For those of you who weren’t able to make it to Comm. Week this year, you missed a great line up! We kicked off the week with the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. It is the 10th year that the Black Maria has screened at AUR.  The festival caters its selection of films to the students.  This semester, an Experimental Film and Video course is running here at AUR, so some experimental shorts were included in the lineup.  Some of my top picks of the night were Pinburgh by Doug Cooper, La Premiere by Nick and Michael Regalbuto, and Grandpa Looked Like William Powell by David Levy.

The AUR Student Media and Photography Show was held on the second night of Comm. week, and featured the best work of both AUR Resident and Study Abroad students from the past year.  There was a great student turn out, with a standing-room-only crowd in the auditorium.  The night started with a slide show that included both digital and slide photography.  A series of student-directed music videos, narrative, and documentary shorts were then screened along with the student multimedia compilation which included a mix of interactive media, graphic design, and stop motion photography.  The audience was quite impressed with the student photography and media, as usual! You can check out the student work on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/AURcom?feature=mhum

On Wednesday night, Visual Artist C. Finley screened and discussed her collaborative dance film Finite and Infinite Games. The great crowd present to hear about her experiences on the film included world-renowned artist Chuck Close!  The making of Finite and Infinite Games involved choreographers, dancers, artists, fashion designers, and musicians.  The beautiful piece is dynamic and unique among films that we usually screen at AUR.  Finley stayed afterwords to meet with students and spoke enthusiastically about the challenges of collaboration in independent film.  If you were unable to make it I strongly suggest you check out the film’s website!  http://www.finiteandinfinitegamesfilm.com/

We finished out the week with the launch of Volume 5 of Remus, the AUR Student Literary Journal, and a student reading of their work.  Samples of many genres were read, including short stories, poems, and screenplays. The publication of Remus is a great opportunity for students to share with their peers the writing they have worked so hard to create.  Once the reading was complete, everyone celebrated with amazing Bangladeshi food.  Congrats to everyone who read!  Remus is now published online.  You should all check it out! http://remuslitjournal.wordpress.com/

Overall, AUR’s Seventh Communication and English Week was a huge success.  We hope to see you all next year!

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