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Filmmaker Jodie Mack to show ‘visual delights’ at Wexner Center

October 19, 2014
For one artist, the film is not complete until it is shown — and performed — live. The Wexner Center for the Arts is set to host Jodie Mack on Wednesday as part of its Visiting Filmmakers series. According to the center’s website, Mack has been gaining recognition and respect the past few years for her homemade 16mm films and is set to show her program titled “Let Your Light Shine.” Mack, 31, was born in London and teaches animation at Dartmouth College. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in film, video and new media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I think people see her… Read more

Environmental filmmaker Josh Fox set to speak to Ohio State students

October 14, 2014
An Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award winning director and activist is set to make an Ohio State appearance. Josh Fox — who is known for his 2010 documentary “GasLand” and its 2013 follow-up “Gasland Part II” — is slated to speak to students Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union in an event sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. “Gasland” exposes the issue of hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — for natural gas in the United States and its effect on the environment. The controversial film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, features, in 2011 and won the Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding… Read more

Movie review: Breathtaking atmosphere, acting make ‘Gone Girl’ unsettling

October 13, 2014
Oscar-nominated director David Fincher’s newest film, “Gone Girl,” is an engaging and hugely entertaining thriller and drama. I’m not sure that its dark sense of humor or sordid plot will ensure its success come awards season, but its eerie cinematography, gorgeous atmospherics and fine lead performances make it a worthwhile watch. The film, adapted from a bestselling novel by author Gillian Flynn, has an intriguing and thrilling premise that unravels to become a deeper, more cynical take on marriage. The script, helmed by Flynn herself, keeps the viewer engrossed in the premise (even if sometimes it becomes a little campy or easy) with its quick wit and taut dialogue. Better… Read more

‘Shawshank Redemption’ set to be screened at Columbus film festival

October 10, 2014
The Film Festival of Columbus is set to feature a throwback. On Sunday, along with a number of new independent films, the festival is set to screen the 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption” in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary. The film was shot at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. John Daugherty, co-founder of FFOCOL and member of the Greater Columbus Film Commission, said the choice to shoot the movie in central Ohio was influenced by a few factors. “The old Mansfield prison, where it was filmed, was the perfect location,” Daugherty said in an email. “Since the film was a period film, the age of the prison… Read more

Review: Ohio State professor puts audience through unforgettable experience at film showing

October 10, 2014
They told me experimental film isn’t necessarily about what specific message the filmmaker is trying to relay. They told me it’s just about the experience I have while watching. Roger Beebe, experimental filmmaker and an associate professor in the Department of Art since January, was welcomed Wednesday night as a relatively new faculty member of Ohio State with a screening of his work at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Dozens of people came to support Beebe and his work, from students, to colleagues, to community members with a passion for art — and an admiration for Beebe himself. It is evident that Beebe is a beloved addition to OSU… Read more

Opinion: ‘American Horror Story’ said to be ‘too scary’; Michael Phelps in the deep end again with DUI

October 6, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “American Horror Story” too scary? Pop-culture powerhouse “American Horror Story” is slated to make its return to the small screen at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. America’s favorite televised gore-fest returns with its fourth season, subtitled “Freak Show,” and features many of its beloved cast members from seasons past. While season three of the horror series replaced some of the chilling terror of the first two seasons with a more twisted and campy humor, executive producer Ryan Murphy claims that “Freak Show” will return to the anthology’s terrifyingly taboo… Read more

Artists use old caravan to put film into motion

September 16, 2014
A local couple has turned a automobile into a piece of working art. “Caravan: Double Feature” is an upcoming, one-night only cinema event produced by collaboration between Evan Dawson and Paige Phillips, both graduates of Ohio State. The couple took Dawson’s family’s 2001 Dodge Caravan and replaced the headlights with 16-mm projectors. Hosted by the small art gallery Mote 078 Gallery, a film will project from the new headlights Friday onto the side of a building near the Ohio Exterminating Co.’s location at 1347 N. High St. “In the film, you will see us walking in front of a car driving down the road,” Dawson said. “It is a fairly… Read more

Alumnus goes from scarlet and gray to silver screen

September 11, 2014
The movie starts, and the audience sees a black screen. White text draws your eyes to the words “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and then eerie music begins to bombard your ears. The opening scene begins, and the camera is perfectly lined up with the lights focusing on exactly what you are meant to see. Months of hard work went into making sure you see just that, exactly what the director wanted you. Cinematographers, such as Scott Spears, are the ones behind it. Spears, a 52-year-old Ohio State instructor and cinematographer, has worked on more than 30 films throughout his career. He not only works as a screenwriter and… Read more

Ohio State film studies on stepping stones to expanded programs

August 28, 2014
For the film studies program at Ohio State, the events scheduled for fall semester aim the spotlight towards the future. The eight-year-old program is in the planning stages of what John Davidson, the director of film studies at OSU and a professor in Germanic language and literatures, calls a “moving image production unit” on campus — a stepping stone to what Davidson ultimately says he hopes leads to a new major option for OSU students interested in production. “We’re really pretty convinced that our people who are really successful at (production) would use a place like OSU because of what it has to offer in terms of critical and historical… Read more

Opinion: Robin Williams a decorated actor, celebrated funnyman

August 13, 2014
Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif. home early this evening. He was 63 years old. His death is speculated to be self-inflicted. Williams was born in Chicago in 1951 and rose to fame as Mork in the television series “Mork and Mindy.” He would go on to star in such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar. He also appeared on Broadway and was a celebrated stand-up comedian. Williams had well-documented struggles with drugs and alcohol throughout his life. He fought cocaine addiction in the ’70s and ’80s, and in 2006, he… Read more