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...]



Student Advising and New Student Enrollment

Book an appointment for Student Advising or for a New Student Session to learn about and enroll in the Film Studies Program.



Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Make a Gift to Film Studies!

Giving to Film Studies!




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


Must See!

See more Film Studies photos and videos on our Must See! page.



Honoring the Roif Family


Waiting for Herzog


Interview with Catherine Portuges


More photos and videos...





contact us

Contact Us

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


celluloid strip





Cannes Film Festival Student Programs and more with American Pavilion

Cannes International Film Festival and L.A. Intensive Student Programs

Presentation by Michael Bremer of The American Pavilion
Weds 10/5 at 2:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S404
Umass Amherst

Don't miss this opportunity to meet Michael Bremer and learn about The American Pavilion Worldwide Student Program at the Cannes International Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, and the L.A. Intensive. [More...]

 Fall 2016 Tournees Film Festival: screening PIERROT-LE-FOU

2016 Tournées Film Festival: Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou

Tuesdays 7:45pm
Isenberg School of Management SOM 133
Umass Amherst

The UMass programs in Comparative Literature, French, and the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies are pleased to announce and invite you to our weekly public screenings in the Fall 2016 Tournées Film Festival. [More...]



Black Radical Cinema at Amherst College and Smith College: Screening Parallel Worlds Tues 11/1 and Black Radical Imagination Weds 11/2.

Black Radical Cinema at Amherst College and Smith College

"Parallel Worlds"
Tues 11/1 at 7:00pm
Keefe Campus Center
Amherst College

"Black Radical Imagination"
Weds 11/2 at 7:00pm
Weinstein Auditorium
Smith College

"Parallel Worlds" will take place on Tuesday, November 1st in Amherst College's Keefe Campus Center at 7 pm. The screening features five films by filmmaker Ephraim Asili that explore the artist's relationship to the African diaspora. These films are Points on a Space Age, Forged Ways, American Hunger, Many Thousands Gone, and Kindah. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Ephraim Asili.

"Black Radical Imagination" will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd in Smith College's Weinstein Auditorium at 7 pm. The screening features short films by Black artists reinventing the medium and reimagining the world. The screening will be followed by a conversation with co-curator Amir George and filmmakers Ephraim Asili and Ja'Tovia Gary. 


 Joel Schlemowitz's films

Correspondences: An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

with Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz Appearing in Person

Tuesday, 9/27, 7:00pm
Keefe Campus Center
Amherst College

Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay and stereographic media. His films evoke a conciseness emulating the poem’s heightened state of experience, an undercurrent of droll humor, a preoccupation with the tactile nature of the filmic image, and an eye toward the 19th century. [More...]

German Film Series Fall 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.

September 15: Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders, 1987; 128 min.): This acclaimed, exhilarating film about Berlin before the fall of the Wall features the lonely angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) roaming the city streets to provide comfort to mortals in need. When he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin), he is faced with a difficult decision: Give up love? Or lose his eternal wings forever? A magnificent film of sublime beauty and optimism.

October 6: Der schöne Tag (One Fine Day, Thomas Arslan, 2001; 73 min.): Young Turkish German actress Deniz (Serpil Turhan) is thrown into a crisis after a break-up with her boyfriend. Is it still possible to find romance and fulfillment in today’s Berlin? Will everything change for the better when she meets Diego (Bilge Bingül), a charismatic stranger?

October 20: Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011; 103 min.): Stunningly beautiful, multi-layered documentary, conceived as a poetic homage to the creative legacy of famed German Tanztheater pioneer, Pina Bausch (1940-2009), featuring excerpts from many of her ground-breaking dance pieces.

November 10: Vergiss mein Ich (Lose my Self, Jan Schomburg, 2013; 93 min.): How do you cope when all of a sudden you suffer from “retrograde amnesia” – loss of your personal memories? Successful academic Lena (Maria Schrader) confronts the challenge of retrieving her disappearing self, even as a new sense of self emerges.

December 1: Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014; 98 min.): Gripping drama set in Germany in 1945: facial surgery has altered the appearance of holocaust survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss in a stunning performance), who sets out to confront her former husband, who may have betrayed her and now presumes her dead. A complex cat-and-mouse-game ensues, with many surprising and disturbing twists and turns.


Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors

Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors Meeting

Friday, 9/30, 12:30pm
Frost Library, room 211
Amherst College

Interested in getting more involved with your local cinema? Come to this meeting to find out how!

The Cinema is looking for students interested in volunteering in exchange for resume-building real-world experiences such as marketing arts events, navigating the challenges of a nonprofit arts organization, and event coordination. In exchange for volunteer hours students can earn the following:

- Invitations to private receptions with filmmakers + special guests
- Free tickets to select events
- Free movie posters and ephemera

Refreshments provided by Black Sheep Cafe!

Contact: Noelle Serafino
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Amherst Cinema
413-253-2547 x110





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