Do you like cinema and want to practice your English?
Practice English in a fun, dynamic and engaging way exploring cinema
with an American film professional
TRAVIS KERSCHEN's FILM SERIES
WHAT is "Travis Kerschen's Film Series"?
It is an original and productive way to learn about cinema... while studying & practicing English!
Using the brief history of narrative film as a structural framework, we will watch and discuss scenes from different films, exploring together the evolution of Western (American/European) cinema.
Besides the historical relevance of these clips, film terminology and vocabulary will be introduced, allowing the members to analyze the clips progressively based on the composite elements of cinema.
Different personal anecdotes will be divulged from working on film sets, transforming the series into an organic human experience of what film is.
Along with discussions, various fun participatory exercises and games will be done, including role playing as different film characters.
This will be a fun and dynamic and engaging series, about sharing passion and love for film.
In the future, for more dedicated members, new classes will be available to them which will build upon what has been learned (directing, acting, screenwriting.)
If resources become available, also editing and cinematography. If and when possible, visiting film professionals will be invited to talk about their jobs.
About Travis, your film specialist and instructor:
Travis Kerschen, of American origin, the facilitator of this weekly series, has worked in cinema for seventeen years in various cities (Los Angeles, Mexico City and Paris).
He is recognized for his passion (which itself is translated across languages and cultures). Professional experience: he has directed three feature films-Pageant (a comedy), Iko (a drama) and Tantrika (a horror) and numerous short films.
He has produced a film for Arte tv and some short films. He has acted in feature films and numerous short films. He has worked in a professional capacity as crew in many of the positions in most of the departments of a film production.
He has taught filmmaking at a university, film studies at two Parisian Grandes Ecoles, and acting at various academies. Beyond those two aspects of his love for cinema, he has a film education (being mentored by a Cannes’ Palm d’Or winning filmmaker.)
1. Subscribers: 6 €
2. Non subscribers: 10 €
For more information about the Polyglot Club Subscription, click HERE.
You must also buy a drink (to pay for the services of the bar that welcomes us): check the Drink Policy.
WHEN & WHERE?
Every Saturday 7-8 pm.
Warning: the session starts at 7PM sharp... or you will not be able to participate!
DENFERT Café: 58 bd Saint-Jacques 75014 Paris. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau (lines 4, 6, RER B)
- King_Travis February 2017
Hi everybody, on Saturday we watched the American classic, and definitely classic for its genre, The Searchers, Satyajit Ray's beautiful neorealist poem Aparajito (the second from his Apu Trilogy) and we watched Hitchock's remake of his own film from 1934, The Man Who Knew Too Much, unfortunately, we didn't have time to watch Jean-Pierre Melville's film noir classic, Bob le Flambeur. Melville took on this pseudonym when he joined the French Resistance against the Nazis because he loved the American author Herman Melville (who wrote Moby Dick and one of my favorite stories, Bartleby the Scrivener.) Incidentally, Ethan Edwards, the character John Wayne plays in The Searchers, is commonly compared to Captain Ahab from Moby Dick. I will see you guys Saturday and we will watch and discuss more classics!
- September 2018
Hi, we will continue watching the Hollywood golden age cinema and discussing it. Last week we had some fruitful insights shared by the people who came, this week we'll probably get more. Also, Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, so wear green!
- March 2018
Hi Everybody, last week we had an interesting conversation about sexism in film and popular culture, and although that wasn't planned it was heartily welcomed. We shall continue watching film clips and discussing them, and if you come and have a strong stance about something and can question it through the films we are watching, that would make me happy.
- February 2018