Film Society draws little student interest

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By Vanessa M. Sanchez

The Film Society, this college’s film club, has been canceled this semester because of a lack of student interest.

Two people showed up for the first meeting, Professor Fred Weiss said, and no one came for the second. The meetings were held the first two weeks of September, Weiss said.

Radio-television-film sophomore Brian Zavala, former president of the club, said Monday he could not continue as president because of other time-consuming obligations in his schedule.

He hopes the club can be active next semester.

Weiss said he tried to recruit another president but was unable to.

“As far as I know, (the Film Society) is still in limbo,” Zavala said. “Many of the members from last year have transferred to other universities.”

Alex DeHoyos, radio-television-film sophomore, was a member last year and said he (wishes) there was more involvement from students.

He said the club did not advertise well enough around campus.

“I didn’t know the Film Society existed for a long time,” DeHoyos said. He agrees the club requires a lot of time.

“Trying to be involved in everything takes time,” he said.

Another reason students say the club cannot go on is because of the restrictions on borrowing equipment from the radio-television-film department.

In 2006, members attempted to finish a short film, “The Littlest Monkey Grinder,” using equipment that belonged to the department.

Approval for these requests took weeks, and once they had the equipment, they could only use it for two hours.

With the casting, script writing, editing and recording, it was frustrating to get the movie-making process done within the semester, Zavala said.

It was always a problem to use the equipment. “It’s (the radio-television-film department’s) baby,” DeHoyos said. “With the rules in place, it just doesn’t work.”

As president, Zavala tried to get the project done within the semester, but the editor’s house was struck by lightning and lost all power. The editing was left to Zavala although he knew little about the editing process.

Zavala did a rough edit, which took two weeks.

It is very possible that this movie could still be made, he said.

The Film Society last year had guest speakers, watched videos on moviemaking and put what they learned into their movie-making project, he said.

“I think we should just pick up and continue like nothing happened,” Zavala said.

Students interested in reviving the club can call Weiss at 733-2798 or visit him in Room 118 of Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building.

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