The Rhetoric Department has done a fantastic job bringing screenwriters and new films to campus to give students a look into the film industry. On Wednesday, November 2, Jason Hellerman brought his film, “Shovel Buddies,” to the Filene Room to talk to Bates students about life as a screenwriter, which happens to be not-so easy. The film itself is about a group of friends who join forces to fulfill the last request of their friend who passed away.
The event on campus served as an important networking space for students interested in a career in this field. They were able to ask questions about the film and screenwriting in general during a discussion following the screening. Laura Pietropaoli ’17 attended the event and said, “Listening to Jason talk about the harsh realities of working in the Hollywood film industry was simultaneously eye-opening and frustrating. Making commercially successful films is a complicated business, and sometimes executives make decisions that are geared more toward monetary progress than social progress.”