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Pre-release screening of Syrup.


Based on the best-selling book, SYRUP is an edgy comedy that exposes the cut-throat world of advertising through the eyes of a young prodigy chasing fame, fortune, and the woman of his dreams. Fresh out of school with a degree in marketing, Scat will do anything to prove that he has what it takes to swim with the rich and wildly successful. Scat comes up with a brilliant new product that gives new meaning to the old saying "sex sells."

Presented and followed by Q&A by Middlebury Alumni and Producers: Shane Mandes '10, Baird Kellogg '10, Aaron Becker '10, Hunter Nolan '13.

Screening: Sunday, May 5th @ 7:30pm in Dana Auditorium



Bianca Giaever's Holy Cow Lisa

Bianca Giaever's final Sight and Sound II film project Holy Cow Lisa premiered at the Film and Media Culture Department's Fall Film Screening on Thursday, December 6th to a sellout (although it was a free event) crowd in Dana Auditorium.  A few weeks later Bianca uploaded her film to the video sharing website Vimeo and expanded her audience from 271 viewers to 32,000 viewers and counting. 

Holy Cow Lisa has been featured on, an online showcase and workshop for new Public Radio and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick on landing it on the home page.  The response online has been terrific and we would like to join the effort by promoting this excellent student work.

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab had this to say about Holy Cow Lisa.

"Bianca, this is really sweet. and quietly moving. I love that you chose to examine your own heartbreak by paying such close to attention to Greg’s. And he’s wonderful. And very clever but understated use of visuals!"

To read more about Bianca's creative process on

You can watch more excellent student films from the Sight and Sound II class below:

Hide screening at the Mountaintop Human Rights Film Festival

Elori Kramer, a current Middlebury student and Peter Coccoma, a recent Middlebury graduate have been invited to screen their documentary film Hide at the Mountaintop Human Rights Film Festival at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield, Vermont.  Their 30 minute documentary takes us inside the daily lives of eight migrant dairy workers from Latin America who sustain Vermont's iconic dairy farms and working landscapes.

Hide is screening with (immediately following) Betting the Farm, a feature length documentary about a group of Maine dairy farmers who launch their own milk company.  Both films screen on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 7pm and Tuesday, Jan. 22nd at 5pm.  Elori and Peter will be at the festival for a Q&A session immediately following the film on Tuesday.  Tickets are free with a valid student ID.  We encourage you to go and support Elori and Peter as they screen their film alongside some heavy hitting documentaries.  There will also be a screening of Hide on campus in Axinn 232 on Jan. 29th at 7:30pm.


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