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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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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Bart Rosenblatt

"Behind the Camera: a Producer's View of Feature Filmmaking in Hollywood"

A Conversation with Bart Rosenblatt
Monday, 11/23, 11:30am-1:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S404

UMass alumnus Bart Rosenblatt is a film Producer and President/Founder of Code Entertainment. His work involves aspects of the film production process from creative inception through physical production as well as financing, marketing and distribution. Rosenblatt is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has line-produced many of Code's films. Code Entertainment, founded in 1994 by Bart Rosenblatt and Al Corley, is a film production and management company. Working with both emerging and established talent Code has financed and produced over fifteen feature films in every genre and works with numerous award winning actors including, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Bill Macy, Kiefer Sutherland, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Danny DeVito, Tea Leone, Luke Wilson, John Hamm, Jamie Lee Curtis and Alan Arkin.

Italian Film Classics Series 2015

Italian Film Classics Series 2015 

Thursdays at 5:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S240

Curated by faculty from Italian Studies at UMass and the Five Colleges, the Italian Film Classics Series this year is hosted at UMass. [More...]

Latin American Film Festival

Latin American Film Festival

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S404

The main goal of the "Spanish and Portuguese Latin American Film Festival" at UMass Amherst is to bring to the table the different issues that Latin American societies have encountered in the past, present and future. Also, it has the intention to promote and develop bridges between scholars and creators establishing the importance of the collaboration within different areas of studies that have as a common point of interest Latin America. [More...]



German Film Series Fall 2015

German Film Series Fall 2015 

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

Presented by the German Department at Amherst College, the German Film Series is wrapping up. Be sure to check it out! In German with English subtitles.
September 17: Der ganz große Traum (Lessons of a Dream, Sebastian Grobler, 2011; 105 min.) Daniel Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin!) stars as a high school teacher in late 19th-century Germany who is determined to introduce a newfangled sport from England – soccer – to curious enthusiastic kids and stubbornly skeptical authorities.

October 8: Bierland (Beerland, Matt Sweetwood, 2013; 85 min.) Armed with good humor and cheerful curiosity, an American documentary filmmaker embarks on a trip through various regions of Germany to figure out just what the national beverage means to the Germans. This film is primarily in German with some English with German subtitles.

October 22: Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis, 2015; 109 min.) Gripping docudrama, based on a true story: a feisty elderly lady who escaped the Nazis to the US (Helen Mirren) and a young American lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) team up to reclaim Austria’s most famous painting – Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” – as her rightful property. This film is primarily in English with some German with English subtitles.

November 5: Wahrheit oder Pflicht (Truth or Duty, Arne Nolting and Jan Martin Scharf, 2005; 89 min.) Romantic comedy: when things go wrong in high school, Annika starts an elaborate ruse to trick her parents into thinking that she is doing well. Will Kai, a young man she meets, be able to set her straight? Featuring music from German pop sensation, Klee.

December 3: Vier Minuten (Four Minutes, Chris Kraus, 2006; 112 mins.) Gripping, award-winning prison drama: powerful wills clash and painful secrets emerge as an elderly teacher (Monika Bleibtreu) attempts to coach a young, highly gifted woman (Hannah Herzsprung) for a life-changing piano competition. [More...]

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