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Two comedies about graduate student life to screen Oct. 5

From staff reports | Sep 17, 2015

The Ohio University Graduate College and Student Affairs will host two free screenings of the The PHD Movie, a comedy about graduate student life, and its new sequel, The PHD Movie 2: Still in Grad School, on Monday, Oct. 5.

The first film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. and the sequel will debut at 8 p.m. at Ohio University’s Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Seating will be first come, first serve. The event is open to the university community and the general public.

The films are based on the popular online comic strip PHD Comics, created by former Stanford graduate student Jorge Cham to combat the anxiety of academia. His tales have been adapted into two live-action comedies.  

The PHD Movie first screened at Ohio University in 2012 to an audience of 600 faculty, staff, students and community members. According to the film’s official website, “The PHD Movie 1 takes a humorous and poignant look at four graduate students as they grapple with research, being a teaching assistant and finding balance in their over-worked lives. The story follows Winston, a first-year graduate student who wants to join a research group to do his Ph.D., and Cecilia, a teaching assistant and grad student who loses her motivation and passion for her work.”

The sequel to the film “looks at themes of competition in research, overcoming writer’s block and finding your voice,” according to the official website. The plot follows the highs and lows of grappling with competitive research funding, academic rivalries, conference presentations and thesis writing—all through a humorous lens.

Running times for the movies are 67 minutes and 80 minutes. Though the films are not rated, audiences are advised to expect “PG” rating-style situations and humor.

For more information, visit http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/phdmovie.cfm.

Contact: Roxanne Male-Brune, (740) 597-1227, male-bru@ohio.edu ; Andrea Gibson, (740) 597-2166, gibsona@ohio.edu.