Rebecca - A new film by senior Chris Dodds
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents a screening of a new film by Chris Dodds, a senior in the program, on May 2 at 9:00 p.m., May 3 at 1:00 p.m., and May 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. A reception will be held on May 2 at 9:30 p.m. following the screening. The screening and reception are free and open to the public.
Rebecca is a portrait of the titular character, a young woman trying to get her life together on the day of an important dance audition.
Celine du Tertre as Rebecca, the title character in a new film by Chris Dodds, a senior in the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts.
“I wanted to depict a character people my age might relate to,” notes Dodds, “someone who is young, feeling intense pressure to make something of her life, but just not having it all together at the moment and not being sure how to make that happen for herself. In a lot of ways, it’s about trying one’s hardest to stay on track while fighting depression.”
The film was shot over an intense three-day schedule in New York City just days after Hurricane Sandy, which threatened the film’s production. Rebecca is played by actress Celine du Tertre, who is studying at Pace University and has appeared in the feature films Mystic River and Catch Me If You Can. Asher, Rebecca’s boyfriend in the film, is portrayed by Princeton theater program alumnus Jeff Kuperman ’12. Other members of the cast and crew, including Assistant Director Matt Marder ’13, are students at Princeton or film students from other schools who have become part of Dodds’ network of young filmmakers.
Dodds notes that the main character’s mindset drove how the film was shot. “I want the audience to empathize with this very complex person who is clearly struggling,” he explains. “Body language and blocking were crucial. The shots were all about catching nuances and the small but telling moments of Celine’s performance, which is largely non-verbal.”
An English major, Dodds is completing a certificate in the Visual Arts Program’s film and video track. Starting in his freshman year, be began taking various film study and film and video production courses offered by the Lewis Center and has studied with faculty members P. Adams Sitney and Keith Sanborn, among others. Following graduation, Dodds is considering a number of career paths in film and television.
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Photo caption: Celine du Tertre as Rebecca, the title character in a new film by Chris Dodds, a senior in the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts.
Photo credit: Photo by Chris Dodds
Thursday, May 2 at 9:30 PM following the screening
May 2 at 9:00 PM
May 3 at 1:00 PM
May 9 at 4:30 PM
James M. Stewart '32 Theater
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Screening and reception are free and open to the public