“Pinocchio” Screening Puts Film Collection To Good Use

January 31, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erin Goldsmith

SMU students and faculty experienced the magic of Disney in its original 35 mm format during the Friday, January 28 screening of “Pinocchio” in Hughes-Trigg Theatre.

The film is part of the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection and serves two very simple purposes: to educate and entertain. This collection includes more than 9,000 film prints and negatives and more than 3,000 videotapes.

SMU students, faculty and community members gathered Friday to watch "Pinocchio" in its original 35mm format. (PHOTO BY ERIN GOLDSMITH / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“As time passes, fewer and fewer people, young people, have had the experience of seeing real film, Amy Turner, head of the G. William Jones film and video archive, said. “They see only video and it does look different. Not everyone will notice it, but it is there and so it’s worth seeing.”

Originally released in 1940, “Pinocchio” was one of the first feature-length animated films and has become a cult classic among viewers of all ages.

“It was one of the most critically acclaimed animated films of all time,” Derek Kompare, SMU cinema television professor said. “It’s one of the really key Disney films for a lot of reasons.”

The film has been lucrative for Disney in many ways, including the now famous “Wish Upon a Star” jingle, which is heard at the beginning of nearly every Disney film.

However, many viewers in attendance, including SMU junior Trey Treviño, were more attracted to the film’s technology rather than its historical significance.

“It’s kind of a nerd thing, like the fact that they’re playing it on 35 mm film instead of just like playing it off a DVD, ” Treviño said. “At the student level, you don’t see that very often.”

The event attracted people of all ages, including many SMU families.

“It was so nice that people brought their families,” Katie Schoen, SMU freshman, said. “Just listening to kids’ reactions is probably one of the best parts…it’s a big part of your childhood so I really enjoyed it.”

Further access to the G. William Jones Film Collection is a goal of the cinema-television department, according to Kompare. A monthly series of screenings will begin next week to utilize the collection more.

“We know it’s a big asset that we have and we’re trying to publicize it a little bit more and do more with that asset,” Kompare said.

The Daily Update: Monday, Dec 6

December 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Join us for an abbreviated version of The Daily Update where we tell you about illegal immigrants in Texas public schools, a massive fire in Israel, and who kicked Harry Potter out of the number one spot in the box office.

Earth Day Inspires Eco-friendly Changes

April 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Logan May

It’s another beautiful spring day on the Southern Methodist University campus. The smell of freshly cut grass looms in the air and the clock tower on the north side of campus chimes as students shuffle their way across the boulevard. The sun shines its luminous rays on the faces of a group of sorority girls eating lunch on the concrete benches and the ever-so-gentle breeze flows through their hair like a wave.

A scene like this is like a living dream for environmentalists, but this dream is far from true. All around campus, pieces of trash and empty soda cans litter the lawns and cigarette butts fill the cracks of the concrete sidewalks. There is a constant drip of the faucet in the girls bathroom that goes unnoticed. Dozens of oversized vehicles leave a trail of harmful fog as they zoom in and out of parking spots. This is just the kind of thing that gets eco-friendly people around Dallas ready to speak up.

“It’s just like voting: one person is not going to make a difference, but the aggregate can be significant,” Guillermo Wiener, president of the Environmental Law Society at SMU said.

Earth Day is celebrating its 40th anniversary with ordinary people doing extraordinary things to advocate “green” living around the world.

Earth Day

Earth Day falls on April 22 of each year and is dedicated to raising awareness on environmental issues. Established in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day has now become a world wide celebration.

According to the Earth Day Action Center, over 289 campaigns are taking place this year to promote this special day. The Center’s website shows over 31 billion acts of green taking place this week. Every act counts, even if it simply cutting a 5 minute shower to a 3 minute shower. Anyone can post their act of green by the click of a button.

Earth Day In Dallas

On Thursday, April 22, residents and businesses of Dallas came together at the Pegasus Plaza in Downtown Dallas to celebrate Earth Fest 2010. Even beyond Earth Day festivities, businesses around the Dallas metroplex are doing their part to keep the environment clean.

Amanda Sterett Jewelry Design is a local company that has been “going green” for quite some time. Featured in “InStyle” and “D” Magazine, Amanda Sterett and her staff are cautious of everything they use. Each piece of jewelry is hand-made with eco-friendly products and the staff at Amanda Sterett are always coming up with new ways to preserve.

“We try to reuse our paper, using both sides, and we send in all of our gold and silver scraps to be recycled,” Andrea Glanzer, Studio Manager for Amanda Sterett Jewelry said.

What You Can Do to be Eco-Friendly

Statistics show that each person uses around 12,000 gallons of water each year, 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean each year, and 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year. There are little things people can do each day to be environmentally friendly and change these statistics.

Turn the water faucet off when brushing your teeth or reuse plastic bags at the grocery store instead of tossing them into the trash. One of those worst things for the environment is topping off gas at the gas station because it sends harmful chemicals into the air.

In addition to lifestyle changes, people can get involved with charitable organizations.

In a worldwide effort to save our planet, Disney is promoting the feature film “Oceans.” For every ticket sold during opening week, a donation will be made to preserve the Coral Reefs. Residents of Dallas can purchase tickets online or at a number of local theaters throughout the week to contribute to this effort.

Around SMU, students are slowly but surely starting to get involved to go green.

Many students ride a bike to and around school versus use their cars, while others carpool to and from class to save money. Another great way to save the planet is to reuse an earth-friendly water bottle.

No matter how small our actions may seem to be, they are truly making a difference. So the next time you see a piece of trash lying on the sidewalk, pick it up and throw it away. Earth Day may come just once a year, but there are little things you can do every day to help the environment.