About Establishing Shot Watch Party

Join our Establishing Shot team for a delightful discussion about a rich and varied collection of films. You and they watch the films ahead of time, and then everyone digs into the debates, reviews, trivia—all the good stuff!

The selected films, and how you can watch them (platforms subject to change), are listed below.

Party Girl (1995)

Chosen by Laura Ivins. Laura loves stop motion, home movies, imperfect films, nature hikes, and Stephen Crane's poetry. She has a PhD from Indiana University and an MFA from Boston University. In addition to watching and writing about movies, sometimes she also makes them. Party Girl is streaming on Peacock, Tubi, Kanopy, Pluto TV, Freevee, and the Criterion Channel, and is available to rent or buy from Amazon. Watch the trailer.


Marie Antoinette (2006)

Chosen by Noni Ford, a freelance writer based in the Midwest and a graduate of the Indiana University Media School. She's worked in voice coordination, independent film, and literary management, and primarily writes film criticism and short stories. She's currently pursuing a Masters degree at IU's Luddy School and is an IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Fellow. Marie Antoinette is available to rent or buy from Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu. Watch the trailer.


The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

Chosen by Jack Miller. Jack enjoys the films of Howard Hawks, Jacques Tourneur and John Ford. He graduated from Indiana University with a BA in English, and currently resides in Chicago. He also enjoys listening to country and disco music. The Ballad of Cable Hogue is available to rent or buy from Amazon, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. Watch the trailer.


Eega (2012)

Chosen by Jesse Pasternack, a graduate of Indiana University who wrote about film, television, and pop culture for the Indiana Daily Student and was co-president of the Indiana Student Cinema Guild. An aspiring professional writer-director, his own film work has appeared at Campus Movie Fest and the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Eega is streaming on Netflix, and is available to rent or buy from YouTube. Watch the trailer.


The Court Jester (1955)

Chosen by Michaela Owens, the editor of Establishing Shot and IU Cinema's Communications and Outreach Media Specialist. An IU graduate with a BA in Communication and Culture and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies, she never stops thinking about classic Hollywood, thanks to her mother’s introduction to it, and she likes to believe she is an expert on Esther Williams. The Court Jester is streaming on Hoopla, and is available to rent or buy from Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and Apple TV. Watch the trailer.


Curious what the Watch Party is like? Check out the recording of our last one, which included conversations on a Jackie Chan classic from Hong Kong, a rom-com starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, a coming-of-age dramedy with Cher and Winona Ryder, and more.

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