Guests Hosts Jerry W. Carlson Professor of Film A specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas, Professor Carlson is Coordinator of Critical Studies in the Film & Video Program at The City College and a member of the doctoral faculty in the Ph.D. Program in French and Film Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in cinema.
John Farr Film Critic After close to 20 years in the ad business, John left to pursue what he’s always loved most: uncovering and promoting the best of world film, old and
In addition, he is an active producer, director, and writer. An Emmynominated Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series CITY CINEMATHEQUE about film history, CANAPE about French-American cultural relations, and NUEVA YORK (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his recent work includes the Showtime Network’s production Dirt, directed by Nancy Savoca. He was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.). In 1998, he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
profit, landmark cinema, showing the best of independent, foreign, and classic films. As co-founder, he interviewed the likes of Robert Altman, Gene Wilder, Tim Robbins, Arthur Penn, and Paul Newman, among others. In 2004, he also began writing the “DVD Detective” column for The Stamford Advocate and The Greenwich Time.
In 2003, he helped revive the Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT, a not-for-
Lately, he created a new multi-media enterprise, Best Movies by Farr, that promotes outstanding film via an ongoing lecture series and a website.
Johanna Safar Journalist
profit organization subsidized by the EU, dedicated to teach French to newcomers.
French journalist, she started her career in France working for the local dailies ParisNormandie and Centre Presse. She co-founded and coordinated the pedagogical program for France Integration, a not-for-
She then moved to the UK, where she worked for several press agencies. During her stay in Japan, Johanna wrote for Kensai Scene, a monthly magazine published in English, and for France Japon Eco. She currently lives in New York and writes articles on society, culture and sports for France Amerique a monthly Franco-American news magazine and website.
IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009