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.
Monday, November 30
Event: Into the Grind(s)
Location: The Underground
Time: 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
“Come sample coffee varieties from around the world and learn about different brewing techniques and blends in the Underground Coffee Co.” This event is totally free and will feature informational sessions on brewing techniques at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1
Event: UCS Open Forum
Location: Salomon 001
Time: 8:00 p.m.
The Undergraduate Council of Students will be moderating a forum on the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The event will include both an overview of the plan and a Q&A with the following administrators: Rick Locke, Maud Mandel, Liza Cariaga-Lo, Mary Grace Almandrez, & Janet Blume.
Wednesday, December 2
Event: In Transition: A Thayer Street Pop-Up Exhibition
Location: 271 Thayer Street (Where City Sports used to be)
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Come to the unveiling of this exhibition about Providence’s street art scene. Sponsored by Artbeat, this event will feature artists from the community.
On Wednesday night at the Avon, Ivy Film Fest and Brown Motion Pictures teamed up to bless Brunonia with a free screening of Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, Steve Jobs. Here are 10 reasons why you must go see it:
1. Michael Fassbender. Simply his presence in the film is enough of a reason to go. Should I just end the list now? Not only is Michael Fassbender unquestionably and extremely attractive, but he also just happens to be a fantastic actor. Can’t we all just take a minute– and by minute, I mean the two hours that are Steve Jobs— to appreciate him?
You’ll have to go see the movie if you want to behold those ridiculous sneakers.
2. For the last third of the film, Fassbender wears what might very well be the whitest and most-clunky looking sneakers you have ever seen. They look like moonshoes. It’s awesome. They held my attention for so long that they should be billed in the credits as supporting actors.
3. Remember little B.B. from Kill Bill Vol. 2? She’s all grown up now and in her first recognizable role since Kill Bill (seriously, where do the child actors go?). And she’s actually very good as Steve’s semi-estranged teenage daughter, Lisa.
If you haven’t seen the Kill Bill movies we have some bigger issues to discuss here.
Wednesday, October 14
Event: Steve Jobs Free Screening
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Avon Cinema
In case you don’t have midterms on Thursday (or even if you do), come see Michael Fassbender’s take on Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkins latest film. It’s sold out on Eventbrite, but doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for those who were not able to secure a ticket.
Thursday, October 15
Event: SPEC Presents: Fall Fest
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Simmon’s Quad
This annual event is marked by its astounding commitment to free fall-themed food for students. If you haven’t been already overwhelmed by apples, apple donuts, apple cider, pumpkin pie, etc. yet, this event is not to be missed. There will also be plenty of student groups performing!
Friday, October 16
Event: EXPO vol. II
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Granoff Martinos Auditorium
Brown Motion Pictures and PREVIEW are showcasing Brown/RISD media work ranging from hand-drawn animation to experimental audio. The goal is to provide space for this kind of artwork, while simultaneously making these works to be more understandable by the public… not to mention it’s free and open to the public.
Monday, September 21
Event: Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: US Policymaking in Colombia
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Regardless of whether you love “Narcos” or have some legitimate concerns about it, you should join the Joukowsky Forum in discussing the US’s major aid package, “Plan Colombia.”
Event: Welcome Back WaterFire
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Location: near Memorial Park
This special edition of WaterFire is a welcome back for students of the area (that’s us!) and will feature: snacks.
Tuesday, September 22
Event: Advanced screening of “The Intern”
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Granoff auditorium
If you’re already stressed about getting an internship for next summer, unwind by watching Robert DiNero be the unlikely intern you aspire to be. Brown Motion Pictures is hosting this free, advanced screening.
Event: Gendo Taiko workshop
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: TF Green, Room 205
Join Gendo Taiko in an introductory class to taiko, (traditional Japanese drumming.) No experience is necessary for this rhythmic workshop.
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.