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Emerson film series draws crowd with ‘Mad Max’

Anna Feder (right).Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Anna Feder, curator of Emerson's Bright Lights film series, had more RSVPs for her Tuesday night screening of "Mad Max: Fury Road" than she's had for any other screening during the eight semesters that the program has been running. "I don't normally show big Hollywood films," she said, guessing why more than 500 people signed up to attend the first movie and discussion of the semester. In addition to adding a blockbuster to her agenda, Feder has also introduced a new ratings system for the series this semester — F for feminist film, W for films directed by a woman, POC for films directed by a person of color, COM for comedies, and SJ for social justice films. "Mad Max: Fury Road" was rated F. Emerson associate professor Miranda Banks was scheduled to lead a discussion after Tuesday's screening. "Mad Max" discussions will continue Thursday when "Mad Max: Fury Road" camerawoman Michelle Pizanis speaks to the Boston Creative Pro User Group, an industry organization run by friend-of-Emerson Daniel Berube.

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