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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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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Cotton Road — 5 pm Wed April 23rd Reamer

Cotton Road — 5 pm Wed April 23rd Reamer

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Apr 12, 2014

Filmmaker Laura Kissel Cotton Road:  A Supply Chain Journey Americans now consume one billion items of clothing made in China each year.  Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of workers lives in a conventional cotton supply...

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“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” — 5:30 pm Thurs. Feb 27 Reamer

“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” — 5:30 pm Thurs. Feb 27 Reamer

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Feb 22, 2014

Film Maker Brent Green Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then Thursday Feb 27 at 5:30 pm Reamer Campus Center Auditorium Video animation and installation artist Brent Green will be screening his first feature film “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then,” about a man...

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