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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

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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]“.

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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

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