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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Trailer for the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Dislocations”

 

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Honoring the Roif Family

 

Waiting for Herzog

 

Interview with Catherine Portuges

 

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Interdepartmental Program in
Film Studies
S448 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
E-mail: filmstudies@hfa.umass.edu
Tel. (413) 545-3659
FAX: (413) 545-0014

 

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The MMFF welcomes KEVIN JEROME EVERSON on 4/22

Kevin Everson will discuss his work at a screening of his film The Island of St. Matthews and two new short films, Three Quarters and Grand Finale, 4/22. (Photo by: Pamela Pecchio)

2015 Michael S. Roif Awards

Now accepting nominations for the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies. Who will you nominate? Awards ceremony and presentation of winning works: Friday 5/1 at Noon.

CinemAbility Advance Screening

CinemAbility is an illuminating documentary detailing the evolution of “disability” in entertainment. Post-screening Skype Q&A with director Jenni Gold. Thurs 4/16 at 7:30pm.

Brian Comfort and David Bendiksen at the Fast Forward Film Series

Brian Comfort and David Bendiksen will show and discuss their work on 4/19: Brian Comfort Eminent Domain (2012) and David Bendiksen Lichtstark (2014). Free and open to the public.

UMass Film Student Derek Kornhiser on NESN Next Producer

Vote for UMass Film Studies student Derek Kornhiser and his film 49 Miles competing for the top prize on NESN Next Producer.

Catalan Film Festival 2015

The 7th Catalan Film Festival at UMass: "New. Catalan. Women. Cinema." March 3 through April 21.

See the Trailer for the 2015 MMFF!

Check out the 2015 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival trailer video.

Fellini Thursdays, Spring 2015

Join us for our open screenings of Federlico Fellini’s classic films from 1952 (The White Sheik) to 1980 (City of Women). Thursdays at 5:30 in ILC S240.

Celebrated Documentary REGINA Airs on BBC

Award winning film, REGINA, is to be broadcast February 2 on British TV (BBC4) after a year of cinema screenings around the world.

Granito wins BritDoc Impact Award 2014

Congratulations to UMass alumna Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís at Skylight Pictures who were awarded the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award for their film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.

Undergraduate Advising and New Student Enrollment

Film Studies announces the online scheduling tool Appointment Plus for Student Advising appointments and New Student Enrollment events!

Study Film Production in Prague

Study abroad opportunities for film students and aspiring filmmakers at Prague Film School.


MMFF 2015: Kevin Jerome Everson

EVENTS

KEVIN JEROME EVERSON joins the MMFF with The Island of St. Matthewsand other films

Wednesday 4/22 at 7:30pm
137 Isenberg SOM
UMass Amherst

The Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival welcomes KEVIN JEROME EVERSON with his film The Island of St. Matthews and two short films. In documentary and poetic modes, The Island of St. Matthews honors loss in the wake of immutable forces. It recalls the devastation of a river flood that destroyed homes and heirlooms. Interspersed are recurring vignettes: a baptism, a water skier, and contemplative shots of calm water. Screening with two of Everson’s new short films: Three Quarters (USA 2015, 4 min), a silent black and white film featuring two magicians doing close-up slight-of-hand illusions, and Grand Finale (USA 2015, 5 min) observing two youths as they watch an Independence Day fireworks display. Introduction by Hope Tucker, Hampshire College. The director will be present. [More...]

Advance-release screening of CinemAbility documentary

Advance-release Screening of CinemAbility

Thursday 4/12 at 7:30pm
Communication Department Hub
3rd floor ILC
UMass Amherst

"This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of 'disability' in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and by utilizing vivid clips from Hollywood's most beloved motion pictures and television programs to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society." Post-screening Skype Q&A with director Jenni Gold. Introduction by Professor Marty Norden, Department of Communication (author of Cinema of Isolation: A History of Physical Disability in the Movies). All Neurodiversity University events are free and open to the public.
[CinemAbility website]

John O. Thompson talk: “The Star System... Five Stars to BOMB” 

Fast Forward Film Series features Brian Comfort & David Bendiksen

Sunday 4/19 3:00pm
Historic Northampton Museum
46 Bridge Street
Northampton, MA

At the Fast Forward Film Series 2015 "Transformative Aesthetics of Eccentricity and Visionary Art" curated by Anne Ciecko, filmmakers and Graduate Film Certificate students Brian Comfort and David Bendiksen will show and discuss their work: Brian Comfort Eminent Domain (2012) and David Bendiksen Lichtstark (2014). Film screenings are free and open to the public. [More...]

Creative Documentary from Idea to Screen
Fridays from 2:30pm–5:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S405

Creative Documentary from Idea to Screen

Fridays 3:00pm–6:00pm
5 Weeks: 3/27 to 4/24
Integrative Learning Center S404
UMass Amherst

Free to UMass and Five College students!

A five-week Documentary Filmmaking Workshop with Francisco Zamora (Master in Documentary Directing, filmmaker, and Ph.D. Candidate in Film Studies at the University Paris VIII, France). This workshop explores the key phases in the making of a creative documentary from screenplay to screening. This theoretical-practical weekly encounter will culminate in the creation of a 5-minute documentary. Each student will write, film, and edit their own film. All the movies made in this workshop will be shown in a public screening at UMass with a short presentation by each participant.To join the workshop, contact: franciscozamoraporras@gmail.com

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Catalan Film Festival 2015

Catalan Film Festival 2015

Tuesdays 6:30pm–9:00pm
S404 Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst

The 7th annual Catalan Film Festival: "New. Catalan. Women. Cinema." opens Tuesday 3/3 and runs through 4/21. [website | poster]

Fellini Thursdays

Fellini Thursdays, Spring 2015

Thursdays 5:30pm –8:30pm
S240 Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst

Join us for our open screenings of Federlico Fellini’s classic films from 1952 (The White Sheik) to 1980 (City of Women) on campus at UMass Amherst. All films are subtitled in English. [More...]

Lindsay Van Dyke Receives Fulbright Award

UMass Film Studies student Lindsay Van Dyke has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Mexico in Sociology, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Van Dyke is one of over 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

[Fulbright Program | Lindsay Van Dyke's website]

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]

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.

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...]

Undergraduate Advising and New Student Enrollment

Film Studies uses the online scheduling tool Appointment Plus for advising appointments and new student orientation and enrollment events.

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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 Grad Course in Media and Environmental Conservation

ECO 691VM – "Video Media for Communicating Science and Conservation": As a greater awareness of sustainability becomes global, how can the ‘video media revolution’ be used to deliver an authentic and accurate message that is both educational and entertaining? Can video media in a diversity of forms be used to positively affect change in they way human societies respond to scientific discoveries and environmental urgencies?  In this discussion-based course we will examine how video media can be effectively used to enhance communication in science and conservation, ranging from fundraising to affecting public policy. [More...]

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

15th Annual Roif Awards

OPPORTUNITIES

2015 Michael S. Roif Awards

Accepting Faculty Nominations
Awards Ceremony
5/1 at Noon
ILC S404
UMass Amherst

Now accepting faculty nominations for the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies. If your film students have made exceptional films, crafted remarkable screenplays, or written illuminating film essays, nominate them for the Roif Award! Ceremony and presentation of winning works will be Friday, May 1 at Noon. [More...]

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! 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