Brown Motion Pictures (BMP) hosted its fall premiere last night at the Avon Cinema. The event debuted the four student-led films that BMP produced this semester to a packed house. BMP members, Brown students, and people from the Providence community were all stylishly dressed as they checked their name off the ticket list and made their way to their seats. The smell of popcorn filled the lobby, where attendees were getting their pictures taken by event photographers.
The first film screened was Parkour! directed and written by Jenn Maley ‘16.
This hilarious mockumentary about the making of a parkour film will have you as out of breath as doing actual parkour. Brian Semel ‘16 is brilliant as Michael (an ode to Michael Scott, perhaps?)
See it for: If you have been missing The Office or Parks and Recreation, then this is a film you won’t want to miss! Also, bagels (you’ll get the reference when you see it).
The second film was Man In Suit directed by Errol Danehy ‘18 and written by Aubrie Redwine ‘18.
A more action-based comedy, Man In Suit takes a look at art imitating life and vice versa when an unlikely hero (Ben Silver ‘17) finds his own internal power via comic book.
See it for: Really cool film noir style flashbacks and music. Also shots of The Underground as a speakeasy-esque bar that will totally shock you.
The film was followed by circles directed by Marcus Sudac ‘17 and written by Kent Smith ‘16.
This is perhaps the most experimental piece of the whole selection. It is visually (and generally) astounding (shoutout to Director of Photography Maria Paz Almenara ‘16). I’m not entirely sure what the film is about, and perhaps that is the point. What I can say is there is a waiting room, infinite issues of Better Homes & Gardens, and a killer score. (Also the crew placed tons of little origami props that come up in the film around the Avon, which was really cool!)
See it for: General art-appreciation; stellar acting; if you like the color gray.
Last but not least is Resolve directed by Blair Johnston ‘17 and written by Bill Marcy ‘17.
This is a period piece and it is pulled off really well. Telling you the decade might ruin the fun, but let’s just say there are tape players and Rubik’s cubes involved. Do with that what you will.
See it for: great soundtrack, fun colors, decade fun.
And don’t worry too much about missing these great films, they should be up on the BMP website very soon.