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Filming the Sea: David Conover at Bowdoin

Award-winning documentary filmmaker David Conover ’83, who is slated as Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Scholar for 2014-2015, comes to campus this week to present an April 2 lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at 7-9 p.m.

David Conover ’83“We’re thrilled that Dave Conover will be joining us as Coastal Studies Scholar for the coming academic year,” said Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Barry Logan, who noted the strength of Conover’s “creative sensibilities, knowledge of climate change impacts on the oceans and coasts, and commitment to effective communication through film.”

In this week’s talk – sponsored by the Film Studies Program and open to the public – Conover offers a preview of his background and expertise, sharing stories and clips from 25 years of filming the dynamic interface between land and sea. Conover has toted a camera along some of the most extreme coasts on earth, from Newfoundland to Madagascar and Svalbard to the Galápagos. His past includes adventures such as an around-the-world voyage with geneticist Craig Venter, an excavation of the pirate Captain Kidd’s ship, and the journey from an analog era into the digital age.

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Tony Molinari ’96: Stunt Double (Huff Post)

iStock_000001956089SmallActing can be tough, especially when the script calls for a dangerous action scene. Good thing the stars can call on stunt doubles willing to do the scary stuff—folks who look just enough like the real thing that they can fool an audience. That’s just what Bowdoin’s Tony Molinari (Class of 1996) does for actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s a look at Tony and a bunch of other stunt doubles who make it all look so easy.

Creative Energy: Acclaimed Writers at Bowdoin

From left: Russ Rymer, Susan Faludi, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin

From left: Russ Rymer, Susan Faludi, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin (Photo: James Marshall)

Right now Bowdoin is a writing powerhouse. No fewer than four illustrious writers – Susan Faludi, Russ Rymer, Jaed Coffin, and Sarah Braunstein – are on campus this year as visiting faculty members, joining Professor of English Brock Clarke to teach courses in fiction and creative nonfiction.

Read excerpts from their books: Sarah Braunstein’s The Sweet Relief of Missing Children • Brock Clarke’s The Happiest People in the World • Jaed Coffin’s A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants • Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream • Russ Rymer’s Paris Twilight

Between the five of them they have authored a wide array of published works – books on feminism, articles on science, novels, memoirs, short stories, and more. “Having these distinguished writers with us is an inspiration and invaluable resource for our students,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.

As part of a series of readings by the visiting writers, Rymer will read from his novel Paris Twilight on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall.

Click here for the full story, which originally appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Bowdoin Magazine.

Dazzle Your Friends With Oscar Trivia (Digg)

iStock_000033035046SmallThe 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air tomorrow night on ABC, which means there’s just one more day to knock these nominees for Best Picture off your list: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and the “Wolf of Wall Street.” But even if you can’t speak with authority about this year’s nominees, that doesn’t mean you have to be a bore during what promises to be a late night for movie buffs. Just absorb these little-known facts about the Oscars and you too can be a filmophile.

World Cinema Film Festival Kicks Off

This week Bowdoin presents the World Cinema Film Festival, drawing upon contemporary films from across the globe and international cinema expertise from across the campus.

Organized by the Film Studies Program with collaboration from an array of other Bowdoin departments and programs, the seven-day festival showcases seven narrative and documentary films from China, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Cuba, and Italy (including one film set in Japan and another in the Central African Republic), all chosen by faculty members.

One film will screen each night of the week at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Feb. 17-23. Find out more about the 2014 World Cinema Film Festival at Bowdoin.

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Sarvis Dance Film Featured at Lincoln Center Festival

'Rooms' Film by Paul Sarvis

Images from Paul Sarvis’ 6-minute film “Rooms”

The short film “Rooms,” by Paul Sarvis, chair of Bowdoin’s theater and dance department, will be screened Feb. 1 as part of the 42nd annual Dance on Camera Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Featured as part of the festival’s Shorts program, the film portrays an elderly life and a youthful life through interlocking images “to suggest a relationship between the two even though one may not exist.”

Sarvis’ film premiered last fall in juried screenings at the Sans Souci Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and at DANCE:FILM 13 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It will also be included in the World of Women Festival in Sydney, Australia, this coming March.

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Kayali ’01 Composes Inaugural Brass Fanfare

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Francis Kayali ’01, who recently joined the music faculty at Saint Anselm College, was asked to compose an inaugural brass fanfare before his first semester had even begun. Read a first-hand account of Kayali’s experience on Saint Anselm’s blog.

James Bond’s Problematic Drinking (BMJ)

BondJames Bond, the suave British secret agent depicted in twelve of Ian Fleming’s novels and two of his short stories, is known for his cunning, sharp mind, and his way with the opposite sex. But as skeptical scientists have now revealed, 007 probably needn’t worry so much about Dr. No or SPECTRE — it’s the martinis that will get him.

Feminism, Image and Miley Cyrus

Illustration credit: Abby McBrideMiley Cyrus’ attention-grabbing performance at the MTV Video Music Awards — featuring a teddy bear onesie and a risqué duet with Robin Thicke — sparked a lecture and student discussion of gender and sexuality in Hubbard Hall December 4.

Led by Associate Professor of German Jill Smith and Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Aviva BriefelFeminism, Image and Miley Cyrus took place in the Shannon Room of Hubbard Hall with sponsorship from Baxter House and the Donald and Barbara Kurtz Fund.

Cyrus’ performance included “all of these indicators that signify sexuality or sexual perversion in some way, but not in a very legible or readable way,” Briefel said. “I think it confused a lot of people, which we can see from the audience shots.” Read the full story by Somya Mawrie ’14.

David and Phillip Ying to Lead Bowdoin International Music Festival

Phillip and David Ying

Phillip and David Ying

The Bowdoin International Music Festival (BIMF) announced Saturday that David and Phillip Ying have been named co-artistic directors. An organization independent of the College, BIMF brings renowned soloists, performers, artist instructors, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to the Bowdoin campus during the summer for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performance. The Yings, who were selected to lead BIMF following a national search, will succeed founding director Lewis Kaplan at the conclusion of the Festival’s 50th anniversary season in 2014.

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