By HALEY DICK
From music and dance to math and computer science and everything else in between, students at Salisbury University express their passions in a variety of different ways and the Student Film Society is no exception.
The organization creatively collaborates to decide which movies to show. The group’s members have a brainstorming session at the end of each semester to plan the films for the upcoming semester.
Dr. Elsie Walker is the club’s advisor and she described the club’s purpose as being to support and foster the love of film and film analysis in the SU student community.
“We’re really concerned with film culture, which is why diversity and year of release are important to us,” Hannah Jones, SU Student Film Society president said. “We don’t want to just show today’s blockbusters; we want to show students pieces of film history.”
The first screening of the semester was “Back to the Future” on Friday, Sept. 23, and all of the future screenings will be free and viewable by students in Fulton Hall room No. 111. The plan for the upcoming semester is as follows: “Donnie Darko” (Oct. 21), “The Princess Bride” (Nov. 4), “Fight Club” (Nov. 18) and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (Dec. 2).
“Each screening is a chance to meet and chat with other students who love cinema, and each screening takes place in the Fulton 111 auditorium which was recently completely renovated to become an optimal space for film screenings,” Walker said.
The Student Film Society’s posters can be found on display in the Guerrieri University Center, and they rotate when an upcoming screening is approaching. The posters from the previous semester, the current semester and next semester have been and will continue to be designed by SU student artist Nick Thrift.
The members of the club express their love for film by having different viewings and participating in movie debates. They also express their appreciation by choosing films to screen that they feel deserve to be watched by college students. On top of that, they sponsor the SU Student Film Festival, which will be held on May 12 in Fulton room No. 111, where student films from across the globe are screened.
“My favorite part of being in the Student Film Society is seeing and meeting so many students who have an interest in film,” Jones said. “We like to hold discussions after our screenings for anyone who wants to participate, and it’s just neat to see business majors or education majors or any non-film major have these really analytical opinions about a film. It’s fun to share film culture with students who don’t already have it integrated into their curriculum.”