The Cinema Project writes that “Jonathan Schwartz is an American experimental filmmaker who has been making poetic non-fiction 16mm films for over a decade. In both his travel films and his more diaristic work he draws influence from certain traditional approaches to observational filmmaking as well as from mentors Saul Levine and Mark LaPore. The soundtracks to his films are stitched together from rich textural field recordings and subdued synch-sound that slides above the images.”
On March 24th, WMUR’s Channel 9 aired a special New Hampshire Chronicle piece on Keene State College’s film collection. That’s the collection that has yielded the only known copies of John Ford’s 1913 film, When Lincoln Paid, and Their First Misunderstanding, Mary Pickford’s 1911 film, the discoveries of which made international news. The archives contain, among other films, the Louis de Rochemont collection.
Academy-Award-winning filmmaker and “father of the docu-drama” Louis de Rochemont lived in Newington, N.H.; besides his feature-length films such as “The Whistle at Eaton Falls” and “Lost Boundaries,” he also produced the “March of Time” newsreel series, and a series of ethnographic films. So who knows what other treasures our film archives have yet to reveal? If you missed the Chronicle segment, don’t despair; you can watch it online.
Motion Picture Music Editor Jennifer Dunnington ’93 was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ class of 2013, honoring her for the work she’s produced during her career. The Academy welcomed 276 members, including Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Pena, and Chris Tucker.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Academy and to play an active role in the screening, voting, and celebration of widespread talent in the film community,” Jennifer said.
“Films like this are a window into our cultural past—moving images of the way our culture saw itself in the early 20th Century,” explained Film Professor Emeritus Larry Benaquist. “This will show us the work of a great artist—actor, producer, activist. We’ll learn a lot about how her acting evolved.” Continue reading Maddow, & Others Cover Mary Pickford Film→
Jennifer Dunnington ’93, who won an Emmy and several Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel awards for her work on such movies as Hugo, The Departed, Cosmopolis, Shutter Island, and Boardwalk Empire, will be on campus on March 26 to share her expertise with KSC film and music students. We would have had her here earlier, but she was in London applying her talents to The Hobbit.
During the day, Jennifer will be visiting classes, holding master classes and offering her professional experience to students planning to enter the film industry. At 7 p.m., the College will host a reception for her in Centennial Hall, where she will show some examples of her work.
Can you imagine anything much better for KSC film students than to have an international film festival right here in Keene? They’ll be able to see some of the planet’s best new film, volunteer and intern to get real-world experience in the business, and form relationships with industry professionals. And some of the festival will feature student films. The opportunity is golden, and it’s happening when the three-day Monadnock International Film Festival comes to Keene, and to campus, from April 4–6.
Director of the Redfern Arts Center Shannon Mayers has secured a $1,000 grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to fund outreach efforts around the screening of Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic epic, The Complete Metropolis, in the Alumni Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on January 30. Boston’s Alloy Orchestra, which film critic Roger Ebert calls “the best in the world at accompanying silent films,” will provide their unique and brilliant music for the film. This internationally-known trio blend their distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk-metal percussion to highlight the film’s dramatic effect. In addition to the public performance, the Alloy Orchestra will provide a public workshop about live music and silent films. There will be an exhibit of silent-film posters in the Redfern lobby.
The Redfern Arts Center has made the dilemma of Christmas-gift giving a lot easier by offering alumni discounts on tickets. KSC alumni receive discounts of $5–$10 per ticket, depending on the event, for all the Redfern’s exciting season events.
Remember back in 2010 when the 1913 silent film, When Lincoln Paid, was resurrected and premiered at KSC to international acclaim? The KSC Film Archives discovered that it owned the only known copy of the long-lost film, secured a grant, and worked with the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore the historic film.
MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art in New York) screened the film as part of its international celebration of film preservation, “To Save and Protect.”When Lincoln Paid was the first shown in the festival’s Oct. 28 day-long screening of films about presidents.
On Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Putnam Theater (in the Redfern Arts Center), the KSC Film Society is showing the best student filmmakers’ work from the 2011–2012 academic year. If you missed the Student Film Festival last May, here’s your chance to see some very creative video. The Festival is free and open to the public.
There are some advantages to studying film at a school the size of Keene State, where the classes are small, according to Jennifer Dunnington ’93. She brought many interests and talents to KSC, including music and dance, but eventually settled into a film major. Because of the intimate class size, she was able to try her hand at several aspects of movie making and combine her interests to eventually find her perfect niche: that of motion picture music editor. She now works closely with the composers, film directors, and picture editors of each project, constantly adjusting the music in the film as the flow of the action changes during the film editing process. “So that’s one of my jobs,” Dunnington explained, “to keep editing the music to fit the new picture while still keeping the emotional and dramatic impact that the original placement had and respecting the structure and integrity of the composition.”
“Music and dance have always been a part of my life,” Dunnington explained, “so when I had the opportunity to put them together with film, it was a perfect fit for me. The music in a film is choreographed against the images, so being aware of that connection in conjunction with the musical structure is crucial to the effect that the score has in a scene.”
She’s worked on several Martin Scorsese films and recently won two of the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel awards for her work on the hit 3D movie, Hugo, and for the HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. And those are not the first: She’s got two previous Golden Reels and an Emmy, plus several certificates for having been nominated for other Golden Reels and Emmys.
For many recent film grads, most of their time at KSC was spent working on Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve: the First Hundred Years of Keene State College. The film, which airs on New Hampshire Public TV at 8 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 26 and several other times this fall (see the schedule), was a grand and serious project, and 80 or so students spent many long hours creating this excellent documentary. As film studies adjunct faculty member and the film’s co-creator Lance Levesque noted, “We set the standard so high that nothing but perfection was acceptable. That doesn’t just happen; you don’t just go out and take a picture. Some of our shoots were eight hours long, to get one shot with the perfect lighting with no shadows, and the prefect movement with no jittering.”