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Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky Goes Back
COLLEGE DAYS, COLLEGE
Channel Original Production from John Zaritsky
World Premiere on The Documentary Channel
A Three-Part Series, March 1, 2, 3, at 8:00pm ET. Repeating March 27
(February 3, 2005 – Toronto)
Parties, sex, sports, and part-time jobs is the unofficial curriculum
of colleges across Canada. For 16 students at the University of British
Columbia, college life leaves little time for classes … or sleep!
College Days, College Nights is a new, three-part documentary
from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky. The film makes
its world premiere on The Documentary Channel March 1, 2, 3, at 8:00pm
Zaritsky and his crew of filmmakers, which included intern filmmakers,
followed 16 undergraduates at the University of British Columbia over
a 10-month period during the 2003-2004 school year. They documented
all aspects of student life both on and off campus. The students were
also given video cameras to record their own personal diaries over the
course of the year. The resulting film integrates the documentary film
shot by Zaritsky’s crew, with footage shot by the students themselves.
This combination lends an intimacy to the production rarely, if ever,
seen in mainstream media.
“College Days, College Nights was also shot in large
part by eight film school interns under my tutelage, both in a classroom
setting and as integral parts of our production team,” said Mr.
Zaritsky. “Overall, the experience has been overwhelmingly successful
both personally and professionally. I am particularly pleased with how
video diaries lent a confessional-type quality to the students’
stories, and a candor and honesty to the film that might not otherwise
have been achieved.”
"If you're wondering what the future leaders of our country will
be doing in 20 years —what they’re like, what they want,
and how they misbehave—don’t miss this film,” said
Michael Burns, Director of Programming for The Documentary Channel.
“With 25 cameras shooting over 10 months, this is the most exhaustive
study of university life ever attempted in Canada. It's a spectacular