IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The 2014 MMFF presents Regina, 3/12. Meet the filmmakers!
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, March 20 - April 6.
Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series.
Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative workshops March 15-16.
The 2014 Catalan Film Festival is in full swing.
Amherst College German Film Series.
The Phantom Holocaust film screenings.
MMFF 2014: Regina Screening and Q&A with the Filmmakers
Wednesday 3/12 at 7:30pm
The 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Reality Narratives,” presents Regina (dir Diana Groó, Hungary/Germany/ United Kingdom, 2013, 63 min, b/w, Hungarian w/ English subtitles).
Constructed from archival materials based on a single surviving photograph of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), the first woman rabbi, this poetic documentary is set in 1930s Berlin when laws of the Jewish religion prevented women from ordination. New England premiere, co-sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy, a Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Introduction by Catherine Portuges, UMass. Meet the director and the producer. Director Diana Groó and producer George Weisz will be present for discussion. Reception following the screening. [More...]
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival 2014
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents 2 weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. Through collaborations with educational and cultural organizations as well as businesses, the Festival provides audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics. See this year's festival schedule at pvjff.org.
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...]
Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series 2014
Revel in the stunning visuals and colorful stories of Italian cinema, at Amherst Cinema's Italian Film Series Introduced by Dr. Carolyn Anderson, Professor Emerita, UMass Amherst (Sunday screenings only). This series made possible through the generous financial support of Fred and Edith Byron. [More...]
Catalan Film Festival 2014
02/25 El bosc (Óscar Aibar)
German Film Series Spring 2014
Thursdays 4:00pm & 7:30pm
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...]
The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe Film Series
The Film Series at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies together with Olga Gershenson's new book The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe. See the article in the journal Tablet on Olga Gershenson's book. Olga Gershenson is a film scholar and Assistant Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at UMass. [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...]
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...]
Mount Holyoke Extension is offering January courses for credit, including Bollywood Cinema taught by Ajay Sinha. More information about this course and others are on the Mount Holyoke January Extension web pages. Welcoming University of Massachusetts students, faculty, staff and other members of the local community.
Five College Film Festival 2014
The Five College Student Film and Video Festival and Awards Ceremony will take place: Friday, 2/28 at 7pm in Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College [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 for Spring 2014. 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...]
2013 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...]