if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
the thirteenth article of faith
by beloved family and friends aside, the best part of living in provo is byu's international cinema. in a town known for (insert adjective here) "mormon culture," happy valley is home to "the world's longest running international film program." it is wonderful: during the fall and winter semesters, september through april, two to three foreign films are shown repeatedly throughout the week, free of charge. i discovered it early in my first semester at college, when i innocently walked in to a movie called to live and was left emotionally drained and completely astonished. it immediately became my dream job. a year and a half later i was a projectionist there. (and, five months later, i was fired, leaving me devastated until i talked my way back on and did a much better job). at first, i would do my homework and occasionally watch a movie. near the end of my time at school, i realized that this was a unique opportunity--to see such a wide variety of films projected in a theater--that homework became a secondary priority. it was here that i first saw the rules of the game, fanny and alexander, not one less, stalker, and many more that have deepened my love for the cinema.
while the orem public library's near-complete dvd collection is another great perk of living in the valley, the opportunity to see a bergman or renoir movie projected from a film print is becoming rarer, making byu's i.c. such a treasure.