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It’s a ‘Monday Night at the Movies’ kind of year

Posted by on September 20, 2013

Did you know Aurora University offers a fantastic movie-viewing experience without the hassle of going to a typical theater? You don’t need money for a ticket. There’s no need to drive anywhere. And there’s no waiting in lines.

The AU Film Series presents award-winning, compelling movies several times a year free of charge. The films, chosen for their messages about social issues and human relationships, are shown in the intimate setting of Perry Theatre and the larger Crimi Auditorium.

Each film is complemented with a faculty-led discussion. “Faculty often bring in their own unique history, cultural background, life experience and discipline knowledge into the screenings,” said Gerald Butters, Professor of History and coordinator of the annual series. “It’s interesting for students to hear their professors speak in a context outside the classroom.”

Butters, who has an extensive background in film, chooses the movies to be shown every year. This year, several films will presented:

“A Separation”
Monday, September 23 | 7:00 p.m. | Perry Theatre
This Academy Award-winning film from Iran is both universal, yet unique to that culture. It is a sly allegory about the governmental regime but told in the context of a domestic drama.

“No Impact Man”
Monday, October 7 | 7:00 p.m. | Perry Theatre
Suggested by Julie Hipp, Assistant Professor of English, this documentary is a fascinating study of 21st century American consumerism.

“The Phantom of the Opera”
Monday, October 21 | 7:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium
This classic Hollywood silent horror film is appropriate for its screening before Halloween. Jay Warren, one of Chicago’s foremost photoplay organists, will accompany the film on the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ.

In the spring, the series will feature “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Broadway,” a project of the Tribeca Film Institute. Six films will be shown featuring different music genres, including swing jazz, rock and country.

“I hope students see that films are not simply entertainment, but can also be valuable learning tools,” said Butters. “Motion pictures give us insight into communities or cultures that we may never see in real life.”

The AU Film Series is open to the general public. Reservations are suggested. To register or for more information, visit or email