Category Archives: Film

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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russell’s in the bushes. spilling his guts. vomiting up the black contents of his yellow belly. dealing with his own special kind of guilt. spent much of the afternoon walking the streets of the village. inspecting the brick. looking in trashcans. found a small rind of edenic peace crumpled in a slice of tinfoil. chewed it up. despite the taste. watched the houses and storefronts slide by while deadpanning down the street. remarked a fixed formal structure in the architecture. organization beginning to weigh heavily on russell. dreaming of pirate utopias while sleeping. poetry/terrorism as worshipped by anarcho-catalyzers. carried by shambling thoughts, floated downstream to the museum. cleaned out the contemporary art exhibition. brought it all home. burnt it up. took to the bushes.

“On Foot: Brooklyn”


Today at 4:30, collaborative film and music piece “On Foot: Brooklyn” from Brooklyn based filmmaker Beth O’Brien and composer Craig Shepard will give a talk in Axinn 229.  They will be performing Tomorrow at 4:30.  New York Times contributor Steve Smith describes the piece as dreamlike melancholy.”    Read on for more details

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TONIGHT: Detropia


If you’re looking for a hump-day movie or just some productive procrastination, come to Dana for a screening of Detropia: A Documentary. The film, produced in 2012, focuses on Detroit’s dramatic economic decline and its effects on the city’s population and infrastructure. The harsh reality in Detroit is depicted with intense and detailed imagery, immersing the viewers in the lives of the people of Detroit, as opposed to a surface-level documentation of a scene of urban decay.

 The upshot, the filmmakers suggest, is that America at large is just as vulnerable to the forces that have capsized Detroit’s once-thriving middle class. Inviting viewers to meditate on this larger reality, “Detropia” becomes a haunting portrait of a society desperately trying to create a viable future, even while it searches for a usable past.
-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Review.

Date: TONIGHT, March 12th
Time: 7:30
Place: Dana Auditorium
Free Food? Yup. One e-mail said cookies, the other “light refreshments.” OH the possibilities.

This screening kicks off Middlebury’s 2nd Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference, titled “The Young and the Jobless: Youth Unemployment in Times of Crisis.” Stimulating lectures and discussions on the subject will be going on the rest of this week through Saturday. Check out go/jobless for the complete schedule.

Hirschfield Film Series: From Up on Poppy Hill

This Saturday, the Hirschfield International Film Series will be screening the Goro and Hayao Miyazaki‘s father-son collaborative 2011 Studio Ghibli release “From Up on Poppy Hill.”  For those of you as bummed as I was that Miyazaki’s purported final movie “The Wind Rises” didn’t get the Academy Award this past Sunday, the screening Saturday will be a great consolation prize and memento of one of the most creative minds in animated film.  Raised on Pixar, I didn’t start watching Miyazaki movies until recently, and although I remain impressed by Pixar’s 3D animation style, Miyazaki creates magic in a way untouched by any of his contemporaries, portraying nostalgic wonder like no other animator of our time. There will be a 3 PM matinee for those looking to for a break from Chilifest, and another screening at 8 PM.  Both screenings will be in Dana.  See here for the full schedule of upcoming screenings in the Hirschfield Series, and after the jump for a short blurb on the film:

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Film Society Sunday: Kicking and Screening

This Sunday will be the inaugaral Film Society Sundays screening of Noah Baumbach’s 1995 film Kicking and Screaming.  Film Society Sundays will become a weekly installment for those interested in seeing movies on the big screen not shown on Free Friday Films or in the Hirschfield Film Series.  A new, unaffiliated group on campus, this Sunday hopes to gauge interest for those interested in screening, discussing, and enjoying films in an intimate, informal community setting.  If this concept interests you, please email middbeat[AT]gmail[DOT]com, and join us in Axinn 232 at 7 PM on Sunday.  See after the jump for more information about the film.

Date: Sunday, March 9
Time: 7 PM
Where: Axinn 232

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photexplo week one


hey middlebury. this is going to be a collection of photos and videos of pretty things. maybe you’ll think they’re pretty too. each week i’ll try to put up 3 or 4 photos and an embedded video. in a little while some text stuff will emerge as well. try to figure out what kind of cool relationships words and pictures can have. that sort of thing. thanks.

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