It's that time of year again. We asked some senior thesis filmmakers to give us the low down on their films and give you a sneak peak at their work.Read More
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To borrow a quote from cartoonist Joan Sfar, "friends from the whole world, thank you for #PrayForParis, but we don't need more religion! Our faith goes to Music! Kisses! Life! Champagne and Joy! #ParisIsAboutLife".Read More
Wesleyan lost a star when Haley Sacks graduated in 2013. Lucky for us, her presence on social media is consistently updated and always hilarious. Haley recently started her Youtube series, First World Problem Solutions, in which she teaches us important life lessons like how to secretly diet and how to dress for thanksgiving. With the help of fellow alums like Annalora von Pentz '14 and Jack Coyne '13, plus a rad theme song from Henry Hall '14, it's jam-packed with Wesleyan talent best fit for the comedic talent of Queen H. Check it out.
Caroline Conrad '14 tells all about her obsession with Britney Spears's film debut in Crossroads. Just kidding, read all about how Caroline is expanding her senior thesis, on the adaptation of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, into a book. Damn, girl. Check it out here!Read More
Emma Gross and I first meet at one of the circular tables in downstairs Usdan. She places a box on the table with (presumably) her own handwriting on it and a small flower arrangement with a card attached. It isn’t until later that I gather that the flowers are a congratulatory gift from her parents on finishing her filming and the box contains film stock that she needs to send to the color lab. Unfortunately, it is Veteran’s Day so it can’t be sent out quite yet but this shouldn’t worry Emma—she’s been extremely diligent throughout the entirety of her thesis process in terms of getting things done to the nine and on time.Read More
What if I told you two Wesleyan alums just scored a major development deal with Comedy Central? You might say that's "chill" or "dope." However, what if I told you these alums graduated less than 3 years ago? Chill and dope, sure, but insanely impressive, absolutely.
The project titled THIS OLD THING is written by and stars Caroline Fox '12 and directed by Daniel Obzejta '12. The series is about a manipulative young woman and drug-addicted nurse who form an unlikely alliance, wreaking havoc on a sleepy nursing homeRead More
The Screenwriter’s Lounge was intended to be just that space, where students could simply write movies in the company of others. Joseph described how the idea of the Lounge evolved after the first meeting. “Our main focus was to be a production oriented organization, you know, borrowing from the Second Stage model to provide a framework for kids to make films through,” Jacob explained. “But we also became aware that equally important to that was creating a space for a film community to emerge on campus.”Read More
Tyler and Connor are Wes alums- Tyler is '08 and Connor is '10. And, if you couldn't tell from their shared last name, Tyler and Connor are brothers. Wesleyan alum brothers who do film, and are damn good at it.
This Thursday (11/6), at 8 PM, Conner and Tyler Byrne are coming to the Goldsmith Cinema for a screening of their newest short, "Four Eyes," followed by a Q&A session.Read More
Wesleyan Film students prove time and time again that yes, there are things you can do with a degree in film. I had a chance to sit down (…or g-chat…) with one of these students: Annalora Von Pentz (’14), a Wesleyan graduate of the Film Studies program. She dishes out some advice, offers me a writing job in a hypothetical film about her life, discusses her senior thesis, and hints at a very cool project she is working on at the moment.Read More
WORDS: JIMMY O'KEEFE '(15), STAFF WRITER
Based out of every western metropolitan city that gives a damn about fashion, youth, and art, Matt Lambert is giving us a specific point of view that glorifies the grime of rebellious youth. Like James Dean on speed, perhaps literally, Lambert’s subjects exude the kind of “don’t give a fuck” attitude that makes them so endearingly bad.
Part photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist, his work is firmly centered on the life and bodies of young men, but not any young men. He seems to have a penchant for the kind of guy you find smoking cigarettes outside the 7/11, not old enough to buy beer, but old enough to want it, and sly enough to get it.
Akin to Ryan McGinley, Lambert strips down his models (literally) in order to expose the raspy and sickening world of teen boys. Is Lambert’s work just a mirror on this ruckus world, or is it stylized to the utmost degree?
Verging on pornography, Lambert’s photographs leave little to the imagination. After all, what do young people like to do but get naked, drink, smoke, and hang out.
Every boy in Lambert’s work is impossibly good looking, addictingly sinful, and dirty, not just dirty, but grimy in that way that’s oh so sexy. Do these people really exist, or are they, dare I say, the stuff of tumblr dreams?
Either way, Matt Lambert’s films and photographs seem sincere to the kind of feelings that hard-partying youth ostensibly have. Dramatized? Yes. Stylized? Yes. Surrealistic? At times. Lambert’s nightmares and fantasies are rooted in the kind of problems that face or at least tempt many of us.
TEXT: ARIEL JACOBSON '15, FILM EDITOR
You may remember Henry Hall '14 as the lead singer of Wesleyan band, Grand Cousin, or as the director/actor/singer in his Honors winning thesis film, There's Nothing Wrong with Me.
For all you Hen-atics out there, I have good news-- Henry is working on his new EP and, taking a cue from Queen Bey, he's got some videos to go with that falsetto goodness.
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of working on his latest music video for his track, Fake Words in Mt. Kisco, NY. The premise of which had some unique inspiration. Erin and Emmett (pictured above), have been best friends since they were born, which was only 10 years ago, but still. The Fake Words music video marks their third fake wedding to date (Let's all collectively say "Aw,") but this is the first time they've had Henry Hall as their wedding singer.
With Jack Coyne '13 directing and the help of other grads like Annalora Von Pentz '14, Spencer Burnham '14, and Elijah Cone '14, shooting went pretty damn smooth. You can expect the music video's release in about a month or so, but to hold you over until then look above for a sneak peak courtesy of Oliver Citrin '14.
When I asked Raphael Linden, filmmaker extraordinaire '15, to come over to my house so I could interview him about his amazing stop-motion work, it was really just an excuse for him to bring his ferret Oswaldo over to meet my cat Picklez. What we found out was that cats and ferrets don't really get along. Regardless, I still forced them into a few dozen cute pictures, plus I got to learn a lot about the man behind the animation. Check out his latest works, Homunculus with Milk and Orifice with Flora, and if you're wondering "how does he do that???" read our chat below-- you can thank me later.Read More
Three years removed from the final installation of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and with two years remaining until the premiere of Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman, Fox has decided to bring forth a new Gotham City, with the almost-origin story of a whole slew of characters in the Batman universe.Read More
More instructive as a lesson in TV marketing than in crime, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder was a guaranteed hit before it even premiered. Created by Peter Norwalk, but made in the image of executive producer and television sensation Shonda Rhimes, the primetime soap is expertly devised to capture the Scandal audience - and keep it.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a television show. Not just any television show – a show that was, dare I say, the greatest non-Kardashian, canceled-after-one-season reality show to ever grace the E! Network.
This may seem like an incredibly niche category. Okay, it definitely is a very niche category. But this show will change your life. Probably. Or at least give you something to watch while drunk.Read More