Category: Announcements

2012 Northern Lights Film Festival, November 1, 2 and 3

Northern Lights Film FestivalThe 8th Annual Northern Lights Film Festival will be held November 1, 2 and 3rd in McArdle
Theatre on the Michigan Tech Campus. Featured this year are filmmaker Ray Tintori and the
award-winning dramatic film Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin 2012). Tintori headed up the special effects unit for the film and is a member of the independent filmmaking collective Court 13. Tintori will introduce the film on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and participate in a Q&A following the film. Beasts will be shown again at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday at 2 p.m., Tintori will screen some of his short films and music videos and join in an informal discussion with students and festival-goers about independent filmmaking.

Other festival highlights include recent award-winning documentaries and narratives films including El Velador (Natalia Almada, 2012), The Interrupters (Steve James, 2011), Only the Young (Elizabeth James and Jason Tippet, 2012) and The Arbor (Barnard, 2010). The festival will conclude with Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) with Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly.

The Northern Lights Film Festival is sponsored by the departments of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts and Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise Team. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Erin Smith at smitherin@mtu.edu or (906) 487-3263. Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The full schedule and information about the films are available at: http://hdmzweb.hu.mtu.edu/wp/nlff2012 or visit the Humanities Department website http://www.mtu.edu/humanities quick links section.

Film Festival a success

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nicole Iutzi.


Kilpela’s Student is Selected to Display Art in the State Capitol

Lindsey LichtLindsey Licht, a fifth-year exercise science major, is also an artist, and two of her sketches have been selected for display in the House of Representatives Office Building in Lansing, part of the annual Art in the House exhibit.

Licht’s teacher is pleased. “I have had Lindsey in several art classes,” says Susan Kilpela, senior lecturer in visual and performing arts.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Dennis Walikainen.


KSO Begins a Four-city UP Tour: “From Russia With Love”

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents the first night of a four-city concert tour of an electric all-Russian concert, “From Russia with Love,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Rozsa Center.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.

KSO to Begin Season with Russian Music, Tour

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode.

KSO to present all-Russian concert

Bathe in the luxurious beauty of Russian exoticism as the KSO performs works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Shostakovich.

Read more at the VPA Blog.


Stratford Shakespeare Company Offers High School Workshops at Michigan Tech

ShakespeareFour Actors from the Stratford Shakespeare Company will be on campus Monday, Oct. 22. Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m., in the McArdle Theatre. Schools may attend one of these times. The workshops are appropriate for English and Theatre classes and are free. The actors will lead exercises in exploring the text of various plays.

To attend, contact Professor Roger Held (VPA) at 487-1080 or rheld@mtu.edu .


Theatre Auditions for Musical Comedy Murders and Romancing Horror

Musical Comedy Murders
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Auditions are: September 4 and 5, in McArdle Theatre, Walker 207, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

We will audition folks on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Anyone auditioning should plan to stay for the entire time on one of the two evenings.

Auditions will be readings from the scripts of the two plays: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and Romancing Horror.

No preparation or experience is necessary to audition, though scripts are available to borrow from the VPA office.

A little information about each production:

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

October 25-27, Rozsa Theatre, 7:30 p.m. (Possibly remounting in January for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival)

A hilarious “who done it” that pokes fun at 1940s movie thrillers and campy musical comedies.

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and refreshingly irreverent wit.

Romancing Horror
Romancing Horror

Romancing Horror: the Tales of HP Lovecraft

November 29-30, December 1, McArdle Theatre, 7:30 p.m. (Possibly remounting in January for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival)

A special performance featuring original sound designs and music.

Growing from the fertile soil of the Romantics and the symbolist poets, HP Lovecraft surpassed his predecessor, EA Poe, in perfecting the classic horror story. Since then every horror film concocted in Hollywood from the subtly and intrigue of Hitchcock to the evil of “Chucky” have followed Lovecraft’s mystery mantra. In the sedate salon of their New England home, Professor Rodney C. Phillips, world authority on horror fiction, and is somewhat eccentric but charming wife, Edith Abigail, conjure theatrical life into Lovecraft’s tales for their friends. Of course, there will be a surprise ending.