The Video Vault – Sep21

September 2021

Welcome back!
September is the end of summer, time for back-to-school excitement & getting inspired to make new films!!!! This month we offer movies that celebrate these themes.

Movies About Summer

Stand By Me
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
The Way, Way Back
Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
Wet Hot American Summer
Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.
Bonus: watch “Hurricane of Fun: The Making of WHAS”
Dope
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
A League Of Their Own
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Summer Of Sam
Spike Lee’s take on the “Son of Sam” murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Back-To-School Movies

Dear White People
The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.
The Graduate
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.
The Rules of Attraction
The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.
Booksmart
On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
Slackers
When geeky Ethan discovers three fellow students scamming the examination system, he blackmails them to win over the college’s most popular girl.
I Used To Go Here
Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate is invited to speak at her alma matter by her former professor. After accepting the invitation, Kate finds herself deeply enmeshed in the lives of a group of college students.
Higher Learning
People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.
The Skulls
A senior at an ivy league college, who depends on scholarships and working on the side, gets accepted into a secret society. But The Skulls are not what he thought and power come at a price.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Outside Providence
After one too many run ins with the law, a punk teenager from a working class background is sent to prep school by his frustrated dad, and learns a thing or two.
Art School Confidential
Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.
Animal House
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Movies About Filmmaking

American Movie
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker’s attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Bonus: watch the full version of “Coven”
Adaptation.
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean for the screen.
Andrey Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer
The documentary recounts Tarkovsky’s life and work, letting the director tell the story himself, as he shares with us his memories, his view of art and his reflections on the destiny of the artist and the meaning of human existence.
Jodorowsky’s Dune
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Bonus: watch David Lynch’s “Dune”
Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
A documentary of the story behind Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989).
Bonus: watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Lost In La Mancha
Terry Gilliam’s doomed attempt to get his film, ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ (2018), off the ground.
Bonus: watch “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
Room 237
An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s horror film, The Shining (1980).
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
A documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems–nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
Document of the Dead
A documentary about George A. Romero’s films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.
The Making of Drugstore Cowboy
Behind the scenes on Gus Van Sant’s breakthrough film.
The Making of Jurassic Park
Behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Jurassic Park” narrated by James Earl Jones.
Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead 2
A documentary about the making of Evil Dead 2.

These movies are presented in their unedited form as inspiration for Film students and faculty. Some content may be for mature audiences, and viewers should use their own discretion when selecting a film. All ideas presented in these films are the views of their respective creators, and the sharing of these films does not represent an endorsement of the content, filmmaker biography or history of these films by Lesley University faculty or staff.