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Boyhood Before Your Eyes—A Film That Took 12 Years To Make (Flavorwire)

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.43.37 AMActor Ellar Coltrane was seven years old when he began what would be a twelve-year process of portraying “Mason” in Richard Linklater’s new film, Boyhood. Rather than use lookalikes to tell the story of growing up, Linlater and his cast—including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette—simply took their time and let nature take its course. The film’s new trailer is worth a look.

Horseless Carriages For NY’s Central Park? (The New York Times)

iStock_000017518478SmallIf animal rights activists have their way, the era of horse-drawn buggy rides through New York’s Central Park could soon be a thing of the past. But then how will romantic couples and other sightseers get around? On this, the 192nd anniversary of the birth of park designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, we offer a look at a proposed modern solution: the Horseless eCarriage…

Amernet Quartet, Calloway to Premiere Work by Bowdoin’s Shende

The objects upon which Julie Gard's prose poem series "Thin Bits of Evidence" is based

Shende’s song cycle is set to Julie Gard’s prose poem series “Thin Bits of Evidence,” in which each poem is tied to one of the objects above.

 

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and the Amernet String Quartet will premiere Bowdoin composer Vineet Shende’s new song cycle Thin Bits of Evidence, in a program that also includes Gabriela Ortiz’s Incan-based Balkaah, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters,” and Grieg’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Studzinski Recital Hall.

Shende’s music is set to a prose poem series by poet Julie Gard, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, who wrote the series after her house was set on fire in an arson attempt by a disturbed neighbor. Gard explains that writing poetry was her coping mechanism in the aftermath of that event, which took place in North Dakota in 2006:

Our neighbor had worked part-time at a thrift shop in town, and I went there one fall afternoon and filled a basket with objects that I felt drawn to in that moment, that connected in my gut to what had happened. At times I felt morbid to write about the fire, to dwell on it, but I also felt powerful whenever I picked up an object from that basket and composed a prose poem.

Following Wednesday’s concert, Gard will present a reading of her works in the faculty room in Massachusetts Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday April 10. Read more.

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.

Read more.

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.