BY BRIANNA BRICKWEG
While the Cinethusiastsâ€™ T-shirt reads â€œFilm Angry, Film Club,â€ they are anything but hostile.
They are MSUMâ€™s film club. The student-run club has been on campus since 2003. Their mission is â€œto facilitate an environment for filmmakers and film lovers on campus and in the community,â€ according to the clubâ€™s constitution.
The Cinethusiasts won the student organization of the month award in February. It is the first time theyâ€™ve won and the second time they were nominated. The adviser, Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, won adviser of the month in September.
â€œIâ€™m pretty proud of us,â€ said Joey Kramer, the clubâ€™s treasurer for the past three years. â€œOur club is actually becoming known on campus … our club is getting rather large and itâ€™s only gotten bigger in the last three years so I can only hope that, by us winning (Student Organization of the Month), weâ€™ll get more people and hopefully just become a bigger and more fun and enjoyable club to be a part of.â€
The club has no membership dues so membership is flexible. The club consists largely of film majors but is for, and is open to, all students who love film.
â€œ(I love) the chance to get large groups of friends and filmmakers together to go out and have fun as friends,â€ said Nicholas Korokidas, the clubâ€™s public relations officer. â€œWe do some bowling nights and we recently went to Skateland. (We do) really
fun events that we can all enjoy together and then possibly relate that to a movie.â€
The club hosts various events on campus, one being the 48-hour Film Festival.
â€œIt is probably one of our biggest events of the year and itâ€™s the most fun,â€ Kramer said, â€œwhere everyone pretty much ends up just spending a weekend with all of the club members. Thatâ€™s where Iâ€™ve gotten to know most of the club members the best.â€
They also host holiday parties and the Oscar party, which is on Feb. 27 starting at 6 p.m. Itâ€™s free and will be in Weld.
â€œThereâ€™s always something going on and itâ€™s a lot of fun. You donâ€™t have to be a filmmaker, as long as youâ€™re a film lover,â€ said Sarah Palm, the clubâ€™s president.
The Oscar party is an event where dressing up is encouraged and prizes are given away for best dressed in both male and female categories. Attendees can also write down their predictions for who will win what awards at the Oscars and whoever has the most correct guesses wins a prize.
The Cinethusiasts are present in the community as well. This year they started volunteering with Prairie Public for their pledge drives. They volunteered in December by answering phones and writing down peopleâ€™s donations and will be doing so again in March. They also volunteer by filming various local events.
The club encourages all students to come to meetings and events to see what theyâ€™re about and promise all who attend a good time.
â€œIf it wouldnâ€™t have been for (Cinethusiast club events), I wouldnâ€™t have the group of friends I have now,â€ Kramer said.
â€œBring a lot of energy with if youâ€™re coming,â€ Korokidas said, â€œand it will be returned.â€