The University of Massachusetts Amherst


From Comparative Literature to Communication, Anthropology to Art, faculty in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies come from a vast array of departments and disciplines in both the Social Sciences and the Humanities and Fine Arts. Core faculty conduct research and teach courses in national and transnational film, film history and genre, social and political intersections with film and other screen media. Students in the program benefit from faculty who specialize in the art and science of cinema and television production, including documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, cinematography, and editing, as well as studies in photography and the visual arts.

At the helm of the Film Studies program is Director Barbara Zecchi, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, whose research and teaching interests include European and Latin American cinemas, feminist film theory, film adaptation theory, gender studies, and the use of technology in the humanities.

Undergraduate interns assist with important day-to-day work running the office, acting as liaisons between the program and the student community, and support in organizing events, particularly the responsibilities involved in mounting the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival in the spring.

Faculty pictured above (right to left): Daniel Pope, Barry Spence, Antonella Sisto, Catherine Portuges, Barbara Zecchi, Jackie Urkla, Mary Norden, Anne Ciecko