Campus News in Brief

[BOLD]Humanities presents film festival[BOLD]

The Humanities Center presents its 2009 International Film Festival, “Faces of Realism,” Feb. 26–March 8.

“Faces of Realism” encourages audiences to examine how reality is portrayed through nine feature and documentary films from six different countries.

Screenings will take place at the South Side Works Theater and Pittsburgh Filmmakers locations in addition to McConomy Auditorium at Carnegie Mellon.

This year, the festival takes a new approach to film by screening [ITAL]Bomb It![ITAL], a documentary on the history and culture of graffiti.

Along with post-screening receptions, this festival features various workshops with such directors as Antonio Campos,and Azazel Jacobs, as well as cinematographer Arthur Reinhart.

Campos will conduct a workshop on realism in relation to his short film [ITAL]Buy It Now[ITAL], which tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who sells her virginity on eBay to the highest bidder. Campos will dissect performance, camera work, editing, and the use of video clips in both [ITAL]Buy It Now[ITAL] and the festival feature [ITAL]Afterschool[ITAL].

Opening night includes a screening of [ITAL]Il Divo[ITAL] at 7:30 p.m. in the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is a character study of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti. Tony Buba, an internationally acclaimed director from Braddock, Pa., will introduce the film.

[BOLD]University honored for service[BOLD]
Carnegie Mellon has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service efforts by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

The Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, under the direction of Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Outreach Judith Hallinen, supports more than 75 university-wide programs for K-12 students and teachers.

It is aimed at improving and enhancing the teaching and learning process.

Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff are active participants in its many outreach initiatives, including professional development programs for teachers and administrators, and enrichment courses for students.

The center works to connect university students to volunteer and paid positions that allow them to develop expertise while meeting the needs of local agencies and individuals.

Hallinen said in a press release that she documented more than 88,000 hours of service to the community during the last academic year.