Category Archives: Film

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 

Sweet Bike Shop Video: Not Only Pedaling

Esteemed alumni Elori Kramer ’13.5 is a woman of many talents and quite the biking enthusiast.  She shot the majority of this video from the fetal position in the trunk of a moving, non-4WD car during Winter Term in temperatures in the teens. The final product is a promotional video for the College’s bike shop (located underneath Coltrane, across from Ross for all the noobs out there). If this doesn’t make you want to get on your bike and ride, then you probably shouldn’t own a bike in the first place.  

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