Edinboro Film Series anniversary lineup revealed

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Edinboro Film Series anniversary lineup revealed by Cheyenne Majeed

The spring semester has finally begun for the students of Edinboro University. With everyone getting back into the swing of school life, a number of programs are kicking back up, such as the Edinboro Film Series. This year, John C. Lyons, founder of the Edinboro Film Series, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the program with students. With no time to waste, the series began with the award-winning indie film, “Beasts on the Southern Wild,” shown on Jan. 21 in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Scot Cinema. The film featured a little girl finding her way through various trials and tribulations while learning the way to love and bravery.

For the remainder of the semester, seven other films will be shown throughout February and all the way to April. All films will be shown in the Scots Cinema. Doors open at 8 p.m. for every event. Tickets for all Edinboro students are free of charge; otherwise, general admission is $5.

Be on the lookout this upcoming Thursday on Feb. 4 as “What We Do In The Shadows” will premiere — a comedy about vampires adjusting to the struggles average humans deal with every day. Also, on Feb. 18, “The Holy Mountain” will be showcased. This particular abstract drama is about a character, portrayed in a Christ-like manner, who leads seven others to a place called the “Holy Mountain” in hopes to achieve enlightenment. Both of these films are rated R.

The month of March features science fiction and two documentaries. “Ex Machina,” premiering March 3, is about a young programmer who receives the opportunity to partake in an experiment of the combination of the female intellect with a mysterious robot. “The Hunting Ground,” being showcased on March 17, is a documentary based on rape culture in colleges in the United States; why it happens, as well as what is and is not being done. The film shows how rape takes its toll on the victims and their families. On March 31, another documentary is being shown, titled “The Internet’s Own Body.” This one is based on Aaron Swartz, a programmer and activist who committed suicide at 26 years old.

For the lovers of drama and romance, mark your calendars for two films you will not want to miss in April. “Amadeus” will be showing on April 14, an older film about the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told by peer and hidden rival Antonio Salieri. As the film series comes to an end, you can catch “Punch Drunk Love” on April 28, a film about a troubled supplier who develops romantic feelings for an English woman, while being tortured by a crooked mattress salesman through a phone-sex hotline.

The idea behind the film series is to “inspire future filmmakers, actors, actresses, and artists of all kinds.”

The program gives students and members of the community the chance to meet the artists behind certain films, and get the opportunity to ask any questions necessary about what they do and what goes into making a film come to life as they envision.

Cheyenne Majeed is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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