Film Studies

Film Studies UMass

Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Since 1991, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has been a dynamic center of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activity. With active participation of more than twenty faculty members, representing fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education, the Program offers both an Undergraduate and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies. [More...]

 

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Honoring the Roif Family

 

Waiting for Herzog

 

Interview with Catherine Portuges

 

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Interdepartmental Program in
Film Studies
129 Herter Annex
University of Massachusetts Amherst
161 Presidents Dr
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
E-mail: filmstudies@hfa.umass.edu
Tel. (413) 545-3659
FAX: (413) 545-0014

 

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Winners of the the 2014 Michael S. Roif Awards!

Announcing the winners of the Fourteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment.

Can Candan‘s My Child New York Premiere

Can Candan‘s My Child celebrates its New York premiere on May 18, presented by the New York Turkish Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Creative Media Institute at Hampshrie College

Check out the Creative Media Institute at Hampshrie College this summer with Ken Burns, Frederick Wiseman, and more.

Barbara Zecchi: Recent Books

Barbara Zecchi, Film Faculty and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has published two new books in the last year on women in cinema in Spain.

New Course, Fall 2014: "Cinema and Sound"

Andrew Ritchey film course, "Cinema and Sound" (TuTh 10:00-11:15) explores various aspects of film sound from historical and theoretical perspectives.

NESN Student Film Contest

Want to make sports docucmentaries? Learn about the NESN Film Contest. $20,000 award goes to the winner!

21st annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival — "Reality Narratives"

The 2014 season of the MMFF explores the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction.

Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series

Revel in the stunning visuals and colorful stories of Italian cinema, introduced by Dr. Carolyn Anderson, Professor Emerita, UMass Amherst.

MacArthur Grant to Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures

The MacArthur Foundation announces a $225,00 grant to Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures. (Photos: Dana Lixenberg and Daniel Hernandez-Salazar)

Bard Abroad: Apply for International Programs

Bard Abroad / Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College has projects in regions undergoing rapid political and economic transformation (currently Russia, East Central Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia).

Film Studies Alumnus Jed Winer wins at NoHoIFF

Congratulations to Jed, Film Certificate alumnus ('13), who took home the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2013 Northampton International Film Festival.


My Child NYC premiere

EVENTS

NYC Premiere of My Child

Can Candan's My Child celebrates its New York premiere on May 18, presented by the New York Turkish Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Can Candan discussed My Child at the 2014 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival screening of the film. [More...]

Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies

2014 Roif Awards Ceremony

Don't miss the Fourteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

Awards Ceremony & Presentation of Winning Works:
Friday, May 2 at 12:00 noon
301 Herter Hall
UMass Amherst
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Barbara Zecchi

New Books by Barbara Zecchi: Desenfocadas and Gynocine

Barbara Zecchi, Film Faculty and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has published two new books in the last year on women in cinema in Spain:

Desenfocadas, Cineastas españolas y discursos de género (Icaria, 2014)Gynocine: Teoría de género, filmología y praxis cinematográfica (Zaragoza: Publicaciones Universidad Zaragoza, 2013)

Desenfocadas, Cineastas españolas y discursos de género (Icaria, 2014) and Gynocine: Teoría de género, filmología y praxis cinematográfica (Zaragoza: Publicaciones Universidad Zaragoza, 2013). Barbara Zecchi directs Gynocine: History of Spanish Women's Cinema in the University of Massachusetts Digital Humanities Initiative. [See Barbara Zecchi's website]

MMFF 2014

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 2014

The 2014 MMFF “Reality Narratives” explores the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction that have been present since the birth of cinema and that constitute a major conceptual force in contemporary filmmaking. Hosting nine filmmakers who will be present for discussion, our festival program observes the hybrid, amalgamated spaces between these genres, juxtaposing methodologies and narratives that blend the “factual” with the “fictional.” In so doing, the festival raises ethical questions about the “truth claims” and “reality principles” of a wide-ranging, eclectic body of international cinema, recasting conventional definitions and distinctions in a variety of works and styles. All events are free and open to the public. [More...]

Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series

Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series 2014

Revel in the stunning visuals and colorful stories of Italian cinema, at Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series Introduced by Dr. Carolyn Anderson, Professor Emerita, UMass Amherst (Sunday screenings only). This series made possible through the generous financial support of Fred and Edith Byron. [More...]

MacArthur Grant for Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures

MacArthur Grant Goes to Alumna Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures

January 15, 2014:  The MacArthur Foundation has announced a $225,000 grant to Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures for production of 500 Years, a documentary film on the 2013 genocide trial of former Guatemalan president Efraín Ríos Montt, and its aftermath. [More...]

See the Events page for more UMass, Five College, and Local film events.

Film Studies

PROGRAM

Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Film Studies offers undergraduates a comprehensive interdepartmental course of study in the history, criticism, theory, and aesthetics of the moving image. Film Studies faculty from a broad spectrum of departments offer courses exploring the dynamics of screen representation in topics such as media and culture; race, nation and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; film styles and genre; production and distribution; technology and new media. Graduates go on to prestigious film schools and graduate programs; positions in film and video production; employment in film and video distribution and exhibition, digital and new media, and as editors, producers, actors and independent filmmakers. [More...]

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Film Studies offers graduate students the opportunity to cultivate their work and interest in film studies as an important part of their graduate training. Certificate students have the opportunity to benefit from advanced study in a growing field, mentored by internationally-renowned, award-winning faculty specialists in the arts, humanities and social sciences. [More...]

Faculty

Faculty from fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education teach courses in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and participate in film events and programs at UMass and in the Five Colleges. The Director of Film Studies, Catherine Portuges, is a professor of Comparative Literature specializing in French and East-Central European cinema. [More...]

Publications and Projects

See recent books, films, and other projects by faculty in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. [More...]

Five College Interchange

Expand your undergraduate experience with courses at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Registration for a Five College course is easy, and the Five College Interchage Office is there to assist you. [More...]

New Course, Fall 2014
COMP-LIT 391CS: Cinema & Sound

TuTh 10:00-11:15
Instructor: Andrew Ritchey

Explores various aspects of film sound from an historical and theoretical perspective. The course is divided into four main sections: historical and theoretical questions; the voice in cinema; music in cinema; and contemporary sound design. The historical scope of the course will include the entire history of cinema sound, from the so-called “silent” era to the present; but we will focus on two particularly salient turning points: the introduction of synchronous sound film in the late 1920s, and the deployment of Digital Surround Sound (DSS) systems in the 1990s. Assigned readings and case studies will provide a strong foundation for audio-visual analysis by equipping students with a critical vocabulary for communicating effectively about sound in cinema. As a means of further developing our critical ears, we will also be audio-viewing and discussing a group of self-reflexive films that take sound technology as their subject. Such films may include Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952), The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974), Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981), Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012), and Hacked Circuit (Deborah Stratman, 2014). Examining the ways in which these and other self-reflexive films narrate or express certain potentials and anxieties particular to sound recording and representation will help us to better understand the social and cultural meanings associated with mediated sound and listening in various contexts.

Andrew Ritchey is a teacher, film curator and sound designer currently based in Amherst, MA. His research and teaching interests include film and media theory, sound studies, and European experimental cinemas. His publications have appeared in SubStance and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, while his creative work has screened at numerous festivals, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, CPH:DOX, the Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, and Los Angeles FilmForum. His most recent curatorial project was “The Secret Society,” a five-day program of historical 16mm American experimental films held in conjunction with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2013 Time-Based Art (TBA) festival. Mr. Ritchey is currently completing a PhD in Film Studies at the University of Iowa. He received his MA in Film Studies from Iowa, and a BA with honors in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Review the Courses and the Five College Interchange page for more information about the program in film studies.

Five College Student Film and Video Festival 2014

OPPORTUNITIES

NESN Student Film Contest

Want to make sports docucmentaries? Learn how NESN is developing a new television series for Fall 2014 that offers New England film students the chance at cash, prizes, exposure and bragging rights. Weds 4/2. Winner awarded $20,000! [More...]

Jerusalem Film Workshop

Register by May 11, 2014: Jerusalem Film Workshop, in collaboration with the Jerusalem Film Festival and Ma'ale Film School, offers filmmakers and film lovers the opportunity to spend their summer in Jerusalem! Students will partake in unique meetings with filmmakers, attend sessions with top film educators in the country, learn about film in the classroom, travel around Israel, and have the opportunity to shoot two short films, which will be screened during the Jerusalem Film Festival! [More... | email: info@thejfw.com]

Bard Abroad

Bard Abroad

Seeking UMass applicants for study abroad through the Bard Abroad programs with the Institute for International Liberal Education. Programs in St. Petersburg, Russia; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Budapest, Hungary have grown in the last year and now all offer academic year, semester, and summer programs. During the summer in St. Petersburg, students can participate in our intensive RSL program for either four or eight weeks, gaining the equivalent of one year of Russian language study, while in Budapest students participate in internships that are paired with a credit-bearing seminar on the third sector in Eastern Europe. This summer we will also begin a new internship program in Bishkek: Development, Sustainability and Conflict: Contemporary issues in Central Asia. As with all Bard Abroad's programs, these offer rigorous academics, language study, and cultural excursions.
We have had applicants from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the past and we are eager to continue to support your students in their explorations of other cultures and languages. [More...]

Film Studies Internship

Apply for the Film Studies internship for Spring 2014. The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies seeks creative,  energetic, detail-oriented, dedicated film students with excellent  communication and teamwork skills for 3-credit internships during the  2014 spring semester. Students with strong skills in videography,  photography, and film editing are especially encouraged to apply. The  internships will support the 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural  Film Festival as well as other aspects of the Film Studies program. [More...]

Roif Award

2014 Michael S. Roif Award

Announcing the winners of the Fourteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment! [More...]

Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music Film Scoring for Student Films

Manhattan School of Music has been collaborating with film schools so that student composers taking a film scoring class get to work one on one with a student film maker scoring a short film in the Spring semester. This has been a great, "real world" program with many benefits for students on both sides. In an effort to provide our students with a larger pool of films to choose from, and also to offer this opportunity to more film schools nationally, we are currently engaged in attempting to expand the base of film schools and students who may be interested in participating in this program. [More...]

Publish Your Work!

Call for undergraduate student submissions to the journal Film Matters. [More...]

American Pavilion student programs

Internships

Students in Film Studies each year benefit from internship opportunities with such world class programs as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the L.A. Intensive program, and also with local film organizations such as the Media Education Foundation, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Amherst Cinema, ACTV, and our own Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at UMass. [More...]

Michael S. Roif Award

The Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies is a competitive annual prize awarded to students in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program. Nominate your outstanding film students for the this year's award. [More...]

Film Festivals

Students are invited to submit work to film competitions at UMass, in the Five Colleges, locally, and internationally, such as the UMass Undergraduate Film Festival, the Five College Student Film Festival and other competitions announced on the Film Studies website. [More...]

Film Schools

Certificate students go on to pursue programs in filmmaking and advanced degrees in film and media studies. Listings on our Film Schools page offer a starting point for exploring options for further study. Representatives from programs such as LIU's innovative M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television meet with our students for in-depth informational and Q&A colloquia. [More...]

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Study Abroad

Take advantage of the enriching experiences of studying abroad, including unique film studies opportunities that fulfill certificate course requirements. [More...]

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Film Studies Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies