The Mountainfilm on Tour will be returning to campus next Monday, Oct. 6, for the fourth time in campus history. The film festival is a part of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series.
Mountainfilm comes from Telluride, Colorado, and each film is unique its own way. The films vary from heart-pounding thrillers to depictions of social issues around the world.
Colin Sullivan, the educational consultant at Mountainfilm, will introduce the variety of films, which will be shown in the Appleton Auditorium in the Fuller Arts Center.
The coordinator of this event is Professor of English, Carol Mitchell, who has a love of film and is looking forward to the upcoming event
“When I was growing up, my grandmother was a film buff, and she used to take me to movies every weekend,” said Mitchell. “We used to see four movies a weekend and it was just fantastic.”
Mitchell has been teaching at Springfield College since 1975, focusing mainly on English and Film Studies. She served as Department Chair of Humanities for 11 years, serves as Chair of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series for over 15 years.
“I think students [enjoy] this too,” said Mitchell. “They learn how to really see a film and appreciate it.”
Highlighted films include Who Owns Water about three states in the U.S.A. battling over water from once-bountiful rivers. Despite these battles, the film shows that with using the resources from these rivers, they may not leave enough at all.
“I like to have some films with environmental aspects in them,” said Mitchell.
Since this is going to be the fourth time the Mountainfilm has come to campus, it has changed each time, bringing different types of film once again.
“Every time there is excitement, there is surprise,” Mitchell said. “I think lots of my students will be writing about the films in terms of character and risk taking.”
“With suspense, with comedy, with global issues,” will be what the festival films will include this year, and will be taking place in the Fuller Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Monday. The event is free of charge and is open to all.