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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Film and Filmmaker: Citizen Koch, Wed Feb 25 5:30

Film and Filmmaker: Citizen Koch, Wed Feb 25 5:30

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Jan 20, 2015

Billionaires Charles and David Koch With the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling opening the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election. But what happens when the voters realize that those doing the buying do...

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Film and Filmmaker:  Four Season’s Lodge, Thurs Jan 22 5 pm

Film and Filmmaker: Four Season’s Lodge, Thurs Jan 22 5 pm

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Jan 20, 2015

“This is our revenge on Hitler. To live this long, this well, is a victory.” (Fran Laufer, Bergen-Belsen survivor)   Please join Film Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures and Religious Studies for the Award-winning film, Four Season’s Lodge at 5pm on...

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Ed Pavlic:  James Baldwin in the 70s April 29

Ed Pavlic: James Baldwin in the 70s April 29

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Apr 19, 2014

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall:  Music & Film in James Baldwin’s Transnational Early 70s” A multimedia presentation by Ed Pavlic, University of Georgia, 5-6 pm Tuesday April 29, Arts 215 Covering issues of sexuality, race, artistic creation,...

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