Film Studies

Film Studies UMass

Celebrating 20 Years of 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


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


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2016 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

2016 Michael S. Roif Awards

Friday, 4/29, 12:00pm
Integrative Learning Center S350
and the ILC 3rd floor "Hub"
Umass Amherst

Join us to celebrate the winners of the Sixteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment to be presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. The awards will be officially presented to the student filmmakers at a celebration for students, their friends and family, faculty and the academic community at 12:00 noon Friday April 29, 2016 in the Integrative Learning Center S350 with a reception in the ILC 3rd floor Communication Department “Hub” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Professor Shawn Shimpach (Communication), Interim Director of Film Studies will introduce the winners.  An excerpted staged reading of the 1st place screenplay and screenings of the films receiving 2nd place and Honorable Mention will follow the presentation of the awards.  The event is free and open to the public. A reception in the ILC 3rd floor “Hub will conclude the event. [More...]

"BLACK IS BLUE" screening and discussion with Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye with Black Is Blue

Wednesday, 4/20, 12:00 noon
Communication Department Hub
Integrative Learning Center 3rd floor,
Umass Amherst

The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst presents award-winning Black Lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye for a screening and discussion of her new film, Black Is Blue, a short film about a trans man who works as a security guard in an apartment complex in Oakland. Lunch will be provided. [More...]

Religion and Film Series

Religion and Film Series

April 4-7

The Religion and Film Series runs April 4-7 with: The Decalogue (1988), White Zombie (1932), Earth (1998), and Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989). Free and open to the public. [More...]

Screen Histories

Screen Histories: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art

Monday 4/11, 4:30pm
Graham Hall
Smith College

Alex Keller, Andrew Uroskie, Frazer Ward and Meredith Hoy. Free and open to the public. [Flyer]

German Film Series Spring 2016

German Film Series Spring 2016

Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

Presented by the German Department at Amherst College, the German Film Series presents films in German with English subtitles.

February 11: Ostwind (Windstorm, Katja von Garnier, 2013; 105 min.) Rebellious teenager Mika has trouble in school and with her parents. One summer, she is sent off to her grandmother’s horse farm to mend her ways. To everyone’s surprise, she there forms a deep bond with a spirited horse reputed to be unmanageable. But her grandmother holds the stallion responsible for a riding accident and has decided to sell Ostwind. Will Mika be able to prove the old lady – and everybody else – wrong?

February 25: Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin, Jan Ole Gerster, 2012; 86 min.) Niko, a twenty-something slacker, finds himself aimlessly drifting through Berlin not knowing what to do with his life. One day, just about everything goes wrong, as the entire world seems to conspire against Niko (Tom Schilling) in this award-winning, understated tragicomedy.

March 10: Frau Müller muß weg (Frau Müller Has to Go, Sönke Wortmann, 2015; 83 min.) A group of overbearing parents, unhappy with their children’s grades, team up to have their primary school teacher, Frau Müller, removed. Things seem to be going swimmingly, were it not for a bunch of unexpected twists and nasty revelations that take everybody by surprise.

April 7: Der letzte MenTsch (The Last Mentsch, Pierre-Henry Salfati, 2014; 89 min.) A survivor of the death camps reinvented himself after the war as a Gentile German citizen. In his old age, Marcus/Menahem wishes to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, so he needs to prove his real identity. Mario Adorf stars in this touching drama chronicling the often tragicomic quest of an elderly man to reclaim his Jewishness. Screenings co-sponsored by Amherst College Office of the Jewish Religious Advisor. Shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

April 21: Münchhausen (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Josef von Báky, 1943; 110 min.) No expenses were spared in this lavish action-adventure extravaganza, made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ufa, Germany’s most important film company. Hans Albers stars as the swashbuckling Baron Münchhausen, notorious for spinning larger-than-life tall tales. See the original of the 1988 remake, by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame.


The German Film Series at Amherst College

Girl of My Dreams Reading

Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm
Odessey Bookshop, 9 College Street South Hadley, MA 01075

Join us for a reading and discussion with acclaimed author and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Davis for his novel, Girl of My Dreams - a sweeping novel of Hollywood in the 1930s that perfectly captures the essence of the Golden Age when Hollywood became the mesmerizing fantasy it is today. Lurid, juicy, and scandal-driven, Girl of My Dreams has an epic sweep that encompasses the flashiness of 1930s Hollywood and the Great Depression’s plunder of the American Dream. [More...]

2015 Pioneer Valley Film Festival

2015 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival 

Friday, November 6th at 7:00pm
Cohn Dining Commons, Greenfield Community College

The top 10 locally produced 6 minute films shot in the Greater Pioneer Valley with subject matter directly related to sustainability in the region will be screened. This year’s films will once again be using the Transition Town’s essential elements for local resiliency as film topics, including: food/farming, health/medicine, education, economy, transportation, energy or housing.  The festival becomes another way to raise awareness, explore alternatives, come together, encourage local creativity, and build stronger, more cohesive, resilient communities. [More...]

53rd New York Film Festival announces the World Premiere of REBEL CITIZEN  by Pamela Yates

53rd New York Film Festival announces the World Premiere of REBEL CITIZEN by alumna Pamela Yates

Tuesday, 10/6 at 6:00pm
Walter Reade Theater, NYC

Pamela Yates’s new film grew out of her friendship with master cinematographer and fellow activist Haskell Wexler, who’s still going strong at 93. Wexler asked Yates to represent him at a retrospective of his documentary work at this year’s Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris, and she responded by making a film portrait of her mentor and longtime collaborator. Wexler—in an interview with Yates shot by Travis Wilkerson, another comrade-in-arms—speaks with warmth, lucidity, and absolute certitude about his left-wing political beliefs, his craft, and his aesthetics, which are fundamentally one in the same. Rebel Citizen takes us on a revelatory tour of Wexler’s work, and it includes clips from his early documentary The Bus, shot aboard a bus on its way across the country to the 1963 March on Washington, as well as Medium Cool and Underground, his film about the Weatherman co-directed with Emile de Antonio and Mary Lampson. A Skylight Pictures release. [More...]





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