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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Trailer for the 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Reality Narratives”

 

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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
E-mail: filmstudies@hfa.umass.edu
Tel. (413) 545-3659
FAX: (413) 545-0014

 

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Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story

The 22nd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, "Dislocations" presents Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story with director Claire Andrade-Watkins. Weds 2/4.

2015 Five College Film & Video Festival

The 2015 Five College Student Film Festival will be held on Friday, 2/27 at 7pm in the Main Lecture Hall at Hampshire College. Submission deadline: 3PM 2/16.

Celebrated Documentary REGINA Airs on BBC

Award winning film, REGINA, is to be broadcast February 2 on British TV (BBC4) after a year of cinema screenings around the world.

Graduate Certificate Application Deadline: Feb 1

Apply for the Graduate Film Certificate Program, deadline: Monday, Feb 1, 2015. Please contact Professor Anne Ciecko for more info.

Granito wins BritDoc Impact Award 2014

Congratulations to UMass alumna Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís at Skylight Pictures who were awarded the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award for their film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.

Undergraduate Advising and New Student Enrollment

Film Studies announces the online scheduling tool Appointment Plus for Student Advising appointments and New Student Enrollment events!

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.

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.


Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story

EVENTS

Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story at the 2015 MMFF

The director, Claire Andrade-Watkins, will be present for Q&A.

Weds 2/4 at 7:30pm
Isenberg SOM 137
UMass Amherst

The 22nd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, "Dislocations" opens with Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story. Through memories, music, and history, this documentary chronicles a vibrant community of immigrants from the Cape Verde Islands in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island in the face of displacement by urban renewal and gentrification. Poignant, heartfelt, and warm, this film captures the essence, spirit, and heart of a community whose history was erased before it had been written. Presented in collaboration with the Department of History’s Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series.. Introduction by Debora Ferreira and Sid Ferreira, UMass Amherst.[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.

[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.

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...]

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.

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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 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.

2015 Five College Film & Video Festival Trailer

OPPORTUNITIES

2015 Five College Film & Video Festival

The 2015 Five College Student Film Festival will be held on Friday, February 27, at 7pm in the Main Lecture Hall at Hampshire College. Submission deadline: 3PM February 16, 2015. [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...]

Explore other resources such as film groups, research tools, and career building tools.

 


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