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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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...

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Spring Film Studies Classes

Spring Film Studies Classes

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Feb 13, 2015

FLM-203-01/ATH-203-01 Writing About Film — TTH 1:55PM-3:40PM, KARP 006 (Chilcoat) In this WAC course you will learn how to write about film in a way that will inform, interest, entertain and impress readers even if they disagree with you. Throughout the course,...

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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...

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