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#FFOD (Film Festival or Die)

by on Friday, May 16th, 2014

For the past four years, day students and boarders alike have reserved a special part of their hearts for the most beloved of annual events, if beloved can be defined by “I didn’t know that was a thing?” or “wait, we have a film festival?” Even though the Moving Image classes’ film festival has been running for four or five consecutive years now, it hadn’t registered on anyone’s radar until now, when the Moving Image and Advanced Moving Image classes merged to form a formidable advertising team. Posters promoting both “Scooter Gang or Die” and the film festival itself were plastered on every flat surface on campus (or rather, on the doors of Forbes and of the Stu, which might as well be the same thing) and, for the first time in all of Milton Academy’s history, the student body’s interest was piqued in something that didn’t involve a single free donut. To be fair, there was the allure of free popcorn, but “we’ve had free food on offer every time,” insisted Mr. Fuller, from the Performing Arts Department. “However, historically, it’s definitely had a smaller audience; usually it’s just the students and their friends. I guess the Scooter Gang videos really helped.”

The “Scooter Gang or Die” video in question was the brainchild of Brandon Rodriguez (I), Gerard Denoeux (I), Derek Low (I), and Helson Taveras (I), all of whom were Mr. Fuller’s students; the first installment, which debuted last year, garnered enough of a cult following to catapult this year’s film festival to an unprecedented success. Louie Demetroulakos (II), who played the dauntless Big Lou, described the filming process as “an extravagant bonanza, even though we had to do twenty takes for some of the scenes.” Their efforts paid off: on Friday night, Wigg was so crowded that some mysterious kid, who has, thus far, managed to remain completely anonymous, either tripped in the most humiliating way possible on his way out or staged the greatest exit of the year. (We prefer to believe the latter. You go, Mysterious Kid. Never stop being you.) The main attraction, taking precedence over even the popcorn, seemed to be the films themselves, which Caitlin Connelly (II) claimed were “hilarious” and Marina Fleites (II) thought to be “really funny.”

Despite Scooter Gang’s fame, a third chapter in the series seems unlikely, as “most of the crew will be gone by next year,” mourned Louie. It is, however, not the end of the Moving Image classes’ reign: for some of the classes’ cinematographers, their careers as visual storytellers are only beginning. Three of the films — “Finishing” by Jeremy Gunn (I), “Evidence” by Brandon Rodriguez, and “Captured” by both Brandon and Jeremy — were accepted by the Hotchkiss Film Festival in Lakeville, Connecticut, and will be premiering this Friday, May 16th. Everyone should plan to attend, regardless of whether or not there will be popcorn offered. After all, as Mr. Fuller explained, “film is ingrained in our lives now, whether through actual movies or Youtube videos, so being comfortable with using that medium in a way that’s effective is an invaluable life skill.”

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