IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kevin Jerome Everson at the MMFF 4/22, screening Island of St. Matthews and two new shorts.
Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards.
CinemAbility advance-release screening, 4/16.
Fast Forward Film Series presents films by Brian Comfort and David Bendiksen.
Film Studies student Derek Kornhiser competes on NESN Next Producer with his film 49 Miles.
Check out the MMFF 2015 Trailer!
Fellini Thursdays Film Series, Spring 2015.
KEVIN JEROME EVERSON joins the MMFF with The Island of St. Matthewsand other films
Wednesday 4/22 at 7:30pm
The Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival welcomes KEVIN JEROME EVERSON with his film The Island of St. Matthews and two short films. In documentary and poetic modes, The Island of St. Matthews honors loss in the wake of immutable forces. It recalls the devastation of a river flood that destroyed homes and heirlooms. Interspersed are recurring vignettes: a baptism, a water skier, and contemplative shots of calm water. Screening with two of Everson’s new short films: Three Quarters (USA 2015, 4 min), a silent black and white film featuring two magicians doing close-up slight-of-hand illusions, and Grand Finale (USA 2015, 5 min) observing two youths as they watch an Independence Day fireworks display. Introduction by Hope Tucker, Hampshire College. The director will be present. [More...]
Advance-release Screening of CinemAbility
Thursday 4/12 at 7:30pm
"This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of
'disability' in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview
Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and
by utilizing vivid clips from Hollywood's most beloved motion pictures
and television programs to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society." Post-screening Skype Q&A with director Jenni Gold.
Introduction by Professor Marty Norden, Department of Communication
(author of Cinema of Isolation: A History of Physical Disability in
the Movies). All Neurodiversity University events are free and open to the public.
Fast Forward Film Series features Brian Comfort & David Bendiksen
Sunday 4/19 3:00pm
At the Fast Forward Film Series 2015 "Transformative Aesthetics of Eccentricity and Visionary Art" curated by Anne Ciecko, filmmakers and Graduate Film Certificate students Brian Comfort and David Bendiksen will show and discuss their work: Brian Comfort Eminent Domain (2012) and David Bendiksen Lichtstark (2014). Film screenings are free and open to the public. [More...]
Creative Documentary from Idea to Screen
Free to UMass and Five College students!
A five-week Documentary Filmmaking Workshop with Francisco Zamora (Master in Documentary Directing, filmmaker, and Ph.D. Candidate in Film Studies at the University Paris VIII, France). This workshop explores the key phases in the making of a creative documentary from screenplay to screening. This theoretical-practical weekly encounter will culminate in the creation of a 5-minute documentary. Each student will write, film, and edit their own film. All the movies made in this workshop will be shown in a public screening at UMass with a short presentation by each participant.To join the workshop, contact: email@example.com
Catalan Film Festival 2015
Fellini Thursdays, Spring 2015
Thursdays 5:30pm –8:30pm
Join us for our open screenings of Federlico Fellini’s classic films from 1952 (The White Sheik) to 1980 (City of Women) on campus at UMass Amherst. All films are subtitled in English. [More...]
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.
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) 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]
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.
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...]
Undergraduate Advising and New Student Enrollment
Film Studies uses the online scheduling tool Appointment Plus for advising appointments and new student orientation and enrollment events.
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 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 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...]
2015 Michael S. Roif Awards
Accepting Faculty Nominations
Now accepting faculty nominations for the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies. If your film students have made exceptional films, crafted remarkable screenplays, or written illuminating film essays, nominate them for the Roif Award! Ceremony and presentation of winning works will be Friday, May 1 at Noon. [More...]
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.
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...]
2014 Michael S. Roif Award
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!
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...]
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...]
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...]