Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Monday, September 21, 2009


Dear colleagues, friends & students,

As the director of The Florida State University Film School's Torchlight Program I am thrilled to have been asked to present a Sneak Preview of Jane Campion's "Bright Star" at Florida State University through this program and my relationship with the distributor. On Thursday, September 24th at 7 P.M. The Torchlight Program will proudly present an Apparition Release of a Jane Campion (Academy Award winning screenplay for "The Piano") film, "Bright Star". Seating will be first come first serve as we are expecting record attendance at the Askew Student Live Center (SLC), 942 Learning Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4172. Special thanks to the SLC, Apparition and especially to Jane Campion!.

Based on the true story, Bright Star chronicles the passionate love affair between the 24-year-old British poet, John Keats, and his 18-year-old enchanting muse, Fanny Brawne. Academy Award winner Jane Campion's (The Piano) return to the big screen features outstanding performances from Abbie Cornish (Stop-Loss) as Brawne, Ben Whishaw (I'm Not There) as Keats and Paul Schneider (NBCs Parks & Recreation) as Keats's friend, Charles Armitage Brown. Rated PG. In theaters including the Tallahassee AMC 20 on October 2.

See you at the movies,
Paul Cohen
The Torchlight Program
FSU The Film School

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The next few weeks at the SLC!


Hope you've been keeping an eye on the schedule, it's got a baby on the cover!  We're hard at work on the next schedule [Public Enemies, The Jerk, The Godfather, Evil Dead 2, etc] but for the next few weeks we have several things going on.

1)  First off, THIS Saturday is Mario Kart Wii!!!  

September 19 (Sat) 2:00PM - 6:00PM

We've got the theater all to ourselves to race Mario, Wario, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser, and all the rest on the BIG SCREEN. Winners will receive awesome prizes.

2) Next up: BRIGHT STAR

The FSU Film School's TORCHLIGHT Program 
brings us a special screening of the new Jane Campion (The Piano) film, Bright Star.  

This drama is based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25.

TORCHLIGHT brings us this film as a SPECIAL screening.  This is the Tallahassee PREMIERE and is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC (including students).  

September 24th (Thur)  7:00PM



Two men have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss -- but fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-totin', zombie-slayin' badass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.
October 1st (Thur)  7:30PM

You must pick up an Advanced Screening Pass at the ASLC Info Desk, passes are available starting one week before the screening (so come to BRIGHT STAR) and only FSU students are eligible.  

4) Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We're combining events!
 Not only are we playing the first movie, the ORIGINAL, as a 
Midnight Movie 
October 16th,
 but earlier that night, most likely from around 6PM, we're playing the new game for Wii.

Come on out and have a KOWABUNGA time!

5) Last, but not least, we're showing our ANNUAL FAVORITE.  It's naughty.  It's crazy. It's got audience participation AND a Live Cast.  It's the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  

The Party starts at 11:30PM on October 23rd. 

This is the same day as the Union's Halloween events, and we're planning some as well, but start preparing your Rocky Horror outfit NOW!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

SXSW Film Festival!

Just about two weeks ago, a few of us Film Commers journeyed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest Film Fesival! We networked with filmmakers, saw tons of movies, learned about filmmaking, ate a lot of good food, and had a ridiculous amount of fun. A few of the groups favorite films were:

Best Worst Movie, which follows up with the castmembers and film makers of the cult favorite so-bad-it's-good movie, Troll 2.

Humpday, a film by Lynn Shelton, tells the story of two old friends who's attempts to prove wrong each's opinion of the others' lifestyle ultimately leads them to decide to make an amateur porn together.

Make Out With Violence, a film about grief, dealing with death, and secretly keeping a zombie girl in your house!

Pulling John, a documentary about professional armwrestling!

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. This fast paced ride through the world of cookie addict janitors, their curious health problems, and the corporation that's to blame for it all was probably the weirdest film at south by southwest. Beloved by all who were lucky enough to catch it, this was my personal favorite of the fest!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


It could be real, it could be fake, I take no responsibility for it, but hey, it could make you a couple extra bucks in that office pool...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

JCVD ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme

Holy crap! It's better than seeing Liam Neeson do a Steven Seagal movie (cough, Taken, cough). This one is actually a real movie. With Jean-Claude. And acting.

Now, I'm not going to start quoting those nice praising reviews like
"Must be seen to be believed", or that odd one like "Forces you to consider the star in a whole new light", or even "Maybe the year's most surprising movie." I just really enjoyed this movie.

Basically, Jean-Claude is himself, a lower than B-movie actor who runs into debt, child custody hearings, and a lack of love from his own agent. After heading home to Brussels (making this movie basically in French with English subtitles - but they don't talk fast), he finds out he really is broke as Steven Seagal steals his last role. Things get interesting when he's caught in a bank robbery while withdrawing cash and the whole city thinks he is the criminal.

This movie delivered all that I wanted. It had action, humor, clever writing, a soft touch, and interesting supporting characters. My one complaint is that after Jean-Claude does this movie, proves that he can act and show emotion, he goes and signs up for Universal Soldier 4.

As a side note, I didn't have to go to a Film Festival to see this either. The new FSU Film School
Torchlight Program brought this movie, others, and more to come for FREE to Student Life Cinema on campus and played it back on January 13th.
Now, if you missed it a month ago, JCVD is coming back to Tallahassee. It will be at the Regal Miracle 5 on Friday, February 13.

I might actually go and pay for my second showing, so I expect to see you there. Don't forget, for more of these FREE movies in Tallahassee, keep an eye on Student Life Cinema at FSU, especially on Facebook at the fan page: Student Life Cinema