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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... 

Communications students take home media awards

Melissa Gasia Staff Writer University of La Verne students and recent graduates earned several honors from the Hometown Media Awards in August, and the San Bernardino Valley College Film Festival in May. The team that included alumna Marilyn Mejia, who majored in broadcast journalism; alumna Ebony Williams, a broadcast major; alumna Chantal Silva, a broadcast journalism major; and Tyler Harrison,... 

Senior Screening presents student creativity

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief A wave of support from students, faculty and family members packed the 150-seat auditorium in La Fetra Lecture Hall on Sunday for the communications department’s Senior Screening. The crowded auditorium left some seatless spectators spilling into the equally cluttered aisles just to get a closer look at what their friends had created. A culmination of creative efforts, the... 

Students go online to fund films

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief The world of film is one of unbridled creativity and unlimited opportunity, with financial resources remaining the only finite piece to the cinematic puzzle. But with the advent of crowd funding platforms, ambitious student filmmakers find themselves on a more level playing field than ever before. “This is the best time to get into this industry that we’ve ever had,”... 

Movie Review: ‘Lego’ constructs an ingenious universe

Kristine Delgadillo Staff Writer Warner Bros. has re-invented the meaning of an animated movie with its new film “The Lego Movie,” by capturing the attention of children and adults with innocent, yet satirical comedy, which hit the box office Feb. 9. The imaginative and colorful world of Legos makes “The Lego Movie” a must-see for all ages. It will have the audience leaving the theater smiling,... 
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