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Film Society selection committee

“Film Society is designed to challenge and encourage critical thinking among students,” said Donna Pick, director of student activities. “The Film Society Committee itself, which promotes ideas, was originally created and developed by the Student Activities Council.”

The Film Society, which meets one Wednesday a month, has been growing in recent years, according to Donna Pick.

Pick said students, faculty and staff who regularly attended society meetings formed into a committee to have some input on the movies selected for screenings the following year.

Ideas are put forward, and a separate entity reviews them. The Movie Review committee is separate from the Globe Theatre, Film Society and the Film Society Committee.

“[It] is the safeguard that student development uses when they want to show a film that challenges our view of [the] world but involves a certain amount of violence or something that got it rated R,” said philosophy professor Steve Horst, a member on the committee, who noted that the Film Society uses the assistance of the movie review committee to determine whether or not the film is worth condoning.

Film Society members submitted ideas online to the movie review committee for review (prior to this semester’s March 16 deadline). The review committee has the responsibility of considering the ideas put forward.

Barnes Student Center manager Jim Taylor operates the Globe Theatre and works with the society to help them get the movies they want to see.

“For Film Society, I collaborate with Donna Pick on movie selection and make sure licensing agreements are met. Potential films are listed and sent for review to the movie review committee,” Taylor said.

If the ideas Film Society puts through get accepted, the Globe will have them available to watch and discuss afterward. The approved films are placed on the student activities calendar, then the Globe Theatre gets the licensing needed, Taylor said.

In April, Film Society Committee members present their top five movie choices to show the coming year.

“All of us discuss our vision and how we want it to look – do we want to play two war movies or just one horror movie? Do we want to play a silent movie or a documentary? Everyone gets together to defend their own movies,” Pick said. “It’s fun – you learn of movies you may have never heard of, and I get to meet with students that I might not normally get to meet.”

The Film Society itself meets once a month in the Globe Theatre at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday.

“Anybody’s welcome to come,” Pick said. “Since we’re part of student activities, we offer [services] to the student body.”

For more information, contact Donna Pick at, or submit your own movie idea via the reviewed movie list link on the Wildcat page.

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