Second-year graduate film students screen their work at Athena Cinema 

By Maeve Kroeger On Saturday, second-year M.F.A students of the graduate film program showcased their short films to a packed audience at the Athena Cinema. A variety of genres were screened, including comedy, tragedy and experimental narratives. Members of the audience let out gasps and laughter, empathizing with the characters that were crafted by the student film-makers.…

‘Birdman’ soars in its commentary of show business, modern fame

“Birdman” is a triumph on every level, effectively ridiculing the modern state of fame and show business while also telling an emotionally compelling story. The success starts with the skilled direction by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who immerses the viewer into the high-stress, boom-or-bust realm of the entertainment industry. González Iñárritu, whose already garnered several directorial Oscar…