First-time film director, Aneesh Chaganty, made his cinematic debut with “Searching,” which was released in the United States on August 21. The film falls into the drama/thriller genre, and stars John Cho as David Kim, a father and widower.Read More
Where did he get those shoes? What are Chacos? How come everyone here loves thrift shopping? How many pairs of Vans does that person actually own?
Welcome to Covenant College’s brand new fashion column, where these questions and many more will be answered.Read More
This fashion and lifestyle magazine has become iconic in the United States, including many much-loved celebrities on its cover. So how come Beyoncé’s recent cover shoot stands out so brilliantly?Read More
Powerful speeches, comical policemen, and the realities of humanity were all put on display in the show “Protest (and other writings)” that was performed on behalf of the Covenant College Theatre Department, directed by Professor Camille Hallstrom.Read More
This September, the Covenant College Theatre Department presents political dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel’s “Protest,” a play revealing what it means to act with integrity versus hypocrisy.Read More
One of the many things that Covenant prides itself on is community. Between the faculty, professors, and other students, many of us here at Covenant will attest to how great the relationships here are, but we often fail to mention how rich and valuable our community is beyond campus.Read More
Through every pain and strife, a battle rages on,
Of spiritual collisions as these days have come and gone.
The fight is not with flesh or blood; the battle’s not with man.
The Enemy’s disguised himself as much as he still can.Read More
“Erasure” is currently on display in the Anna E. Kresge Library art gallery, featuring Covenant’s own art department, including the three full-time art professors, Jeff Morton, Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt, and Kayb Joseph, as well as the three adjunct art professors Tom Kilpatrick, Tianna Weaver, and Kate Kelley.Read More
My skin shines like crimson
My eyes browned and bold
My hair locked and seasoned
My story had never been toldRead More
Most have heard of the film director Orson Welles, or at least most are familiar with his celebrated film “Citizen Kane” (1941). The film, though over seventy years old, still holds its own with contemporary audiences: viewers hang in suspense, hinged on discovering the significance of Kane’s final word, “Rosebud.”
Many critics and cinephiles would agree that Welles peaked far too early in his career with “Citizen Kane”, and the rest of his filmography pales in its long shadow. This fall from great heights was largely due to Welles’ prolonged amount of time spent abroad in Europe. When he returned to the States, Welles entered into fierce competition with younger, edgier directors emerging on the Hollywood scene. The cinema world had moved on without him, and he couldn’t quite make the leap. He went on to direct twelve more movies before his death in 1985, but he produced nothing as formidable as that first film; that is, perhaps, until now.
There is a fourteenth film (to be released, obviously, posthumously). According to an article in “Fortune” magazine, the reels upon reels of footage sat shelved in a Paris vault for nearly fifty years until, after a rough, decades-long slew of legal battles over finances and rights to the film, Netflix stepped in to fund the post-production project. “The Other Side of the Wind” (2018) premiered on August 31 of this year at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. For those of us in the States, the film will debut on November 2 both on Netflix and in select theaters across the country.
Welles started shooting for “The Other Side of the Wind” in the ‘70s. From 1972 to 1979, Welles worked alongside his third partner Oja Kodar and actor John Huston to produce a film considered largely autobiographical. The film follows a washed-up director struggling through his latest film, and it contrasts the crumbling backdrop of old Hollywood with the new-and-now philosophy of avant-garde directors. The medium itself reflects this tension between the old and the new with a juxtaposition of black-and-white reels alongside technicolor (evident in the trailer, which is available to watch on YouTube).
According to “Vanity Fair”, so true is the film narrative to Welles’ own life that, during the initial planning stages of the film, Welles saw no need for a proper script. He knew the whole story—he knew it because it was his own. Welles had it in mind to simply present his actors with the premise of a scene and let the dialogue flow naturally. Unfortunately, Welles struggled with funding throughout the entirety of the shoot and never finished the film. These financial constraints damned “The Other Side of the Wind” to cinema limbo until such questions of rights and funding were, as of late, resolved.
Though the idea of a never-before-seen Welles film is intriguing, all this talk raises serious questions regarding Welles’ vision for his film. The film being unfinished, one must consider whether or not Welles would even want it released in its current state—such things can turn the man in his grave. Still, it’s reassuring to understand that those in charge of the post-production project acknowledge the film as unfinished and aren’t attempting to present a complete product (as evidenced by the “shot missing” slides which appear throughout the trailer). It’s safe to assume that the film, though akin to Frankenstein’s monster in its bits-and-pieces nature, is as true to Welles’ original vision as it can be.
At the end of July, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced a collaboration with Vans, arguably one of the most iconic footwear brands in the world, taking advantage of the opportunity to say “Van Gogh Vans.”Read More
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z rented out the Louvre, the palace of art. It’s only fitting that a queen and her king walk these halls in their latest music video, “Apes**t.” The Louvre is the largest museum in the world, containing some of the most famous pieces of art ever made. The couple made their own art right in front of these pieces.Read More
The weekend of March 23rd through the 24th, ten students from Covenant College’s Music Department traveled to Auburn University to compete in the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (S.E.R.N.A.T.S.).Read More
“Perpetuity” is a show striking a chord with viewers because of the importance of our senses, our ability to interact with materials, and our memories. Each artist represented provides a unique perspective on what it means to visually glorify God with our capacity to create.Read More
To knit is to remember 'good old days,'
grandmothers crafting bright afghans, a maze
of soft, warm squares.Read More
A few weeks ago, Wendy’s declared the following on Twitter: “The mixtape drops now. Not pulling punches. We Beefin’.” With that announcement, they released a five track EP startling Twitter.Read More
On the Friday evenings of February 9th and 23rd, prospective students got the opportunity to experience what Covenant does best: thoughtful engagement with the world emboldened by Christian commitments.Read More
On the campus of what was once downtown Chattanooga’s Tennessee Temple University, a group of recent college graduates founded a venture called VERSA Gallery in order to showcase local artists.Read More
I was a cracked mirror
that Death punched until
the glass shatteredRead More
Singer/Songwriter is one of the most commonly overlooked music genres. It doesn’t have the broad range of vocals heard in pop music or the heavy guitar solos of rock. Its classic sound is a simple guitar riff with soft and genuine lyrics. It is less well known, but there is a certain appeal to this genre. It’s honest. It’s emotional. It’s relaxing.Read More