SMITH COLLEGE

AS220 Colloquium Topics course. Enrollment limited to 20. Admission by permission of the instructor. 4 credits

Section 02: Asian Americans in Film and Video This course introduces students to films made by and about Asian Americans. Using a chronological and thematic approach, various genres including narrative dramas, documentaries, and experimental films will be analyzed within the context of Asian American history and issues concerning the development of Asian American identities. Some of the issues we will cover include: stereotypes of Asians in Hollywood; the re/creation of history and memory; the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality in Asian American films; Asian/Black relations on film. Students will be expected to apply theoretical insights to their analysis of a number of key Asian American films. These theories include contemporary theories of race and ethnicity, current debates about identity and representation, and film theory. Offered Fall 2004-2005 TTh 3:00-4:50 Nitasha Sharma

FS 200 INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

M W 1:10-2:30 PM (Lecture) M 7:00-10:00 PM (Film) Instructor: Alexandra Keller

An overview of cinema as an artistic and social force. Students will become familiar with the aesthetic elements of cinema (visual style, editing, cinematography, sound, narration and formal structure), the terminology of film production, and the relations among industrial, ideological, artistic, and social issues. Films (both classic and contemporary) will be discussed from aesthetic, historical and social perspectives, enabling students to approach films as informed and critical viewers. Enrollment limited to 60. {A} 4 credits

FS 241 GENRE / PERIOD: THE WESTERN AND AMERICAN IDENTITY

M W 2:40-4:00 PM (Lecture) T 7:00-11:00 PM (Film) Instructor: Alexandra Keller

This class will examine the relation of perhaps the defining American film genre to questions of both American cinema and American identity. How are Westerns reflective and symptomatic of vital issues in United States history and culture? How does the genre help shape and define how Americans think of themselves? How did the genre change over the post-war period, and what does this tell us about the changing needs, ideas, and ideologies of both American filmmaking and the United States itself? Films to be considered include: Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, Johnny Guitar, The Searchers, Little Big Man, Unforgiven, Posse, Lone Star, The Ballad of Little Jo. {A} 4 credits

FS 280 INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO PRODUCTION

4 credits T 1:00-4:50 PM (Lecture) W 7:00-9:00 PM (Film) Instructor: Lucretia Knapp

This video production course introduces the history and contemporary practice of video art and/or documentary video and provides the technical and conceptual skills to complete creative video projects in small groups and individually. Over the course of the semester, students will gain experience in pre-production, production and post-production techniques. Projects are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium as well as practical skills for the completion of the creative project. Prerequisite: 200 (which may be taken concurrently). Enrollment limited to 13. {A} 400 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-4 credits Offered both semesters each year