Want to catch a film for some mid-week relief? How about watching a cult classic while sipping some hot chocolate at the underground? What about enjoying a featured documentary shot by fellow students? ASP Films are the folks who bring this all to you.
Located in a relatively small workspace with three other AS productions offices on the bottom floor of the Viking Union, Colin Laursen, films coordinator and Ben Paplow, films publicity coordinator working for ASP Films have their hands full this year. The first half of fall quarter brought films like Reservoir Dogs, Everything is Illuminated, and A Scanner Darkly to mention a few. Are you bracing yourself for what’s coming the second half of fall quarter though?
Talledaga Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest, District B-13, An Inconvenient Truth, Me You and Everyone We Know, Hard Candy, Harold and Maude, Why We Fight, Cube, and Friday are what you can expect.
Pretty enticing for those film lovers out there.
A project of new interest that ASP Films is helping with is the Cult Series happening every Friday night at 10:30 p.m. in the Underground Coffeehouse. Two of the films mentioned above, Cube and Friday, are going to be screened at the Underground along with other cult classics. The seating at the Underground is limited though, so be sure to get there early if you want to be able to see and enjoy these timeless pieces.
One film that has Laursen extremely excited to have on campus is a Korean film entitled Old Boy. He claims that, “Old Boy is the best film of the millennia. This movie will make you fall in love with Korean filmmaking. It’s so fresh, new wave and so innovative that several American film companies have hired directors to adapt Korean films.”
Two films that are going to be screened at a larger scale for students are the screening of Pirates of the Caribbean 2, which will be shown in the PAC. Also, An Inconvenient Truth will be screened with the help of Civil Controversy and the Environmental Center at Artzen Hall.
ASP Films picks movies to show on campus with two things in mind. First, they look at the major films, major audiences, and what people want to see. Second, they consider smaller more independent films that students possibly may not get a chance to see like ones playing at the Pickford Cinema or films with less rotation. That is one of ASP Films main goals: giving students an opportunity to see lesser known films.
Starting November 28, the Banff Film Festival is starting up. This is one of the largest projects of the year for ASP Films. Along with putting the gears in motion for this event, they also work with other clubs that want to have film screenings, students who come in and want to show films particularly documentary films they’ve made, and getting word out about the Western student film festival that’s scheduled for spring quarter.
In the future, ASP Films wants to do more interactive viewings like the Rocky Horror Picture Show that is happening this week. Perhaps Labyrinth fans will get a little David Bowie viewing interaction if all works out. But, nothing is set in stone, said Laursen.
So it’s up to, you, the movie fans and goers to keep your eyes peeled for advertising of these potential lively film parties.
Spring quarter presents a shift of focus to more underground, experimental, artistic, and foreign films that students may not normally see, hear about, or have access to. There are less major films out, so this allows ASP Films to shift slightly.
“Film is one of the best mediums to convey social, cultural, political, and artistic messages across all sorts of boundaries,” says Laursen. “And we think this is the sort of thing that enriches the educational experiences of students. At the end of the day, that is our main concern and our chief goal.”