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“Words Versus Actions”: Billinkoff ’14 Films Documentary about Public Safety Controversies

As a final project for his Digital Filmmaking class, slam poet regular and Wesleying contributor Solomon Billinkoff ’14 has made a brief documentary about Public Safety. The twelve-minute short focuses on a series of events in the fall of 2012 (many of which led to the recent decision not to include racial descriptors in safety alerts). As Billinkoff explains in his voice-over:

I never had a plan for this movie. All I knew was that I wanted to make a documentary about Public Safety. After having gotten approval from the organization, my first instinct was to humanize P-Safe, as it is an institution that is generally maligned by the student body. A wave of on-campus assaults had just occurred within a single week, and I was interested to discover what P-Safe was doing to handle the situation and protect students. But the alerts P-Safe had sent out described the suspects as “African-American” and “male,” and unbeknownst to me at the time, these email alerts were met with a slew of racial hatred on Wesleyan’s Anonymous Confession Board. It was then revealed that a P-Safe officer had allegedly assaulted a black Wesleyan student. A week later, a forum on student diversity and equality was held in Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall.

These conflicts and contradictions form the basis of Billinkoff’s film, which largely speaks for itself. It’s only twelve minutes, so watch it after the jump.

Italian Movie Screening: Andata+Ritorno (Round Trip)

AR andata ritorno

Looking for a lovely way to spend your Wednesday evening? Grad student Andrea Ballanti wants you to come see Andata + Ritorno:

A dynamic, fresh movie, a romantic italian comedy full of jokes from the same director of “Santa Maradona.” There is again the actor Libero De Rienzo, this time playing the main character. Beside him, the Spanish, but Italian-speaking actress, Vanessa Incontrada.

“Love doesn’t exist.”
“That’s why we make it.”

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Fisk 302
Cost: Free

Thesis Filmmakers Need Your Help Affording Quvenzhané Wallis’ Salary

The official theme for their capital campaign is “#THESISWHY.”

Tired of capital campaigns yet? Too bad. Making movies is expensive, and #thisiswhy thesis filmmakers Gus Vita ’13 and Dema Paxton Fofang ’13 (otherwise known as The Artist Formerly Known as Bamenda) are asking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter and an IndieGogo campaign, respectively. Vita’s asking for $3,000 and Fofang’s asking for $1,000, which comes to $4,000 total between the two of them, which still only amounts to .016% of the budget of Michael Bay ’86s next $25 million opus (and that’s not counting the extra millions for advertising), so throw them a bone, will you? (At any rate, both of them have raised substantial funds towards their goals as of this posting—but they need more.)

You’d be right in assuming that filming is complete for both movies, so why raise money now? As Fofang explains it, “both of our projects were shot on 16mm, and the post-production process for that format is quite expensive. I’m currently spending long hours each day editing the film on a Steenbeck, and prepping for the final stages of post-production.” A cursory glance at Fofang’s own fundraising campaign reveals in detail where the money’s going: hiring a negative cutter to assemble the final cut, hiring a professional sound mixer to optimize the soundtrack, answer prints, color correction, telecine, festival distribution fees.

Wait, festival distribution fees? For real? If you donate, that means you can take credit when one of these films becomes the next Beasts of the Southern Wild and shows up on Oprah and gets problematized by The New Republic or whatever. Click past the jump for a bit more information on both films.

Tragical Mirth – A History of the Atlantic Ocean

Jenna Weinstein ’14 manages to combine your interests in the environment, maritime history, and puppets in one fell swoop:

Interested in environmental education and awareness? What about maritime history? Or better yet, PUPPETS?

Well then come see the first ever work-in-progress showings of “Tragical Mirth – A History of the Atlantic Ocean” TOMORROW and Saturday in the CFA Hall, to see how your three favorite things can all possibly exist in one engaging live performance.

Produced by Theater Department Artist in Residence Leslie Weinberg and her company Puppetsweat Theater, “Tragical Mirth” examines the history of the Atlantic Ocean and the human impact on environmental resources. Each performance will be followed by a talk-back session with the creators to discuss the themes and content of the show. The production explores performance as a medium for educating and inspiring action, so we need your feedback to create the most informative and powerful production we possibly can. Hope to see you there!

Dates: Tonight, March 1, and Tomorrow, March 2
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: CFA Hall
Cost: Free

Correa ’10 Tackles New Sketch Comedy Show, “Mis Pelis”

Remember Postponed? The web series was filmed on Wesleyan’s campus last year by a team that consisted of four Wes alumni: Chris Correa ’10, Brian Velsor ’11Ian Park ’11, as well as recent grad Robby Hardesty ’12. The web series, written and produced by Correa, dealt with some serious job-finding, dream-fulfilling postgrad woes in a painfully self-deprecating way.  And although the cast is no longer living in a van or dumpster diving for food, the people behind Postponed are still alive and kicking in the internet video world.

Enter Mis Pelis, a high energy sketch show that tackles some of the most popular movies that have been released in recent months. Written and directed by Correa, the show stars him as well as one other familiar face: Andrew Santiago, who acted as the  fraudulent drama professor in Postponed. In Mis Pelis, the duo crack jokes, travel through time, and have an 8-bit showdown, among other things. Check out the third episode above, as well as episodes 1 and 2. As Correa explains it:

New Peer Institution Blunt About Its Identity

Are you Wesleyan?

Do you desire…holistic training for the mind, body, and spirit? Do you excel…in the art of extreme creepiness? Are two heads…better than one? Are you…Wesleyan MU?

Monsters University (MU), “famously located” near Monstropolis, appears to be quite the legit institution.  As Chloe Murtagh ’15, who sent me the link, said, “Wow, their website is better than ours!”  But in case you’re wondering: no, this is not a parody of Wesleyan specifically.  The “Go MU!” and “Show Your Pride” boxes on the homepage above are anything but Wesleyan.  A little deceptive, of course, since that athletic field is so reminiscent of Corwin Stadium.


The robust college website is a promotion for Monsters University, a prequel to everyone’s favorite Monsters, Inc.  While the film was originally set to come out this November, it’s been pushed back all the way to June 21, 2013.  In it, we are taken ten years back in the lives of protagonists Sulley and Mike, to when they first meet and are members of the same frat.  In a classic tale of frenemiehood, they start off as rivals before becoming (as anyone who watched the first film knows) BFFs.

The similarities between the Wesleyan and Monsters University sites can be quite detailed, at least in structure.  Take, for example, the “At a Glance” pages:

LiNK screening of “Hiding” Homecoming Weekend

Diana Choi ’13 throws a brick through my window, signed with the following note:

The Wesleyan chapter of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) will be screening the documentary “Hiding” this Saturday, Homecoming Weekend.  Come with your friends and family to learn about the human rights crisis in the world’s most isolated country and how you can contribute to immediate efforts of our organization to rescue and resettle refugees living illegally in China.  These refugees are people who struggle for an invisible existence and are at risk of imprisonment and torture if discovered as they are forcibly repatriated by the Chinese government back to North Korea.

Learn more about refugee rescue and resettlement here.

Date:   Nov. 5
Time:   3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Place:  PAC 002

“Princess Mononoke” at COE

Fun fact: did you know Neil Gaiman did the english subtitles for Princess Mononoke? Anyway, Phoebe Stonebraker ’11 wants you folks to know that they’re showing the movie over at the College of the Environment building, a.k.a. that blue house.

Princess Mononoke took film director and writer, Hayao Miyazaki, 16 years to develop. It stars the voices of Claire Danes, Mini Driver and the ever amazing, Billy Bob Thorton, among others. So come and check out the COE building if you haven’t already…There just might be cookies.

Date:   Feb. 15
Time:   8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place:  The Blue COE Building (284 High Street)

Sign Making, Movie, and Ice Cream

Three events in one location, one night, and all FREE!
At 7 pm sign makers will be in the Usdan Cafe allowing you to customize your very own parking sign for your dorm or house room!
At 8 there will be the screening of “Big Mama’s House” in the MPR room along with ice cream served at 9!

Date: March 25 (Today!)
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Usdan Cafe and MPR