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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, who also directed the film himself, is a story about resilience, family and the power of knowledge. But above anything, it is also a real life story that deserves to be shared with the world. This is exactly the reason Ejiofor, upon reading William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer’s novel, immediately decided to claim its film rights, as he explained in an interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
The music video that will never fail to leave me visually stunned is that of Solange Knowles’ “Cranes in the Sky,” directed by Alan Ferguson and Knowles herself. I recall watching it as a senior in high school, replaying it over and over to take in the energy of the incredibly subtle but loud images.
I am neither an avid skateboarder nor a Tony Hawk skateboard fanatic, but in the past few years, I’ve grown increasingly interested in the subculture’s influence on fashion, arts and the community it holds together. Skateboard videos have claimed their own unique niche in the world of social media, where young, talented individuals showcase their tricks in oddly satisfying clips that are edited to match trending hip-hop songs. In fact, just last year, Jonah Hill made his directorial debut with Mid90s, a film about a 13-year-old skateboarder and the friendships he builds while venturing out to skateboard parks across Los Angeles. And even a few months before that, Chicago-based director Bing Liu released Minding the Gap, a gripping documentary that exposes personal stories behind a few skateboard friends that Bing himself grew up with in the small town of Rockford, Ill. Since then, Minding the Gap has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is the sensational masterpiece we are all — and should be — talking about. The film has also become the center of attention for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards, where it has secured nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Screenplay. And these prestigious accolades come just after countless other titles it has claimed over the few months since its 2018 debut at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
Toro y Moi’s most recent album, released on Jan. 18, radiates just what we all need: Outer Peace. A chillwave genius and a talented graphic designer, Toro y Moi (also known as Chazwick Bradley Bundick) has incorporated his experimental brilliance in the 10 track LP. The 2019 album follows after almost a decade since the start of his professional music career when he released his debut album Causers of This in 2010.
Happy as Lazzaro, translated from the Italian title, Lazzaro Felice, won Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. On Friday, Nov. 30, seven months after its European debut, the film, directed by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, finally came to Netflix. The film was not only listed as a critic’s pick in the New York Times but was also the topic of conversation for Vox’s weekly Cinemastream column.
It is officially the holiday season, and amidst the oncoming stress of finals that hits students immediately after the week long November hiatus, many will undoubtedly turn to their favorite jingle bell tunes and holiday movies to celebrate the season and the end of another year. For most millennials, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, released in 2000, is a familiar holiday favorite; Jim Carrey, covered in green fluff, lets out a distasteful, green burp and runs off with his iconic, cynical smile.
Any doubts that I had about whether Hopkins does enough to integrate with the wider Baltimore community were completely challenged when I went to the Baltimore Youth Film Arts Fall Festival. Since 2016, the Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program has built a strong community of young creators who represent their stories through various artistic mediums, including photography, screenwriting, film production and animation. With help from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the commitment of a large faculty of instructors, the program was able to launch a number of different workshops. Over the course of the past few years, these workshops have invited over 300 fellows from local youth media organizations, community programs and Baltimore schools. By the end of each workshop, the participants are provided the opportunity to showcase their work at open houses, storytelling events and end-of-session screenings. After this particular trimester of workshops, fellows brought their work to Mudd Hall, where their photographic stills, short films and poetic animations came to life in a fully fledged festival on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 10.
I first discovered Tom Misch in my junior year of high school while perusing through Soundcloud on a Saturday afternoon.
A shirker is someone who runs away from responsibilities, something I consequently became when I experienced an otherworldly form of escape in Sandi Tan’s mind blowing documentary film, Shirkers. The one hour, 36 minute documentary, labeled a “punk feminist documentary gem” by Vox Media, unfolds into a gripping story of Tan’s journey as she recovers 70 film cans that were taken from her possession. While we get a glimpse into beautiful shots of the salvaged indie film produced by Tan and her friends in the summer of 1992, the mystery behind these lost tapes were, to me, far more unsettling than the weirdly creepy Halloween decorations on the second floor of Maryland Hall.
The Parkway Theatre is currently screening Charm City, a documentary produced by Marilyn Ness that depicts the streets of Baltimore. She highlights a city that is too often overshadowed by the media’s dominating political discourse about sensitive topics on crime, police brutality, gun violence, poverty and race.
Over the course of this weekend, the Barnstormers, the oldest and largest student-run theatre-group on campus, presented the Freshman One Acts, a series of short plays that showcase a group of freshmen and their acting abilities. This year’s program featured five shows, including Lost Satellites, The Secret of Jarlsberg, One Tennis Shoe, Insight and The Role of Della.
On Sept. 28 and 29 the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) hosted the annual Baltimore Japan Art Festival, which provided an extensive schedule of events celebrating Japanese culture through art, food, music and film. The highlights of this year’s Festival not only included the celebration of renowned illustrator Yusuke Nakamura and her work, but it also showcased a selection of films from the 2018 New York Japan CineFest.