The PhD Movie

On October 10, 2011 by Grad Forum

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is hosting two screenings of PhD Comic’s new feature-length film, The PhD Movie: Piled High and Deeper.  Open to all members of the Dartmouth community, the first screening is this Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 pm in Filene Auditorium, and the second screening is this Friday, October 14th at 6:30 pm in Filene Auditorium. Filene Auditorium is located on the lower level of Moore Hall.  Please show up ten minutes before show time to save a seat for you and your friends!

Based upon the popular comic strip illustrated by Jorge Cham, a cartoonist and traveling lecturer who holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford, The PhD Movie: Piled High and Deeper is a collaboration between Cham and a Stanford-based theater group. Featuring four of the characters from the comic strip (Cecilia, Mike, Tajel and the “Nameless Grad Student”), The PhD Movie explores the everyday lives of graduate students as they work away at their doctoral requirements.

Photo: Director Vahe Gabuchian, Series Creator Jorge Cham and Director of Photography Lucie Adalid at the camera.

Photo credit: Ben Deverman


4 Responses to “The PhD Movie”

  • The movie was hilarious, though some of the actors were a bit theatrical. There were definitely some good scenes, but I especially loved the part about free food! 😀

  • Exceeded my expectations!

    I thought PhD Comics did a great job translating their internet cartoon into a feature-length movie; though a few of the scenes were a bit slow, I laughed through the majority of the film.

    Favorite scene: “Entering the Smith Lab”

  • Director Gabuchian and web-comic creator Cham craft a faithful portrayal of life as a PhD graduate student in the new film, “The PhD Movie: Piled Higher and Deeper”. There is a good balance between original material while staying true to the comic that devotees and procrastinating graduate students peruse online.

    From my first two years as a graduate student in physics, I am more than familiar with character Winston’s episode in the lab where he bursts: “Hasn’t someone already done this?!” The movie, like the comic strip, slants heavily towards the engineering and science fields, but I think that any graduate student or undergraduate determined to do likewise, can find humor and an echo of truth in this film.

  • I thought the movie was hilarious! Thank you so much for organizing a screening at Dartmouth!

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