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Courtesy Josh Hamilton

Simpson dor­mitory has long had a rep­u­tation for craziness, but ulti­mately, what happens in Simpson stays in Simpson, right?

Not for long.

A 10-minute doc­u­mentary of the infamous dorm directed by former Hillsdale student Josh Hamilton will pre­miere Nov. 11 at the 10th annual Lone Star Film Fes­tival in Fort Worth, Texas.

In past years, the fes­tival has pre­miered block­busters like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Imi­tation Game.”

Hamilton’s “Ecce Viri,” which is Latin for “Behold the Men,” was accepted into the film fes­tival along with fewer than 100 other short films from an undis­closed number of sub­mis­sions. While it does present national and global pro­duc­tions, the Lone Star fes­tival pri­marily fea­tures films pro­duced and directed by Texans, according to the festival’s website.

Hamilton said “Ecce Viri” is a coming-of-age film high­lighting his view that Simpson dorm culture is instru­mental in turning many of Hillsdale’s freshmen boys into men.

“Though I hate the term, Simpson is somewhat of a safe space for guys,” Hamilton said. “It’s a place where we can figure our­selves out spir­i­tually and men­tally without needing to keep up a facade of manly con­fi­dence.”

From late-night con­ver­sa­tions to raids at high noon, Hamilton cap­tured footage of the daily life inside the dorm throughout the spring semester of 2015. He also shot inter­views with seniors who had spent their entire Hillsdale careers living in Simpson.

“Guys that stay here all four years don’t stay because of the building,” Mike Pope ’15 said. “We stay because of the com­munity, because we learned together how to be respon­sible. All of us have changed so much since we were freshmen.”

Hamilton said he also con­ducted inter­views with his grand­father in Texas during the summer of 2015, which he hoped would provide the film with the sta­bi­lizing influence of someone who knows what it takes to grow.

“I wanted to answer the question, ‘What does it mean to be a man?’” Hamilton said. “Beyond the macho car­i­cature of man­liness, I wanted to get at the fel­lowship and trust that are so prevalent in Simpson and so nec­essary for a boy to become a godly man.”

Hamilton left Hillsdale after the fall semester of 2015, a decision which he said he thinks helped shape the film.

“The nos­talgia I felt after leaving helped me identify what was really valuable about my expe­rience at Hillsdale and high­light it in the film,” he said.

Hamilton, who plans to become a film­maker, said he was grateful for the oppor­tunity that the fes­tival pro­vides aspiring directors.

“So far I’ve only been making com­mer­cials for local com­panies,” he said. “I still have a long road ahead of me, but I hugely appre­ciate the fes­tival for pro­viding me with a step in the right direction.”