Wartburg Film Society is a group on campus that aims to take an analytical approach to movie watching as more than just a source for entertainment.
There are a lot of things people can appreciate from films, such as the way the movie was shot and the life lessons the movie presented, Natasha Willey, president of the Film Society, said.
“There are so many movies that have an emotional impact on people,” Willey said. “When you think about movies that define generations, you can find a personal connection with it.”’
The Film Society has struggled to gain recognition on campus and recruit members.
One of the main reasons the society has struggled to gain members is because they haven’t had a major event they can promote yet, Chanelle Helle, treasurer of the Film Society, said.
“Until we can actually do something big like that, we can’t promote the Film Society a whole lot.”
Zach Stanley, secretary of the Film Society, said one of the biggest obstacles facing the Film Society is establishing a difference between them and the film club, which disbanded a couple of years ago.
“We need to make sure that we aren’t associated with them because they did close and also because they left a lot of debt,” Stanley said.
The Film Society was started from scratch and it was not a continuation of the film club, Helle said.
She added the Film Society also has a different adviser than the film club had. The current adviser for the Film Society is Dr. Dorian Anderson.
The Film Society, for now, is set up like a book club, in the sense that members would be assigned a movie to watch that will be discussed at the meetings, Willey said.
Eventually the Film Society would like to hold large screenings of films, said Helle.
Willey said the Film Society will try to stray away from major blockbusters and focus on lesser known films.
Willey hopes to focus on independent films as well because of the lessons and educational aspect those movies can bring to group discussions on a college campus.
“Independent films generally comment on more difficult issues,” Willey said. “They’re more likely to have commentary on society and the way our culture is.”
The Film Society is actively seeking members and hopes to have 10-15 regular members that attend meetings by the end of the year.
To become a member of the Film Society, contact Willey at email@example.com.