During the fifteen or so minutes before the curtains (yes, real curtains) opened Sunday night, swankily dressed student actors, directors, producers, and crew members chatted as the last remaining people trickled into the Avon, struggling to find an open seat. By the time the show was over, it was that clear Brown Motion Pictures had brought the house down, each film receiving thunderous applause.
If you were unlucky enough to miss the Spring Premiere, don’t fret. The films will be available online on the BMP website at some point, and when they are, you should see all of them.
On the Run – Directed by Bill Marcy ‘17 and written by Jordan Stein ‘16On the Run is a comedic lens into to the life of a workaholic clean-freak Max Greenwater (Brendan George ‘18), who commits a petty crime that he believes has got him in way over his head.
See it for: Despite the use of the timeworn germaphobe trope, this film is able to stand out via George’s hilariously frantic body language and outbursts, a series of hysterical three second cut scenes, and a fantastic jazzy soundtrack.
Break – Directed by Isue Shin ‘17 and written by Kent Smith ‘16
A woman spends a day with her ex-boyfriend after she is caught breaking into his house.
See it for: Break is full of witty dialogue and provides a soberingly realistic take on post-break up relationships. However, it was hard to hear some speaking parts during outside scenes; luckily, a cranking up of the volume solves this problem if you’re watching from home.
Retrieval – Directed by Ellie Gravitte ‘17 and written by Jesse Gumbiner ‘15
Luke (Zach Fredericks ‘17) remembers everything perfectly, from restaurant orders made over a year ago to the exact number of times his brother has let him down. However, this incredible talent becomes a burden as he turns to an untested drug to escape a past that he’s stuck reliving.
See it for: The film brings up thought-provoking questions surrounding the purpose of memories and experiments with frame rate and camera angles in such a way that will remind you of Memento. Unfortunately, however, it’s never clear how the scientist (Rohit Basavaraju ’18) in the movie got to the point in his life where he’s selling giant Viagra-looking experimental pills out of his basement.
At the Edge – Directed by Lauren Cheung ‘15 and written by Rebecca Carol ‘15.
At the Edge is a non-linear montage of a relationship. A combination of excellent directing and phenomenal execution by actors Shannon Sotomayor ‘17 and Ruby Stenhouse ‘17 makes it easy to forget that the film is absent of dialogue.
See it for: Beautiful cinematography set to great music (soundtrack by Carlo Ladd ‘17).
Images via Brown Motion Pictures.