Category Archives: Film

Shahin Parhami Self Representation in Film TODAY

Acclaimed Iranian-Canadian film director Shahin Parhami will present on his work and self-representation in film tonight at 4:30 PM in the RAJ.  Parhami’s work predominantly revolves around heartfelt depictions of Iranian art, music, and culture, both at home and in diaspora. His most recent project, Amin, “is the story of an ancient musical tradition and one man’s struggle to preserve it,” and “is told using a unique approach to documentary storytelling that challenges the boundaries of fiction and reality.”  For those interested in narrative arts, this will undoubtedly be an intriguing talk from a director who has expanded his medium into new territory.  Brainerd Commons will host a reception following the talk at 6:30.

When: Today, Monday November 17, 4:30 PM
Where: RAJ
Cost: n/a

Films This Weekend

MCAB Free Friday Film: Fight Club (1999)


Come check out MCAB’s Free Friday Film, Fight Club. Watch Edward Norton and Brad Pitt channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy, underground “fight clubs.

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When: Friday Nov. 14 at 6PM and 9PM
Where: Dana Auditorium 
Cost: Free

Hirschfield International Film Series: The Great Beauty (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through Rome’s lavish nightlife for decades. When his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself taking stock of his life. “The Great Beauty gives even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies and the reviving artistry of Paolo Sorrentino . . . it is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film”—Richard and Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France, 142 minutes)

Rotten Tomatoes

When: Saturday Nov. 15 at 3 PM and 8PM
Where: Dana Auditorium 
Cost: Free

Almost Ablaze TONIGHT at 7

Angie Walker ’16 writes in:

It’s that time. Snow is on the mountains so get ready to shred. Come boost your winter stoke, get some SWAG, support the Middlebury College Ski Patrol, and maybe win a free Threesome Pass, at the ski movie premiere of TGR’s Almost Ablaze – a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on the planet. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state. Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes.

Tickets: $5 (Cash, Credit, Venmo)

Bonus: Raffle Tickets! Gear, gear, and a free pass! $3/1 $10/5

Bonus Bonus: Come early to watch segments from this year’s other top ski movies.

Raffle item donations from: Sugarbush, Marker/Volkl, The North Face, Smart Wool, Teton Gravity Research, and The Vermont Ski Haus.

When: Tonight 7:00 PM
Where: BiHall 216
Cost: Tickets $5, Raffle tickets $3 for 1, $10 for 5.

Hirschfield International Film Series: Short Term 12

Grace (Brie Larson) is a compassionate and dedicated supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. She struggles to make sense of her own troubled past while still providing for the kids who depend on her most. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature and Audience Award at SXSW, “Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that honestly earns every bit of its emotional impact”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Destin Daniel Cretton, USA, 2013, 96 minutes) Free

Date: Saturday, November 8th
Time: 3PM and 8PM (two screenings)
Place: Dana Auditorium, Free

Rotten Tomatoes – Certified Fresh

The student to non-student ratio this year has been ~1:8. Not only is it a great film, but the screening is a great way to see and mingle with people aged 25 and over.

It a story of love. A story of both helping people and helping oneself intermixed with multiple love stories. A story of trouble with dreary but engaging cinematic elements. Easy to follow—though it will still leave you thinking when the credits start rolling.

MCAB Free Friday Film: Maleficent


A fresh take on the Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty”, “Maleficent” tells the story from the perspective of the villain, portrayed by the beautiful Angelina Jolie.

This time Maleficent is a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Date: Today, November 7
Time: 6-8 pm
Place: Dana Auditorium

Granite Stoke Surf Movie Saturday

Tomorrow evening at 5 PM, Ryan Scura ’11 will be screening his film Granite Stoke in Axinn 232.  Granite Stoke focuses on the vibrant surfing culture on New Hampshire’s 18 miles of coastline, and thus far has been an official selection at the London Surf/Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival, and the Honolulu Film Festival just to name a few.  Ryan and lifelong buddy Dylan Ladds have been making films together since middle school, and have struck gold with Granite Stoke which, according to the London Surf/Film Festival review board, “captures the very essence of surfing and what makes the friends we meet through it so special.”  Weaving surfing footage with the story of a tight knit community, the film should be a real treat.  Ryan will stick around after the screening for a Q & A.  The event is co-sponsored by the Programs in Creativity and Innovation and the Film and Media Culture Department.

When: Saturday, 5 PM
Where: Axinn 232
Cost: Free

Free Films Friday and Saturday

AFFLUENZA, the latest film written by Midd Alum Antonio Macia ’00 (HOLY ROLLERS and ANNE B. REAL), is a deftly observed coming-of-age story about an impressionable young man entangled in a world of unlimited wealth and privilege, set against the looming 2008 financial crisis.

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

See after the jump for the Hirschfield Series feature the Selfish Giant.

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Hirschfield International Film Series: In The House (Saturday)

The next film in the Hirschfield Series lineup is In The House (François Ozon, France, 2012, 105 minutes).

A 16-year-old boy becomes involved with the family of a fellow student and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted but unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion leads him into a treacherous no-man’s land between the literary and the literal.

The New York Times writes: “”In the House” weaves a pleasant and clever spell, manipulating the viewer much in the way that Claude [the student] plays with Germain [the teacher]”.

IMDB Rotten Tomatoes 

Date: 9/27, Saturday
Time: 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

SATURDAY Hirschfield Series: Computer Class

COMPUTER-CHESSAfter a night of Friday revelry, there’s nothing better than sleeping in late on Saturday. And when you do wake up, be it at noon or later, few things are better than settling in for a good movie alongside a bunch of your fellow no-longer-intoxicated peers. While The Hangover might seem an appropriate choice, we’re at Midd, so why not indulge our shamelessly nerdy roots: Come by Dana Auditorium at 3 PM or 8 PM this to watch this Saturday’s Hirschfield International Film Series feature, Computer Chess! 

Set in 1980 and shot in late-1970s analog, this film features teams competing at an annual gathering of chess software programmers to see which of their programs can perform the best against a human chess player. We hear it’s a “supremely intelligent, beautifully constructed film, interweaving comedy and character, satire and subtext-Tom Huddleston, Time Out.”

Basically, it’s a story of nerds, computers, and chess. And it’s free. To me at least, nothing seems better.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

Free Friday Film: Tis’ The Season For Some Elf?


This friday, starting at 6 PM at the Dana Auditorium, what always seems to be the inappropriately early return of Christmas cheer is seeing an even earlier arrival than ever before. Along with the searingly cheery music, the tritely themed films pontificating about the importance of family, the lurid house decorations, and all the other forms of gross holiday paraphernalia that entail the coming of December 25th, Middlebury College has decided to play it’s part in the exceedingly long pre-season warm-up for this year’s Christmas.

For better or worse, one of the few Christmas films to poke a little fun at our country’s obsession with this great holiday, the 2003 Will Ferrell film Elf , is here for this week’s Free Friday Film! This will make a nice addition to this year’s movie screenings our college provides for our weekly entertainment, following the melancholy Cohen Brother Film, Inside Lewin Davis, and the odd collaboration of Zach Efron and Seth Rogen that made up this summer’s hit comedy, Neighbors.

All cynicism aside, if you’ve watched the film every year since 2003, never seen it before, or are harboring some bitter anti-holiday sentiments, make sure to come out and enjoy the show. After all, there’s only three months to go!

Where: Friday, September 19th, 6-8 PM
Where: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free