Moviegoers were treated to two sets of films this month – The Brock News


Moviegoers are in for a treat in October and many more in the months to come.

Two film series from Brock’s Department of Communication, Pop Culture and Film (CPCF) will offer fall rates at the Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Center, starting this weekend with the launch of a student-led series followed by a Brock University Film Society (BUFS) screening next Thursday.

The student-programmed Essential Cinema series grew out of discussions between Cathy Carr of The Film House and Associate Professor Anthony Kinik, who also directs BUFS.

Essential Cinema opens Saturday, October 22 with a double-header of horror favorites – An American werewolf in London at 6 p.m. and at Wes Craven Scream at 9 pm

Fourth-year filmmaking student and president of the CPCF Student Society (CPCFSS), Arielle Hounsham-Lalande says she’s excited to see the launch this weekend and lay the groundwork for what she hopes will be an ongoing endeavor.

The Brock University Film Society is hosting a screening of Moonage Daydream at the Film House later this month, but that’s not all the Department of Communication, Pop Culture and Film has in store for moviegoers.

“We try to make it very accessible to people with all levels of film knowledge, she says. “You don’t have to be a movie buff to enjoy this series – we really try to make it open to attract new audiences to enjoy all kinds of films.”

Fourth-year film student and long-time member of the CPCFSS, Mathew Chamberlain is eager to show that student-led programming has an important place in the community and is worth investing in and supporting.

Chamberlain chose the October 22 screenings and Hounsham-Lalande will schedule the November series, but from then on it is up to the students to submit films for possible inclusion. Those chosen for screening will be nominated by the student who lobbied for the selection, and at the end of the year, Essential Cinema will publish an Essential Cinema Top 100 by students.

“One of my favorite things about filmmaking in general and film studies in particular is seeing films that I may have seen before being presented in a different light,” Chamberlain says. . “So the most exciting thing for me in the program will be to see how the students write and present the film to frame their essential films.”

Any Brock student interested in submitting a possible Essential Cinema selection should contact Chamberlain via email Brock with 100 words describing what makes him essential.

“I love the idea that students can try their hand at programming,” says Kinik. “I think it’s a wonderful initiative, and I hope it will have a long life; after all, BUFS has been operating more or less continuously since 1975, except for one pandemic-related shutdown.

For over 45 years, BUFS has brought the best of independent and arthouse filmmaking to the Niagara region with the support of the Faculty of Social Sciences CPCF. They started their monthly schedule for 2022-23 earlier this year.

On Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m., BUFS will screen Lunar Reveriethe first David Bowie film to be sanctioned by his estate.

“BUFS has been on a musical journey so far this season, having started with a gonzo biopic based on the life of Celine Dion,” says Kinik. “The next step is Lunar Reverie, Extra-sensory meditation by Brett Morgen on the life, work and thought of David Bowie.

Tickets for all screenings are available at the Maison du Film. General admission is $9.50 or $7.50 for Maison du Cinéma members, plus tax. Free BUFS memberships are also available on screening nights.

BUFS and Essential Cinema will continue to hold monthly screenings through April. For more details, visit BUFS on the web and CPCFSS on Instagram.

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