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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25th Anniversary of the MMFF

25th Anniversary Season of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival—"Film Lives!"

Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Isenberg SOM 137
UMass Amherst

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies is pleased to announce the gala 25th anniversary season of the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Film Lives!” Opening its spring season on February 28, 2018, with weekly screenings through April 25, this milestone season shines a spotlight on documentary filmmaking, primarily by women directors, foregrounding narratives of individual and collective lives in critical times.  The festival will host seven filmmakers present for post-screening discussions, including two Five College alumni.  Screenings are accompanied by critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers.

Screenings are held on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings unless otherwise noted. All events are free and open to the public. [More...]

"500 Years" at the 2018 MMFF

2018 MMFF Opens with 500 Years

Wednesday, 2/28 at 7:30pm
Isenberg SOM 137
UMass Amherst

For opening night of the 2018 season, the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival welcomes back acclaimed Brooklyn-based filmmakers Pamela Yates (UMASS '72) and Paco de Onís for the Pioneer Valley premiere of 500 Years, an exposé of Guatemala's official history of brutality, entrenched racism and genocide through the indigenous Mayan population's uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government, in this final installment of the filmmakers' award-winning Resistance Saga Trilogy. [More...]




2018 Five College Student Film and Video Festival

2018 Five College Student Film and Video Festival

Friday, 2/23 at 7:00pm, and will be held at Mount Holyoke College (Gamble Auditorium)

The 24th Annual Five College Student Film Festival (2018) will take place on Friday, February 23 at 7:00pm, and will be held at Mount Holyoke College (Gamble Auditorium). [More...]

German Film Series Spring 2017

German Film Series Spring 2017

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 9: Im Juli (In July, Fatih Akin, 2000; 100 min.)

Moritz Bleibtreu (Run, Lola, Run) plays an uptight schoolteacher from Hamburg who embarks on an adventurous journey to follow the love of his life, a young Turkish woman, to Istanbul, in this romantic comedy drama full of surprising twists. Adult situations.

February 23: Lola rennt (Run, Lola, Run; Tom Tykwer, 1998; 82 min.)

Lola (Franka Potente) has 20 minutes to raise 100,000 Deutschmarks to bail out her boyfriend Manni, who has foolishly gotten himself into trouble. Three difference scenarios are rehearsed in this fast-paced romp: will Lola succeed as she runs across Berlin?

March 9: Karbid und Sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrell, Frank Beyer, 1963; 85 min.)

Historical East German comedy: in the summer of 1945, Kalle Bluecher (Erwin Geschonneck) sets out to deliver several barrels of carbide to a factory in Dresden, dodging Soviet occupation officers, land mines, and love-crazed widows along the way.

March 30: Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies, Giulio Ricciarelli, 2014; 122 min.)

Award-winning drama based on real events: in 1950’s West Germany, a young idealistic public prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) encounters resistance and obstructionism as he tries to bring perpetrators of the Holocaust to justice. Screening co-sponsored by Amherst College Office of the Jewish Religious Advisor. Shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

April 20: Comedian Harmonists (Joseph Vilsmaier, 1997; 127 min.)

Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the true story of an a-capella singing group famous for catchy and witty tunes, whose sensational success was cut short by Hitler because some members of the troupe were Jewish.


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