You’re probably thinking that since it’s winter in Marlboro, and temperatures are dipping down into the teeny-tiny teens, we’re all hunkered down and knitting wool scarfs by the hearth or something, but you couldn’t be more wrong. With the semester winding down, there is the usual feverish frenzy of Plan performances and Plan exhibits and Plan concerts and other Plan-ishness. Wednesday night was the ritual Midnight Breakfast for students working on their writing portfolios, this afternoon is open studios for all the art students and tonight is a series of one-act plays from the Directing for Theater class. But my favorite bit o’ frenzy was last night, at the Fall Student Film Festival Extravaganza.
Okay, so maybe it’s not Sundance, but for a little college in the woods Marlboro has a pretty amazing film program, and the proof is in the gawking. I mean, there was senior Jesse Nesser’s awesome Plan documentary The Ranch for Kids, about the Montana center for kids suffering from the social effects of fetal alcohol syndrome, and senior Evan Lorenzen’s exhilarating and eye-popping animation (above). Sadly, we did not get to see senior Petey Peterson’s (below) much-anticipated, behind-the-scenes documentary on last spring’s Movies from Marlboro production of Northern Borders, because of technical troubles of the patch cable variety. But we did see 1956, a very cool and arty short film Petey worked on last summer with Swiss directors Ramon + Pedro, about an old man in New York reminiscing on the Hungarian revolution of 1956 (and this is where the spooky music from Inception comes in), coincidently the exact same year that Northern Borders takes place (doo doo doo dum etc.).
The Documentary Film class presented their group project, a documentary (duh) about recent marketing efforts at Marlboro College, called More than Warm Bodies. This included many interviews with students that reminded me of what a special place Marlboro is and gave me a warm, tickly feeling on the back of my neck like the person sitting behind me was adjusting his or her feather boa. Even ticklier, though, was sophomore Reily Mumpton’s Marlboro A to Z, a sort of a primer on all things endearingly Marlboro, starting with the apples he sampled around campus during dedicated hour with his advisor, history professor Adam Franklin-Lyons. Reily only made it as far as K (for Kaiden, OP Director Randy Knagg’s golden retriever), but this cliff-hanger left everyone on the edge of their seats for the sequel. You totally can’t find stuff like this at Sundance.