Culture Shock Film Society explores perspective through film

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Peter Smedley/NW MOVIES WITH MEANING– DVDs available for rental at the Lydia M. Olson library. Culture Shock Film Society strives to give another perspective through film.

Peter Smedley

Less than three years ago a now graduated NMU student, Eric Pitz, decided in his senior year that he wanted to resurrect a club known as Gonzo Media. With a new name and a year of building, the club was passed on to sophomore, art history major, Hunter McArthur. The Culture Shock Film Society aims to diversify movie showings in the Marquette area.

“The organization was founded to provide the Marquette community with an option to see a diverse roster of films outside of the contemporary Hollywood mainstream on the big screen. These films serve, not only as a historical record of global cultures but also allow viewers to see the world from alternate perspectives,” McArthur said.

Culture Shock intends to show culturally, artistically and socially significant films, according to McArthur. In February the group showed paired with the Diversity Common Reader Program to show the film “I Am Not Your Negro.” The film explores much of the themes Culture Shock intends to expand on. While they hit on heavy topics at times, they also show more experimental films as well. 

“Culture Shock is not solely a stuffy, pretentious organization. While we do show foreign, arthouse and experimental cinema, we also show the B-movies, film icons and cult classics, all of which are curated by our members. There is a film for everybody,” McArthur said.

Earlier in February, the group also showed “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a film about a woman who wishes to erase her memories of her boyfriend and goes under the knife to do so. For more information on upcoming showings and to get involved in the group, visit their Facebook, or Hub listing.