UMASS Film Studies

UMASS Film Studies Umass Film Studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program that offers graduate and undergraduate tracks. Here you can learn film history, criticism, theory, and aesthetics, as well as production
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The Certificate Program in Film Studies offers a comprehensive course of study in the history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, and production of the moving image in the unique context of an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program. The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies is the home of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, an annual series that brings to the campus and Five College community important new international films and visiting filmmakers. Certificate students are encouraged to participate in the Festival’s one-credit colloquium and internship program as well as in the annual Five College Student Film and Video Festival which showcases the best work of students in the Five Colleges and offers valuable opportunities to Certificate students interested in production to screen their film and video projects and to participate in producing and organizing the Festival.

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Still looking for a summer course? Check out Film-st 497 taught by professor Patricia Montoya! #umass #summercourses #fi...
04/20/2021

Still looking for a summer course? Check out Film-st 497 taught by professor Patricia Montoya!

#umass #summercourses #filmstudies #umassamherst #ilc #film

Still looking for a summer course? Check out Film-st 497 taught by professor Patricia Montoya!

#umass #summercourses #filmstudies #umassamherst #ilc #film

Still looking for some summer courses? Check out Film-st 170 taught by professor Barry Spence! Learn more about Professo...
04/19/2021

Still looking for some summer courses? Check out Film-st 170 taught by professor Barry Spence!

Learn more about Professor Spence in our faculty highlight guide!

#umass #summercourses #filmstudies #umassamherst #ilc #film

Still looking for some summer courses? Check out Film-st 170 taught by professor Barry Spence!

Learn more about Professor Spence in our faculty highlight guide!

#umass #summercourses #filmstudies #umassamherst #ilc #film

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you! Make sure you check out @umassupc streaming Onwar...
04/16/2021

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you!

Make sure you check out @umassupc streaming Onward tomorrow!

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check Film/Judaic 354
04/14/2021

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check Film/Judaic 354

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check Film/Judaic 354

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check FILM-ST 320! 📝#classspotlight #umassfilmstudies #umass #fi...
04/13/2021

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check FILM-ST 320! 📝

#classspotlight #umassfilmstudies #umass #filmstudies #undergrad

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check FILM-ST 320! 📝

#classspotlight #umassfilmstudies #umass #filmstudies #undergrad

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check FILM-ST 170 📺
04/12/2021

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check FILM-ST 170 📺

Looking for a class for next semester? Look no further; check FILM-ST 170 📺

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you! Make sure you check out @umasshockey tomorrow nig...
04/09/2021

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you!

Make sure you check out @umasshockey tomorrow night!

04/07/2021
MMFF - “Lucky Chan-sil” Live Conversation and Q&A with Director, Kim Cho-hee

Live conversation and audience Q&A with “Lucky Chan-sil” director Kim Cho-hee, moderated by Irhe Sohn, Smith College at the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, UMass Amherst.

A comedy/drama about women in cinema in South Korea, directed by Kim Cho-hee, the long-time film producer for Hong Sang-soo. In "Lucky Chan-sil," a successful film producer for a celebrated art film director finds her career abruptly derailed when the director dies. Blending dream and reality, Kim infuses her film with humor, imagination and intelligence, connecting a constellation of richly written characters all of whom intersect in some way with Chan-sil’s love of cinema and her calling as a filmmaker.

5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference will be held Saturday April 10, 2021! 🚨 If you’re able to attend some...
04/07/2021

5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference will be held Saturday April 10, 2021!

🚨 If you’re able to attend some or all of the panels, registration is required! FIND THE LINK IN OUR BIO 🚨

It highlights student papers on movies, television, video games, and digital culture. 📺

Topics include: Crises in Patriarchy, Hitchcock (Re)considered, Questions in 21st Century Media, Feminist Interventions, and Challenges to Convention in Horror/Slasher Film and Video Games. 

#umassamherst #umassfilmstudies #fivecollegeconsortium

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you! Make sure you check out @umassupc streaming Soul ...
04/02/2021

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you!

Make sure you check out @umassupc streaming Soul tomorrow!
#umassfilmstudies #whattowatch #umass #umassupc

Registration for summer courses is underway! Film St 284: Undead Souths, will be taught during the Summer 2021 session o...
04/01/2021
"Undead Souths: The Southern Gothic and Francophone Mythologies in Film & Television" Class Trailer

Registration for summer courses is underway! Film St 284: Undead Souths, will be taught during the Summer 2021 session of July 6-August 13. Register now! Check out the trailer below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJwQwt6UV2c&t=6s

Class Trailer for Professor Mensah's course, "Undead Souths: The Southern Gothic and Francophone Mythologies in Film & Television" at the University of Massa...

Looking for a film to watch this #tbt ? We got you! Check out the 1987 Babette’s Feast! 🎥🍿Watch now on HBO MAX & The cri...
04/01/2021

Looking for a film to watch this #tbt ? We got you! Check out the 1987 Babette’s Feast! 🎥🍿

Watch now on HBO MAX & The criterion channel!

Looking for a film to watch this #tbt ? We got you! Check out the 1987 Babette’s Feast! 🎥🍿

Watch now on HBO MAX & The criterion channel!

03/31/2021
Your Mother's Comfort/Aconchego da tua mãe Conversation with Filmmaker

Live conversation and Q&A with Adam Golub, the Director of "Your Mother's Comfort" and Indianara Siqueira, the trans activist and political leader at the center of the film. Moderated by Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki.

“‘We transgender are the revolution!’ Indianara Siqueira, trans activist and politician, admonishes her political party for ousting her days before the 2018 Brazilian national elections. In the same election cycle extreme-Right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is a forerunner for president of the republic. Indianara is the mother of a homeless shelter and community center for trans sex workers called Nem House in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Nem House is a squat and facing the threat of eviction Indianara occupies a colonial palace near Nem House to bargain with the city to save the house. As Brazilian democracy crumbles around her she fights to save her community from the uncertain streets.” (Official website)

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Barton Byg ! Make sure you swipe to check out more inf...
03/29/2021

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Barton Byg ! Make sure you swipe to check out more information about this faculty member! 🎞📽📝

#professorspotlight #umassfilmstudies #umass #filmstudies

Looking for a film to watch this #tbt ? We got you! Check out the 1985 Tompopo! 🎥🍿Watch now on HBO MAX & The criterion c...
03/25/2021

Looking for a film to watch this #tbt ? We got you! Check out the 1985 Tompopo! 🎥🍿

Watch now on HBO MAX & The criterion channel!

Looking for a film to watch this #tbt ? We got you! Check out the 1985 Tompopo! 🎥🍿

Watch now on HBO MAX & The criterion channel!

03/24/2021
"Lift like a Girl" Conversation with the Filmmaker

A live conversation and audience Q&A with the Director of Lift Like a Girl, Mayye Zayed, moderated by Kathryn Lachman.

“On a busy, noisy high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly vacant corner lot surrounded by chain link fencing is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions – female weightlifters. Zebiba (Arabic for “raisin”) has been training at the site for five years, since she was 9, following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medalist, Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete, Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the irrepressible Captain Ramadan, has bred champions, female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – 4 Olympic, 9 World and 17 Pan African champions. Now it is Zebiba’s turn. But can Zebiba put aside her youthful instincts, and direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion the Captain is sure she is?”

MMFF is holding its fifth event tomorrow 🚨Wednesday March 24th🚨! 🗓 Wednesday March 24th at 1:00PM Lift Like a Girl: Live...
03/23/2021

MMFF is holding its fifth event tomorrow 🚨Wednesday March 24th🚨!

🗓 Wednesday March 24th at 1:00PM

Lift Like a Girl: Live Conversation and Q&A with Mayye Zayed moderated by Kathryn Lachman

Description: “On a busy, noisy high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly vacant corner lot surrounded by chain link fencing is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions – female weightlifters. Zebiba (Arabic for “raisin”) has been training at the site for five years, since she was 9, following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medalist, Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete, Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the visionary Captain Ramadan, has bred champions, female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – 4 Olympic, 9 World and 17 Pan African champions. Now it is Zebiba’s turn. But can Zebiba put aside her youthful instincts, and direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion the Captain is sure she is?”

#mmff2021

MMFF is holding its fifth event tomorrow 🚨Wednesday March 24th🚨!

🗓 Wednesday March 24th at 1:00PM

Lift Like a Girl: Live Conversation and Q&A with Mayye Zayed moderated by Kathryn Lachman

Description: “On a busy, noisy high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly vacant corner lot surrounded by chain link fencing is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions – female weightlifters. Zebiba (Arabic for “raisin”) has been training at the site for five years, since she was 9, following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medalist, Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete, Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the visionary Captain Ramadan, has bred champions, female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – 4 Olympic, 9 World and 17 Pan African champions. Now it is Zebiba’s turn. But can Zebiba put aside her youthful instincts, and direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion the Captain is sure she is?”

#mmff2021

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Jacqueline Urla ! Make sure you swipe to check out mor...
03/22/2021

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Jacqueline Urla ! Make sure you swipe to check out more information about this faculty member! 🎞📽📝

#professorspotlight #umassfilmstudies #umass #filmstudies

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you!
03/19/2021

Happy Friday! Looking for something to watch this weekend? We got you!

Happy Thursday everyone, For this week's #throwbackthursdaymovie, we are highlighting a classic- Cleo From 5 to 7 Find i...
03/18/2021

Happy Thursday everyone, For this week's #throwbackthursdaymovie, we are highlighting a classic- Cleo From 5 to 7

Find it on HBO MAX

Happy Thursday everyone, For this week's #throwbackthursdaymovie, we are highlighting a classic- Cleo From 5 to 7

Find it on HBO MAX

03/17/2021
Live Conversation and Q&A with Chloé Galibert-Laîné

Live Conversation and Q&A with Filmmaker Chloé Galibert-Laîné

Forensickness
(2020, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, France, 40 mins, in French with English subtitles)

In an attempt to analyse Chris Kennedy’s ‘Watching the Detectives’, a researcher dives into a massive archive of media produced after the Boston attacks. Her online wanderings offer a performative exploration of the history of critical thinking and the ruthless politics of truth production.

and

Watching the Pain of Others
(2018, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, France, 31 mins, in English/French)

In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film “The Pain of Others” by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.

MMFF is holding its fourth event tomorrow ( Wednesday March 17th)! Live Conversation and Q&A with FilmmakerVia Facebook ...
03/16/2021

MMFF is holding its fourth event tomorrow ( Wednesday March 17th)!

Live Conversation and Q&A with Filmmaker
Via Facebook and YouTube
(Weds, March 17 at 12:30PM EST)

Forensickness
In an attempt to analyse Chris Kennedy’s ‘Watching the Detectives’, a researcher dives into a massive archive of media produced after the Boston attacks. Her online wanderings offer a performative exploration of the history of critical thinking and the ruthless politics of truth production.
Watching The Pain of Others
In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film “The Pain of Others” by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.

#mmff2021

MMFF is holding its fourth event tomorrow ( Wednesday March 17th)!

Live Conversation and Q&A with Filmmaker
Via Facebook and YouTube
(Weds, March 17 at 12:30PM EST)

Forensickness
In an attempt to analyse Chris Kennedy’s ‘Watching the Detectives’, a researcher dives into a massive archive of media produced after the Boston attacks. Her online wanderings offer a performative exploration of the history of critical thinking and the ruthless politics of truth production.
Watching The Pain of Others
In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film “The Pain of Others” by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.

#mmff2021

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Andrea Malaguti ! Make sure you swipe to check out mor...
03/15/2021

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Andrea Malaguti ! Make sure you swipe to check out more information about this faculty member! 🎞📽📝

#professorspotlight #umassfilmstudies #umass #filmstudies

Looking for something to watch this weekend we got you!
03/12/2021

Looking for something to watch this weekend we got you!

MMFF is holding their event now! Make sure you check it out 🎞#mmff2021
03/10/2021

MMFF is holding their event now! Make sure you check it out 🎞

#mmff2021

03/10/2021
Bandar Band: Live Conversation and Q&A

Guest: Manijeh Hekmat (director)
Moderated by: Maryam Zehtabi, University of Virginia
“Filmed during the catastrophic floods of 2019 , Bandar Band is a road movie of aspiring musicians journeying across Iran to compete in a talent contest. Pregnant Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. They still keep their hopes alive, however every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.” (Official website)

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Kathryn M. Lachman ! Make sure you swipe to check out ...
03/09/2021

This week for our Professor spotlight we are looking at Professor Kathryn M. Lachman ! Make sure you swipe to check out more information about this faculty member! 🎞📽📝

#professorspotlight💡 #umassfilmstudies #umass #umassamherst #filmstudies

Happy International Women’s Day! 🎞Today we are taking a look back in time to see some of the women who changed the Film ...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women’s Day! 🎞

Today we are taking a look back in time to see some of the women who changed the Film Industry!

Make sure you check out our story later to see some women today who are braking barriers in making history!

#womenfilmmakers #womenfilmmakersofcolor #womeninfilm #internationalwomensday

Looking for something to watch this weekend -we got you!
03/05/2021

Looking for something to watch this weekend -we got you!

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Any student formally enrolled as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst may pursue a Certificate in Film Studies in conjunction with his or her departmental major. Upon graduation, students who have completed all certificate requirements will receive a Certificate in Film Studies that is noted on the transcript, in addition to their UMASS diploma.

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Tired of doing creative work alone without feedback? Join us this Wed. April 7 at 6:30pm for Western MA Filmmakers FREE monthly critique group via Zoom: -show film/video you have made -read from your screenplay -practice a pitch -present your podcast -watch what others have done and provide feedback FREE: Please register for the meetup group ahead of time and RSVP for the event. https://www.meetup.com/westernmassfilmmakers/ We meet first Wednesday of each month.
Tired of doing creative work alone without feedback? Join us tonight (March 3) at 6:30pm for Western MA Filmmakers FREE monthly critique group via Zoom: -show film/video you have made -read from your screenplay -practice a pitch -present your podcast -watch what others have done and provide feedback -networking FREE: Please register for the meetup group ahead of time and RSVP for the event. https://www.meetup.com/westernmassfilmmakers/ We meet first Wednesday of each month.
I really love this page for highlighting important film-related projects in the community. I always enjoy engaging with other students about exciting new movie releases. Especially in this time away from live entertainment experiences, I wanted to share this new film released on VOD, “Ruby in Paradise.” This 1993 independent picture, directed by Victor Nuñez, has been remastered and re-released today, so I gave it a watch on iTunes this morning and was very pleasantly surprised. The film follows Ashley Judd in her debut film performance as Ruby, a charismatic young woman with a drive for success on her own terms. The film was simplistic in nature, but extremely impactful, as it highlights relatable themes of young adulthood and budding romance. As a creative, I was very inspired by the aesthetically rich backdrop of Panama City Beach, Florida and the intentional steadiness of Nunez’s storytelling. It released today on services like iTunes and Prime Video, so let me know what you think!
Hi there. If at all helpful to your members, I offer undergraduate and MA Film Studies online private tutoring - [email protected] for details :-)
It is great to see the love for film in this program. The weekend watch list is a fantastic idea. It is great to spread the awareness of films and what platforms they are on, especially this time of year ramping up to festivals and awards season. Looking into festivals recently, I saw that a former Sundance winner called Ruby in Paradise is coming out on VOD platforms on the 16th of February. It is a 1993 film about a young woman who moves to Florida to make a new life for herself. The trailer made it look like a powerful story of this woman's self discovery. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the passion and the weekend watch list.
This free event is a great chance to stay connected and creative. This Wed. 6:30pm Filmmaker Critique Group open to those who want to: show film/video you have made read from your screenplay practice a project pitch or just watch what others have done and provide feedback Please register for the meetup group ahead of time (it's free) and RSVP for the event. https://www.meetup.com/westernmassfilmmakers/
During the time that I must be practicing social distancing in my home, I have been leaning more towards online streaming to entertain myself. I recently discovered the online streaming platform, Film Festival Flix, and have been very appreciative of the way they promote independent films and give them a better sense of recognition. This online streaming platform has made watching films through a simple and organized manner. My favorite film on there so far has been, “Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack” because it is about Flack’s artistic journey. They offer a channel of genres to choose from, so if you get the chance to stream any film you would like to share, please let me know!
How is everyone else staying entertained during this social distancing and self quarantining? I have been binging independent films that I might not normally watch thanks to this website my friend showed me called Film Festival Flix. It is basically a library of films from different film festivals all over the country. I am a fan of independent films so I have been going through the IndieFest International channel. The next film I plan on watching is a trippy horror film called Toad Road by director Jason Banker that’s about a girl who goes on a hallucinogenic fueled journey to the supposed “gates of hell” in the woods. There are plenty of different channels ranging from a mountain and adventure channel to a halloween horror channel so there is something for every different mood. Check it out if you’re in the mood for something new.
Love this page! A great place to connect with other film students and discuss things. I wanted to share this movie called "Empathy, Inc." I recently read about on Variety because I just watched the trailer and it looks phenomenal. It's about a man who becomes involved with a VR technology that lets him switch bodies with someone who is less fortunate, and eventually leads to a very ethically complex plot. I'm so excited to watch it on September 24th when it's being released on VOD, but I really want to see what you guys think of it! Let me know your thoughts 😊
Got a script, film pitch, or film video that you would like feedback on? Slots available to present works-in-progress at Western Mass Filmmakers critique group this Wed., starting at 6:30pm, at Iconica Social Club in Northampton. We are also incubating a new part of our group to collaborate on making a film. If interested in discussing, please join us at Packard's in Northampton, 9pm this Wednesday to discuss ideas on how to bring together our talents, ideas, and extensive list of available equipment. Please email [email protected] to RSVP to either or both events.
We're OFFICIALLY BACK! For international teams from anywhere in the world! . Thailand Short Film Competition 2019. Great news for all student filmmakers from all over the world to explore Thailand and compete to win a top prize of over 300,000 Thai Baht and it's all free! . The theme this year is "Living Eco Living Thainess" . Requirement 1. Applicants must apply in team of two (Non Thai). 2. Applicants must be currently studying film or a related field at undergraduate or equivalent level. 3. Applicants must not be more than 35 years old. 4. Applicants must not have won any prizes in our competition in any previous year. 5. Applicants must have a valid passport with six months remaining from the arrival date. 6. Applicants must not have a criminal record and must not have ever previously been dinied entry to Thailand 7. Applicants should be ready to make a great film and explore Thailand for a once in a life time experience. 8. All contestants must be in good physical health, and have no existing or recurring serious medical conditions. 9. All contestants will supply their own camera and editing equipment capable of filming at 1080p 24fps with audio. 10. AFTER SELECTION ANNOUCEMENT – All the “ 20 selected teams ” must do “ PR PLAN “ on social medias and must send us the plan within 10 MARCH 2019. If you couldn’t send it on time your team will be disqualified and there will be another substitute team chosen for replacement. 11. On the " PR PLAN " must hashtag #TSCF2019 when you post anything about Thailand short film competition 2019 on social medias. . *****All contestants are required to have basic English communications skills. Your applications and creative concepts must demonstrate these abilities.***** . if you meet these requirements please prepare documents below 1. Completed Application Form 2. Resume/ Profile of both team members. 3. Passport copied of both team members. 4. A written treatment for your concept of the film you want to make "FULL SCRIPT NOT REQUIRES AT THIS STAGE" (Font CORDIA NEW 18, Save as PDF) 5. A link to a YouTube clip, where you introduce your team to the judges and explain why your team should be selected to join this competition. (Introduce and Showreel, Max 2 minutes) 6. A copy of your Student ID, or letter from your college/ university (with your signature), showing that you are currently engaged in a course of study related to film, television, or other media-related subject. (MUST BE IN ENGLISH) 7. Current photo of both members. (Straight photo for badge) . APPLY NOW!!! www.thailandfilmdestination.com Please prepare these documents and join us! P.s. Set our page as "See first" you won't miss any updates from us: New feed preferences > Prioritize who to see first > pages only > Thailand Short film competition #TSFC2019
Students/professors/staff/community welcome! Group is run by a UMass alum. Students and professors have attended in the past. You are welcome to attend our holiday party and critique night. Hope you can join us tomorrow (Wed Dec. 19 at 6:30). Free cookies and juice! Please RSVP. After that we meet again in Feb. and resume our usual night: first Wed. of the month. You don't have to have a work to present in order to attend. Basically we works-in-progress such as critique film/video, screenplays, and film pitches.