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


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
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MMFF 2016: "Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky" and "We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary!"

Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky
and We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary! at the MMFF

Wednesday, 2/17, 7:30pm
137 Isenberg SOM

The 23rd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival “Films About Film” presents Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky, a low-key, tragicomic glimpse into the life of Bahadır, director of TV movies, who dreams of making artistically ambitious films like those of his idol, Andrei Tarkovsky.

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MMFF 2016: "Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky" and "We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary!"

We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary! This documentary short questions the received history of Turkish cinema, based on a mysterious and missing film allegedly shot on November 14, 1914, the so-called birthday of Turkish Cinema.

Introduction by Eren Odabasi, UMass.


Five College Film Festival

The 2016 Five College Student Film Festival

Screening: Friday, 2/26 at 7:00pm
UMass Amherst (Room location to be announced)

Submission deadline: 3 p.m. February 11, 2016

Prizes will be awarded for best film of the festival, best film in each category and best of each campus.

The Five College Student Film and Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. Founded in 1994, the festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community. Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a Student Director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is held each year during the Spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival and awards are given for the best works in designated categories. Entry categories include documentary, experimental, narrative, animation, dance on camera and a separate graduate student category. [More...]

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