Zoo Flicks is a movie program run by OSI (Office of Student Involvement) in K College in order to improve students’ residence lives on campus. It happens every Friday nights in Dewing 103 with free popcorn and sodas provided. This program was originally the idea of Brian Dietz, associate dean of students, to provide entertainment to student in a big space rather than in a regular theater. Zoo Flicks is funded by the student activity fee, which is collected along with the tuition every term. It shows many blockbuster movies that are usually out of theater, but not available in DVD. It is a great opportunity for student to relax from a week’s studying and maybe learn something new.
OSI is changing Zoo Flicks to include more multicultural, non-mainstream movies by cooperating with different student organizations on campus including LSO (Latinx Student Organization), BSO (Black Student Organization), Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and Intercultural Center. These organizations have nominated lots of inspiring movies focusing on Black and Latino cultures, LGBTQIA+ community, and handicapped persons. The selection mechanism of movies nominated is mainly fueled by student voting. The nominated movies would be ranked into top 10th and approved to be shown. Students can vote online, at K Feast on every fall term, or at Exam Week Extravaganza, the Zoo After Dark activity of 10th week every terms for the movie schedule of next term. For the third week of 2018 winter term, the movie shown is Wonder.
This drama film is directed by Stephen Chbosky, written by Jack Thorne, and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J Palacio. The running staffs of movie from OSI are Ravi Nair and Emilio Jerez. The story is about a boy named August Pullman living in North River Heights in upper Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity which causes numerous surgeries. As a result, he has to be homeschooled by his mother Isabel. As August is growing up, his parents decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, private school. Being new and different, August has to overcome lots of difficulties all surrounding gaining acceptance from his peers. Based on a children’s novel, the story is both realistic and imaginative, because the main story is told from perspective of August, a 10-year-old boy. Also, this movie is very multidimensional in that it tells mini-stories from every main characters’ perspectives, which enables the audience to understand their own situations and tells the truth that there is no complete good or bad in this world. Angel Banuelos ’21 read the novel within a day and comments that the story is well-developed and emotional intelligent.
This movie is just one drop of water in a whole ocean that reflects human lives. It is important to see things we are not familiar with, to try things we don’t understand, and to forgive differences between us that make this world colorful. Therefore, participating in Zoo Flicks is a great way to experience other people’s lives through movies while you relax with your friends.