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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

‘Cinema Paradiso’ screening at Memorial Stadium

This year I have been struck by the visual oddness of the COVID-19 crisis. This pandemic is forcing us to reimagine things we used to take for granted like going to the movies. IU Cinema got creative and used the university’s empty football stadium to screen Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 masterpiece, “Cinema Paradiso.” The screening was also the final public event for IU Cinema’s founding director Jon Vickers. It’s been a great pleasure for me to work with Jon over the years photographing IU Cinema’s various events. The event was a fitting send-off and a rare opportunity for members of the IU community to gather amidst the pandemic.

A couple embraces as they watch a screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

A couple embraces as they watch a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University Cinema Director Jon Vickers, center, speaks with patrons as he makes his way through the stands before a screening of "Cinema Paradiso" in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The film screening was Vickers' final public event as IU Cinema's founding director. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University Cinema Director Jon Vickers, center, speaks with patrons as he makes his way through the stands before a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The film screening was Vickers’ final public event as IU Cinema’s founding director. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University Cinema Director Jon Vickers looks over his notes as he waits to introduce a screening of "Cinema Paradiso" in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The film screening was Vickers' final public event as IU Cinema's founding director. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University Cinema Director Jon Vickers looks over his notes as he waits to introduce a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The film screening was Vickers’ final public event as IU Cinema’s founding director. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie speaks before a screening of "Cinema Paradiso" in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. McRobbie bestowed the President's Medal of Excellence on IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers before the film. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie speaks before a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. McRobbie bestowed the President’s Medal of Excellence on IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers before the film. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, left, presents the President's Medal of Excellence to IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers before a screening of "Cinema Paradiso" in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The film screening was Vickers' final public event as IU Cinema's founding director. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, left, presents the President’s Medal of Excellence to IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers before a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The film screening was Vickers’ final public event as IU Cinema’s founding director. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the stands in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the stands in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, center, watches a screening of "Cinema Paradiso" in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Also pictured are IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, left, and son Lucien McRobbie. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, center, watches a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Also pictured are IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, left, and son Lucien McRobbie. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

Audience members watch a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

An audience member watches a socially-distant screening of "Cinema Paradiso" from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

An audience member watches a socially-distant screening of “Cinema Paradiso” from the field in Memorial Stadium at IU Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (James Brosher/Indiana University)

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