Film Studies

Film Studies UMass

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

Welcome to the Interdepartmental Program in 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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Honoring the Roif Family

 

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

 

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Seeking Transformation: The Films of Siegfried Kühn

In the first retrospective of director Siegfried Kühn’s work ever screened in the U.S., five films tell stories about the process and experience of transformation. Oct. 20-30.

New England Italian Film Festival

Join us for a season of recent Italian Cinema screening at Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Umass Amherst. Free and open to the public, courtesy of the Italian Consulate in Boston.

New Asia Cinema / Arab Cinema Panorama 2014

Don't miss the 10th annual season of the New Asia Cinema / Arab Cinema Panorama series this fall!

Punk the Capital Meet Director James June Schneider

Meet director James June Schneider, screening his work in progress, a documentary on DC punk music in the 1970s and 80s. Tues 11/4, 7:00pm.

Discuss Blueberry Soup with Filmmaker Eileen Jerrett

Film screening & discussion with filmmaker Eileen Jerrett. An extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008.

Welcome Shawn Shimpach, Film Studies Director (2014-15)

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies is pleased to welcome Shawn Shimpach as the interim Director of the program for the 2014-15 academic year!

Visit Us in the ILC

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has moved its offices to the new Integrative Learning Center building. Stop by and visit us!

Film Studies student Lindsay Van Dyke Receives Fulbright Award

Film Studies student Lindsay Van Dyke has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Mexico in Sociology.

Study Film Production in Prague

Study abroad opportunities for film students and aspiring filmmakers at Prague Film School.

Internship: Full Circle Adoption

Seeking student filmmakers interested in learning about non-profits and creating the growth of a non-profit through film and social media.

Internship: Tan Cerca Tan Lejos

"Tan Cerca Tan Lejos. A Voice of Mexico in the USA" is looking for an intern for the Fall 2014 semester. No radio experience required.

Winners of the the 2014 Michael S. Roif Awards!

Announcing the winners of the Fourteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment.

NESN Student Film Contest

Want to make sports docucmentaries? Learn about the NESN Film Contest. $20,000 award goes to the winner!

21st annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival — "Reality Narratives"

The 2014 season of the MMFF examined the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction.

WE HAVE MOVED OFFICES TO THE NEW INTEGRATIVE LEARNING CENTER!
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Seeking Transformation
The Films of Siegfried Kühn
October 20 – 30, 2014  

EVENTS

Seeking Transformation: The Films of Siegfried Kühn

October 20 – 30, 2014

In the first retrospective of director Siegfried Kühn’s work ever screened in the U.S., five films tell stories about the process and experience of transformation. “The heroes of my most important films are people who want to break out.” This statement runs like a thread through the oeuvre of Kühn, in which his main characters—often women—take huge risks in their desire to transform their lives. All films are in German with English subtitles.   Free and open to the public, except where noted. All screenings followed by Q&A with the director!

[Schedule | DEFA page]

New England Italian Film Festival

2014 New England Italian Film Festival

Mondays at 7:30pm

The Italian Programs at Mount Holyoke, Smith and UMass are pleased to announce the 2014 New England Italian Film Festival. [More...]

PUNK THE CAPITAL, DC Punk Music documentary

Punk the Capital Screening with the Director

Tues 11/4 at 7:30pm
137 Isenberg SOM

Director James June Schneider will visit UMass Amherst to screen his work in progress, a documentary on the Washington DC punk music scene in late 1970s through the rise of "harDCore" in the early 1980s. This visit is in conjunction with a Faculty First Year seminar on "Punk and American Underground Culture" and is co-sponsored by the Interdepartmental Film Studies Program at UMass. Free and open to the public.

James June Schneider’s films include Jean Epstein: Oceans of Cinema; 1,2,3 Whiteout; and the music documentaries Blue is Beautiful and La banda gue buscó el sonido debajo.

For more information, please contact: Jonathan Skolnik jskolnik@german.umass.edu

[Facebook | Kickstarter | James June Schneider]

Blueberry Soup image

Blueberry Soup Screeing and Discussion with Director

Weds 11/5 at 7:00pm
Film Studies Theater
Integrative Learning Center S404
UMass Amherst

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Eileen Jerrett. “An extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008... The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution.” [Event poster]

Lindsay Van Dyke Receives Fulbright Award

UMass Film Studies student Lindsay Van Dyke has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Mexico in Sociology, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Van Dyke is one of over 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

[Fulbright Program | Lindsay Van Dyke's website]

Architectural drawing of the new Integrative Learning Center

We Have Moved!

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has moved its offices to the new Integrative Learning Center building. Our offices are on the 4th floor of the south side of the ILC building:

Reception: S448
Administration: S445
Advising: S447
Director: S443

Our new Mailing address:
Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies
650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

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Barbara Zecchi

New Books by Barbara Zecchi: Desenfocadas and Gynocine

Barbara Zecchi, Film Faculty and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has published two new books in the last year on women in cinema in Spain:

Desenfocadas, Cineastas españolas y discursos de género (Icaria, 2014)Gynocine: Teoría de género, filmología y praxis cinematográfica (Zaragoza: Publicaciones Universidad Zaragoza, 2013)

Desenfocadas, Cineastas españolas y discursos de género (Icaria, 2014) and Gynocine: Teoría de género, filmología y praxis cinematográfica (Zaragoza: Publicaciones Universidad Zaragoza, 2013). Barbara Zecchi directs Gynocine: History of Spanish Women's Cinema in the University of Massachusetts Digital Humanities Initiative. [See Barbara Zecchi's website]

MMFF 2014

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 2014

The 2014 MMFF “Reality Narratives” explores the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction that have been present since the birth of cinema and that constitute a major conceptual force in contemporary filmmaking. Hosting nine filmmakers who will be present for discussion, our festival program observes the hybrid, amalgamated spaces between these genres, juxtaposing methodologies and narratives that blend the “factual” with the “fictional.” In so doing, the festival raises ethical questions about the “truth claims” and “reality principles” of a wide-ranging, eclectic body of international cinema, recasting conventional definitions and distinctions in a variety of works and styles. All events are free and open to the public. [More...]

MacArthur Grant for Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures

MacArthur Grant Goes to Alumna Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures

January 15, 2014:  The MacArthur Foundation has announced a $225,000 grant to Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures for production of 500 Years, a documentary film on the 2013 genocide trial of former Guatemalan president Efraín Ríos Montt, and its aftermath. [More...]

See the Events page for more UMass, Five College, and Local film events.

Film Studies

PROGRAM

Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Film Studies offers undergraduates a comprehensive interdepartmental course of study in the history, criticism, theory, and aesthetics of the moving image. Film Studies faculty from a broad spectrum of departments offer courses exploring the dynamics of screen representation in topics such as media and culture; race, nation and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; film styles and genre; production and distribution; technology and new media. Graduates go on to prestigious film schools and graduate programs; positions in film and video production; employment in film and video distribution and exhibition, digital and new media, and as editors, producers, actors and independent filmmakers. [More...]

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Film Studies offers graduate students the opportunity to cultivate their work and interest in film studies as an important part of their graduate training. Certificate students have the opportunity to benefit from advanced study in a growing field, mentored by internationally-renowned, award-winning faculty specialists in the arts, humanities and social sciences. [More...]

Faculty

Faculty from fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education teach courses in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and participate in film events and programs at UMass and in the Five Colleges. The Director of Film Studies, Catherine Portuges, is a professor of Comparative Literature specializing in French and East-Central European cinema. [More...]

Publications and Projects

See recent books, films, and other projects by faculty in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. [More...]

Five College Interchange

Expand your undergraduate experience with courses at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Registration for a Five College course is easy, and the Five College Interchage Office is there to assist you. [More...]

New Courses for Fall 2014!

ITALIAN  397J: From Neorealism to Reality TV: The Camera Eye/The I on Camera

MoWe 2:30PM-3:45PM
Screenings: Th 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Instructor: Daniel Pope

This course will explore the development of the aesthetic of reality in audiovisual media from film to television and portable screens in the context of modern Italian history. The appeal and the power of the medium to capture and show reality is intricately related with modes of technical production, social and ethical discourse, and any current political order. We will analyze the deployment of 'reality' on screen from the post WWII neorealist redemptive project after Fascism, through the contaminated narrative explorations of artists like Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni, to modern documentary forms and hybrids (docufictions, infotainment) and television's twisted tales of reality in the era of Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category: IIB, V (by special arrangement, IV).

COMP-LIT 391CS: Cinema & Sound

TuTh 10:00-11:15
Instructor: Andrew Ritchey

Explores various aspects of film sound from an historical and theoretical perspective. The course is divided into four main sections: historical and theoretical questions; the voice in cinema; music in cinema; and contemporary sound design. The historical scope of the course will include the entire history of cinema sound, from the so-called “silent” era to the present; but we will focus on two particularly salient turning points: the introduction of synchronous sound film in the late 1920s, and the deployment of Digital Surround Sound (DSS) systems in the 1990s. Assigned readings and case studies will provide a strong foundation for audio-visual analysis by equipping students with a critical vocabulary for communicating effectively about sound in cinema. As a means of further developing our critical ears, we will also be audio-viewing and discussing a group of self-reflexive films that take sound technology as their subject. Such films may include Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952), The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974), Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981), Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012), and Hacked Circuit (Deborah Stratman, 2014). Examining the ways in which these and other self-reflexive films narrate or express certain potentials and anxieties particular to sound recording and representation will help us to better understand the social and cultural meanings associated with mediated sound and listening in various contexts.

New Grad Course in Media and Environmental Conservation

ECO 691VM – "Video Media for Communicating Science and Conservation": As a greater awareness of sustainability becomes global, how can the ‘video media revolution’ be used to deliver an authentic and accurate message that is both educational and entertaining? Can video media in a diversity of forms be used to positively affect change in they way human societies respond to scientific discoveries and environmental urgencies?  In this discussion-based course we will examine how video media can be effectively used to enhance communication in science and conservation, ranging from fundraising to affecting public policy. [More...]

Review the Courses and the Five College Interchange page for more information about the program in film studies.

OPPORTUNITIES

NESN Student Film Contest

Want to make sports docucmentaries? NESN is developing a new television series for Fall 2014 that offers New England film students the chance at cash, prizes, exposure and bragging rights. Winner awarded $20,000! [More...]

 

Bard Abroad

Bard Abroad

Seeking UMass applicants for study abroad through the Bard Abroad programs with the Institute for International Liberal Education. Programs in St. Petersburg, Russia; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Budapest, Hungary have grown in the last year and now all offer academic year, semester, and summer programs. During the summer in St. Petersburg, students can participate in our intensive RSL program for either four or eight weeks, gaining the equivalent of one year of Russian language study, while in Budapest students participate in internships that are paired with a credit-bearing seminar on the third sector in Eastern Europe. This summer we will also begin a new internship program in Bishkek: Development, Sustainability and Conflict: Contemporary issues in Central Asia. As with all Bard Abroad's programs, these offer rigorous academics, language study, and cultural excursions.
We have had applicants from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the past and we are eager to continue to support your students in their explorations of other cultures and languages. [More...]

Film Studies Internship

Apply for the Film Studies internship! The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies seeks creative,  energetic, detail-oriented, dedicated film students with excellent  communication and teamwork skills for 3-credit internships during the  2014 spring semester. Students with strong skills in videography,  photography, and film editing are especially encouraged to apply. The  internships will support the 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural  Film Festival as well as other aspects of the Film Studies program. [More...]

Roif Award

2014 Michael S. Roif Award

Announcing the winners of the Fourteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment! [More...]

Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music Film Scoring for Student Films

Manhattan School of Music has been collaborating with film schools so that student composers taking a film scoring class get to work one on one with a student film maker scoring a short film in the Spring semester. This has been a great, "real world" program with many benefits for students on both sides. In an effort to provide our students with a larger pool of films to choose from, and also to offer this opportunity to more film schools nationally, we are currently engaged in attempting to expand the base of film schools and students who may be interested in participating in this program. [More...]

Publish Your Work!

Call for undergraduate student submissions to the journal Film Matters. [More...]

American Pavilion student programs

Internships

Students in Film Studies each year benefit from internship opportunities with such world class programs as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the L.A. Intensive program, and also with local film organizations such as the Media Education Foundation, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Amherst Cinema, ACTV, and our own Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at UMass. [More...]

Michael S. Roif Award

The Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies is a competitive annual prize awarded to students in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program. Nominate your outstanding film students for the this year's award. [More...]

Film Festivals

Students are invited to submit work to film competitions at UMass, in the Five Colleges, locally, and internationally, such as the UMass Undergraduate Film Festival, the Five College Student Film Festival and other competitions announced on the Film Studies website. [More...]

Film Schools

Certificate students go on to pursue programs in filmmaking and advanced degrees in film and media studies. Listings on our Film Schools page offer a starting point for exploring options for further study. Representatives from programs such as LIU's innovative M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television meet with our students for in-depth informational and Q&A colloquia. [More...]

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Study Abroad

Take advantage of the enriching experiences of studying abroad, including unique film studies opportunities that fulfill certificate course requirements. [More...]

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