Student documentary work on display at screenings of “A Storied Centre”
Centre students have been hard at work over CentreTerm, the College’s three-week January term that gives students the opportunity to explore unique topics and faraway places through immersive courses, studying abroad or completing an internship or research project. On Monday, Jan. 23, the community will have an opportunity to see just how hard those students have been working at two screenings of “A Storied Centre,” a series of short films made by students taking the CentreTerm class “Introduction to Documentary Video Production.”
The short films being shown will give viewers a glimpse into the College’s history—and will eventually be used as part of a video celebration for Centre’s bicentennial.
“Given that we essentially had less than 14 days to pull this together, that’s quite remarkable,” says Tom Thurman, the visiting film and video director and producer who is co-teaching the CentreTerm class. “I’m proud of them.”
The two screenings of “A Storied Centre” will take place on Monday, Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. in the Vahlkamp Theater in the Grace Doherty Library. Both are free and open to the public, and after the films are shown, the student creators will be available for a Q & A session with the audience.
Thurman and his co-teacher, Centre’s Visual Editor Robert Boag, have taught students in the class about the various aspects of producing a documentary, including the research and development phases, the filming itself and such post-production techniques as soundtrack creation. But seeing the students grow has been the most rewarding part of the course for Thurman.
“What I’ve enjoyed most is seeing how far the students have come in such a short time,” he says. “They had a wide variety of technical expertise, and it was really enriching for me to see how they came together, worked in teams and collaborated on this project.”
Centre will celebrate the bicentennial of its founding on Jan. 21, 2019.
IF YOU GO
“A Storied Centre” screening
Monday, January 23 at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
January 20, 2017