Through various initiatives and events, the Communication, Popular Culture and Film Student Society (CPCFSS) strives to connect undergraduate CPCF students of all years and majors to one another, Brock University and the Niagara community. We hope to provide opportunities for students to give back to the community as well as network with one another while gaining skills necessary for employment.
UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Essential Cinema returns on Saturday, March 25, 6:00 pm at the The Film House, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (250 Saint Paul Street, Downtown Saint Catharines) with a screening of David Lynch’s utterly mesmerizing neo-Noir psychological thriller Lost Highway (1997).
Lynch first explored Film Noir and its potential for exposing the dark underbelly of American society in 1986 when he released Blue Velvet — a film that shocked and appalled many upon release, but which soon came to be recognized as Lynch’s masterpiece (his first masterpiece, that is). Blue Velvet was an example of rural Noir, or, more accurately rural neo-Noir – revealing the perversity and violence that was hidden behind the white picket fences of small-town America. Lost Highway, on the other hand, is an example of urban neo-Noir, one that is primarily focused on the rot, corruption, and danger that lurks beneath the glitz and the glamour of Los Angeles.
This screening of Lost Highway is a must-see for those interested in post-Twin Peaks neo-Noir from David Lynch – the type of material that anticipated later Noir experiments like 2001’s Mulholland Drive (which is also very much about L.A. and Hollywood, and is now regarded by many as Lynch’s greatest film).
Lost Highway is being screened in a brand-new 4K digital restoration.
The CPCFSS proudly hosts annual events including the End of Semester party, the 24 Hour Film Festival, a Grad Speaker Series as well as various socials, fundraisers and workshops. Each of the events are academic, social and/or volunteer-based.
The goal of CPCFSS’s academically-oriented events is to provide Communication, Popular Culture and Film students with skills crucial to professional development and future employment.
CPCFSS hosts frequent social events with the goal of uniting Communication, Popular Culture and Film students as well as furthering a community atmosphere at Brock University.
Finally, CPCFSS hosts various volunteer-based events which strive to connect Communication, Popular Culture and Film students with the Niagara community. These events also allow students to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field of study.
PAST EVENTS 2021
This year’s annual 24-Hour Film Festival looks a little different… including the “24-Hour” part.
On the morning of Friday, February 26th, we’re kicking off the 2021 72-Hour Film Festival. Students may register in teams of up to four people, or work individually, to create and submit a short film by the morning of Monday, March 1st. This means you will have an entire weekend to write, shoot, edit and submit your film! Films should be around 2-8 minutes long, and will have to adhere to a specific theme revealed on that first morning.
We are asking that teams work remotely (unless part of the same household), meaning that you’ll have to get creative with shooting and editing! We understand that this year’s festival will look very different due to the virtual format, but we’ve adjusted our theme to accommodate that, and we are looking forward to just how creative teams can get!
For more information, or to register, e-mail email@example.com. Please register before the morning of February 26th, when we reveal the theme & other requirements.
A virtual awards ceremony will be held the evening of March 2nd over Microsoft Teams so that the judges may award prizes. There will also be opportunities for the Brock community to be involved by viewing the films and voting for the Audience Choice favourite through our social media: @cpcfss on Instagram and Twitter, and ‘Brock University Communication, Pop Culture, and Film Student Society’ on Facebook.
We look forward to watching your films!
PAST EVENTS 2020
Interested in taking part in this year’s 24-hour Film Festival?
- Get your team together (max. 5 people)
- Register your team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of your teammates names by March 7 at noon
- 24 hours to shoot, edit and submit your short film (starting at 8am on March 8 to 8am on March 9)
- Special effects, edits and themes will be released the day before – stay tuned for details
- Screening ceremony will take place on March 9 from 7 to 9pm in Academic South. Everyone is welcome to attend!
PAST EVENTS 2019
CALLING ALL CPCF STUDENTS!
A-Z Learning is hosting an APA Referencing Workshop!
On Wednesday, January 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom B (ST 230), join CPCF students and A-Z Learning Services as they review how to document sources and format papers using APA style (American Psychological Association).
Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill – St. Catharines location
905. 680. 9300
The 24-Hour Film Festival is Back!
Create a short film (2-10 minutes) around this year’s theme. The theme will be released on Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 a.m. on all social media platforms in relation to the Film Festival. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Communication, Popular Culture and Film Student Society Facebook page
Contestants will have 24 hours to write, direct, film and render their film.
REGISTRATION & SUBMISSION
One student from each group is expected to register themselves and group members by emailing CPCFSS member, Niti at email@example.com. Please include first and last names of all participants within the group.
Registration deadline for the festival is Wednesday, March 20 at 11:55 p.m. Registration and submission is free.
The final submission date is Friday, March 22 at 8:00 a.m. You will be required to upload your video onto YouTube and email the URL link to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
The films will be screened on Friday, March 22 from 7-10 p.m. in AS 215.
Students who do not submit a short film are encouraged to attend the screening and enjoy their peers’ hard work.
Attendance is free, however, there will be food for sale at the event including pizza, pop, and candy.
Film professors Anthony Kinik and Liz Clarke as well as film TA Taylor Zajdlik.
Taylor Zajdlik won first place at the 24-Hour Film Festival back in 2014. The theme for the video was a yellow sock and the famous quote “What goes up, must come down.” View the video here
Jury Prize – One-on-one networking opportunity with Fourgrounds Media + $200
Runner Up – 20 BUFS movie passes + $100
Audience Choice – Cineplex Gift Card + $50
Wednesday, March 20 – Registration Deadline
Thursday, March 21 – Theme Released at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, March 22 – Film Submission due at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, March 22 – Film Screening starts at 7:00 p.m. in AS 215
Living With Girls, directed by Gabriella Harper, earned an Honourable Mention
The Audience Choice Award went to Trailed, directed by Jeff Toop & Luke Webster
The Runner-Up Prize was given to Rewind, directed by Matthew Scott & Zach Chabot
And the Jury Prize (top honours) was awarded to You Good?, directed by Aidan Boyle & Dylan Quaint
CPCFSS is back with PUB TRIVIA!
Gather up your best trivia junkies and get into groups of 7! CPCFSS is once again hosting their monthly pub trivia night.
Come to Kaz’s Pub downtown after Thursday’s BUFS filming and experience a trivia competition like no other.
Think you’re smarter than your profs, TAs and peers?
Put it to the test for a chance to win BIG $$$ and prizes! Meet and mingle with your intellectual peers off campus in a chill, relaxing pub setting. Get to know your profs on a first name basis and let your trivia knowledge shine… we know who they’ll call on next time they ask about popular culture in class!
All are welcome so invite your roomie, that guy from seminar who knows EVERYTHING, even your mom. Wait… maybe not your mom!
Entry fee is $50 for a group of 7 or $10 per person. E-transfer ahead to register or pay cash at the door.
Experience $5 Marxist drinks or get a $6 McLuhan special!
This is a 19+ event.
Come out and join us in celebrating our wonderful department and a semester of hard work
YOU ALL DESERVE IT!
CPCFSS is a faculty approved, independently funded volunteer organization made up of students enrolled in CPCF programs. We work alongside the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film’s advising team to recruit volunteers and advertise our events.
Additionally, CPCFSS actively seeks out sponsorship and event partnerships within the community.
We welcome anyone interested in working with us to reach out via email@example.com.