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Tracktown: Alexi Pappas ‘12’s Movie
What is the liberal arts but a great breadth of learning and the ability to approach any challenge with rigor and creativity? Not too long ago we reported that lacrosse player Matt Heineman ‘05 was up for an Academy Award for his documentary film Cartel Land — and that he had never used a camera while in Hanover. Now Olympic track athlete Alexi Pappas ‘12 has made an indie film with her boyfriend Jeremy Teicher ‘10 — Tracktown — even though she is trained neither as a filmmaker nor as a screenwriter. (Memo to Phil: it’s not about “skills”; the liberal arts teaches thinking that is both deep and practical; or should I just call what we learn “intelligence”? Once you learn to reason with precision, the rest is just hard work.) With Eugene, Oregon and the legendary Tracktown training center as a backdrop, Alexi’s movie focuses on the challenges a young woman faces in competitive running at the highest level. Her character lives through the days leading up to the U.S. Olympic trials in the 5k, and as one reviewer noted, the film also includes “a youthful romance, some complicated family dynamics, and a whole lot of neuroticism…” Alexi describes the movie as follows, “Tracktown speaks to anyone who’s trying to do something challenging and uncertain, where you wake up every day nervous —in a good way”:
Addendum: Jeremy Teicher was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine in 2013.
Addendum: I’ve got to get into better shape.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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