Noir: The Power of Compliance and Stanley Milgram

Craig Zobel understands that his new film, “Compliance,” makes audiences uncomfortable to the point of creeping them out. That’s kind of the point, the filmmaker says.
“There is that line,” Zobel says. “Obviously, it’s not ideal if you make something that disturbs people so much that they walk out. But this film needed to be challenging. It’s an important story because of how dark it goes. What scares me is that whole idea of who we think we are and who we are when put in a situation like this.”
Based on actual cases, “Compliance” is a fiction film essentially shot on one small set: a mock-up of a fast-food restaurant. The film deals with the manager of a fast-food restaurant (and her employees) who are manipulated by a caller claiming to be a police officer – who tells them that a young female employee has been accused of stealing from a customer. More to the point, he wants the manager to hold her until he gets there and, in the meantime, conduct a thorough search of the young woman. A strip-search.
Aside from the actual incidents (of which there were dozens), Zobel also drew on the Stanford prison experiments (which cast students as guards or prisoners, then revealed just how far the guards would go in dehumanizing the prisoners) and the Stanley Milgram experiments (in which people were instructed to shock subjects who delivered wrong answers).

Zobel still isn’t sure whether anyone can guard against a situation like this one: “That scares me – and that makes it an interesting place to talk about in an artistic way.”

NoirCon 2012 – At-A-Glance

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The best way to tell you about the line up for NoirCon 2012, is to let the line up speak for itself. Here it is in a nutshell or as NoirCon 2012 At-A-Glance! Take a moment to visit the websites of these talented individuals and see the noir magic that will come to life at NoirCon 2012!
NoirCon At-A-Glance 2012 [§,*]

Masters of Ceremony: Charles Benoit and Edward G. Pettit

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Thursday, November 8th – Phila Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 531 North 12th Street, 19123 www.philamoca.org, 267-
519-9651
Heide Hatry – The Art of Noir
Peter Rozovsky – Project Noir Songs
The Scovilles – The Live Music of Noir
Oren Shai – The Condemned

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Friday, November 9th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147,
www.societyhillplayhouse.org,
215-923-0210
The Art of Noir – Heide Hatry
Career in C Minor – Wesley Stace, Nathaniel Larson, Cullen Gallagher (moderator)
Good Country People (Southern Noir) – Peter Farris, Vicki Hendricks, Jake Hinkson, Joe Samuel Starnes (moderator), Jonathan Woods

L.A.Noire – Megan Abbot, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Santlofer (moderator), Duane Swierczynski
Double Trouble: Taking Noir Personally: Polito and Schenkar – Robert Polito and Joan Schenkar
Jeremiah Healy Interviews Otto Penzler

NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner – Penns Landing Caterer, 1301 South Columbus Blvd, 19147, 215-336-7404,
3rd Goodis Award (Block/Boxer), 3rd Kogan Award (Penzler/Kogan), 1st NoirCon 2012 Poetry Award (Polito) Music: DJ Mobita Entertainment: Grover Silcox- Tell Tale Heart

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Saturday, November 10th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147
True Crime – Megan Abbot, Alison Gaylin, Wallace Stroby, Dennis Tafoya
NoirCon 2012 Keynote Speaker – Robert Olen Butler

Jewish Noir – Jay Gertzman, SJ Rozan, Michele Lang, Kenneth Wishnia
Burlesque Noir – Frank DeBlase, Lulu Lollipop, Susana Mayer, Timaree Schmit
Duane Swierczynski Interviews Lawrence Block
NOIR [cash] BAR Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch Street, 19107 – 10th Floor Grill

Sunday, November 11th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147

Sex, Noir and Chandler – David Henry Sterry
Crime in Primetime: TV’s most innovative noir series – Jared Case (THE SHIELD), Rich Edwards (BREAKING BAD), Thomas Kaufman (HILL STREET BLUES)

[*] Times subject to change
[§] Panelists subject to change