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The Bates Film Festival as Performance

By Max Younger (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2022) For the 2022 iteration of the Bates Film Festival, one of our primary goals was to rework our mission statement. Before our revisions, the statement was lengthy, spanning two paragraphs and covering an array of subjects. As a class, we discussed what we wanted this festival to be and ultimately settled …

Programming Movies and Planning Panels

By Cole De Magistras (BFF 2022, Bates Class of 2024) The 2022 Bates Film Festival (BFF) was an experience unlike any other. When I sent in my petition to join Professor Cavallero’s “Film Festival Studies” seminar, I was unaware of the true nature of the endeavor I was about to undertake. After my acceptance into the class, I was declared …

Santo Pelletier (BFF 2019): A Remembrance

By Jonathan J. Cavallero, Bates Film Festival Founding Director Two days before the start of the 2022 Bates Film Festival, we received some devastating news.  Santo Pelletier, a BFF board member in 2019, had passed away at the age of 23.  We dedicated the program to them, and I made mention of their loss at the first screening but neither …

“Festival Recap – Selecting the Films and Programming”

By Tristan Van Rooden (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) Being a part of the festival board for the 2019 Bates Film Festival has without a doubt been one of the most fulfilling experiences that I have had throughout my time as a student both at Bates and in high school. The ability to experience so much of how a …

“A Festival for Students or a Festival for Locals?”

By Drew Collins (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) I was lucky to be one of the 22 students on the board for the 2019 Bates Film Festival. But, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I sat down on the first day of the Fall Semester. From the moment I stepped into the room on …

“The Mission Statement and Programming Priorities”

By David Sparks (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) When signing up and petitioning for Film Festival Studies, I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the course. I had gotten a taste of what the Bates Film Festival would be like during my sophomore year at Bates when I attended a few screenings. At the time I first walked …

“Working with the Bates Film Festival”

By Jim Stevens (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) I am extremely thankful that I decided to sign up for the class that allowed us to participate in, and plan all aspects of the Bates Film Festival. Through my four years here at Bates, I have never done this sort of meaningful, real-world work that we were able to do …

“The 2019 Bates Film Festival”

By Isaiah Saunders (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2021) So, what is the Bates Film Festival? The Bates Film Festival is truthfully one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been a part of. This past fall (2019), Bates hosted its second Film Festival right here on campus – attracting greater participation from students and the community than the …

“Festival Recap”

By Kody Greenhalgh (BFF 2019, Bates Class of 2020) I had an amazing experience working with the Bates Film Festival team in the fall semester of 2019 at Bates College. Professor Cavallero and my classmates did a great job coordinating and organizing this film festival, and as a result, there was a successful week showing off numerous documentaries, short films, …

“BFF and Engage”

By Michael Jones (BFF ’19, Bates Class of 2020) The Bates Film Festival is an experience that one may never see coming in their lifetime, especially if they’re coming from a background enveloped in preconceptions about this non-Hollywood style of theatre. De Valck hits the nail on the head with common personal precognitions and for many in regards to thought …