The Oberlin Review

Feature Photo: J.D. Vance Speaks at American Democracy Conference

Feature Photo: J.D. Vance Speaks at American Democracy Conference

November 17, 2017

J.D. Vance, author of The New York Times bestselling Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, spoke at the Apollo Theatre this morning. Hillbilly Elegy offers a perspective of America’s white working class, tracking the generational migration of a family from the hills of Kentucky to a rural town in Ohio. Vance was a participant of the American Democracy Conference, which launched Wednesday at The Hotel at Oberlin. The conference will culminate this evening with a convocation e...

Russian Documentary Highlights Narrative of Resistance

Julia Peterson, Production editor

February 24, 2017

The images from Pussy Riot’s protest performances are iconic — women in multicolored balaclavas climbing on top of subway trains and scaffolding or using iconic public places as an impromptu stage, waving flags and smoke flares, playing loud guitar riffs and singing about corruption in the Russian government. The Russian feminist punk group was founded in August of 2011, when group members Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina (Katya) Samutsevich gave a presentation on feminist art and decided that, since there weren’t enough Russian musical protest groups to talk about, they should create one. The documentary Pussy versus Putin, which was screened at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday, was produced by the Russ...

Director John Beder leads a panel of Conservatory faculty at the Apollo Theatre Wednesday night after screening his
film Composed. Discussion revolved around the film’s exploration of performance anxiety in professional musicians,
hoping to shed light on a little-discussed area of the music world.

Beder’s “Composed” Sheds Light on Stage Fright

December 2, 2016

Composed, a new documentary by John Beder, features interviews with professional musicians exploring their experiences with being affected by and coping with performance anxiety. The film had a screening at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday night, followed by a panel discussion with Beder and Conservatory faculty members. Although musicians may be reluctant to discuss performance anxiety, the film emphasizes that it is a very common phenomenon. “With the documentary, I am hoping that people will understand...

Femininity Dismantled Fascism in “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor

November 11, 2016

Nowhere is oppression more boldly confronted than in our attempts to escape it. The worlds we build on the page and before the camera serve as intrinsically subversive pathways, telling stories that lift us from the grasp of dark forces while lending perspective to their machinations. Few periods of history are better acquainted with these forces than the nearly three-year Spanish Civil War (1936-39), which culminated in the crushing defeat of a left-wing movement at the hands of a ruthless fascist counterrevolution under the iron grip of General Francisco Franco. In the aftermath of the atrocity-ridden conflict, the remaining leftist rebels who could still muster the will to fight resorted to guerilla warfare, stag...

The Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman Cinema Studies Center for Media Education and Production occupies the
space above the Apollo Theatre. The state-of-the-art facility has been understaffed since its construction four years
ago.

Program Cuts Leave Film Students with Questions

September 16, 2016

The Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman Cinema Studies Center for Media Education and Production stands severely understaffed, support for senior capstones has been pulled and tensions between the Cinema Studies program and the College administration forecast a potentially bleak future for a program that attracts more student interest than it has the resources to maintain. Faced with growing concerns about the program’s ability to meet its students’ needs in the wake of losing the key position of F...

Cut-It Ensemble Returns to the Apollo

Nicole Gutman

April 19, 2013

The Cut-It Ensemble performed in the Apollo Theatre on Thursday during the viewing of Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin, the Symphony of a Metropolis) by Walter Ruttmann. Founded in the fall by Doron Galili, visiting assistant professor of Cinema Studies, and Peter Swendsen, assistant professor of Computer and Digital Arts, as a collaboration between the Cinema Studies and TIMARA departments, the ensemble of musicians improvises contemporary avant-garde music to silent films. Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt is a 65-minute film capturing a typical day in 1927 Berlin. The film was shot in a documentary style that incorporates experimental qualities and special effects. Additionally, it is divided into f...

Demme’s Doubleheader Pt.2

Oliver Levine

September 28, 2012

“I spoke to Sir Anthony Hopkins a few hours ago,” said Jonathan Demme as he approached the front of the Apollo Theatre, “and when I told him that they are screening The Silence of the Lambs at the Apollo opening he said, ‘They must be mad!’’’ Sir Hopkins may be right, but that doesn’t keep The Silence of the Lambs, the film that swept the 1991 Oscars by receiving awards in all the top five categories, from being one of the best horror films out there. If you skipped Friday’s late-rainy-night throwback flick, you may have missed more than just the brief documentary that served as a prelude to the film, illustrating the process of the yearlong Apollo renovation and the historical significance of...

Alums in the Cinema World Illuminate Obies’ Futures

Sarp Yavuz, Arts Editor

September 28, 2012

While Oberlin certainly has a historical connection to the world of cinema, especially with regards to the Apollo Theatre, one does not think of Oberlin when considering career in the field. This past weekend’s Illuminate events saw four alumni — Micha Hillyard, OC ‘11, Jennifer Malkowski, OC ‘04, Ry Russo-Young, OC ‘03, and Stefan Grube, OC ‘03 — sharing their experiences and success stories dealing with cinema in various fields in a panel held in the newly renovated Apollo Theatre. Malkowski is a McPherson post-doctoral fellow in film and new media at Smith College. After Oberlin, she pursued a Ph.D in film and media from UC Berkeley. She was also a pre-school student portrait photographer for some...

Apollo Revisits Era of Silent Movies with Louis

Matthew Sprung

September 28, 2012

Anticipatory chatter buzzed around the revamped Apollo Theatre last Sunday night like the “wah-wah” sound of a plunger mute. An earlier, invite-only presentation of Louis, the 2010 homage to Louis Armstrong, on the night of Thursday the 20th had Oberlin demanding another chance to catch the unique experience. In an introduction to the audience, Dean of the Conservatory David Stull remarked that the interdisciplinary affair was “an example of what is possible at the Apollo” in its ability to provide “rare and unique performances.” The film was made to be accompanied by a live jazz score, and the director, Dan Pritzker, placed the task of arranging and composing music in the capable hands of Wynton Marsalis...

Faculty Films Reimagine the Amerikan Documentary

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

Don Matis, a Hudson, Ohio, artist and self-described “Catholic lay evangelist,” paints with his beard. In the short film of which he is the subject, part of the documentary series The Amerikans screened Sept. 22 at the Apollo, Don openly discusses his views on God, art and his path to happiness. While one couldn’t help but giggle initially at the sight of Don slapping his paint-loaded beard onto a canvas in his stylishly sparse studio, it quickly became clear that we could all do well to heed Don’s advice on the importance of kindness and authenticity in our interpersonal relationships. Such deeply resonant human connection to the screen, found in the most unexpected of characters, is the hallmark of The...

Apollo Returns to Educate, Entertain

Daniel Hautzinger and Julian Ring

September 21, 2012

The Apollo Theatre has been hopping all summer, but the crew working on its massive renovation has kicked it into overdrive in the past few weeks in preparation for this weekend’s grand re-opening. Construction crews were dodging ladders and carts full of wood composite, while upstairs technicians were hurriedly attending to stacks of humming servers. Opening night was only two days away, and there was a lot of work to be done before the theater would be up and running. Nevertheless, Oberlin College Media Relations Director Scott Wargo just beamed at the work going on. “I don’t usually use the word ‘unique’ to describe something,” Wargo said. “I don’t think people use it correctly in speech a lot of...

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