Glazer & Fieldman Bring Errers to MITBy Sonali Mukherjee
Movies often walk a fine line between fantasy and reality. Take 83 Errers as an example.
The setting of the movie is Pocono College in Small-town, Anywhere, USA, but it was filmed this summer in conspicuous spots around Boston and MIT.
The film deals with the workings of six college students all somehow intermingled in a comedic cascade of events which begins with a visit from the Dalai Llama. The actors were students from MIT as well as other universities such as Boston University and Stanford.
Writer and producer, Joshua E. Glazer ’00 said the film is intended to give the audience a general feelings of love, life, and happiness but it is giving its creators a sense that they may have stumbled onto a film worth marketing.
Movie explores love and activism
83 Errers, an original musical comedy directed by Michael Feldman, a student at University of California, Berkeley, premieres at MIT on February 17th as part of the LSC Movie Series. The movie features six main characters, one of whom Glazer himself plays.
John, played by Jeff I. Lieberman ’00, is the hero of Pocono College. He revamps the dreary, dull university into a place where motivation and spirit reign by establishing various student groups on campus.
One of his main reasons for doing so is to satisfy his philosophy on love: it really means nothing if it is solitary. This feeling stems from a relationship he had in Tibet (during his senior year abroad in high school) with a girl called Maria, played by Laurel P. Smith ’00. Maria’s death in a freak accident sours his attitude towards love for only one person. He feels it can disappear at any moment without warning, so he attempts to make everyone love him by contributing to campus activities. “If you don’t know who this guy is on campus, well, then you’re an idiot,” says Glazer of John’s character.
Meanwhile the plot begins to complicate when John’s two friends appear. Marc Lebovitz ’00 plays Raphael, a hopeless romantic desperately in love with a girl named Elsie who is played by Kelly McGonigal, a graduate student at Stanford. Elsie happens to know John very well because they are both members of the Tibetan Freedom Club, a one of the many groups John had created on campus. Raphael wants John to set him up with Elsie, even though John’s philosophy on love is totally opposite that of his friend’s.
The two end up going together to a dinner for the Dalai Llama, who has come to the campus on account of the major activities of the Freedom Club. John, ever the opportunist, sees enormous publicity and recognition for Pocono College on account of the esteemed Tibetan’s visit and wants everything to be perfect. But who could do a comedy where everything was perfect? Especially when Russian terrorists are thrown into the plot.
Glazer hopes for outside recognition
Glazer, a Course 6-3 major, is proud of 83 Errers. He has been making films as a hobby since he was a senior in high school, but this is his first full-length feature production. He had the goal of making a movie, but the ideas started coming forth after he took the HASS-D Comedy (21L.421). Based on the comic m films and plays such he studied in the class such as Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, he began to integrate the elements of comedy into what would become 83 Errers.
In addition, he wrote eight original songs to go with the film, such as “Hey Johnny,” an illustration of John’s popularity, “Good Times,” the song played at the Dalai Llama’s dinner, and “Baby Do You See,” Raphael’s declaration of love for Elsie.
Due to the success of student-produced films such as The Blair Witch Project, many studios will be scouting film festivals this year to see if they can find the next big underground movie.
“I think it has the quality of a good cult piece,” said Glazer. His movie has better sound quality than Blair Witch, and is currently being reviewed by Paramount Studios. The movie only cost $400 to produce, most of which was invested in a U-Haul.
Glazer expressed high hopes for his movie, and would be pleased if he achieved financial returns as well as artistic recognition in film festivals. The trailer and a complete list of actors for 83 Errers can be found at the website <http://vampiric-bunny.mit.edu>.