By Carson Thomas
Elm Staff Writer
On Saturday, April 30 at a to-be-announced location there will be a reunion screening of the “No Booze” triology.
In the fall of 2013, gangly underclassmen Nick Anstett, senior, and Austin Lewis, class of 2015, decided to make a movie. The Washington College Multimedia Production Center was hosting their annual 24-Hour Digital Video Challenge. The pair asked each other, “Why not?”
The deadline for submission was only 24 hours away. They got together and sketched out a rough plotline for “No Booze for Freshmen.”
“The basic premise is that it starts off with this student who is murdered in what appears to be a sneaky deal of booze. It turns out that it’s like 50 kegs of the stuff,” Lewis said with a laugh.
The characters never end up solving the murder. “They never found that booze,” he said. “We Twin-Peaked it.”
The film is a black and white, vintage detective parody. To Anstett and Lewis’ great surprise, they won. “It was a big thing we’re really proud of,” said Anstett.
Anstett and Lewis were both impressed by their own creative output. “We really just fell in love with the characters and the setting,” said Lewis.
In no time, sequels, “The Molotov Falcon” and, “Gone with the Whiskey,” emerged and screenings became an anticipated event. Over two years, they released three movies.
The movies are “sort of about WC,” Anstett said.
“That is the fun thing about these movies,” said Lewis. “I think they do have jokes specific to WC.”
One of these jokes appears in the third movie. When asked to describe the murder, one witness says calmly, “He had dark shoes.”
For those of us who remember hearing about an incident of somebody being held at knife-point near Kent Crossing, this distinctive appearance may elicit a sense of deja-vu.
And, of course, no story could engage our student population without somebody assigning blame for the murder on Salisbury.
This pride in shared community makes the films so popular. They are, if anything, uniquely WC.
Watching the series gives you a certain sense of belonging, a nostalgia well-known to anyone who’s spent time around campus. That’s what the trilogy is all about. It’s a story created by WC students and best understood by WC students.
By Carson Thomas