By: Zenith Haas
The Film Club of Christopher Newport University will be hosting the 85th Academy Award Ceremony on Feb. 24 for the CNU community. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in the Freeman Student Lounge with a cocktail party during the Red Carpet Pre-Show. CNU guests will enjoy sparkling cider and hors d’oeuvres during this pre-ceremony event, as well as fill out an Oscar Ballot to predict the winners. A photo section will also be set up for guests to be a part of the red carpet experience. Awards will also be presented to the Best Dressed Male and Female. During the awards ceremony, the event will be moved to the Gaines Theater. Ballots will be collected prior to the ceremony, and at its conclusion an award basket will be presented to the person with the most correct answers.
During both the red carpet party and awards ceremony, Film Club will discuss campaigns they promote for preservation of films and the viewing of films. The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history by providing annual support for preservation and restoration projects at the leading film archives. Its campaign, “1 Frame, 1 Dollar”, helps restore one frame of film with every dollar earned. Naro Expanded Cinema’s “The Clarence Digital Cinema Campaign” will help fund the expenses of converting to digital equipment and help support the diversity of movie programming that the area has enjoyed for the last 35 years. Donation jars will be available for those who would like to contribute to the campaigns and the total will be evenly distributed amongst each party. Donations are encouraged, but not required.
These Amazing Shadows
What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles, and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and listed in The National Film Registry. These Amazing Shadows tells the history and importance of The Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and the American experience itself. The current list of 550 films includes selections from every genre — documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, avant-garde, newsreels, and silent films. American movies tell us so much about ourselves – not just what we did, but what we thought, what we felt, what we imagined, what we aspired to and the lies we told ourselves.
On Feb. 25 in the Gaines Theater at 6:30 p.m. the Film Club of CNU will present a free screening of These Amazing Shadows, a documentary rich with imagery, interweaving clips from America’s most-beloved films (and many rarer treasures) with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflected our culture and changed lives. The film includes interviews with the Librarian of Congress, famous directors, producers, archivists, admired actors, and members of the National Film Preservation Board.
These Amazing Shadows has been accepted into 28 films festivals in 2011, including The Sundance Film Festival and Virginia Film Festival and was awarded Best Documentary of the Savannah Film Festival and Louisville’s International Festival of Film.
Paul Mariano, director/producer, will be in attendance. After completing his studies at Hastings College of the Law, Mariano practiced as a criminal defense attorney for 27 years. Upon retirement he co-founded Gravitas Docufilms. His directorial debut, Also Ran, won the award for Best Political Documentary at the 2006 Atlanta Docufest. His film, Faces of Genocide began the International Citizens’ Tribunal on Sudan, held in New York City.