This six-screening series assembles activist grassroots documentaries made by oppositional groups in the United States for more than 50 years. Curated by Louis Massiah of the Scribe Video Center and Patricia Zimmermann of Ithaca College, the series offers an essential history of the individual voices that embody and constitute “we the people.” Exploring salient topics of collective documentary practice, each program features a diversity of voices across historical time periods and geographic locations throughout the United States.
Grad students in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies are honing their curatorial skills on an array of exciting projects. Supported by the FSC’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program, Michelle Menzies is organizing a rare exhibition and symposium with avant-garde artist Anthony McCall in February.
We’re celebrating! Twenty years ago this fall, the Film Studies Center threaded up its first reel, dimmed the lights, and screened its first film in Cobb 307. Thousands of films and videos later, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary with a new home in the Logan Center for the Arts, a new environmentally sound film vault for the ever-expanding collection, and a renewed enthusiasm for cinema and media studies in an era of expanding technologies.
Donning hard hats and reflective vests, CMS faculty, students and staff explored the new Logan Center for the Arts on a preview tour in mid-March. Though still under construction, the state-of-the-art Film Screening Room and Film Vault are on their way to becoming exceptional resources for the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. Starting in October, the new facilities will house most CMS courses, public events and media collections. The multi-format screening room is equipped to show everything from film to digital to 3-D in a comfortable, acoustically isolated, 130-seat theater.
Congratulations to the 13 new recipients of a BA in Cinema and Media Studies! On June 9, the FSC hosted a celebration of the new CMS graduates with family, friends and faculty. The special event featured a screening of excerpts from four creative projects, and presentations of nine written theses. CMS chair Yuri Tsivian, alongside lecturer Judy Hoffman and preceptor Matt Hauske, shared personal anecdotes about working with each student, and shared in the celebration of their accomplishments. The afternoon culminated in a champagne toast in honor of the graduates, and cake for all.
Welcome to the Next Generation of the Film Studies Center website. We've taken the summer to put a fresh coat of code on the site and think you'll be pleased with the results. Our event listings are bigger and better and we've made it easier than ever to get tickets for a screening. Just look for the green "Get tickets" link on any upcoming event page.
In spring 2013, three Chicago film institutions joined forces to present the 12-part film series, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, an essential retrospective of one of the most important movements in the history of American independent cinema.
The FSC office is undergoing a complete renovation this summer. Stop by in October to check out our new look!
Fall 2016 brings many exciting programs to the Film Studies Center. We're pleased to present E.A. Dupont's 1925 film Varieté with a live score performed by Alloy Orchestra in October, a series of early African American films featuring The Emperor Jones and The Flying Ace, new work by Ben Rivers, lectures by Paolo Cherchi Usai of the George Eastman Museum and Laura Mulvey, and more.
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Winter 2020 is packed with enlightening and exciting programs, including We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media, Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki, Fridrikh Ermler’s Fragment of an Empire with live score by Donald Sosin, a program of Nathaniel Dorsky short films, and avant-garde dance films curated by Silke Otto-Knapp. Stay tuned for full program listings!
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