Film at Salisbury University

Film at Salisbury University This page is for publicizing the many exciting film events at Salisbury University, and about fostering our campus film community.
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12/11/2020
VIDEO ESSAY: SPIDERMAN 2

CHECK IT OUT!!! For Dr. Walker's new WRITING ABOUT CINEMA course, David Mitchell created this beautiful video essay on the relatable meanings and emotional power of Spiderman 2. We proudly share it.

Our latest fine issue of LFQ--Literature Film Quarterly--SU's own long-standing journal of adaptation, is now OUT! Check...
10/29/2020
Literature/Film Quarterly

Our latest fine issue of LFQ--Literature Film Quarterly--SU's own long-standing journal of adaptation, is now OUT! Check it!
https://lfq.salisbury.edu/

Literature/Film Quarterly is the longest standing international journal devoted to the study of adaptation. Founded in 1973 by Jim Welsh and Tom Erskine, the journal has for over forty years served as a forum for scholars and writers to discuss, debate, and articulate various ways of conceptualizing...

A WEEK TODAY, A SPECIAL SPOOKY EVENT!Please join SU's Film Program faculty and students on Friday October 30th for a spe...
10/23/2020

A WEEK TODAY, A SPECIAL SPOOKY EVENT!

Please join SU's Film Program faculty and students on Friday October 30th for a special Halloween presentation and discussion of Robert Eggers’ bewitching Puritan horror fable, The Witch (2015)!!! Details below.

View trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJmcN7MPCk

SU Virtual Cinematheque – Fall, 2020

October 30, The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015)

THE LOGISTICS OF THIS!

Every event will start at 4pm Friday. Each session will run the same way. After a very brief welcome and film intro, we'll invite you all to cue your individual browsers for the start of the film. To join, you must have an active salisbury.edu account, and we can easily guide you to the direct film link from your private computer. We'll give a countdown for you to start watching (3-2-1-GO!) and then invite you to comment in our open Zoom chat box. We'll also stay a little after the movie for a little informal chat. To join the screening/chat, please visit the following link by 4pm on the movie day: https://salisbury.zoom.us/my/rconrath

THE MISSION!

The Film Program at Salisbury University is excited to present four evenings highlighting what we think is the very best of cinema. The power of film to expose us to big ideas and important stories has never been as urgently necessary as it is now. Even in a global pandemic, we believe that cinema’s core strength remains its collective aspect—the capacity of movies to be shared, talked about, and watched by many people simultaneously. So please join us in our virtual cinematheque for a collection of daring, thrilling, and fun films that have been hand selected by the Film Program’s faculty, Dr. Elsie Walker, Dr. David Johnson, and Dr. Ryan Conrath.

THIS ENTIRE EVENT SERIES WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY SPONSORSHIP FROM THE FULTON SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS

SPRING 2021, a compulsory course for all film students, and vital for all those who care about the GLOBAL MEDIUM!ENGL 40...
10/19/2020

SPRING 2021, a compulsory course for all film students, and vital for all those who care about the GLOBAL MEDIUM!

ENGL 404: International Cinema, with Dr. Elsie Walker

Description: Are you interested in learning more about diverse cultures? Are you interested in studying film? This course will introduce you to a very wide range of films made around the world. The films represent different peoples, circumstances, contexts, nations, and artistic approaches to revealing life. International Cinema is designed to complement other Salisbury University courses on diversity, international studies, politics, and history, as well as all course about media and film analyses. Taking International Cinema will help you develop your writing and research skills in ways that will open up the world for you, for your time at SU and beyond.

[Film images from La Haine (France) and Whale Rider (New Zealand)]

SPRING 2021--if you haven't taken this course and you love cinema, check it out!ENGL 323 Major Film Directors, with Dr. ...
10/12/2020

SPRING 2021--if you haven't taken this course and you love cinema, check it out!

ENGL 323 Major Film Directors, with Dr. David Johnson

What do directors do, and what can we learn about films by studying them through the lens of the director? This and other related questions will guide us from week to week, as we study directors across different time periods, genres, and styles. Course recommended for majors, minors, and anyone who has an interest in film! Previous cinema courses are not required.

(Images: Shop Around the Corner, Crouching Tiger, Middle of Nowhere)

NEW SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE, SPRING 2021!!!ENGL 401 – Topics in Film: Cinema of Exile, Dr. Ryan ConrathWhat does it mean t...
10/09/2020

NEW SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE, SPRING 2021!!!

ENGL 401 – Topics in Film: Cinema of Exile, Dr. Ryan Conrath

What does it mean to “belong” in a place or community, and at what cost does this happen? To what extent are borders real or imaginary? What are the ethical implications of viewing images of human suffering in faraway places? Are national constructs inherently violent? These are some of the urgent questions we will tackle in this class through the lens of cinema. We will look at how film has depicted processes of immigration and forced displacement in movies like Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant, Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging, all the way up to Gianfranco Rosi’s more recent mediation on the migrant crisis in Europe, Fire at Sea. At the same time, we also ask how filmmakers have explored cultural difference and expressed their own experiences of “exile” through cinema, and how larger forces of imperialism, globalization, and war have shaped the medium’s historical development.

ADVISING AND COURSE ENROLLMENT TIME IS COMING UP!~so we're posting about our offerings for spring 2021!THIS COURSE ALWAY...
10/09/2020

ADVISING AND COURSE ENROLLMENT TIME IS COMING UP!~so we're posting about our offerings for spring 2021!

THIS COURSE ALWAYS BOOKS OUT!!!...
ENGL 221 – LITERATURE AND FILM, Dr. Ryan Conrath

From cinematic adaptations of novels to movies as poetry, you can study the astonishing range of intersections between film and literature at SU! Come learn about the many levels involved in adaptation through movies based on plays, novels, and short stories, while also looking at films about the lives of writers and radical experimental movies that are “visual poems” in their own right. Previous experience with cinema studies not required. Fulfills General Education IB Literature requirement.

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10/02/2020

Film at Salisbury University's cover photo

SU students and colleagues--don't forget our group experience of Tootsie tomorrow afternoon at 4pm, including a chat via...
10/01/2020

SU students and colleagues--don't forget our group experience of Tootsie tomorrow afternoon at 4pm, including a chat via Zoom. This is the first choice in our film series for the semester. And THIS is the kind of story and laughter everyone needs right now! WE. CAN'T. WAIT!!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE SU CAMPUS COMMUNITY!THE FIRST SU VIRTUAL CINEMATHEQUE!  – Fall, 2020October 2, Tootsie (Syd...
09/22/2020

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE SU CAMPUS COMMUNITY!

THE FIRST SU VIRTUAL CINEMATHEQUE! – Fall, 2020

October 2, Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
October 30, The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015)
November 30, Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, 2015)
December 18, Columbus (Kogonada, 2017)

THE LOGISTICS OF THIS!
Every event will start at 4pm Friday. Each session will run the same way. After a very brief welcome and film intro, we'll invite you all to cue your individual browsers for the start of the film. To join, you must have an active salisbury.edu account, and we can easily guide you to the direct film link from your private computer. We'll give a countdown for you to start watching (3-2-1-GO!) and then invite you to comment in our open Zoom chat box. We'll also stay a little after the movie for a little informal chat. To join the screening/chat, please visit the following link by 4pm on the movie day: https://salisbury.zoom.us/my/rconrath

THE MISSION!
The Film Program at Salisbury University is excited to present four evenings highlighting what we think is the very best of cinema. The power of film to expose us to big ideas and important stories has never been as urgently necessary as it is now. Even in a global pandemic, we believe that cinema’s core strength remains its collective aspect—the capacity of movies to be shared, talked about, and watched by many people simultaneously. So please join us in our virtual cinematheque for a collection of daring, thrilling, and fun films that have been hand selected by the Film Program’s faculty: Dr. Elsie Walker, Dr. David Johnson, and Dr. Ryan Conrath.

THE FIRST EVENT!
The series kicks off on Friday October 2nd with Sydney Pollack’s classic 1982 romantic comedy, Tootsie. Dustin Hoffman plays a struggling actor Michael Dorsey who impersonates a woman in order to get a role on a popular daytime soap opera. What begins as a cynical career maneuver quickly becomes something much more, as the boundaries between Michael and his adopted female persona Sandy begin to blur. Tootsie is a funny, ambitious, and remarkably prescient piece of filmmaking from an American moment defined by its shifting social and sexual identities.

View trailer for Tootsie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U9hfQujTcM

THIS ENTIRE EVENT SERIES WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY SPONSORSHIP FROM THE FULTON SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS AT SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

CONGRATULTIONS TO FORMER SU FILM STUDENT: KEVIN McKENNA! He enters the doctoral program in the English Department at the...
09/07/2020

CONGRATULTIONS TO FORMER SU FILM STUDENT: KEVIN McKENNA!

He enters the doctoral program in the English Department at the University of Florida this fall. After graduating from Salisbury University in 2010 with a B.A. in English Literature and minor in Film Studies, Kevin completed his M.A. in Film and New Media Studies in the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department at the University of South Florida in 2018 and has since been working as a humanities adjunct instructor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Central Florida. The following brief description reveals just how impressively Kevin is carving out new professional territory, and we couldn't be prouder!...

This past November, Kevin’s recent research was published in the anthology Dark Forces at Work: Essays on Social Dynamics and Cinematic Horrors (Lexington Books 2019). Titled “‘We’re all in our private traps’: Reconfiguring Suburbia’s Protective Borders in Psycho (1960),” his chapter seeks to reposition Psycho’s discursive placement within midcentury horror films allegorizing suburban threats and violences. Kevin contends Hitchcock’s thriller produces horror in the historical spectator by producing then deconstructing the material and imaginary boundaries necessary for privacy’s promises of mastery and protection, both in the diegesis and theatrical space. Hitchcock’s transgressions of privacy render such promises beyond incompatibility; in fact, the erection of social and domestic barriers necessary to offer a protective privacy engender the very threats they wish to expel.

As Kevin enters his doctoral studies, he plans to expand his investigation of genre films, ecology, subalternity, and political economy in an effort to recapture spaces of displacement as relational sites of belonging and care. Particularly, his research attends to the aesthetics of “non-spaces” within westerns, horror films, and family melodramas in “accented cinema” and films from the global south. Beyond focusing on displaced subjects, these films employ an aesthetic which restricts knowledge, spatial orientation, and narrative development to undermine spectators’ epistemological, phenomenological, and ontological certainties. Kevin intends to unite these cinematic forms with neoliberalism’s targeted dispossession of identity, community, and historical development in non-spaces such as ICE detention centers, homeless tent villages, and sites of waste disposal. “Non-space,” as he applies the term, is wholly relative, defined by its dislocation from global economic flows and cultural imaginaries and purposefully disconnected from a hegemonic notion of place and time. Beyond these allegories, this Cinema of Displacement affirms tactile aesthetics to dispel neoliberal notions of “nobodies” in non-spaces, re-fashioning place and community formations into material rather than imaginary contexts. Tracing connections within and between non-spaces recaptures care for the human and nonhuman victims of our current Age of Displacement.

Heartbreaking news. Honor Boseman by seeing or rewatching the legendary roles he played in his too-short life ❤️
08/29/2020

Heartbreaking news. Honor Boseman by seeing or rewatching the legendary roles he played in his too-short life ❤️

Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in 42 and starred in Black Panther has died at the age of 43 after a four year cancer battle.

RIP

The new issue of LFQ is now out, open and free to all! Beautiful articles on CAROL, Jordan Peele's horrors, JOKER, MILDR...
07/13/2020
Literature/Film Quarterly

The new issue of LFQ is now out, open and free to all! Beautiful articles on CAROL, Jordan Peele's horrors, JOKER, MILDRED PIERCE and JAKOB THE LIAR.
https://lfq.salisbury.edu/

Literature/Film Quarterly is the longest standing international journal devoted to the study of adaptation. Founded in 1973 by Jim Welsh and Tom Erskine, the journal has for over forty years served as a forum for scholars and writers to discuss, debate, and articulate various ways of conceptualizing...

And in the spirit of respecting our yesterday (Juneteenth), and all our yesterdays, why not watch one of these breathtak...
06/20/2020

And in the spirit of respecting our yesterday (Juneteenth), and all our yesterdays, why not watch one of these breathtakingly powerful and popular films on Black history. They speak on what is personal, political, fantastical, and real. They speak out with infinite resonance beyond their own release: Antwone Fisher, Selma, Loving, Black Panther, Hidden Figures...

Black Lives Matter—an open letter from Criterion
06/04/2020

Black Lives Matter—an open letter from Criterion

05/08/2020

For the class of 2020, and especially SU film students--this is a dedication to you. We're so sorry we can't see you graduate in person, but rest assured that our pride in you is much bigger than any one day, or single ceremony. Keep moving forward--you've got this!

TIME TO ENROLL for FALL (if you haven't already)!May 7 - May 15--open enrollment for SU undergradsA reminder of our film...
05/07/2020

TIME TO ENROLL for FALL (if you haven't already)!
May 7 - May 15--open enrollment for SU undergrads

A reminder of our film classes for fall...
ENGL 220: INTRODUCTION TO FILM, with Drs. Conrath & Walker
ENGL 324: FILM GENRE, with Dr. Walker
ENGL 322 WRITING ABOUT CINEMA, with Dr. Walker
ENGL 221; LITERATURE AND FILM, with Drs. Conrath and Johnson

Note: The US War on Film course has been postponed for now..

Check out what one of our film program stars is working on post-graduation: we’re so proud of you Ryann Dwyer!
05/07/2020

Check out what one of our film program stars is working on post-graduation: we’re so proud of you Ryann Dwyer!

The University of Kent Paris 2020 festival will now be taking place virtually! Our original themes are more relevant now than ever: to unite and rebel.

Just like everyone else, we too have had to change course, to slow down, adapt, and rearrange. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, there is an eagerness to return to normal. And yet it is obvious that ‘normal’ was not sufficient in the first place.

How did we get here? What wasn’t working? How do we move forward?

We invite you to unite in our rebellion and consider these ideas of hope. Join us at uniterebelfestival.com

The new issue of LFQ (Literature/Film Quarterly) is now out, and free to all! This is a special collection of essays on ...
04/30/2020

The new issue of LFQ (Literature/Film Quarterly) is now out, and free to all! This is a special collection of essays on transcultural adaptations, with guests editors from London and Germany: Iain Robert Smith and Wieland Schwanebeck. At a time when we are all necessarily working in separate places, it feels great to remember the texts and films that cross all boundaries of place and time. https://lfq.salisbury.edu/

BIG Scholar Shout-out to one of Our Stars, film student Londan Showell!This semester, Londan was organizing the fifth SU...
04/30/2020

BIG Scholar Shout-out to one of Our Stars, film student Londan Showell!

This semester, Londan was organizing the fifth SU Student Film Festival—though she had to cancel this event along with campus closing, we congratulate her for bringing in a record number of submissions: 2684 to be exact! We know she’s raised the international profile and distinction of our festival for many years to come.

In addition, Londan has made several successful applications to graduate school around the country. She’s decided to join Salisbury University's accelerated MBA program this fall. She’s deferring her place in MICA's prestigious MFA in Film Production program, which she’ll take up in Fall 2021.

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