The opening shot of “It Follows” creates a palpable sense of horror, even before the first line of dialogue is spoken. An unnamed girl scurries across her street. Silence ensues except for the girl’s own heavy breathing. The camera then follows the girl in a tracking shot that lasts until she escapes in her father’s car. It’s a cinematic shot, done masterfully by director David Robert Mitchell and cinematographer Mike Gioulakis, who together set the stage for a movie that uses many camera tricks to further the film’s suspense.
“Things Observed” is the theme of this years’ art department faculty exhibit now in the Whipple Fine Art Gallery. Faculty members Renee Couture, Ted Isto, Greg Rice and Susan Rochester are displaying their respective talents in a presentation of photography, pottery, clay works and modern art. “The faculty in our department all have active art professions. This exhibit helps students get a feel of where the faculty is coming from before and while they take art classes from us,” said Rochester, associate professor of art and department chair.
Several staff who work in Snyder Hall have recently experienced adverse health effects with at least two incident reports recently filed related to severe respiratory distress attributed to the office building. In the last couple months, concerns of air pollution in Snyder Hall led Jess Miller, director of Maintenance and Grounds, to hire a certified industrial hygienist to inspect the Snyder office building. Brad Johnson from PCA Health; Safety Consultants of Lake Oswego evaluated the building on Oct. 23. Results showed poor indoor air quality, as well as microbial and ventilation issues, among other problems. This is not the first year that Snyder staff have
The documentary, The People’s Crisis, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5pm in the cafeteria, funded by student government, to help students understand the crisis in North Korea. The film tells of North Koreans in bondage and their journey to freedom in hopes of inspiring people. The documentary will be shown in the cafeteria.
This thriller of an independent film has a little bit of everything. But before I go any further with this review I want to express something of a disclaimer. The term “independent film” is very ambiguous. If any term within film production vocabulary is broad, “independent film” is the broadest. The term is defined as any film produced independently of a major studio such as MGM, 20th Century Fox or Paramount. But when films like “Clerks,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “Memento,” “Donnie Darko” and the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” are all lumped within this group, the term can be misleading. I’m trying to explain that most
“The Awakening,” an independent film produced by Los Angeles based Blind Faith Productions, premiered Oct. 29 at Seven Feathers Casino and Resort due to director Vince Rotonda’s desire to play to a more real audience than what he could find in Hollywood. This is the first feature film to be produced by Blind Faith Productions although Rotonda has a large body of work including producing feature films such as “Pariah” as well as several reality television shows. Seven Feathers hosted the premiere of the horror movie to an audience of over 200 viewers, with two more screenings on the following Saturday. The event was free