Filmmaker Alison Maclean Brings "Jesus' Son" to Amherst March 28

March 13, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. Director Alison Maclean will screen her 1999 film "Jesus' Son" and a 1989 short film "The Kitchen Sink" on Wednesday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. Maclean will speak and take questions from the audience after the films. The event is free and open to the public.

"Jesus' Son" is an adaptation of Denis Johnson's 1992 collection of short stories about alienation, ennui and drugs in the American heartland in the 70's. "Jesus' Son" stars Billy Crudup, Holly Hunter, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary and Dennis Hopper.

The New York Times found "Jesus' Son" a "scruffy, likeable" film, and described its hero as a "Candide strung out on every drug he can find, or an itinerant holy man hitchhiking across the Midwest in wet, filthy hipster hand-me-downs." The Times also praised Maclean's "loose, improvisatory rhythm that matches Mr. Johnson's discursive riffing, and gives her scenes a keen edge of surprise."

Maclean was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, where she attended art school. Her first feature was the noirish psychological thriller "Crush," made in New Zealand in 1992. Maclean has worked in television as well as film; she directed the first two episodes of "Sex and the City" in 1998 and an episode of "Subway Stories: Tales from Underground" in 1997 for HBO, as well as an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" in 1993.

Alison Maclean's films and talk are sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English.


"Les Violons du Roy" Present Music at Amherst March 30

March 9, 2001
Concert Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—Les Violons du Roy will present the fourth concert in the 2000-01 Music at Amherst Series on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The chamber orchestra will be conducted by its artistic and music director, Bernard Labadie, and joined by solo oboist Diane Lacelle, in a program of Baroque works by Handel, Farina, Albinoni, Marcello and Geminiani.

Les Violons du Roy, founded in 1984, specializes in works for chamber orchestra, performed in an historically appropriate style. The group play modern instruments, but their approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by “early music” performances of works of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The name Les Violons du Roy is borrowed from the string orchestra of the court of Louis XIV.

They have performed in their native Canada, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Morocco and in New York, Los Angeles and other cities in the United States to wide acclaim. The New York Times wrote that Les Violons du Roy creates historically informed performances on standard instruments in “a bracing combination of stylistic insight and robust modern sound.” Their performance at the Mostly Mozart festival drew an enthusiastic standing ovation, and they return to Lincoln Center this spring for a sold-out concert with countertenor David Daniels in the “Great Performers” series.

Admission to the concert is $18, senior citizens $15, and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at Les Violons du Roy have a Website at