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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

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Greetings!

This week the Carleton Film Society will be doing a workshop on the art of writing for film. We will cover the basics of screenwriting along with some tips and tricks to improve upon your own writing in the film medium. Afterwards we will be screening the Rainer Fassbinder film Lola. A sexy German drama and one of Fassbinder’s final films.

"Colourful, Sexy and Fantastic!"

Your V.P.

Derek D.

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Hello everyone and welcome to Film Society 2010/2011!

Maybe the number of exclamatory sentences in this post is too high for you, but it clearly illustrates how excited I am to get the ball rolling for film society this year.

This is just a friendly reminder that our first meeting of the year is this Friday, September 17th at
6:00 in room 400 of St. Pat’s. We’re going to be getting to know all of you a little better, so come prepared to tell us what you want to get out of film society this year or what you think you might want to
do later in the year.

We’re also going to be screening our challenge entries for the month of September. It’s not too late to get started to make your challenge entry. Remember: the theme is ‘Summer Vacation’. Show us what you did (or didn’t do), what you hope to do next year or something along those lines. Challenges should be 2-5 minutes or so and burned onto DVD for
screening ease. If you have any questions, just shoot us an e-mail.

We’ll be screening the fantasy/comedy/detective bonanza ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ (directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg) at 7:00. It single-handedly saved Disney from bankruptcy and also marks the first (and so far, the only) time in animation history that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appeared on screen together.

Here’s the trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzuXjep6pbs&feature=related

So, in short, I hope to see you all on Friday at 6 with challenge
entries in hand (there’s a prize for the winner!) and some ideas for
what to do this year.

Until then!
-Christine Sirois, el Presidente

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Now that the weather is finally starting to cool off, it’s time to start thinking about joining us for another year. Membership for the whole year is $10 and that will get you into all of the workshops and screenings that we host PLUS super bonus extras that will be divulged as the month unfolds.

We’ve already announced the first challenge theme for the year: “Summer Vacation”. Show us what you did (or didn’t do) in your time off. Challenge films are due at our first meeting of the year on September 17th at 6:00 in 400 St. Pat’s. There will be a prize for the best short and bragging rights are always sterling.

There won’t be a workshop per se, but we execs are really interested in what you all want to get out of this year and what kind of stuff you want to see more (or less) of at meetings. We’ll be screening Who Framed Roger Rabbit that night too.

It’s gonna be some good, clean film society fun, so come on down and bring all of your friends.

See you soon!

-Christine

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Next week is the big hurrah to our weekly meetings, and you know what that means… Oh, you don’t? Well nOObz, it means that we will be choosing our execs and president for the 2010/2011 year. Exciting ain’t it?

Remember: it’s not just about the glory. It is actually a fair amount of work. You have to plan stuff and work with CUSA (which is a lot of work in and of itself) but you also get to hang out with cool people and totally geek out about films and stuff too.

If you think you’re the right candidate for the job, come on down to 400 St. Pat’s next Friday and tell us why. It’ll be great. We’ll watch a movie and maybe go for drinks after. Alright? Cool.

Until then (but possibly before),

-Christine

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It’s pitches this week, yup

Then storytime with Storytelling (2001) directed by Todd Solondz

6pm Room 400 St. Pat’s

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Alright, ‘CF’arers (it works, the ‘S’ is silent, c’mon it works). In consideration of your unmistakable level of enthusiasm and support for Film Society, we’ve postponed our Winter Re-Debut until Friday, January 15. You may modify your travel arrangements accordingly. (No need to avoid St. Pat’s as our burlap sack recruitment initiative is still on hiatus as well.) This delay provides all of us slightly more time to regroup after a very busy and legally-ramified holiday. I am still trying to repay my friends for their taking the rap on my private disagreement with a lamppost.

When Film Society returns, we’ll watch Todd Solondz’s Storytelling. To give you an idea of what his films are about, here’s Todd Solondz:

See you in a week!

P.S.: Expect the blog to be updated more often this semester, especially when I busy myself during Essay Sweeps Week.

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Rendezvous

If you haven’t been showing up on Friday nights, I hope you have a good excuse. It’s possible that you’re attending wild concerts and getting out of the city, in which case I see and can we please swap roles one of these weeks. However, if you’re just sitting around and accomplishing nothing, you need to come out to CFS. We also sit, but the exacerbation of your cinema awareness is our main priority. (And hey, if you’re already attending and unhappy with the way we young Execs run things– my we never told them how to rig their Canon ProShot to a 45’ mizzenmast, DARN —then we recommend that you simply stay in bed and exacerbate yourself.)

This week, we’re showing “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”, which is as delightfully high concept as it sounds. The 2004 film stars Angelina Jolie and her fellow robots, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow (she was in Shakespeare in Love) and Jude Law (he was in his kid’s nanny).

Furthermore, we’ll be showing your work from the November challenge, which asked you to employ slow motion in a short film. You had a month to find people who move and blink at alarmingly low speeds or otherwise invest in editing software. Now we want to see what you’ve assembled. Conveniently, this week’s workshop is on Editing.

So please step out of your strange netherworld and we’ll do some definitive hanging out and some primo noggin content will be distributed.

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We’re doing lighting.

studiolightand watching Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984)

paris_texas_01Friday the 13TH! 6pm. Room 435 St Pat`s, around the corner from rm 400

Oooh

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GeorgeWashington

Another Hallowe’en has passed, and really– are we any wiser? Are we any closer to one another or to an age of reason? Did Hallowe’en put a stop to swine flu or shut down Farmville, wherever that is? No. Then what was it, if not a panacea for society’s woes? Hallowe’en was a night for moping around in our unpopular, unflattering Homsar costumes, for being ignored by both the naughty firefighter and the naughty police officer– and again the next day on ‘Missed Connections’– and for eating the chocolates we found in the laundry room, rarely bothering to extract the Advil caplets. Simply put, Hallowe’en was another defeat.

We will try to facilitate a rebound from this disappointment by bringing you one of the few honest “hidden gems” of the decade. This Friday, Film Society screens George Washington, the debut film of David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Likened to Days of Heaven (Roger Ebert) and the writing of William Faulkner (A.O. Scott), Washington is the story of a group of small-town kids attempting to cover up– and come to terms with– a fatal accident. A matter of interest is that this film was made for approximately no dollars. Green talks about it here and here.

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker without gold bullion for parents, you’ll want to see this one. It should help you develop your plan to make an (equally) original, mesmerizing film on a budget of lint and toenail clippings.

Scott

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