Category Archives: Film

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

Hirschfield Film Series: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Hirschfield International Film Series will show the most recent Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis at both and 8 PM at Dana Auditorium.  Inside Llewyn Davis follows the story of a struggling folk musician in pre-Dylan Greenwich village as he navigates through a trouble filled and gloomy reality.  Featuring a star studded cast including John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake backing Oscaar Isaac as Llewyn.  This is the first of the series’ weekly showings of independent and international films, and you can find the full schedule here.

When: Today, 3 PM and 8 PM
Where: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

Free Friday Film: Neighbors

neighbors-movieThey’re back. Every Friday evening MCAB will sponsor screenings of blockbuster films that are no longer in theaters but not yet on sale… fo free. The films play in Dana Auditorium which has a huge screen and movie theatre chairs; it’ll feel just like the real deal, except you won’t have dropped a gross amount on tickets and there won’t be obnoxious children sitting next to you. Plus it gets out at 8, so the night shall still be young. What could be better.

This week’s film is Neighbors, described as follows:

Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Pete is his right hand man, and they’re quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity end ups on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond.

Popcorn’s on you.

Date: Friday, September 12
Time: 6-8pm
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: nada

The Caiçara: J-term Documentary by Tommy Hyde ’14.5

Whether you were interested in the beautiful country of Brazil before this summer’s ragin’ World Cup or not (BTW USA! FUCK YA @ 4PM TODAY!), once you watch this awesome documentary-style video by Tommy Hyde ’14.5 you will certainly be scratchin’ for a trip down south. Tommy spent J-term 2014 living the Brazilian beach life in the small, non-touristy, fisherman-fueled town of Bonete, Brazil. This video was his final project. Check out Tommy’s description of the experience below. Definitely worth watching (make sure those subtitles are on unless you’ve mastered português as well)!

“So this was pretty much the best month of my life. Rita Croce ’14 was a hero and set me up with a little hut her family owns on this beach. I got to eat coconuts, surf everyday, and hang out with these really amazing fishermen.

For the first week or so, I got a lot of weird looks. For one – there are very few tourists that stay in Bonete for longer than a few days, and it’s extremely rare to see any Americans. So a gringo staying for a month was confusing for the people there. However I gradually started to integrate – surfing with the locals, drinking beers with the old folks at the little bar at night, and even going to a few church services.

Marcelo, the centerpiece of the doc, was also a very shy guy. He is a man of few words, and was at first hesitant to open his life to me…even more hesitant about sharing with the camera. By the end of January however, right when my Portuguese was decent, he opened up and allowed me to film two days at his fishing outpost and conduct a single interview. It was a learn-on-the-fly experience in every way, and I’m privileged to have spent quality time with such an inspiring person in such a beautiful place.”

And here’s the link to the video again if ya missed it:

Free Friday Film: Her

This year’s Academy Award winner for best original screenplay, Spike Jonze’s Her, will be screening in the Dana Auditorium tonight at 6 and 9 PM, for those of you looking for an alternative to tonight’s Matt and Kim show.  Her stars Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely letter writer who falls in love with Scarlett Johansen, an artificial intelligence operating system.  The film marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut, and Her garnered nearly universal praise upon its release.  Although the timing of this screening may be inopportune for those looking to dance themselves clean to the funky rhythms of Boat Taxi, and the the synthed-out pop of Matt and Kim, Her will be just around the corner from the ruckus, and will surely be worthwhile.

Date: Friday, May 9
Time: 6 and 9 PM
Place: Dana Auditorium

Free Friday Film: American Hustle

Tonight at 6 PM in Dana Auditorium MCAB’s Free Friday Films presents Academy Award-nominated American Hustle.  Although it did not end up winning in any of the 10 categories in which it was nominated, American Hustle brings some of the highest quality acting of the year, each of the four stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper receiving nominations for their respective categories (Jeremy Renner’s also featured).  For those Massholes out there, the movie will also present some nostalgic images of the homeland, with principle photography taking place in Worcester and Boston.  See you there.

Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 6-8PM
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

Inside the Military Rape Case: An Evening with Susan Burke, Lead Counsel

Sexual assault in the military has been widely publicized over the past few years thanks to the courage of many military survivors who came forward to tell their stories in the groundbreaking documentary, “The Invisible War,” and to seek justice and reform through a series of lawsuits aiming to change the way the military prosecutes rape. This being said, for far too long the military sexual assault culture went unnoticed – a terrifyingly well-kept secret.

Today, we have the privilege to join Susan Burke, lead counsel on the case, for an informative discussion on rape and sexual assault in our society, how a culture of secrecy, shame and intimidation impacts colleges campuses and other institutions throughout the country, and how victims can be their own advocates for change. Hope to see you there.

Date: Today, April 22
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

Sad or Happy or Meaningful

Middlebury student James Taylor ’14 has made a sort of documentary about live music. Many of the bands featured in this video are from the state of Vermont and from Middlebury’s campus and all interviews were done locally. He hopes that you take a few minutes to watch it. Any criticism in the comments section would be greatly appreciated.



TONIGHT: Christine Vachon presents “Kill Your Darlings”

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American independent film producer Christine Valchon will visit Middlebury tonight to present her 2013 film Kill Your Darlings, in an event sponsored by the Film & Media Culture department.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, stars Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsburg during his time as a student at Columbia University in the 1940s. Based on true events, the film chronicles the early ongoings of the beat writers’ generation as Radcliffe finds himself entangled in a complex web of friendship, love, literary aspirations, and murder.

Christine has produced a number of acclaimed films including Far From Heaven (2002), the Academy-Award winning Boys Don’t Cry (1999), One Hour Photo (2002), and I’m Not There (2007), as well as the 2011 Emmy Award-winning HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce. Her first film, Poison, written and directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1991. Christine co-founded the New York City-based production company Killer Films in 1995 alongside producer Pamela Koffer.

Christine will present the film and lead a Q&A session after the screening in Dana Auditorium. I recommend that you check it out. She’s kind of a big deal.

When: Tonight, 7:30pm
Dana Auditorium