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Golden Globes: Jennifer Coolidge takes Best Supporting Actress, other Emersonians nominated

Golden Globes: Jennifer Coolidge takes Best Supporting Actress, other Emersonians nominated

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
January 22, 2023

At the 80th annual Golden Globes Awards held on Jan. 10, Emerson College was represented by several alumni nominees in various categories ranging from acting, directing, producing, and screenwriting.  Among...

Timothée Chalamet as Lee (left) and Taylor Russell as Marin Yearly (right) from Guadagnino’s Bones and All

‘Bones and All’: the coming-of-age horror

By Sasha Zirin, Staff Writer
January 13, 2023

This review contains spoilers. “Bones and All” is a heartbreaking film that rattles the viewer to their core through its unique use of cannibalism as a metaphor for an uncontrollable addiction. Director...

‘Bad Axe’ is family business

‘Bad Axe’ is family business

By Ryan Yau, Assistant Living Arts Editor
December 1, 2022

Bad Axe, MI, is a town with a population of 3,000, where everyone is friends on Facebook and within two degrees of separation in Walmart. “Bad Axe” is filmmaker David Siev’s directorial debut,...

The faces of the Boston Asian American Film Festival

The faces of the Boston Asian American Film Festival

By Ryan Yau, Assistant Living Arts Editor
November 2, 2022

The annual Boston Asian American Film Festival was held in the Paramount Theatre from Oct. 20 to Oct. 31. This year’s program contained three narrative films, three documentaries, and various shorts...

A promotional image for Baby Teeth Film Fest.

Alum-created Baby Teeth Film Festival centers queer filmmakers and characters

By Parker Garlough, Staff Writer
September 8, 2022

The second annual Baby Teeth Film Festival will present short films created by trans and gender non-conforming individuals in a variety of genres including fantasy, comedy, and drama.  The festival,...

Courtesy of Kickstarter

‘Long Story Short’ program launches third edition of exposure for up and coming filmmakers

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
March 23, 2022

Drawing success from its short film category that’s seen more than 7,000 shorts, Kickstarter’s third annual month-long celebration Long Story Short brings creative stories to fruition and helps artists...

Former Director of Production and Safety Leonard Manzo

Leonard Manzo out as VMA director of production and safety

By Bailey Allen, News Editor
January 28, 2022

Leonard Manzo, longtime director of production and safety at Emerson, will no longer serve in the position as of Jan. 27, according to a Thursday evening email to the Visual and Media Arts department. Manzo,...

The flyer for The Beta Test.

Two alumni direct and star in new film ‘The Beta Test’

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
November 4, 2021

Twelve years after they graduated in the same class, two Emerson alumni and self-proclaimed “college drinking buddies” directed and starred in the new feature film “The Beta Test,” which premieres...

Still from Sky Hopinkas “Maɬni–towards the ocean, towards the shore.”

‘Bright Lights Film Series’ hosts first in person event since pandemic

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
October 14, 2021

After 18 months of Zoom screenings and discussions, Emerson’s “Bright Lights Film Series” hosted its first in-person event since Mar. 12, 2020 on Oct. 8 with a screening of “Maɬni–towards the...

Titian’s ‘Women, Myth, and Power’ at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum pits classical art versus modern morality

Titian’s ‘Women, Myth, and Power’ at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum pits classical art versus modern morality

By Jt Breaux
October 7, 2021

TW: mentions of sexual assault and abuse A new exhibition at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which opened on Aug. 12 and runs until Jan. 2, entitled Titian: Women, Myth, and Power, reunites six...

Amanda Richards 10 and Dawn Steinberg 82 worked on the Fantasy Island Reboot.

Emerson alums help create “Fantasy Island” reboot

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
September 23, 2021

Two Emerson alumni—who graduated the college nearly 30 years apart—found themselves collaborating in Sony’s casting department to bring Fox’s reboot of the 1970s show “Fantasy Island” to life. While...

Anna Feder at the Bright Lights Film Series in 2019.

Bright Lights Film Series releases their fall 2021 program

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor In Chief
September 21, 2021

The college’s Bright Lights Film Series announced their fall 2021 lineup on Sept. 7, featuring 12 documentary films that highlight social justice issues.  The series is curated by VMA Professor Anna...

Alum wins first Oscar for Best Cinematography in ‘Mank’

Alum wins first Oscar for Best Cinematography in ‘Mank’

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor In Chief
April 28, 2021

Alum Erik Messerschmidt ‘02 won his first Oscar for Best Cinematography for Mank, directed by David Fincher, at the 93rd Academy Awards this past Sunday.  Mank, released on Nov. 13, 2020, is a story...

A woman speaks to filmmaker Ralph Celestin in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection.

Local filmmaker releases trailer ahead of documentary ‘Capitol Riots’

By Madison E. Goldberg, Managing Editor
April 14, 2021

Independent filmmaker Ralph Celestin said he will always be haunted by the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when just six days into the new year, a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building. Footage...

Students working on a film set.

Productions amid a Pandemic: how student films are being affected by COVID-19

By Margarita Ivanova, Correspondent
April 1, 2021

Visual media arts majors involved in creative projects outside of school have had numerous opportunities taken away from them during the pandemic. Despite this setback, many students still managed to continue...

Still from A Quiet Place: Part II.

Fifteen movies that COVID took from us by postponing their release

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor In Chief
March 17, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic delayed more than 100 movies from being released in theaters in the past year, and pushed several straight to streaming platforms. As a result of the numerous film postponements,...

AMC Boston Common 19

Movie theaters are becoming a thing of the past, for better or for worse

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
March 9, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic came the closing of movie theaters everywhere. This changed the way people consume movies, going from sitting in front of the big screen with a huge bucket of warm buttered popcorn,...

Still from the film MINARI

‘MINARI’ highlights the many difficulties immigrant families in America face

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor In Chief
March 5, 2021

Director Lee Isaac Chung’s eye-opening film “MINARI'' left me teary-eyed. The film illustrates the struggles of a Korean American family as they are on the search to accomplish their own “American...

Algorithm bias researcher Joy Buolamwini showing the racist faults in the Aspire Mirror.

‘Coded Bias’ latest screening from Bright Lights Film Series, highlights racial bias in AI

By Lucia Thorne, Living Arts Editor
March 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence, defined as “the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,” has the potential to shape the future of every industry. Yet...

Still from Disneys Raya and the Last Dragon

Ryn Soorholtz ’16 serves as production coordinator on Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
February 23, 2021

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” takes viewers on an epic journey through the eyes of lone warrior, Raya, as she tracks down the last dragon to help her stop an evil force...

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