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The Room is the worst movie ever, it’s quite infamous. So the Mayfair Theatre screens it once a month and encourages audience participation! (You can throw spoons at the screen and shout obscenities)

When: September 14th at 10:45pm
Where: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank, just at Sunnyside, a walk away from campus

How much: it costs $10 for a ticket to see The Room

We’ll all be walking there together!

Meet us at 10pm outside Residence Commons in the Residence Quad, look for the Carleton Film Society sign and make sure to bring your plastic spoons!

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Hi Carleton students!

Do you like movies?

Yes?

Great! Once a week we get together and watch a film!

We’re the Carleton Film Society, and basically what we do is watch films (some opportunities to make films are available as well).

Everyone from any discipline is welcome to come join us to watch the films, we try and hold themes for choosing the films that we show and are more than open to suggestions!

Do you have to pay to watch films with us? If you want to come by and watch the films we show, it’s free, but if you want to be an official Film Society member it’s a $10 fee that covers the entire school year and will get you discounts at Mayfair Theatre and Invisible Cinema!

To contact us please go through our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/carletonfilmsociety or through email at carletonfilmsociety@gmail.com

We will update this post once we have confirmation of where and when we will be meeting!

Hope to see you soon!

This Friday we are looking for pitches for our annual short film project. We’re looking for everyone who has an idea for a short film that is 1 to 15 minutes in length to come and pitch their idea. For those of you who have never pitched anything before, here is a brief rundown of what we want from you for your idea.

An elevator pitch. Imagine you are a filmmaker at a festival with your film looking for your film to be picked up. You get in an elevator at your hotel and in comes a film executive. This film executive asks you what your film is about. You have only the amount of time until the elevator stops to explain your film. This is should be your starting point. Explain to us in as little words as possible what your film is.

Once we have a good idea of what the film is about through the elevator pitch, then you can begin explaining in more detail the plot of the film.

We will be asking logistical questions such as how many roles, how many locations, what time of day are we shooting, indoor or outdoor, any props or costumes that will be needed, approximate length, so make sure you have a good idea of all these components.

We will also ask if you would like to direct the film. You don’t have to if you don’t want to but it is entirely up to you.

You do not need to have a completed script. The scripting process comes later. If you have it already written, or at least part of it written, bring it. We may ask you to read a quick segment of it.

If you can not come to the meeting this Friday but still want to pitch, it’s okay. Just write up your pitch and email it to us at carletonfilmsociety@gmail.com or as a private message on our Facebook page, BEFORE 4pm on Friday. Any later and we will not have time to look at it. If you’re really enthusiastic about your idea then meeting up with an exec before hand and pitching to them could work best.

We have joined forces with the Carleton Art Gallery for a screening of Strike (1925).   We meet at 6pm in the Gallery on the 1st floor of St. Pats.   We can’t wait to see you there!

When the term ‘slow cinema’ is spoken of, it doesn’t particularly evoke a sense of excitement. In fact, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a genre of film composed of long takes, a slow narrative and yes, it can be boring.

The lecture by Carleton professor Erika Balsom, however, was not. She delivered the lecture on slow cinema to the Carleton Film Society on Sept. 28, the first in the Film Society’s Guest Lecture Series.

In an interview, Balsom described the difference between conventional storytelling and slow cinema.

“While classical narrative pairs away anything that isn’t going to contribute to the forward movement of the film, slow cinema kind of does the opposite,” she said.

“It’s like a willful wasting of time, things take too long, they last too long.”

Slow cinema is a relatively recent thing, made popular in the 1960’s by artists such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Andy Warhol.

Sometimes called contemplative cinema, slow cinema tends to have skeletal narratives, and is composed of long takes, long duration, slowness and boredom.

Its growth of popularity within the last twenty years can be attributed to how our daily lives have changed due to technology.

“In a world of distraction where people are looking at films on their phones or on low quality clips it provides a site of contemplation. When most people treat images like garbage, slow cinema provides a site for really celebrating a real contemplation of the image,” Balsom explains.

Films under the label of slow cinema can often be grueling and difficult to watch however, and films that go on for sometimes eight hours are not atypical in this genre.

Due to this, slow cinema receives a lot of critique. Some critics have described watching slow cinema as ‘eating your cultural vegetables.’

“Are these films boring? Totally. They’re often said to be more interesting to talk about than to watch but being bored while watching these films is in way kind of the point. Because the hope is that you get bored.”

Balsom goes on to explain how being bored isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It changes your focus, allowing you to notice micro-movements and how you are experiencing time itself.

Unlike regular blockbusters slow cinema takes its time to bring you into the moment instead of making the moments shorter and faster to keep your attention.

Balsom leaves it up to the audience to decide what the point of slow cinema is, and whether or not it’s ‘boring’.

Balsom screened the film Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) by Bela Tarr, set in a Hungarian town very much in decline and its eventual spiral into chaos.

The long takes give you the opportunity to take in all the details within the scene. It enables you to take in the entire composition of the scene as you find your eyes constantly wandering from the subject to explore the rest of the world Tarr has created.

“Cinema is, at its essence, about nothing other than time itself,” she said.

“Is this what slow cinema is doing? Is it just this reactionary retreat from our contemporary world? Maybe.”

Hello everyone!
We at the Carleton Film Society are looking forward to a new year full of exciting film events and filming opportunities. Here is what we have planned for September:

 

Sept 8th: Come see the cult classic ‘The Room’ at the Mayfair Theatre. Meet us outside St Patrick’s building at 9:30pm

 

Sept 14th: Our first Film Society meeting! Meet the members and join us for a screening. 6-9pm at 400 St Pat’s

 

Sept 21st: Take a trip downtown to the National Arts Centre to see ‘Le Tableau’ at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Meet us outside St Pat’s at 6pm.

 

Sept 28th: Guest lecture and a screening by Carleton professor Erika Balsom. 6-9pm at 400 St Pat’s

 

Also stay tuned for filming opportunities coming in October!

 

Make sure you’re following us on our facebook page to stay up to date on all events!
http://www.facebook.com/carletonfilmsociety

The Election

Hello,

This week will be the election for the Film Society Executive. If you are interested please be there on time and explain to us how you would strengthen the group. Afterwards there will be voting and a new executive will be selected. In addition, next week is the night of the Funded Short screening and we will discuss progress on that and promotion for the event.

See you all there.

-The Carleton Film Society