- What is Film Board?
- Do I need a Michigan Tech ID to see a movie?
- What kind of equipment does the Film Board have?
- What types of accessibility options does Film Board provide?
- How are movies chosen?
- How do I join the Film Board?
- I want to work with Film Board, what do I do?
- My question wasn’t answered in your FAQ, what do I do?
What is Film Board?
The Michigan Tech Film Board is the student group behind the movies that are shown in Fisher 135. These movies are presented every weekend (when there are classes or exams the following week) during the fall and spring semesters. There are over 30 members who choose movies, and show them to everyone in the community.
Film Board is setup as a professional second-run theater, complete with a 40 foot screen, high quality projector, and (coming soon) a brand new surround sound system. A second-run theater shows movies a few months after their initial run for a discounted price, before they are released on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Do I need a Michigan Tech ID to see a movie?
No! Whether you are student, faculty, community member, or a passing visitor Film Board welcomes everyone to our shows!
For our 3D shows, we recommend a Tech ID to check out glasses, but it’s not an absolute requirement (another form of ID or a credit card will work).
What kind of equipment does the Film Board have?
The Film Board has a Barco DP-2000 digital cinema projector fed by a Dolby cinema server and show player at the heart of its system, as well as a 35mm Simplex projector with a Strong Lume-X 2000 watt lamphouse for viewing legacy film prints. A Dolby Digital sound processor pumps 5.1 channels of surround sound to the speakers installed in Fisher 135.
What types of accessibility options does Film Board provide?
Film Board ties into the T-coil system in Fisher 135 with our cinema sound processor in order to provide accessibility to our films for the hearing impaired.
How are movies chosen?
Film Board votes on movies roughly 4-5 times a year. We vote on about 4 movies each time we vote, voting from a list of movies from a variety of distributors. These distributors (mainly Swank and Criterion) have all the lastest movies that are out of theaters but not yet out on DVD, that’s why we are called a second run theater. Film Board typically does a great job bringing movies to campus that we think the Tech community will enjoy!
Have a suggestion? Use our Contact Form to let us know! We take every suggestion into account when voting on movies!
How do I join the Film Board?
Simple! Come to two of our weekly meetings and you’ll be in! We hold meetings in Fisher 129 at 6pm every Tuesday. At your second meeting, you’ll fill out a little questionnaire and introduce yourself to the rest of the Film Board members. After that you will be a Film Board member!
As a Film Board member, you can get 4 friends in for free each weekend to watch the movie with you and free popcorn. You pop the popcorn, sell the concessions and tickets, you can even project the weekend shows!
Still have questions about joining? Email our Vice President and they will fill you in! See our Officers page for contact information.
I want to work with Film Board, what do I do?
Film Board has several different services we provide! We can advertise, show a movie, or provide concessions for your group.
Film Board is always happy to help our fellow Student organizations and community groups! We can show a movie for your event or provide concessions. We have shown movies for such organizations as GSG, ROTC, and even campus departments like CDI or Public Safety. If you are interested in showing a movie with us please see the one-time shows page under our services menu.
We can also provide concessions for events in Fisher Halls. Giving a talk or putting on a competition? Film board can help with our normal concessions or even special concessions. More information can be found under our services menu.
If you would like to advertise before our shows, please see our advertising page under the services menu!
My question wasn’t answered in your FAQ, what do I do?
Feel free to use our Contact Form to ask any questions not covered in this FAQ!