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NewsPress Release: 11/20/00Marlboro College Students Present Fall Film Fest

Marlboro College students film a scene
for their semi-annual film festival.

MARLBORO, VT - Thursday, December 7th at 7 p.m. in Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater, Marlboro's film and video students present their fall film festival. The festival will include a showing of Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" with an original score, and several original comedy sketches.

The festival starts with a showing of Marlboro junior Chris Mahoney's work on an original film score. Mahoney has been composing piano music to accompany "The Kid," Charlie Chaplin's "picture with a smile and perhaps a tear according to Chaplin's opening title card. In preparing to score the classic film about rearing a baby who is abandoned on a trash heap, Mahoney says "I've never watched the film with the volume up." According to Mahoney, "my music has nothing to do with the original soundtrack."

When the other offerings of the film festival get underway at 8 p.m., the feature will be a "best of" showing of comedy material produced this semester in a Marlboro class. Two teams of student directors used material produced by a comedy writing class taught by Jay Craven, director of "Where the Rivers Flow North," to create thirty minutes of interconnected sketches, interspersed with satires of commercials. The director of one team, Jeremy Kacik, says he tries to strike a balance when he directs comedies. "In a perfect world they'll laugh," he says. "But they'll also question themselves as to why they're laughing."

The film festival will also show student films by Kate Merrigan, Quincy Worthington, Kurt Roderick, Paul Grenier, Leza Cantoral, Maggie Pavlova, Mike Harrington, Laura Isabella, Chris Berez, Emily Downs, Ben Scurria and Kacik.

The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible, and the film festival is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-257-4333.

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