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New Community Media Center club unites lovers of film

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Cinema Lab is a new Grand Rapids Community Media Center intiative aimed at creating a space for area film lovers to learn, talk and commune while watching movies.

/Jackie Peterman

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Cinema Lab will take place on the second Wednesday of every month in the Koning Micro-Cinema located within Wealthy Theatre. Ticket prices may vary and will be announced on Cinema Lab's page on Facebook. Follow for more information and upcoming event postings. Information and ticket pricing will also be available on the GRCMC website.

Cinema Lab logo

Cinema Lab logo

On Wednesday, I joined a small group of movie and media lovers and a handful of fellow CMC employees in the Koning Micro-Cinema inside of Wealthy Theatre to watch Rouben Mamoulian's pre-Code era film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" for Cinema Lab, the new film-watching and discussion group started by GRTV employees Sarah Vesely and Jackie Peterman.

“Sarah and I both share a strong film background. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with an emphasis in documentary film production in 2011. We met back in March, when I started working for GRTV. Cinema Lab is our collaborative effort to create an engaging community resource for those who wish to gain a better understanding of film through discussions, viewings, and workshops," said Peterman.

With about 15 in attendence, the evening started off with a presentation by Peterman and Vesely discussing the basics of shooting, angles, perspective and the different effects said angles have as well as the emotions and stories that they can tell. There was also a history portion that gave insight into the history of film from Muybridge's "The Horse in Motion," to Nickelodeons and, infamously, the country's first feature-length film, "The Birth of a Nation" and background on stage make-up of the early film eras. The group was encouraged to think critically about the different messages being communicated in the film, whether subtly or more obviously, and the different methods used to do so. After a brief intermission, the film was screened and followed by a lively discussion.

“Sarah and I were both impressed by the quality of dialogue taking place after [Wednesday] night’s film screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. So much so, that we actually went over our intended wrap-time by almost an hour. Taking that into consideration, we have structured our next session to be less driven by lecture and leave more time for audience discussion. We are excited by all the potential Cinema Lab holds and cannot wait for our next meet up.”

The upcoming Cinema Lab will take place on June 8th at 6 p.m, at the Koning Micro-Cinema in Wealthy Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The film title for this presentation will be revealed next week. “Next month we will delve into the evolution of Comedy: Highbrow. Lowbrow. No Brow,” said Peterman.

Check back with the Rapidian for previews or reviews of future Cinema Lab events.

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