If there’s one highlight of finals week I’ve always looked forward to (yes, highlights during finals week can exist) it’s the Middlebury senior film & media culture majors’ senior thesis screening night. After months of directing, writing, producing and filming, the senior FMMC majors are proud to present their extremely impressive short films, and we’re always amped to see them—Dana Auditorium filled to the brim with students eager for a mid-week study break.
While many of the FMMC senior films blew us away, middbeat was particularly fascinated by recent Class of 2015 grad Will Hanley’s “The Sugar Bug,” a short documentary looking into the lives of local sugar makers and the process of making maple syrup. In Will’s film, various sugar makers across the state of Vermont share their stories, experiences, and love for maple syrup. Humor, intellect, and charm combine to make this film truly one of a kind. We hope you check it out and pass it along!
It’s the last day of classes y’all and we all can use a little bit of a breather before finals start up. What better way to kick back and relax than attending the spring senior thesis screening tonight!! Support your friends or support strangers and watch some really talented students show what they’ve been working on this semester. Ali Salem ’16 writes in:
See spring term films from the Senior Tutorial class, featuring senior thesis work by Christian Bonaventura, Will Hanley, Stella Holt, Hunter Huebsch, Shirel Lebovich, Hannah Marks, Dylan Redford, Molly Stuart, Zach Wilson, and Jason Zhang!
Date: Today, May 11th Time: 7:30 PM Place: Dana Auditorium Cost: Free!
Tonight the narrative journalism fellows will be presenting their final pieces, each of which profiles a Middlebury student responding to the question ‘how did you get here?’ If you haven’t seen these before, give it a little google search. The talent of the fellows is evident, and their work is an awesome way to learn about the diversity of individuals in our community. Tonight, the fellows will be screening the digital profiles of Adam Milano ’15, Emily Luan ’15, Innocent Tswamuno ’15, Olivia Wiggins ‘18.5, Athraa Yalda ’15, Grace Woroch ’17 , Carmina Moorosi ’17, Yasmine Gilbert ’17, Sophia Bufton ‘15.5, Octavio Hingle-Webster ’17, Stephan Koenigsberger ’16, Sena Voncujovi ’17, Simona Scotta d’Antuono ’17, Christopher Vandiford ’17, Rana Abdelhamid ’15, Armel Nibasumba ’16 and Dylan Otterbein ’16. This should be a great time and I hear snacks and refreshments will be served!
Date: Tonight May 10th Time: 8-10 PM (come and go as you please) Place: Axinn 229 Cost: nada
If you’re not too busy rocking out to Misterwives or getting your BBQ on at Proc Terrace, be sure to check out the Free Friday Film of the day!
High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he’s developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father’s prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney’s chagrin.
Date: Today, May 8th Time: 6-8PM Place: Dana Auditorium Cost: Free, duh!
This time of year is always tough. The relentless, mean winter finally fades into a welcoming, soft spring-summer (is there really a difference when it’s 80 degrees in May?) that makes us love this place more than ever before. Perhaps this is due to the influx of visible skin, or maybe it can be chalked up to some correlation between sun exposure and ~~good vibes~~, but it’s hard to deny that Midd + nice weather = happiness. Unfortunately, the equation usually isn’t that simple, so when it becomes Midd+ nice weather + increased workload + weird friend/boy/roommate drama + tons of cool things to do – free time – anonymity of huge puffy jackets and hoods + !!STRESS!!, that equals sign gets a little bit squiggly and no longer guarantees happiness. In fact, this time of year often induces more anxiety, worry, negative feelings, and overall unhappiness—regardless of the sunny skies and jacked-up temps—than even the darkest days of winter. Amidst the craziness of this time of year, it is often difficult to know what to do to simply “be okay”.
In her final project for a film class this spring, Chrissy Ritter ’16, addressed this very issue. In her short film titled “Don’t Do Your Homework”, Chrissy covers 20 easy steps to take to “be okay”. Take a stress-free moment to watch this awesome vid and then, whether you feel like you need it or not, take a break. Follow one, two, or all 20 of these steps, and remember that above all else, in 2 weeks, finals will be behind you (!!!!!!).
MCAB Free Friday Film: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
A film celebrating all of your fantasies: mild BDSM, sex to a soundtrack that is basically just Beyoncé moaning, getting a job right out of college. Check out this behind the scenes look:
And the trailer:
Date: Friday, May 1st Time: 6pm and 9pm Place: Dana Auditorium Cost: Free, obviously
Hirschfield International Film Series: Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 2014)
A alcoholic man and his two children are living inside a shipping container in Taipei, begging for pocket money. An experimental film, not shy of long stretches of silence or strange focuses, chronicles their lives as the father falls apart, and then back together again. As Matt Zoller Seitz, critic for RogerEbert.com states, this film “drives home the difficulty of daily existence while also…making you appreciate the incidental, beautiful sights and sounds that our busyness or our pain might otherwise cause us to ignore…”
Date: Saturday, May 2nd Time: 3pm Place: Dana Auditorium Cost: Free
This Wednesday, April 22nd in Dana Auditorium there will be a screening of the documentary film An AmericanAscent, a filmthat chronicles the thrilling journey of the first full African-American expedition team to attempt to summit Mt. Denali, the tallest peak in North America. The group sets out with the goal of leaving a legacy that paves the way for young people of color to explore the outdoors and change the face of the outdoors. Through the journey of these 13 amazing individuals, the film captures the deeply rooted connections of privilege, gender, and the continued fight for civil rights in and out of the mountains. Below is the trailer for the film:
Come down to 51 Main to hear the eclectic sounds of Eight 02, a contemporary jazz group with a distinct Vermont flavor. The Burlington-based band has toured all over the world, including a recent appearance in Russia! Their mellow tunes should provide the perfect accompaniment to 51 Main burger and beer.
Date: Tonight 3/19 Time: 8-10 pm Location: 51 Main @ The BridgeCost: Free (food and drink strongly encouraged though!)
Sascha Schell ’15 recently filmed a music video of Midd funk-soul-jazz outfit Milk Chocolate‘s Innocent Tswamuno ’15 performing Robert Glasper’s “No Worries” with Dwayne Scott ’17. Check it out above, and follow here for more of Sascha‘s material. Enjoy!