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909 Festival features ULV filmmakers

Emily Lau Editorial Director University of La Verne student filmmakers showcased their four self-produced short films to other community filmmakers at the sixth annual 909 Film Festival Friday in Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College. Students created the films in their Advanced Video Pro­duction classes taught by Professor of Communications Don Pollock and Visiting Assistant Professor of Com­munications... 

La Verne students win at film festival

University of La Verne students won five awards Saturday at the San Bernardino Valley College Film Festival. Most of the winning entries were senior projects. The films all ranged from comedy, horror and documentary. “The Transformation” is a short teen werewolf comedy. Writer, director and co-producer McKinley Pollock won best screenplay. Christopher Mitzel and James Perez won best cinematography... 

Movie Review: ‘Scorch Trials’ is all flash, no substance

Chris McMahan Staff Writer “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is a fun, action-packed summer blockbuster that fails to surpass its predecessor or live up to fans’ expectations. The film goes in the same direction as the “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” franchises, as the hero of the film finally realizes it is time for a revolution to take down the evil regime that is in place. The hero... 

Movie Review: ‘Avengers’ sequel will satisfy Marvel enthusiasts

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer “Avengers: Age of Ultron” pairs action-packed scenes with witty remarks from the world’s mightiest super heroes, making it a tremendously satisfying sequel. The film, written and directed by Joss Whedon, is perfectly pieced together to highlight the Avengers’ reassembling to save the planet from destruction by villainous Ultron. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey... 

Campus Times Podcast, Ep. 5: Student Films

  Sound meets film as the Campus Times Podcast highlights the two senior project student films at ULV. Directors Serena Ghazzawi and Melanie Rodriguez discuss the obstacles and excitement of making their respective projects.  Read More →

Movie Review: ‘Duff’ promotes positive body image

Jennifer Jackson Assistant Editor “The Duff” is a charming teen comedy based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, featuring Mae Whitman (“Arrested Development,” “Parenthood”) as the main character, Bianca. Bianca is a spunky high school senior whose world turns upside down when she finds out she is known by the student body as a “duff.” Duff is an acronym for “designated ugly fat friend.”... 

Movie Review: ‘The Hunting Ground’ exposes campus sexual assault

Kellie Galentine Online Editor “The Hunting Ground,” directed by Kirby Dick, is a documentary that opens with videos of high school seniors excitedly opening their acceptance letters to universities. Screams and shouts of joy are soon paired with videos of move-in days and administrative speeches at convocation ceremonies. The irony of listening to administrators discuss their institution’s... 

La Verne wins big at film festival

Erum Jaffrey Assistant Editor Advanced video production students and La Verne faculty and staff took home five WAVE awards and had their documentaries screened at the 909 Film Festival on Oct. 24. The Alliance for Community Media’s Western Area Video Excellence Awards honor the best television and public access TV productions in the Western United States. “Bonita Pop Show 2014,” directed by the... 

Movie Review: ‘John Wick’ delivers action

Yaya Pineda Staff Writer “John Wick” is an action thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a former hit man whose name induces fear to all those involved in crime in New York City. The movie, released on Oct. 24, is directed by former stuntman Chad Stahelski. When the movie began, I thought I accidently stepped into a Nicholas Sparks romance movie, but that quickly changed within five minutes. Soon my... 

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’ entertains with humor and visuals

Katie Madden Managing Editor With masterful cinematography, sharp dialogue and a lot of heart behind the blackness, “Birdman” or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a dark, daring and entertaining ride to kick off the much anticipated Oscar season. Riggan Thomson (played by Michael Keaton) is an aging and long dormant actor best known for his portrayal of the wildly popular superhero Birdman... 
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