Why Study Film?

Why Study Film?

“Americans use the movies to talk to themselves about who they are.” Jane Smiley, Ten Days in the Hills (2006)

Over the course of the twentieth century, film has become the dominant story-telling medium of the modern world. While we still address ethical, social, philosophical, and psychological concerns in the printed word and the plastic arts, in live drama and political speech, it is in the movie theater that more people and more diverse groups of them gather to view and review stories that pose and offer solutions to problems personal and social, national and global. By studying film and the art of cinematic story telling we not only study ourselves but we also learn about the primary way in which we talk about ourselves, how we represent ourselves to others and to ourselves.

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Film Studies at Union

Film Studies at Union

The Film Studies minor at Union College is designed to develop a conscious awareness of film as a basic and widespread medium of cultural communication. It provides students with the tools necessary for critically and historically analyzing and evaluating film texts, for understanding film technologies within the broader context of the liberal arts, and for beginning to master the art of telling stories cinematically. It also prepares students to pursue academic and creative paths for advanced study and professional interests in film.

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Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies at Union College expands one’s understanding of this basic medium – now a crucial part of the liberal arts education. The program strengthens knowledge of film histories and cultures, introduces the tools for critical analysis of film texts, and provides hands-on training in film production technologies.

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Chasing Embers

Chasing Embers

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Sep 9, 2015

Chasing Embers final cut Kewan Harrison and Joseph Laub’s feature film, Chasing Embers, completed for their Organizing Theme Major in film production and screened spring term to a packed house, is now in its final edit and ready to submit to festivals.  Here is the new trailer for the film: And some production shots are below.  The cast and crew included, besides Kewan and Joey, Kevin Barhydt, Christina Reeves, Ulisses Gonsalves, Michael Greene, Tatum Yancey, Jonathan Pascone and Will Hahn.  Michelle Chilcoat, Jim deSeve and Andy Feffer advised the senior project.                 Kewan, Joey and Christina Reeves (who pldiscuss a shot on location in the Berkshires.                   Kewan explains another shot to co-star Kevin...

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Community Action Media Lab

Community Action Media Lab

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Feb 27, 2015

GREAT NEWS! The Community Media Action Lab will hold a banquet and screening at Proctor’s GE Theater on Tues, March 3, 5:45pm. What is CMAL? Click on the video below! Catering by Perreca’s! Movies by great Union students! Remarks by President Ainlay! Check out the excellent promo video by Anders Goetz. Buses leave Old Chapel at 5:25pm. RSVP: UnionCMAL@gmail.com LIMITED SEATING! Reserve today. (It’s free!) Event co-sponsored by Film Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Kenney Center and Multicultural Affairs. Thanks...

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Distracted Wreading — Feb 17th 6 pm Karp Hall

Distracted Wreading — Feb 17th 6 pm Karp Hall

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Feb 9, 2015

Tan Lin, “Bibliographic Sound Track,” 2012, 40:00 video Distracted Wreading [From Structural Film to Digital Poetics] February 17th, 2015, 6 -8 pm Karp Hall Curated by Jenelle M. Troxell, Assistant Professor of English This multimedia event and discussion seeks to explore the linguistic turn art has taken since the 1960s when language became a primary material for artists in such movements as Pop, Fluxus, Minimalism and Conceptualism. At the same time that artists began exploring language as medium, a new appreciation of the materiality of language fueled unparalleled experimentation in literature and poetry. Tony Cokes, artist and Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, will present and discuss his video work.  In addition, there will be media stations presenting additional word films by avant-gardists, structural filmmakers, and contemporary video artists including Peggy Ahwesh, D.A. Pennebaker, Hollis Frampton, Mona Hatoum, Tan Lin, Paul Sharits, Michael Snow and Brian Kim Stefans. “Distracted Wreading” is one episode in the Mandeville Gallery’s current exhibition, “Mot Juste:  A celebration of text and language in contemporary visual arts.”  For more on the exhibition, please visit the gallery website:  http://muse.union.edu/mandeville/mot-juste/ Two of Cokes’ works are up on Vimeo.  “RRK (Reading Rosalind Krauss)”: from “Our Literal Speed: Soundtrack Recordings” (2009) by Tony Cokes “RRK (Reading Rosalind Krauss) is an animated transcript of the lyrics from The Size Queens` song of the same title. This witty chunk of rock-art was part of the official soundtrack for the first “Our Literal Speed: The Performative Discourse” event held at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany in March 2008. The second iteration of the event held in Chicago in May 2009 featured...

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