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Flaherty Film Seminar examines the Scent of Places

July 1, 2015
Laura U. Marks with several participants of this year's Flaherty Film Seminar hosted by Colgate.

Laura U. Marks with several participants of this year’s Flaherty Film Seminar

The “scent” of a locality is an invisible, unquantifiable aura that can be difficult to capture on film. Yet, it was the course of study for the 61st Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, hosted by Colgate for the eighth year. Read more

Colgate, Flaherty Film Seminar collaboration sparks on-campus residency program

September 25, 2014
Filmmaker Segei Loznitsa will be coming to Colgate in November.

Filmmaker Segei Loznitsa will be coming to Colgate in November.

A longstanding collaboration between Colgate University and the world-renowned Flaherty Film Seminar, which brings nearly 200 filmmakers, scholars, and programmers to Colgate each summer, has spurred creation of an on-campus residency program that will begin this fall.

The Colgate/Flaherty Distinguished Global Filmmaker Residency will bring acclaimed Russian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa to the university for an intensive weeklong exploration of film and filmmaking. Read more

Flaherty Film Seminar turns Colgate “Inside Out”

June 26, 2014
Colgate has hosted the Flaherty Film Seminar for seven years.

Colgate has hosted the Flaherty Film Seminar for seven years.

Last week, a different group of students filled Colgate’s residence halls and dining facilities when film professionals traveled from around the world to attend the Flaherty Film Seminar. Read more

Young alumnae in film and media careers talk about life after Colgate

April 10, 2014

“[A] cosmic Colgate connection is how I found myself working [in the film industry after college],” remarked Carolina van der Mensbrugghe ’10 during a Film and Media Studies Brown Bag luncheon last Friday. Read more

Oscar win leads to payday for men, not women, according to Colgate economics research

March 3, 2014

After winning an Oscar, that golden statuette can turn into real gold in the pockets of some, but not all. It’s another case of the gender gap in Hollywood.  Read more

Joe Berlinger ’83 will produce, direct criminal justice series for Al-Jazeera America

February 18, 2014

Joe BerlingerThere’s a new series examining the U.S. criminal justice system, and award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger ’83 is perfectly suited for the role of director and executive producer. Read more

Students and alumni entertainment professionals connect in NYC

January 31, 2014
Colgate students visit the set of Saturday Night Live as part of a recent immersion trip to NYC.

Colgate students visit the set of Saturday Night Live as part of a recent immersion trip to NYC.

On a recent day in New York City, a dozen students from the on-campus Colgate Entertainment Group met Colgate alumni and toured such locations as Viacom and NBC Universal.

The daylong itinerary helped students get great advice and see that a large number of alumni in the entertainment field are part of a strong network living in New York City as well as in California. The trip helped alumni in the entertainment industry connect with the university.

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Professor Penny Lane’s new film ‘Our Nixon’ premieres this week

August 28, 2013

Update: The film Our Nixon, directed by Colgate professor Penny Lane, premieres August 30  in select U.S. cities. Since its premiere on CNN earlier this month it has drawn a lot of attention, including a Daily Beast commentary by Ben Stein, the economist known to many as a movie and television personality. Lane responded to Stein here.

The Atlantic Magazine has reviewed the film, which will be shown on campus 5 p.m. Friday, September 13. Lane also will offer a lecture about the film on September 11.

Original story: Colgate professor Penny Lane has a new documentary called Our Nixon, which was recently featured by major news media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign, Our Nixon was shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) in January 2013.  The documentary will air Thursday, August 1, at 8 p.m. on CNN Films.

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Colgate alumni among those nominated for 2013 Emmy Awards

July 25, 2013

Audrey Morrissey ’89 and Chris White ’91 were among recent nominees announced for the 2013 Emmy Awards.

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5th annual Hamilton International Film Festival scheduled for Aug. 1—4

July 12, 2013
The 1990 Colgate Men's Hockey team

The film The General will tell the story of the 1990 Colgate men’s hockey team.

For the fifth straight year, Slater Brothers Entertainment will bring Hollywood to the village of Hamilton.  The Hamilton International Film Festival is slated for August 1-4, and organizers are promising even more events this time around.

“What makes this festival truly special is how well you end up bonding with other festival attendees (both the invited filmmakers and the public) who are there,” said organizer Todd Slater, who runs the festival with his brothers Wade and Grant ’91.

This year, the festival will screen The General, a film produced by the Slater Brothers about their father, Terry Slater, and the 1990 Colgate men’s hockey team he coached.

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Students will engage with scholars attending Colgate symposium focusing on film musicals

April 3, 2013

A body in motion stays in motion, at least until it is given a new stage direction.

The idea of performers in motion is one of the themes to be explored by 11 scholars from a spectrum of academic focuses who will convene at Colgate April 4-6 for an interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to “The Performing Body in the Hollywood Film Musical.”

The symposium’s schedule features film screenings, keynote speeches, panels, and roundtable discussions dedicated to examining interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches to studying the moving body in the film musical.

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Students urged to show digital skills by competing in 48-Hour Film Challenge

February 13, 2013
Students edit video in the Digital Learning and Media Center.

Students edit video in the Digital Learning and Media Center.

Do you want to flex your creative muscles and have a chance to become the next YouTube sensation? Then join other students and take part in the Colgate 48-Hour Film Challenge.

No experience is necessary for this weekend competition that will result in the accepted entries being screened at Hamilton Theater in the village and a chance for the winning team to earn either a GoPro Hero 3 digital camera or $300 to use at the Colgate Bookstore.

Students must apply before 6 p.m. Monday, February 18, to take part in this weekend of creativity, teamwork, and fun that runs from Friday to Sunday, February 22 to 24.

Students will:

  • Create a 5-minute film in under 48 hours — completely from scratch.
  • Write the film, shoot it, edit it, and watch it — all in one weekend.
  • Enjoy a film screening at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at the Hamilton Theater.

The challenge will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 22, in 560 Case. Students can join as part of a team (maximum of 6) or sign up individually and be placed with a team. Each team must attend this opening session to receive an information packet and to get started with their film projects.

This is a great way for students to learn valuable storytelling and video skills. There will be daily introductory workshops offered the week of February 18 in the Digital Learning & Media Center in Case Library. Participants will have access to iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Lynda.com. Equipment rentals are limited to the first 5 teams, but participants are free to use their own.

See the workshop schedule and fill out an application here.

Flaherty Film Seminar returns to Colgate for 5th year

June 18, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, the prestigious Robert Flaherty Film Seminar will come to Colgate, offering insightful discussions and free public film screenings in the Hamilton Theater.

Presented in honor of Robert Flaherty (1884-1951), creator of classic films including Nanook of the North, Man of Aran, and Louisiana Story, the seminar highlights innovative cinematic works.

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Film by Joe Berlinger '83 is nominated for Oscar

January 24, 2012

You now can add “director of Oscar-nominated documentary” to the resume of Colgate alumnus Joe Berlinger.

Berlinger ’83 and Bruce Sinofsky are directors of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which was among five films nominated today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Best Documentary Feature.

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Colgate hosts prestigious Flaherty Film Seminar

June 28, 2011

Attending the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar means being open to a different kind of film festival.  Don’t, for example, ask for a list of films to be screened, because you won’t get one. Do, however, be open to in-depth discussion, and lots of it.

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