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Film by Modi ’22 Screened at LA Film Festival’s Future Filmmakers Showcase

Ishan Modi ’22 directed a short film titled Just Stories that was shown at the LA Film Festival’s 2018 Future Filmmakers Showcase, a special screening of films made by talented high school students from across the globe.

Since his filmmaking debut at the age of 11, Ishan Modi ’22 has directed more than 20 short films. And the prospective film and history major has yet to call his creative talent “a wrap.”

Ishan Modi '22

Ishan Modi ’22

On Sept. 22, Modi’s short film Just Stories (2017) was shown at the LA Film Festival’s 2018 Future Filmmakers Showcase, a special screening of films made by talented high school students from across the globe. The film features a senior couple who—after a lively visit with their grandchildren—experience the isolation and uncertainty of old age.

In addition to screening at the LA Film Festival, Just Stories also was named an official selection at the Nashville Film Festival (2018); Rhode Island International Film Festival (2018); Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (2018); San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (2018); and the world’s largest high school film festival, the All American High School Film Festival (2018).

Modi’s other recent film, SuperNova (2017), screened at the Across Asia Youth Film Festival, the 17th Annual Laurie Nelson Film Festival, and the Newark International Film Festival Youth in 2017. For this film, Modi was named a finalist of the “Young Filmmaker Award” presented at the My Rode Reel Film Competition and a finalist of the 60th Golden Eagle Award for “Student & Youth Media.”

His other recent projects include Nextstep (2018) and the Singapore American School’s Class of 2018 senior video.

Modi, who is currently taking a class on Dante’s Comedy during his first semester in college, is looking forward to learning more about the filmmaker’s craft during the next four years.

“Wesleyan’s Film Studies Department offers a unique equilibrium of theory and craft,” he said. “While I’ve created many films in the past, I haven’t had many opportunities to learn about the history and study behind movies, which is also very important! Wesleyan represents the best of both worlds. I will learn skills to improve my practical filmmaking abilities, and at the same time heavily study film theory, bringing into focus what constitutes a powerful narrative.”

When applying for colleges, Wesleyan’s liberal arts environment was also appealing to Modi, who wants to explore different branches of knowledge.

“At Wesleyan, I have the freedom to take classes from multiple disciplines,” he said. “Filmmaking revolves around powerful storytelling. By immersing myself in history, philosophy, literature etc. I hope to satisfy my curiosity and find inspiration for stories that I can share with the world.”

For more information and to view other films, visit ModiFilms.com. Read comments from Modi in “Get to Know the 2018 Future Filmmakers on the Road to the LA Film Festival,” an article published on filmindependent.org.

Students Go “ON DISPLAY” During Common Moment

New Student Orientation for the Class of 2022 concluded Aug. 31 with the annual Common Moment, an event where members of the incoming class are brought together through music and performance.

This year, the students worked with choreographer Heidi Latsky to create her installation ON DISPLAY, a performance art investigation of the body and the gaze. In a large-scale, participatory version of Latsky’s touring work, the first-year students performed the roles of both seer and seen on Andrus Field and discussed their personal experiences of these roles. Students were challenged to commit to the exercise without judgment, to trust both their individuality and the group, and to experience profoundly the act of seeing and being seen.

The Common Moment’s theme is tied to Wesleyan’s First Year Matters program, through which first-year students are collectively reading A Body Undone by Christina Crosby, professor of English, professor of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. ON DISPLAY relates not only to Crosby’s narrative about body and ability but also to the near-universal process of constructing/curating a self-image for the gaze of social media.

The event was cosponsored by the Center for the Arts, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Office of Student Affairs.

View photos of the Common Moment below: (Photos by Sandy Aldieri)

Class of 2022 Gathers for Group Photo, Says Farewell to Families

On Aug. 29, members of the Class of 2022 said farewell to their families at an emotional gathering and later gathered on Denison Terrace for a class photo. Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78; Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Whaley; and student orientation leaders taught the first-years the Wesleyan fight song and emphasized the song’s “Go Wes!” ending. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Prior to the farewell, President Roth “A good liberal education empowers you to figure out what you love to do, learn how to do it better, and then how to share that talent with the rest of the world.”

Wesleyan Welcomes 810 Students to the Class of 2022


Annabella Machnizh ’22, from Mexico City, who arrived early for the International Students Orientation, helped her roommate, Amanda McHugh '22, of Westchester, N.Y,, on arrival day. The two chose to room together, citing similar living habits yet different social circles to make the transition both comfortable and interesting. Both were looking forward to explore a variety of different courses.

Annabella Machnizh ’22, from Mexico City, who arrived early for the International Student Orientation, helped her roommate, Amanda McHugh ’22, of Westchester, N.Y., on arrival day. The two chose to room together, citing similar living habits yet different social circles to make the transition both comfortable and interesting. Both were looking forward to exploring a variety of different courses. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

On Aug. 29, in temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, 810 new students from the Class of 2022 moved into their new residence halls on New Student Arrival Day.

Wesleyan received a record-breaking 12,788 applications for a spot in the Class of 2022, of which 2,219 were admitted. Of those, 810 matriculated and another 44 students transferred into Wesleyan.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78 helps a student move into her residence in the Butterfields.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 helps a student move into her residence in the Butterfields. Several Wesleyan staff, residential advisors, and student-athletes assisted the new students with their belongings.

After settling into their home-away-from-home and saying farewell to their families, the new students participated in an array of New Student Orientation social activities involving group sessions with orientation leaders, academic forums, autobiographical monologues written and presented by current students, a neon space party, a student of color luncheon, an a capella concert, a pride reception, stargazing, karaoke, and more.

The students also were introduced to the First Year Matters program, which provides a shared experience for the entire class as well as an introduction to intellectual life at Wesleyan. This year, the students will collectively read A Body Undone, by Christina Crosby, professor of English, professor of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.

Orientation concluded with the Common Moment, where members of the incoming class are brought together through music and performance.

“A good liberal education empowers you to figure out what you love to do, learn how to do it better, and then how to share that talent with the rest of the world,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth during a gathering with the first-year students and their families.

(Cynthia Rockwell contributed to this article)

Paul Tran ’22, with parents Hoa Hoang and Thai Tran, from Houston, Texas, chose Wesleyan for its open curriculum. He’s considering a major in English and government, with the goal of becoming a civil lawyer. Asked if he minded that his son was so far away from Texas, father Thai Tran was both cheerful philosophical: “This, he chose. We have to follow.”

Paul Tran ’22, with parents Hoa Hoang and Thai Tran, from Houston, Texas, chose Wesleyan for its open curriculum. He’s considering a major in English and government, with the goal of becoming a civil lawyer. Asked if he minded that his son was so far away from Texas, father Thai Tran was both cheerful and philosophical: “This, he chose. We have to follow.”

Cambria Weaver '22 from Santa Barbara, Calif. sets up her room in the Butterfields. Weaver learned about Wesleyan from alumni. “All were into different things and they were each very passionate about what they were doing," she said.

Cambria Weaver ’22 from Santa Barbara, Calif., sets up her room in the Butterfields. Weaver learned about Wesleyan from alumni. “All were into different things and they were each very passionate about what they were doing,” she said.

Gina Gwiazda '22 from Santa Cruz, Calif. came to Wesleyan seeking a supportive community and open curriculum.

Gina Gwiazda ’22 from Santa Cruz, Calif. came to Wesleyan seeking a supportive community and open curriculum. Gwiazda and Weaver are roommates.

Dewellyn Howard ’22, with his mother Sabrina Spencer, made the trek up from Lafayette, La., along with Dewellyn’s father, grandmother, and sister. Howard chose Wesleyan for the warm community vibe he felt when he visited. “Everybody I met just welcomed me, like we’re all family here.” A prospective math major, he was also eager to explore the COE Think Tank. Other assets that that drew him here: Wesleyan’s libraries, as well as the surrounding community (“not a big city, but not out in the middle of nowhere”) and the fact that his best friend was just down the road at Yale.

Layla Krantz, from New York City, and Sarah Bozarian, from Dracut, Mass., set up their room in Clark. “I liked everything about Wesleyan,” says Bazarian, who is contemplatiing a major in either English or government and waiting to talk to her adviser about some potential changes in her schedule.

Layla Krantz ’22, from New York City, and Sarah Bazarian ’22, from Dracut, Mass., set up their room in Clark Hall. “I liked everything about Wesleyan,” says Bazarian, who is contemplating a major in either English or government and waiting to talk to her advisor about some potential changes in her schedule.

Theo Li '22, from Elgin Ill., is considering a major in biology; Adam Kielbasa '22, from Griffith, Ind., says psychology might be his focus.

Theo Li ’22, from Elgin Ill., is considering a major in biology; Adam Kielbasa ’22, from Griffith, Ind., says psychology might be his focus.

Additional photos of Arrival Day are below:



International Students Hail from 37 Countries

International student Hairihan, who goes by the American name Hari Hanson, is a heritage native of Inner Mongolia, but is a current resident of Beijing, China. During International Student Orientation, he met Naranchimeg Altai of Mongolia. Hirihan and Naranchimeg are the only two Mongolian international students at Wesleyan.

International student Hanson Hairihan ’22 is a heritage native of Inner Mongolia but a current resident of Beijing, China. During International Student Orientation, he met Naranchimeg Altai ’22 of Mongolia. Hairihan and Altai are the only two Mongolian international students at Wesleyan.

Throughout high school, Naranchimeg Altai of Mongolia favored the subjects of math and physics and had dreams of becoming an engineer. “I was a science person,” she said. “But then I started doing some research on schools and discovered liberal arts … and Wesleyan seemed to be a good fit. I wanted a large community with small classes and many options. I like physics, but I also like English and education.”

Altai applied, was accepted, and on Aug. 26, she took her first steps on American soil. She joins 116 other new international students at Wesleyan who come from locations across the globe.

The international students make up approximately 13 percent of the Class of 2022 and hail from 37 countries including China, Russia, India, Mongolia, Nepal, The United Kingdom, and Oman. This year, Wesleyan also welcomes students from Kosovo, Rwanda, Poland, and Lebanon.

“No question. This is truly a class of global citizens,” said Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid.

Wesleyan’s overall population of approximately 450 enrolled international students includes U.S. citizens living abroad as well as international citizens studying here on campus.

Class of 2022 Welcomed at Summer Sendoffs Worldwide

Wesleyan’s newest students and their families are welcomed to the Wesleyan community during a series of Summer Sendoffs held July 19 to Aug. 15. Alumni and parents are hosting the events at various locations around the world including Boston; Beijing; Hong Kong; New York City; Mumbai; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and more.

All members of the Wesleyan community are invited to attend the casual socials. Pictured below are photos from a few of the gatherings.

Cecilia ’91 and Greg McCall hosted a Summer Sendoff in Fairfield, Conn. on Aug. 14.

Fairfield Sendoff hosted last night by Cecilia ’91 and Greg McCall.

 

Carmen Cheung ’05 and Alecia Ng ’14 organized the Hong Kong Summer Sendoff on July 19.

Wesleyan University Awards 2018 Hamilton Prize for Creativity

Sydney Kim of Weston, Mass. has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Wesleyan, worth as much as $200,000. Her submission, a short story titled, “The Driveway,” was selected by an all-star committee of Wesleyan alumni chaired by Hamilton writer/creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ‘15 and director Thomas Kail ’99, from more than 550 entries. Kim attends Concord Academy, and will be a member of Wesleyan’s Class of 2022.

“This year’s submissions gave us insight into the minds of so many creative students,” said Miranda. “I admire their bravery in sharing who they are with the committee. Taking that leap isn’t easy. They are all inspiring.”

The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity was established in honor of Miranda and Kail’s contributions to liberal education and the arts and named for the pair’s hit Broadway musical, Hamilton: An American Musical, which in 2016 won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The first Hamilton Prize was awarded to Audrey Pratt in May 2017.

Hamilton: An American Musical has inspired and energized so many young people. Through this prize, we look forward to bringing promising new writers to Wesleyan, where they will find a community that encourages experimentation and values the sharing of creative work,” said Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth. “I can’t wait to see what these students produce with their Wesleyan educations.”

Class of 2022 Students and Families Attend 3-Day WesFest

Hundreds of admitted Class of 2022 students and their families attended WesFest April 10-12 on campus. Guests had the opportunity to experience university life first-hand and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

Hundreds of admitted Class of 2022 students and their families attended WesFest April 11–13 on campus. Guests had the opportunity to experience University life firsthand and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer. The admitted students had ample time to mingle with their future classmates during the event.