Two JMC students recently kick-started a new film interest group, Scope, on campus.
With the help of Kyle Dickson, associate professor of English, siblings Lucius Patenaude and Adrian Patenaude created Scope to provide an outlet for film enthusiasts on campus. Lucius and Adrian met with half a dozen other students for Scope’s first meeting Friday in the Campus Center Living Room, where they watched Children of Men.
Lucius, junior multimedia major from Phrae, Thailand, said Scope will focus more on intellectual, thought-provoking or lesser known films.
“It’s something that we’ve been wanting to do for a while, just because we love watching film,” Lucius said. “We wanted to encourage more critical thinking and critical viewing of films, so when we had our first meeting Friday night, we watched it, and then afterwards, we tried to dissect the movie a little bit.”
Lucius invented the name “Scope” a couple months ago. He said it was partially inspired by the Old English word for poet, scop.
“They are the historians, but they are also the storytellers, so I kind of like that ancient connection,” Lucius said. “But ‘scope’ I also kind of see as part of a ‘microscope’ or ‘telescope,’ being able to really examine storytelling and what the story is trying to communicate.”
Scope is not just about watching films, however. Adrian, junior Ad/PR major from Phrae, Thailand, said she and Lucius wanted to be able to provide FilmFest networking opportunities.
“We need people from all different departments,” Adrian said. “But there’s no way for all these people, all these storytellers, to connect. We hope for Scope to be that way to connect people.”
Adrian said Scope is not just for students.
“We hope to have professors there to offer their perspectives as well,” Adrian said.
Scope will always meet on Friday at 9 p.m., but the meeting location and day will be irregular, announced by Lucius and Adrian on Facebook. Upcoming films include Sound of My Voice, Chinatown and The Apartment.