Juniors Blake Duckers and Bria Woods wanted to prove that you do not have to be a film studies minor to appreciate quality cinema. With this goal in mind, the Trinity University Film Society was born.
â€œI noticed that we had a demand for film in some regards, but we just didnâ€™t have the supply. We have the Bad Movie Club, but we wanted to have a good movie club,â€ Duckers said. â€œA lot of my friends at other universities like A&M and UT are in film societies, so I wanted to get that started here.â€
Duckers and Woods acknowledged the work of the Bad Movie Club but were quick to point out how their organization would offer a different type of movie experience.
â€œWeâ€™re going to cater more to movies that have won Oscars, movies by award-winning directors and critically and commercially successful films,â€ Duckers said.
Woods, a communication major, added that the Film Society will have another important component.
â€œThere is also going to be a filmmaking aspect of the organization. Between the two of us, we have made a number of films, and we are very interested in continuing to make them,â€ Woods said. â€œIf we have people who are interested in the filmmaking process, we can involve themâ€”doing everything from balancing budgets to making production schedules to acting and directingâ€”and have our own in-house crew for people who are interested in the work.â€
Although the organization is still waiting for approval, Duckers and Woods have already made plans for some of the organizationâ€™s first activities.
â€œWeâ€™re just going to start with a generalized icebreaker meeting to get to know one another,â€ Duckers said. â€œWeâ€™ll probably begin what will be our normal sort of events in October, with the first nightâ€™s theme being Quentin Tarantino. The idea of the organization is everybody would get to vote on a Tarantino film, so Iâ€™ll put up about five different Tarantino movies on a Google doc. Whichever movie wins the vote is the one weâ€™ll watch.â€
Woods hopes to use what she has learned in the classroom for themes such as Noir November.
â€œI took a film noir class last semester, so I want to take the reins on the month of November for that genre,â€ Woods said.
Duckers and Woods want to be able to show two movies a month, but Duckers explained that it all depends on what kind of budget the organization can secure.
â€œItâ€™s going toâ€”depending on the budgetâ€”be bimonthly. We have to buy the rights to show each movie legally in order to be supported by the university, and the rights are approximately $250 to $300 to show a movie to 40 people. You can see how it would get really expensive,â€ Duckers said. â€œIâ€™ve talked with the company about getting a special deal, so weâ€™ll see if the cost can be lowered in that regard. On top of that, youâ€™ve still got to save up for snacks.â€
Many students first learned about the new Film Society at the Student Involvement Fair during Welcome Week last month.
â€œI actually stopped by their table at the Student Involvement Fair, and it looked like it could be an exciting addition to Trinity,â€ said senior Ben Whitehead. â€œI would hope that it promotes a welcoming, open atmosphere where people who are beginners in the realm of film can come watch without feeling intimidated because they donâ€™t know much about the actors or directors.â€
For more information on the Film Society or to be added to the mailing list, contact Blake Duckers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bria Woods at email@example.com.