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


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
Tel. (413) 545-3659
FAX: (413) 545-0014


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Graduate Certificate and Paper Prize

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:30pm
Herter Hall 301

Join us for the Graduate Certificate and Paper Prize ceremony and reception following the Roif Awards!


Robert Stam Seminar

Friday, December 2, 2011 10:00-11:00am
Location: Thompson 920, UMass Amherst

UMass graduate students and faculty are invited to join Prof. Robert Stam for an informal seminar and exchange of ideas on Friday, December 2nd from 10 to 11 AM in Thompson 920.

Prof. Stam will also be giving a lecture entitled "From Revolution to Resistance: Alternative Aesthetics in Brazilian Film and Popular Culture" later that afternoon at 3:00 PM in Thompson 104. This event is open to the public, and there will be a reception to follow.

Robert Stam is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University and one of the foremost film critics and theorists in the US.


Resource Session with Stefanie Van Der Peer

Thursday, December 1, 4:00-6:00pm
Location: TBD, UMass campus

Informal grad certificate resource session with Stefanie Van Der Peer, visiting scholar/curator, Five College Women's Research Center (Fall 2011).

Bio: A recent PhD from the University of Stirling (Scotland), Stefanie's  research focuses on film and video making in the Middle East and North Africa, specifically documentary making and images of war and atrocity as represented by women. Her dissertation project explored the documentaries of four pioneering North African women. Analysing the work of Ateyyat El Abnoudy from Egypt, Selma Baccar from Tunisia, Assia Djebar from Algeria and Izza Genini from Morocco, she uncovered diverse female subject matters treated by a similar aesthetic. She concluded with the idea that moderation is the foundational concept of a post-Third Cinema transnational aesthetic in North Africa.  At the Five College Women's Studies Research Center this semester, she is working on Syrian women making documentaries, specifically Reem Ali's film Zabad and Soudade Kaadan's film Damascus Roofs and Tales of Paradise.

Stefanie is also one of the organizers of the Africa in Motion Film Festival.


Meet-up with Carol Johnson

Thursday, October 27, 4:00-5:15pm
Location: Amherst Cinema Art Center, 28 Amity Street, downtown Amherst.

Graduate Film Studies Certificate Meet-up with Carol Johnson, Executive Director, Amherst Cinema Art Center.

Meet in the Amherst Cinema lobby; we'll have our session in Carol's office upstairs, and will be joined by other Amherst Cinema staff.

This fall Amherst Cinema Art Center celebrates its 5th anniversary. Please join fellow graduate film studies certificate students for a candid discussion with Carol Johnson about the cinema, its mission, programming, funding, etc. 

Please note: Afterwards, you can join in the festivities of the  Gynocine: Mujers, Dones, Cinema/ Spanish Women's Cinema Conference. Amherst Cinema will be showing two films on Thursday October 27th evening:

  • La vida empieza hoy, directed by Laura Mañá (Spain and Argentina, 2009, in Spanish with English subtitles) starting at 7:30pm
  • Tres días con la familia, directed by Mar Coll (Spain, 2009, in Spanish with English subtitles) starting at 9:30pm

A limited number of free film tickets are available. Contact conference organizer Professor Barbara Zecchi Otherwise tickets can be purchased at the Amherst Cinema box-office or online. The Gynocine conference is also having a Wine and Cheese Reception 6.00-7.00pm at the Faculty Club on campus, 243 Stockbridge Road.


Colloquium with Film Critic and Filmmaker Gerald Peary

Thursday, November 10, 4:00-6:30pm
Location: Herter 301, UMass campus

Bio: Gerald Peary has been a much-published North American film critic for more than twenty-five years. His cinema articles have appeared in many newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe, and in film periodicals around the world, including Film Comment, Cineaste, Sight and Sound, and Positif. He has been a reviewer for many publications, including the Real Paper, the Boston Review, Toronto Magazine, and Macleans.

Since 1996, he has been a weekly film critic and columnist for the Boston Phoenix, . He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, and FIPRESCI (the International Film Critics Association). He has served on critics' juries at film festivals around the world, including at Locarno, Stockholm, Thessoliniki, and Berlin. He has been president of critics' juries at many festivals, including Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, Turin, Bangkok, Mara Del Plata, and Vienna.

A Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Peary has taught film studies and screenwriting classes at many universities, including Rutgers, Boston University, Tufts, and Concordia. Currently, he heads the film program at Suffolk University, Boston, where he is a Professor of Communications. He was a Fulbright Scholar, studying Yugoslavian Film Comedy in Belgrade, and Acting Curator of the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard University. Since 1997, he has been the curator/programmer for the Boston University cinematheque, bringing filmmakers to BU to discuss their craft.

His eight books include co-editing the anthologies, The Classic American Novel and the Movies, The American Animated Cartoon, and Women and the Cinema: a Critical Anthology. His latest book, John Ford: Interviews.

He has worked in film production as a story editor for the documentary filmmakers, Errol Morris and Ron Mann, and he has written screenplays in collaboration with the Serbian filmmakers, Slobodan Sijan and Srdjan Karanovic. Several of his original screenplays have been optioned.

For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, a feature documentary, is Peary's first film as a director. 

[See Gerald Peary's website.]


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