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Wesleyan Film Thesis Screenings

One does not simply walk into the film thesis screenings.

You knew it was coming, now it’s here.  Doors open 45 minutes before each showing. Get there EARLY, everyone will be trying to crash this party.  Each film runs under 13 minutes. Total run time for each screening will be about 2 hours.  The films are (in the order of their screening):

Friday, May 11 (8PM) and Sunday, May 13 (2PM)

Wesleyan Film Theses 2012: Part One — The Fellowship of the Text

It all began with the forging of the Great Papers.  Seven were given to the Film Studies Professors; immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. And now those seven will be gifted to the race of Wesleyan Students, who above all else desire power. For within these papers was bound the strength and the will to govern over an entire campus.

This is it, folks. Come hear six great screenplay pitches and one historical/theoretical rundown from seven amazing senior Film majors.  The chosen few and their works are:

Douglas Bensimon ’12: The Nazi
Carolyn Cohen ’12: Squanderland
William Donald ’12: Off the Trail
Miriam Smith-Drelich ’12: Goodnight, Sunshine
Zachary J. Valenti ’12: Smokin’ Ocean
Jeremy P. Wolf ’12: Camp Goggles
Sarah Shachat ’12: Intrigue, Blood, and Naked Breasts: Strategies of the Epic Series on Premium Cable

Jeanine Basinger, head of the Department of Film Studies, says this is the best collection of written work she’s seen at Wesleyan. And she’s seen A LOT here.

Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
Cost: Free

Extra! Extra! Senior Thesis Film Extras!

Want to be seen in a senior thesis film? Have your name up in the bright lights of the Goldsmith theater projector? Hang out on the set of a musical film?


Come to the World Music Hall this Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4:15 PM! It’ll be fun, it’ll be (hopefully) quick, and you’ll have something to talk to your relatives about around the turkey table.  Please wear a black shirt/blouse/jacket/dress of some kind.

Contact Blair Laurie (blaurie@wes) or Adrian Rothschild (drothschild@wes) with any questions you have. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, November 13th
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Place: World Music Hall
Costume: Black clothes

Terpsichore Fall Show

Audrey Haynes ’12 reminds you of the hottest ticket on campus this weekend:

You know the drill! Come on down to the World Music Hall for Terpsichore’s entirely student-produced fall show. Featuring a range of student-choreographed items including contemporary, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern and a whole lot more..
Be there.
Tickets go fast.
Dancing is hot.


Dates: Friday, Nov 11th and Saturday, Nov 12th
Times: 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Friday, 2:00 pm on Saturday
Place: World Music Hall
Cost: $4, tickets available at the Box Office

Carnaval de Halloween

Sara Kass-Gergi ’12 invites you to trek through the snow for a reason:

Come to Usdan for a delicious, fun event! There will be food and sweets galore. Make sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers with La Casa! Drink butterbeer! It’s snowing tonight, so you might as well eat delicious things before braving the weather!

Date: Oct. 29 – TODAY
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Usdan
Cost: $3

Audition for Precision Ensemble!

Audrey Haynes ’12 is a dancing dynamo:

Audition for Precision Ensemble!

Precision ensemble is a student-run dance group, which together with Precision Troupe (our hip-hop half) form

PRECISION. Ensemble features a range of styles (contemporary, jazz, modern, tap etc) As a member of ensemble you’ll get the opportunity to dance, choreograph, perform and just be part of a group of saucy dancer folk!We welcome all dance styles and experience levels!

You only need to come to one audition. No need to prepare anything, just come ready to move.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Audrey (ahaynes@wes) or Nik (nowens@wes).
Auditions are:
Saturday, Oct 15th 7pm- 8:30pm
Sunday, Oct 16th 7:30-9pm
Fayerweather Dance Studio

Dates: Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday, 7:30pm to 9pm on Sunday
Place: Fayerweather Dance Studio

Musical Thesis Film AUDITIONS – Singers, Dancers Needed

So you think you can dance? Sing? Act? All at once? In front of a camera?

Come try out for this year’s ONLY musical film thesis, featuring an original screenplay and score, lots of bright lights, fame*, and fortune.**  THE PLOT: A girl is trapped in a musical fantasy land by her loving but delusional boyfriend, and she must come to terms with him and herself to escape.  It’s kind of like this. With less blood. And more musical references.

TWO lead roles, one male, and one female.  FOUR supporting roles, of any gender. Leads do not need to dance, but supporting cast members DO.  Please come even if you can dance but not sing – dancers are needed.

Auditions are this Friday, October 7, from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the Jones Room of the CFA Theater and Dance studios (TST 101). If you can’t make it and really want to audition, contact Adrian Rothschild ( to schedule another time slot.

Come prepared to sing something (preferably from musical theater, but really anything you feel comfortable with), and tell a bit about yourself.  No monologues / script reads required.  And if you intend to dance, prepare something short (or improvise).

You are all beautiful.

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Place: TST 101 (Jones Room, CFA Theater and Dance Studios)

*Fame is not assured, but probable.

**Fortune implies spiritual, not financial gain.


Ben Taren ’12 is a filmmaker, Katie Silver ‘12 is managing his film, and YOU are (potentially) his star:

Do You Want to Become Locally Recognized? Come to Auditions! For A Film! No Experience Necessary!

Are your parents proud of you? Make sure, by trying to be in a film. OPEN Auditions are being held for a senior film thesis Friday September 30th in Albritton 103 from 4-6 and Sunday October 2nd in Usdan 110 from 1-3:30.

Looking for two college-age male leads.

Come in expecting to talk about yourself and do a short cold read, no experience necessary.

Movie description: Imagine the love-child of Batman and Eleanor Roosevelt

Questions? Want to audition but can’t make either time? Email Ben Taren at

Date: Sept. 30th and Oct. 2nd
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Friday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm on Sunday
Place: Albritton 103 on Friday, Usdan 110 on Sunday
Who: Dudes.

Terpsichore Fall Auditions

From Audrey Haynes ’12:

It’s that time again….

Come audition to be a part of Wesleyan’s oldest student-run dance show! No dance experience is necessary and all styles are accepted and encouraged. Wear something movement-friendly that will stand out.

If you’re interested in choreographing, contact fbuzzi@wes. We love all styles and have pretty much seen it all, from contemporary to salsa to satire to sword dancing.

We’ll have auditions for Terp Core after general auditions.

Contact fbuzzi@wes or nowens@wes if you have any questions!

Dancing is hot.

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2011
Time: 2:00PM- 5:00PM
Place: Fayerweather Dance Studio
Facebook: here

The Cupcake Cup

Lila Becker ’12 (Queen of Full House) sends this message via the wafts of sugary goodness perpetually floating over campus from the corner of Wash and High:

Have you been wishing that you could sample some amazing cupcakes while helping bring clean water to Bangladesh? Well then, come to Usdan on Thursday from 6-7:30 for The Cupcake Cup! Here’s how it works: you pay $4 for a ballot, sample cupcakes baked by different teams, and vote on your favorites. The winners get eternal fame and glory, Brighter Dawns gets the proceeds, and you get the cupcakes!

Where: The Usdan cafe tables
When: Thursday 3/31 from 6-7:30. Come early to guarantee that you’ll get cupcakes!
Cost: $4