It's just before 7pm on a Friday night, and John Hawkinson is preparing the trailers for
tonight's movie. "There's something about working with film and actually handling it,"
he says. Hawkinson is the Projection Director for MIT's Lecture Series Committee, the
group that ironically is known most well for its weekly presentation of current and class
ic films. His job puts him in charge of all the projectionists and the equipment they
use, as well as making sure LSC actually gets the movies they hope to project. In a moment
, he will thread film through a projector, start the film running, and open the douser -
the metal gate that prevents the heat of a two kilowatt lamp from melting stationary film
- so that MIT students can watch this weekend's movie.