Film at Salisbury University

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FORMER STUDENTS OF DR. WALKER! Please consider joining in this paid research--it's a game-changer and we want you to be ...
04/01/2021

FORMER STUDENTS OF DR. WALKER! Please consider joining in this paid research--it's a game-changer and we want you to be a part of it!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!ALL FILM courses will now be listed under FILM instead of ENGL in the course catalog. This is tru...
03/22/2021

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
ALL FILM courses will now be listed under FILM instead of ENGL in the course catalog. This is true starting with FALL 2021. The courses will all count toward degrees exactly as they did before, but now they will bounce right off your transcripts as FILM FILM FILM!!! This is a step forward in making the identify of our discipline more visible. Let's celebrate! And don't hesitate to message us with any questions you may have, or contact your film professor/s. YAY! Here is the fall lineup, again:
FILM 220 Introduction to Film
FILM 401 Studies in Film (subtitle: African-American Cinema)
FILM 402 Film History

SPECIAL PRESENTATION, this coming Saturday!: Join SU undergraduate Jacob Beaver for a virtual presentation on Saturday, ...
03/22/2021

SPECIAL PRESENTATION, this coming Saturday!: Join SU undergraduate Jacob Beaver for a virtual presentation on Saturday, March 27 at 11:30AM. Jacob will be talking about his honors thesis about director Zack Snyder's vision for the Justice League team, realized on screen for the first time. Come learn about how a comic book movie changed the entertainment landscape forever! Join Zoom Meeting: https://salisbury.zoom.us/j/97584158258

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMANEW COURSE NEW COURSE NEW COURSE!!!!Dr. Elsie Walker, Fall 2021Listed under ENGL 401: STUDIES IN ...
03/13/2021

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA
NEW COURSE NEW COURSE NEW COURSE!!!!
Dr. Elsie Walker, Fall 2021

Listed under ENGL 401: STUDIES IN FILM

ENGL 401: African-American Cinema
Offered: Fall 2021

Instructor: Elsie Walker

Description: The new Black Lives Matter movement is among the biggest in history, and it represents a massive sea-change in the national consciousness. The movement is about recognizing institutionalized and long-standing histories of racism that we must confront as a nation. This course is all about how films can help us move forward together in this context.

For decades, cinema has been asking us to hear African-American (and all other) voices with more care for racial politics, and from profound humanitarian standpoints. This course surveys many films across time, all of which can resonate for us for our present moment of great urgency. Course selections will range from the celebrated experimental film Killer of Sheep, to the extraordinary documentary I Am Not Your Negro, to the Classical Hollywood cinema of Sydney Poitier, to the contemporary political films of Spike Lee, to films that have become instant landmarks (including, The Hate U Give, and Queen & Slim).

All students are welcome to join this course—no previous training in film studies is required.

[Film images for Queen & Slim, Killer of Sheep, and The Hate U Give]

FILM HISTORY (ENGL 402), with Dr. Conrath--YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!--this course isn't a guaranteed offering every semester...
03/12/2021

FILM HISTORY (ENGL 402), with Dr. Conrath--YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!--this course isn't a guaranteed offering every semester or year, so grab it for fall 2021!

Brief description:
No other medium did more to shape and reflect world history in the 20th century than cinema! Follow the exciting course of this technologically and culturally diverse and global phenomenon, from its beginnings as a spectacular curiosity on the fairgrounds all the way up to its explosion onto digital screens and VR headsets today.

ADVISING IS ON! Time to get enrolled. We're posting the line-up for fall, starting with the ever-popular Gen Ed course, ...
03/11/2021

ADVISING IS ON! Time to get enrolled. We're posting the line-up for fall, starting with the ever-popular Gen Ed course, ENGL 221 LITERATURE AND FILM

Come learn about the process of adaptation through films based on plays, novels, short stories, and other genres! Previous experience with cinema studies not required. Fulfills General Education IB Literature requirement.

(images: Fences, Persepolis, Proof)

Looking ahead to advising and course enrollment time, did you know about all the current courses focused on themes of di...
02/16/2021

Looking ahead to advising and course enrollment time, did you know about all the current courses focused on themes of diversity and inclusion at SU??!! Here's a new database with what's on offer this year--check it out! The line up include Dr. Walker's new course on African-American Cinema (under ENGL courses). https://libraryguides.salisbury.edu/c.php?g=903753&p=7801512

CONGRATULATIONS to current film student David Mitchell! Drawing directly from what he's learned about cinema here at SU,...
02/03/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to current film student David Mitchell! Drawing directly from what he's learned about cinema here at SU, David interviewed film producer Mark Ciardi (Secretariat, Invincible, and Miracle). Ciardi then invited him to intern with his company Select Films, as part of their development team. David will be reading scripts, books, and project ideas. He will also be learning how film development works and the initial stages of project development. This is an incredible movement forward David--and we are so proud of you!

Film at Salisbury University's cover photo
01/25/2021

Film at Salisbury University's cover photo

OUT NOW!: the new issue of LFQ, free and open to all. This was a major effort by Assistant Professor/Assistant Editor Ry...
01/22/2021
Literature/Film Quarterly

OUT NOW!: the new issue of LFQ, free and open to all. This was a major effort by Assistant Professor/Assistant Editor Ryan Conrath, as it's an archival issue compiled by him with a superb introduction. The Web Designer is John Mosher (Dept. of Art):
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...

Marvelous news from one of our SU film alumni, TRAVIS CARR!"I've moved from Finalist to Participant in the 2021 CannesFi...
01/08/2021

Marvelous news from one of our SU film alumni, TRAVIS CARR!

"I've moved from Finalist to Participant in the 2021 CannesFilms Unlimited writing program! I'll be developing my script about war photojournalist and refugee Robert Capa, with mentorship from Cannes, Vivendi, and StudioCanal. In the end, eight participants will be selected for a residency in Cannes during the film festival."

This is amazing Travis--we are SO PROUD!

Happy winter!, from Hitchcock, his grandchildren, and us 🖤
01/05/2021

Happy winter!, from Hitchcock, his grandchildren, and us 🖤

12/18/2020

Check out this astonishing video essay by graduating film student Bailey Marshall! It's about the film SNOWPIERECER (directed by Bong Joon Ho, of PARASITE fame) along with text from an explosive article about extremes of wealth and poverty: Sherman, Erik. “How the Poverty Machine Keeps People Down and Out.” Forbes Magazine, 20 Jan. 2015, www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2015/01/20/how-the-poverty-machine-keeps-people-down-and-out/?sh=2bfb28c64692.

As with the other video essays on this page, Bailey created this work in the context of Dr. Walker's new WRITING ABOUT CINEMA course.

12/17/2020

A video essay of astonishing REVELATIONS by film student Dominic Cass, his final project for Dr. Walker's Writing About Cinema course. This montage includes a variety of final scenes that unravel everything in the films leading up to them. It's fun to revisit such moments of surprise and awe.

Shout-out to SU film student AREYHON COLLICK!, For the next video essay created within Dr. Walker's new WRITING ABOUT CI...
12/15/2020
Video Essay

Shout-out to SU film student AREYHON COLLICK!, For the next video essay created within Dr. Walker's new WRITING ABOUT CINEMA course, here's her tribute to the incomparable Viola Davis. Thank you for the power of the montage you created Areyhon. https://youtu.be/SffLEebZk_s

12/13/2020

So this is emotional and true. SU film student Evan Warthen experiments with the form of the video essay to show how things break down for children. We celebrate how he honors the humanity and dignity of many children on screen who deserve another look with compassion. Content Warning: some of these images may distress you, especially if you know the films. Worth the watch.

12/12/2020

Next up in the video essays from Dr. Walker's WRITING ABOUT CINEMA course, we celebrate the work of SU film student Taylor Davis. She explores the grown-up messages of the movie MATILDA. We post this in honor of all those who've succeeded against the odds ❤

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.

Film at Salisbury University's cover photo
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

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Dr Elsie Walker, Salisbury University (Department Of English), 1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD
MD 21801

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