“Beyond Vietnam”: Sparking Modern-Day Discussion with the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Megan_Francis_headshotGuest Speaker Megan Ming Francis

April 10 | 4 – 5:30 p.m. | SURC Ballroom

Megan Ming Francis will be introducing and leading discussion on PBS Documentary “MLK: A Call to Conscience”. This event, on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, will spark conversation regarding political activism during a time of war.  Continue reading

Who needs friends when you’ve got movies like this?

INT. DORMITORY – SMALL ROOM ON SECOND FLOOR – DAY

We see two roommates sitting on separate beds on opposite sides of the room facing the south wall, both characters are facing each other. They are both students at Central Washington University. One is paging through a Hype publication, looking at all of the upcoming events for fall quarter. The other is mindlessly fingering through his Facebook feed on his phone.

While flipping through the pages, Jeff looks up at Mike.

JEFF

Hey Mike, did you see that there’s all these movies playing for free? These all seem to be newer.

MIKE

Huh? Oh, that’s cool.

JEFF

(Excited)

Oh, look! Jurassic World is playing this Monday actually, I really wanted to see that. Isn’t that still in theaters? That’s awesome. Wanna go watch it with me? Looks like it’s free for us.

MIKE

Nah, not really. I’m not really into movies.

JEFF

(Confused look)

What? You’re not into movies? Not even ones that are free and are played at theater right here at school?

MIKE

Yeah, just not my thing. Ever since Star Wars: Episode 1 I just haven’t been that into it.

JEFF

Well, I can’t say I blame ya there. But come on man, at least check it out with me. If not this Monday, next Monday they have the new Avengers.

MIKE

Oh yeah? I did want to see that…

JEFF

Great. It’s set then!

The camera slowly pans back as both characters talk, muted by music playing.

END SCENE

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Come check out Monday Movie Madness each Monday at the SURC Theatre. For more details on fall quarter’s lineup, head to http://www.cwu.edu and click on the calendar and check each Monday. Or, head here for more information. 

Embrace The Extreme With Warren Miller Entertainment’s “No Turning Back”

When I say extreme I mean extreme. Look at this poster. Extreme right?

Warren Miller Poster

Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) is bringing their feature film series back to CWU today, and if you’re like me, you probably couldn’t be more excited. We’re not talking some boring, fly by night documentary about ice and how interesting snow crystals are. No, we’re talking fast moving, powder pumping, goggle-wearing, ski riding entertainment.

“No Turning Back” will take you to some of the most beautiful slopes in the world, from Japan to the Swiss Alps, Montana to France and more, featuring athletes Ueli Kestenholz, Chris Anthony, and Washington local Ingrid Backstrom, and more.

This is WME’s 65th feature film to date. Having started in 1949 by Warren Miller, WME is responsible for some of the most daring and entertaining (and may I say extreme) ski movies on the planet. “No Turning Back” is no exception and audience members are sure to be thrilled with their adrenaline pumping an all cylinders by the time the credits roll.

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) will be hosting the “No Turning Back” showing here at CWU on Friday (today), Jan. 9 in the SURC Theatre. There will be two showings, one at 7 p.m. and the next at 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets for students and Rec Center members are $12, non-students $14, and day-of tickets will be $16.

 

 

If you didn’t go to REEL ROCK Film Tour last night then you missed out on the best night ever.

Let me paint you a picture.

You walk into the SURC, shake off your rain soaked shoes and loosen your parka from the gripping cold. You smell the new floors and see students walking briskly past you. But then you hear it…

“Is that music?” you ask yourself.

“Well yes young fawn, it is music,” I say over your shoulder. You turn around but I’m gone.

You decide to shrug off what just happened and follow the music upstairs to the SURC mezzanine. There, you see the wonderfulness right before your eyes.

REEL ROCK Film Tour in full swing.

If the house is a rockin’

REEL ROCK Film Tour features some of rock climbing’s best and boldest personalities on screen. This year, REEL ROCK celebrated it’s 9th anniversary by screening climbing’s biggest movie yet, “Valley Uprising.”

For OPR – the event’s sponsor – this meant a huge opportunity to get the community involved and create the film tour’s best year yet at CWU. Luckily, they did just that.

With over 100 in attendance, this marks REEL ROCK’s largest attendance ever. So exciting!

The party keeps on goin

Featuring free ice-cream graciously donated by Winegars, free Redbull and climbing activities, this may have been the best REEL ROCK ever created. Ever.

After the film’s run time was over, OPR had an after party scheduled for those over 21 years old to drink…gatorade. I wasn’t able to attend but from what I hear, it rocked (get it?)

All things considered, REEL ROCK was a blast (get it? sorry…). Hopefully, the festivities can continue every year here after.

If you’re in town next year then don’t miss out, you’ll regret it! If not for me, do it for the ice-cream.

 

 

CWU Monday Movie Madness Presents: Lucy

Yes, we know the presence is ludicrous. Yes, we know the science is wrong and the infamous “10% of your brain theory” is hogwash. Yes, the filmmaker’s know as well, but come on, it’s Scarlett Johansson kicking butt in the newest Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon) film. Come on out to the SURC Theatre on Monday, Oct. 6 and have a good time forgetting what you know about modern science and instead filling it with 89 minutes of sic-fi fun.

Plot Summary: Lucy is captured and bad things happen and she must exact revenge on those who did the wrong doing. This may sound like a tired concept for a movie, but I promise you that critics loved it and you will too.

IMDB rating: 6.6

Rotten Tomatoes: 66% fresh

Where: SURC Theatre
When: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6
Cost: Free for CWU students w/ID, $3 GA
Closed Captioning Available: Arrive at the SURC Theatre 30 minutes prior to the show to speak with either Event Support staff or any of the Campus Activities programmers, who will be more than happy to add subtitles to the film.
Contact: Campus Activities, 509-963-1450