The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, January 30, 2015

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SAE brings History Boys to the stage

It is a contemporary English play that follows a group of secondary school students in their quest for knowledge, sex, and acceptance into a top university. It is a heavy script. But assistant director Billy Finn, a junior performing arts major, said defying the Greek life stereotype was one of the production’s goals.

Boston is Calling (but who is answering?)

South by Southwest, Newport Folk Festival, Sasquatch!, Austin City Limits, Ultra: Either as dream destinations or faded marks in calendars, many of these are music festivals well known to the Emerson population. But now Boston has thrown itself into the pile, and I’m not quite sure if it’s worth digging out.

Strong Emerson presence at Boston Student Film Festival

After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in communications and cinema studies in 2011, Kelly Soule said she found Boston to be a desert for the filmmaking community in a city brimming with a pool of talent.

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Emerson Film Festival in LA brings filmmakers together

This year’s showcase and festival, which will be held at the Harmony Gold Preview House, features a question-and-answer session with seasoned director James McTeigue.

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Kidding Around has a ball with Cinderella

Directed by junior marketing communication major Eric Maxwell, this tuneful take featured the standard tropes of the glass slipper, Prince Charming, and the pumpkin carriage. But Maxwell said he also wanted to leave his own visual mark on this timeless tale.

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Emerson student appears on the Oscars stage

I like those types of movies that have magical elements to the reality.

The other L in WLP

Young writers often take the mechanics of their craft for granted — I know I do.

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In-N-Out and the Great Depression: Grads read their new novels

It was the graduate admission program’s first time hosting an alumni reading at Emerson.

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The Beacon's 2013 Academy Award Picks

See the films Beacon staff members think should take home Oscars on Sunday night.

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Playing with light & language: experimental filmmaker

The resulting film Odysseus in Ithaca was screened alongside five other shorts on Tuesday night in the Bright Family Screening Room for the event An Evening With Experimental Filmmaker Peter Rose.

The manhunt for Oscar glory

The movie tracks CIA operative Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, as the woman who leads the manhunt for Osama bin Laden.

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Searching for Solace: Emerson students shoot Holocaust film

In the required Film II class, Emerson visual and media arts majors produce their first large-scale film. For each project, students must hire a crew, cast actors, use industry-grade equipment, maintain professional protocol on set, and essentially create a real movie.

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Vic Perillo: how to succeed in show business by really trying

Perillo’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the acting industry comes directly from personal experience. An actor since the age of seven, he said that he had never done anything else. Perillo has worked in theaters and on sets in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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Controversial performer talks Disney, drugs, and dissent

Early last year, Mike Daisey was getting a lot of attention. His monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, in part about the working conditions in the Chinese factories that manufactured Apple products, had been adapted for the radio show This American Life. It quickly became the program’s most-downloaded episode. Two months later, Daisey got a different kind of attention, when This American Life issued an episode-long retraction of the segment after it was discovered that he had invented certain stories in the piece

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Bombing in Beirut: Director talks about her film

Fox was only 21 when she traveled to Beirut at the end of 1981. For three years, she and her editor tweaked the script, creating a new cut annually. And then Fox spent years looking for distribution before finally breaking through at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988.