Upcoming Courses

Now Enrolling for Summer 2018

 

ENGFLM 0355 - Visual Literacy

Visual literacy is an emerging area of study which deals with the growing importance of visual culture in our contemporary world and how we interpret what is seen.  This course will emphasize the process of critically viewing specific media artifacts and provide tools to students that will allow them to comprehend and evaluate information presented by a variety of forms of visual media, including television, video, film, photography, and the internet.
Instructor: Ali Patterson
Session: Twelve-week
Online Class
 

ENGFLM 0400 - Introduction to Film

This is a basic course on the visual arts that offers the student a broad introduction to the medium of film. As part of this overview, the class will consider such issues as: the process of contemporary film production and distribution; the nature of basic film forms; selected approaches to film criticism; comparisons between film and the other media.
Instructor: Ellina Sattarova
Session: Six-week 1
Time: MoWe 6pm-9:50pm
Prerequisites: None
 

ENGFLM 0530 - Film Analysis

This course introduces students to the art of the cinema, and to the techniques for its formal and iconographic analysis.  It examines the nature of shot composition and visual framing, the use of color, the role of lighting as a pictorial element, the potentials of camera movement, the modes of editing and the nature of image/sound montage.  It also introduces students to dominant cinema forms--narrative, experimental, documentary, etc.--And connects the cinema to visual arts (like painting and sculpture).
Instructor: John Taylor
Session: Six-week 1
Time: TuTh 12pm-3:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category: Core Requirement
 

ENGFLM 0532 - Introduction to Film Genres

This course surveys major film genres--the Western, the musical, the detective film, the screwball comedy, etc. We will trace the history of film genres from the studio era to the present, including European transformations. The course seeks to relate film genres to the culture that created them.
Instructor: Jesse Anderson-Lehman
Session: Six-week 2
Time: MoWe 6pm-9:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category: II

ENGFLM 0540 - World Film History

From post-war Japanese film to contemporary Nollywood productions, this course reviews the history of major developments in international cinema, with a particular focus on the film histories of Asian, African, Latin American, South American, and European nations. We will discuss techniques of film analysis along with major works and movements. 
Instructor: Kelsey Cummings
Session: Six-week 2
Time: TuTh 12pm-3:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category: Core Requirement
 

ENGFLM 1470 - Film Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas (P.T.) Anderson: independent film maverick, or crafter of star-power epics? A director who wears his influences on his sleeve, or a true original? Hyperkinetic flourish and the ensemble cast, or restrained, personal drama? All of the above—the only answer, perhaps. This course will position Anderson, one of our generation’s most acclaimed and formally adventurous filmmakers, as a figure whose ability to shift between and navigate these seemingly opposite poles offers us a perfect entry point for addressing some of cinema’s most pressing issues. Among other topics, we will investigate crucial aesthetic and critical questions attached to influence and intertextuality, as well as the process of generating a unique “style” through such a relationship to the past; Anderson’s obsession with the dynamics of surrogate families (and surrogate filmmakers); how frequent collaborators in cinematography, scoring, editing, and acting have contributed to the success of Anderson’s pictures; his evocation of certain “modern” anxieties, and the oft-polarizing nature of a particular presentation of masculinity; and how both the conventions and flexibility of genres have played a key role in our understanding of films such as Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, and Inherent Vice.
Instructor: Adam Hebert
Session: Six-week 1
Time: TuTh 6pm-9:50pm
Prerequisites: None
Category:  I
 

Upcoming Fall 2018 Courses

 

GER 1548 - New German Cinema

Everyone knows Werner Herzog’s maniacally accented voice, or Tom Tykwer’s work on Sense8. Yet these names only represent a small portion of great directors active in German Cinema.  Devastated after World War II, Germany’s film industry rose literally out of the rubble.  This course will survey the history of German Cinema, its waves of success and periods of crisis, with a focus on the New German Cinema of the 1960s-­80s. No previous film courses are required. No knowledge of German is necessary.
Instructor: Randall Halle, Director, Film and Media Studies Program
Time: MoWe 6pm-7:15pm, screenings Tu 6pm-9pm
Category I, National Cinemas and Filmmakers

 

SPAN 1404 - Latin American Topics: Drugs, Money, and Violence: Narco-Culture in Latin American Film

This course explores the complex, multi-layered, and often contradictory world of transnational narcotics traffic particularly as it is configured in and through contemporary Latin American cinema. Departing from the contention that the relations between drug trafficking networks, governmental responses to the drug trade, drug production and consumption, are not clear and transparent as depicted in dominant discourses exemplified by the narrative of the War on Drugs, this course analyzes narco-culture not as a simplistic response centered merely on the idolization of drug lords or drug culture, but as a dynamic creative current that tries to make sense of the complexity and violence of the world of drugs. Why do official narratives of capitalist enterprise disavow the capitalist foundation of the drug trade? How are discourses of security and protection ironically embodied in violent militarized actions and neo-imperial ventures? How does the criminalization of certain cultural practices and symbols – particular languages, dress codes, music – relate to the racialization and sexualization of certain peoples and bodies? Moreover, how can we understand the (global) commercial success of narco-culture as exemplified by recent mainstream media and popular culture (i.e. Netflix’s Narcos television series)? In this course, we will address these questions by engaging in close reading/viewing of contemporary Latin American films that center on representations and (re)productions of narco-culture: Barbet Schroeder’s La virgen de los sicarios (2001), Lourdes Portillo’s Señorita extraviada (2003), Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala (2012), Amat Escalante’s Heli (2013), Josef Kubota Wladkya’s Manos Sucias (2014) and others. These primary works will be examined in conjunction with secondary readings that discuss topics relevant to our analysis of narco-culture, such as globalization, neoliberal capitalism, immigration, femicides, cultural appropriation, and racial and gender construction. The course will be taught in Spanish.
Instructor: Junyoung Verónica Kim
Time: TuTh 4pm-5:15pm
Category I, National Cinemas and Filmmakers