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STANFORD -- FROSH: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm, a 93-minute documentary set in Stanford's Wilbur Hall, will have its Peninsula premiere Jan. 7-13 at the Varsity Theatre, 456 University Ave., Palo Alto.

San Francisco producers/directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller shot FROSH while living with 80 freshmen in Trancos House during the 1990-91 school year.

The cinema verite production follows a diverse group of ten students as they move through the contemporary American rite of passage: from the exhilaration of move-in day, through classes and 2 a.m. bull sessions, to their first trips home over winter break and spring final exams.

"It was exhausting," Goldfine said of the shooting schedule. "Even if we left [a dorm discussion] at 4 in the morning, we felt like we were missing something. But overall it was a very positive experience.

"Stanford gave us an opportunity to focus on a geographical diversity that is not available at state schools," she said, "and the fact that almost 50 percent of the dorm residents were students of color made it a great set of people to work with."

Several universities have purchased videotapes of the film to use at their freshman orientations. For show times at the Varsity, call (415) 323-6411.



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