Get To Know…Film Director

Hello Blog-readers!

I’m Kelly McKew, and I’m the Film Director. I love what I do. But that is the question, what do I do?

I watch movies. But I also help pick out what movies come to Grafton. I figure out which of the available movies would be right for JMU’s campus on a monthly basis. I also help organize the other film events on campus, such as the Matinee Movie Series, Advanced Screenings, Movies on the Lawn, speakers, and more. I’m in Grafton-Stovall theatre so much, that I’d be the mayor of it on 4square!
The Film committee is filled with some of the most passionate people I know who contribute so much and want your movie experience to be incredible. There is no place I would have rather spent my last two years of college than with those people who make up Film and UPB as a whole.
~Kelly McKew, Film Director


How are YOU a Citizen of Influence? Kijiji creates CITIZENS OF INFLUENCE. We believe by helping students discover and identify their PASSIONS more clearly they can have greater influence in their communities and in the world. We also believe your LIFE EXPERIENCES both positive and negative SHAPE YOU into who are today and who can be in your tomorrows. How we CHOOSE to respond to our personal experiences can limit our influence or significantly AFFECT LIVES in meaningful ways to bring about SOCIAL CHANGE. What has your life been like and what passions fuel you?  Some of the greatest CITIZENS OF INFLUENCE in history have faced the greatest adversity and have chosen to fuel their passions with what they learned in the process.  How about NELSON MANDELA?  27 years in prison for his work in opposing the apartheid in South Africa.  Then upon his release, he CHOOSES to use that experience to unite the apartheid-torn land through a unique venture enlisting the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  Undoubtedly, life is an adventure. What have you learned on your journey?

Kijiji is excited to partner with UPB inviting you to come see a powerful film based on Nelson Mandela’s story, INVICTUS (Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon). JOIN US on Monday Oct 11th 6pm in Grafton.  FREE MOVIEFREE POPCORN. You are also invited to stay after for an interesting follow up discussion on the film’s message with our Kjiji participants and staff.

 Check out this trailer:

Why I Chose Film

To put it plainly, FILMS ARE MY LIFE!!! I’m a SMAD Digital Video major so clearly they are near and dear to my heart. Movies have been the most important thing in my life since I can remember. I watch all different ones and research everything I can about what went on in the production of it and the actors in it. So, why wouldn’t I want to be able to fuel this passion a little bit more by being on the film committee in UPB?? This way, I’m keeping an even closer relationship with films and getting to pass on the love to others when I’m working at Grafton. I’m always excited to go to work at the theater, it’s so fun (and I love working the popcorn machine! You know popcorn is a must with movies!) I love being a part of choosing what films we can bring to JMU, kinda like an ambassador for the industry! Away from my love of films though, I have so much fun with the other committee members. It’s always guaranteed fun when we’re all together, whether it’s at Grafton, meetings, or hanging out outside of committee work- getting ice cream, hanging out at someone’s house, it’s a blast! Seeing movies for free is nice too =D. I’m really glad I chose to be part of UPB’s Film Committee, working for the JMU student body and providing them with one of everybody’s favorite forms of entertainment- MOVIES!

Speaking of movies…make sure you check out our FREE advanced screening of Life As We Know It (starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) TONIGHT in Grafton-Stovall Theater at 10 PM.  Get there early to guarantee your seat!

~ Mary Ruth Hart

The Sun-Day Forcast: 8/29/10

Welcome Back JMU!  And welcome to campus Class of 2014!

Everyone here in UPB hopes you had an amazing and relaxing summer!   However, we are looking forward to an even better semester ahead!  This Fall, we are bringing many exciting programs your way:  from comedians and motivational speakers to blockbuster movies and concert series, this semester’s events are going to be better than ever!  That being said, here’s a look at whats happening on the JMU Campus this week:

 Crazy Commons

Welcome “Back to School with Jimmy Madison” this Tuesday from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Commons.   This is the first Crazy Commons of Fall 2010!  Enjoy free food, gifts, and sneak peeks of upcoming events for the fall semester.  And make sure you don’t miss the announcement of our Fall Concert Series!




Accents Tour 2010

The Accents Tour 2010 is a uniquely designed music series showcasing rising European and Australian artists on the verge of international success!  Performing at Festival Drum Thursday September 2nd at 8 pm is Via Tania, Freddie Stevenson, and JMU’s own Trinity Edralin.


Funny Freakin Friday

Mike E Winfield is one of today’s fastest rising comedy stars.  He has been featured on shows like Showtime’s Comedians Without Borders, and Last Comic Standing on NBC. His story-telling comic style and cutting jokes about his own “big ass teeth,” easily makes him the funniest comedian alive (self-proclaimed of course).  Former Breeze humor-columnist, Michael Larrick will open the show followed by Mike E Winfield!  Come out and …catch a laugh in TDU on September 3rd at 8 PM!  And don’t forget…it’s FREE!
This Week At Grafton
Movies play every week Wednesday – Saturday at 7:00 and 9:30!
7:00Date Night
Steve Carell and Tina Fey are “a match made in comedy heaven” (Ben Lyons, E!) in this uproarious adventure about an ordinary couple in the right place…on the wrong night. Phil and Claire Foster are a sensible, suburban husband and wife slogging through their daily lives and marriage. But a case of mistaken identity sets off a n outrageous chain of events involving small-time thieves, big-city mobsters, corrupt cops and a crazed cabbie, as the Fosters’ “date night” turns into a wild ride they’ll never forget!  (20th Century Fox)
9:30 – Killers
 A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple.  (Lionsgate)
Have a great week JMU!

Grafton: 3D

In keeping with tradition- I am going to start my blog post by commenting on the weather. Is anyone else disappointed by the cold, cloudy days? Well, this weekend is supposed to be beautiful…  let’s keep our fingers crossed!

If you are looking for a place to escape the cold, come out to Grafton! Our matinee on Sunday was a big success- and Avatar was amazing! Don’t worry if you had to miss it- it’s showing all this week at 9:30. James Cameron creates a wonderful world of glowing rainforests and gigantic creatures that want to kill you. But don’t let that stop you! There is action and romance, and a slight tint of Pocahontas-themed plotlines. Though we don’t have it in 3D, you should still come out to see it.

Our 7:00 movie this week is Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Bridges plays 57-year old Otis Blake, aka Bad Blake, a country and western singer. However, he is not very popular and only plays in B-rate venues like bowling alleys, and he lives a destructive lifestyle. He is overweight, chain-smokes, and is an alcoholic- which is partially responsible for several failed marriages and an estranged son. While in Santa Fe, Blake begins a relationship with newspaper journalist Jean Craddock (Gyllenhaal) despite the differences in their ages. Blake’s life begins to turn around with the start of this relationship, but with his previous destructive lifestyle- will he be able to live happily?

The pressure is on as the end of the semester is coming closer. Save your last threads of sanity by taking a break from studying and writing papers- come out to watch a movie!

– Christine

Grafton: The Young and The Blue

What a week… 90 degrees each day and not a cloud in sight. Absolutely beautiful! We are getting closer to the end of the semester- a bittersweet time for all students. This weekend Grafton is putting on some awesome events! Our regular Grafton movies are at 7 PM and 9:30 PM, Youth in Revolt and The Young Victoria respectively. This Sunday is our last matinée of the semester- Avatar

At 7- Youth in Revolt is the newest Michael Cera movie. Cera plays Nick Twisp, who falls in love with a beautiful girl while on vacation. Nick Twisp is a boy who takes on multiple personalities and has many misadventures while following the girl- Sheeni- around. At 9:30- The Young Victoria is a dramatization of the life of Queen Victoria after her coronation and her relationship with Prince Albert during the 1830s. 

The real icing on the cake though is our matinée. Sunday at 3:00 PM, Grafton will be showing Avatar. After his brother is killed, a paraplegic Marine Jake Sully signs on to take his place during a mission to Pandora- a world with strange creatures and a separate race of beings called the Na’vi. In exchange for the intel services that Sully is providing, the military repairs his damaged spinal cord. During his stay on this world, Sully falls in love with a Na’vi native- Neytiri. Sully is forced to make a decision as the military of Earth begin their final stages of conquest. 

It is sure to be a fun-filled weekend at Grafton… as the theater will be blacked out! With a black-light rainforest, fluorescent paint, and reduced ticket prices- who can resist? There may even be a few blue people running around…


April Showers Bring… Grafton Movies

April showers bring May flowers…  and so we begin the 4-week countdown to exams. What should you do to distress from the upcoming exams? Come out to Grafton! This month is going to be absolutely amazing with the movies we are bringing. To start out the month, we have Leap Year and Invictus.

At 7 PM the theater will go dark and we will be swept away into the story of Anna Brady, played by Amy Adams. Anna is a woman who is determined to propose to her boyfriend on February 29, Leap Day. However, a bad storm forces her plane to divert to Wales. In order to make it to Dublin on time, she hires an Irish innkeeper, Declan, to drive her across Ireland. On the way, the pair encounters many troubles and barely make it to Dublin on time. Once there, Anna’s boyfriend proposes…. but will she accept?

At 9:30 PM, we get to watch Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in a drama that is sure to be a film to remember. The film follows the story of Nelson Mandela as he is released from prison and elected as President of South Africa. In order to bring his divided country together, Mandela places his support into the national rugby team- the Springboks. Mandela joins forces with captain Francois Pienaar (Damon) to rally the country and bring the un-ranked team to a World Cup win.

Let’s make this last month of classes worth it… and come out to Grafton! Tickets are $2.50 and popcorn is only 50 cents. The box office closes promptly at show time, so make sure you get there early!

– Christine