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Teenflix Hosts Arrested Development Marathon

While most students were relaxing over the winter break, TeenFlix, the Westport Youth Commission organization best known for putting on films at the Levitt Pavilion in August, stayed busy by hosting a marathon of the television show Arrested Development at the Toquet Hall Teen Center.

“We had the series run because we felt it would be a fun thing for students to do during break,” TeenFlix committee member Doug Russ ’13 said.

The marathon featured screenings of every episode of the popular series, which originally ran on Fox before going off the air in 2006. In addition to being able to watch each of the series’ 53 episodes­, attendees were able to indulge themselves on chocolate-covered frozen bananas, a treat popularized by the character in the show played by a then-unknown Micheal Cera.

While attendance was lower than the TeenFlix committee members would have desired, they are not dissuaded, instead attributing the light turnout to scheduling difficulties.

“With Toquet Hall being a generally busy venue with many events, our only date option was the first day of break, or a date much later in the year. I believe that this was the primary reason for low attendance,” said committee member James Manning ’13.

The screening marks the first time TeenFlix has branched out from showing films in August, a tradition that has proven to be very popular and widely attended among Staples students in summers past.

“We hosted the event in order to bring the fun of TeenFlix to the community year-round, as opposed to just during the month of August,” said committee member P.J. Syrrist.

For the committee, this is only the first of many forays out of their summer comfort zone.

“While our committee does not have any events that are set in stone yet, we plan to have many more showings throughout the course of the year,” said Manning.

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