The CSCLSA became official this year, according to filmmaker Joe Larsen, who's part of the group. His role with the association is to program the screenings. He has a video and arts degree from MCTC, and is currently finishing up his senior year at the U before he goes on to to graduate school.
Part of the thinking behind presenting short films was that the association could get more filmmakers into the mix, and provide more room for discussion than it could with full-length films. The format also allows the event to be presented in a four- or five-hour block, so people can come and go as they wish.
Larsen chose all of the films. He made a point to select lesser-known works by very famous filmmakers, as well as shorts by people such as Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson and Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, whose names might not be as recognizable. The marathon includes a blend of dramas and comedies, with a few documentaries as well.
Larsen's favorite film is Herzog's La Soufriere. It's the longest piece in the program, clocking in at 30 minutes, and will be shown last. The documentary follows the filmmaker as he goes to an island, where a volcano is supposed to erupt, and interviews the people who have remained there to die.
This fall, Larsen says the association will be running a weekly film series on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nicholson Hall in room 135. In the spring, they'll be presenting a tribute to Roger Ebert.
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