, including 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hypertext Review, Best African American Fiction 2010, and a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2019.  In 2018, she wrote, produced and co-directed The Choice, a short film about reproductive rights and recipient of a 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Berlin Flash Film Festival, and Award of Merit from the Best Short Film Festival in Los Angeles. Cooper collaborated with the Dance Department at The College William & Mary to create a dance “Aloft” inspired by her feminist fiction which debuted in October, 2018.

Friday, January 31

Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World

Friday, January 31, 5:00 PM
2017, USA, 84 min, TV-PG, English
Friday, January 31, 5:00 PM
With an introduction from David Brashear, Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Bary Avrich’s documentary lifts the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cutthroat game of genius versus commerce. Go behind the scenes to discover how art is created, exhibited, and sold around the globe.

Featuring insider accounts from the most influential and powerful players in the industry, audiences will hear from renowned artists such as Julian Schnabel and Marina Abramovic, experts from prominent museums like MoMA and art fairs like Art Basel, insiders at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and leading gallerists.



Friday, January 31, 7:30 PM
2008, USA, 112 minutes, R, English
Written by Mark Richard

His tour of duty in Iraq finally over, Staff Sgt. Brandon King returns home to Brazos, Texas, ready to re-enter civilian life. Unexpectedly, the Army invokes a clause in Brandon’s military contract, requiring him to return to active duty in Iraq. With the help of close friend Michele, Brandon goes AWOL and struggles to find a way out of the dilemma.

Writer Mark Richard will be present for an introduction and post-screening Q&A.

About Mark Richard
Mark Richard is the author of the national bestselling memoir House of Prayer No. 2 as well as two award-winning short story collections and a novel. His television credits include Man in the High Castle, NOS4A2, Fear the Walking Dead, Tyrant, Hell on Wheels, Criminal Minds, Huff!, Chicago Hope and Party of Five.  He recently was executive producer and show runner on The Good Lord Bird, a limited series for Showtime shot in Virginia, with Ethan Hawke starring as abolitionist John Brown. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Stop-Loss.

His short stories and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, GQ, the Paris Review, and The Oxford American. He received the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Foundation Writer’s Award. Mark will be an artist-in-residence at William & Mary in the Fall of 2020.

Saturday, February 1

Stray Dolls


Saturday, February 1, 2:00 PM
2019, USA, 97 minutes, Not Rated, English and Nepali
Featuring: Geetanjali Thapa, Olivia DeJonge, Cynthia Nixon
With a video introduction from Writer / Director Sonejuhi Sinha ‘04

Riz, a recent immigrant and ex-gang member, works at a motel in hopes of starting her life over in America. At the motel, Riz’s assertive runaway roommate Dallas blackmails her, triggering a series of violent events entwining all of the motel residents.

This film will include an introductory video message from Writer / Director Sonejuhi Sinha ‘04, exclusive to this pre-release screening.

About Sonejuhi Sinha ‘04
Sonejuhi Sinha’s short film, Love Comes Later, premiered in-competition at Cannes. Sinha developed its feature version, Stray Dolls, at Cannes’ NEXTSTEP development labs and TFI’s THL program, under the mentorship of Dee Rees and Catherine Hardwicke. Sinha received the IWC award for Stray Dolls.

Alumni Shorts

Saturday, February 31, 4:00 PM

Milk Money
2019, USA, 16 minutes
Written & Directed by Jimmy Nguyen ’05

Gordon, a directionless young man, helps out on his parents’ struggling Virginia dairy farm.  When his adopted Korean brother Leon comes home from college, sibling rivalry and desperation pushes Gordon to execute a brazen plan to save the family farm.

Executive Assistant
2015, USA, 14 minutes
Written & Directed by Kate Reed Petty ’06

A recent college graduate struggles to complete a freelance job for a cryptic client. 

Kate Reed Petty ’06 will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Gig Economy: Gogo Dancer
2019, USA, 10 minutes
Produced by Aaron Barksdale ‘13

Mariano Rubin De Celis supports himself by working as a set designer by day and a go-go dancer at night dancing at some of the hottest nightclubs and events in New York City.

Aaron Barksdale ‘13 will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Tomorrow’s Party
2009, USA, 8 minutes
Written & Directed by Elissa Cohn ‘05
Cinematography by Lauretta Prevost ‘05

Have you ever been in love?

I’m Sorry
2013, USA, 3 minutes
Produced by Elissa Cohn ‘05

I’m sorry.

Lost City
2020, USA, 15 minutes
Unofficial pre-release screening
Written, Directed, and Produced by Max Cea ’15

When a pizza-loving Nigerian tourist gets lost on his way to see a New York comedy show, his night takes several unexpected turns.

2019, USA, 2 minutes
Directed & Edited by Ted Hogeman ‘09

A man grapples with a difficult choice.

First Contact Worst Contact
2019, USA, 5 minutes
Directed & Edited by Ted Hogeman ‘09
Camera by Chris Mariles ‘12
Featuring Brian Terrill ‘12 and Zan Gillies ‘09

A crew of explorers encounters the unknown at the edge of the known universe.

Ted Hogeman ‘09 will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

24 Speed – Alumni Screening

Saturday, February 1, 10:15 PM

This shorts screening will feature the premiere of the W&M alumni entries in the 16th Annual 24 Speed competition! Learn more about the 24 Speed contest and the screening of the current student films here.