Saturday, December 09, 2006

This is a recently released article from the Utah Valley State College newspaper. They interviewed me regarding an International Cinema I've been setting up for the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at UVSC. For more information check out our new blog at:

International Film Festival
By Eleanor Takahashi
December 2, 2006

How are Che Guevara’s adolescent motorcycle trip, a young German racing to prevent a crime, and a Parisian girl finding love for the first time interrelated? For starters, you’ll be able to see each of them on campus throughout the 2007 school year. That’s because UVSC’s international honors society, Phi Theta Kappa, will debut their Utah Valley International Cinema (UVIC) program to campus audiences this December. The organization’s hope is that this international film experience will assist in educating students about global issues, while providing quality entertainment. As UVIC’s student organizer, Torben Bernhard puts it, “The international film scene is thriving, (but) despite the increase in exposure, many people still have not seen the many great foreign films that have been released over (the past) 50 years.”

Students, staff and faculty that are interested in participating will be thrilled by the organization's free admission, with many shows containing an added bonus. “The cinema intends to become a permanent fixture of UVSC in the next few years, and we've also invited faculty to participate by giving short lectures at the beginning of films,” stated Bernhard. Beginning in January, films will be exhibited the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at a UVSC venue. The selections include films from locations that are as diverse as the Middle East to South America and Africa. Bernhard’s hope is that the campus community will not only become involved in the events, but also in the discussions that the filmmakers raise. “The films will deal with issues from terrorism, love, redemption to strong cultural tradition. (I hope they) will spark up great conversation and help us start thinking more ‘internationally.’”


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