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Lisa Gossels  'My So-Called Enemy'

Film Screening and Q&A with the Director

Monday, March 31, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Seelye Hall 201

Smith College

 

Lisa Gossels will screen her award-winning documentary, My So-Called Enemy (2010), a film about six young women (Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim) and their relation to the conflict in Israel and Palestine and its potential resolutions.  In addition, Gossels will hold a documentary master class, a lunchtime salon at the Global Studies Center, and a series of workshops on gender and conflict resolution over two days.

Gossels is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and is member of the Selah Leadership Network, the first leadership training designed specifically for Jewish leaders working across social change fields.  Her first film, The Children of Chabannes won an Emmy in 2001, and was screened on HBO and PBS.  More information can be found at http://mysocalledenemy.com/

This event is sponsored by the Smith College Film Studies Program, Motion Pictures Fund, Lecture Committee, Department of Religion Ada Howe Kent Fund, Program in Jewish Studies, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Program in American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Middle East Studies, the School for Social Work, and the Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program, Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program and the Hampshire College Humanities Program.

 

 

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An Afternoon with Christine Vachon Producer and Founder of Killer Films

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium

Wright Hall

Smith College

Independent Producer Christine Vachon produced Todd Haynes's first feature, Poison, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.  Since then, she has produced many acclaimed independent films, including Boys Don't Cry (Academy Award), and Far from Heaven (four Academy Award nominations), Mildred Pierce (HBO), Kill Your Darlings, and, upcomning The Bell Jar.  She is a graduate of Brown University, and has been on the juries of the Sundance and Venice Film Festivals.  She received the Producers Award from the National Board of Review and an award for Outstanding Achievement in Gay and Lesbian Media from Frameline (LGBT) festival.  In 2011, Vachon was listed as one of the 50 most powerful Gays and Lesbians by the New York Observer.  For more information about the producer, visit http://www.killerfilms.com/

This event is sponsored by the Smith College Film Studies Program, American Studies, Study of Women and Gender and the Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund; Amherst College Film and Media; Mount Holyoke College Film Studies; Hampshire College Film, Video and Photograhy; and the Five College Film Council.

 

 

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Presentation of the Smith College

Film Studies Minor and Five College Film Studies Major

                               

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

12:00 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

Smith College

 

The Film Studies Program will host the Fall Presentation of the Smith College Film Studies Minor and Five College Film Studies Major.

Come and meet the faculty, talk with current majors and minors, and learn more about Film Studies. 

            PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

 

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Smith hosts first Five College Film Studies Undergraduate Conference

Sunday, February 24, 2013

1:00-6:45 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Smith College

Students from all five colleges will present original papers on one of four panels that cohere around the topics of: Gender and Sexuality, Indian Cinema, Genre and 9/11, Film + Language.  The event is organized by faculty members Jennifer Malkowski, of Smith, and Ken Eisenstein, of Mount Holyoke, in collaboration with their respective film studies departments.  For the full program and more details, search “Five College Film Studies Undergraduate Conference” on Facebook for our event page. Free and open to the public. Bring friends and/or popcorn!  Sponsored by the Smith College and Mount Holyoke Film Studies Programs, and the Five College Film Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graduate Study Informational Session

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

5:00 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Smith College

Interested in Graduate Study in Film?  (MA/PhD/or MFA) 

Attend an informational session hosted by Smith’s Film Studies Program.  Open to all Five College students.

The informational session will be presented by Alexandra Keller

(Associate Professor of Film Studies at Smith), Jennifer Malkowski (McPherson Post-doctoral Fellow in Film and New Media at Smith), and Bernadine Mellis (Five College Visiting Artist in Film Studies).  The session will provide a basic overview of grad school: why you might choose to go or not to go, what kind of experience you should expect, the types of background and application materials good programs might require, and the financial aspects of graduate education.  The goal of this session is to help you make informed choices about if/when, where, and how to apply for a program.  Please bring any questions you have and we will allow time to discuss them. 

 

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Presentation of the Smith Film Minor

and Five College Film Major

                               

 Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 12:00 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

 Smith College

 

The Film Studies Program will host the Fall Presentation of the Smith College Film Studies Minor and Five College Film Studies Major.

Come and meet the faculty, talk with current majors and minors, and learn more about Film Studies. 

                        PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

 

 

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless through Documentary Film

A Talk by Documentary Filmmaker, Beth Murphy

Wednesday, October 10, 2013

4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Smith College

Documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy (Principle Pictures) talks about her current project, a feature-length documentary about the first all-girls' school in a rural region of Afghanistan, and about the particular challenges faced by women documentary filmmakers.  Her films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and have been shown on The Sundance Channel, The History Channel, Discovery International, and Lifetime Television.  For more information about the filmmaker and Principle Pictures, visit http://principlepictures.com/

This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Smith College Film Studies Program, the Departments of German Studies, and Education, the Project on Women and Social Change, and the Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund. This event builds upon last spring's successful Film Studies weekend symposium, "Women, Social Justice, Documentary."

 

 

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Thinking about Video Games: A Presentation by Smith and UMass Students

Thursday, April 19, 2012

5-6:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Smith College

72% of U.S. households have members who play electronic games and game sales now routinely exceed box office numbers for movies . . . so maybe we should start thinking about how video games make meaning.  See students analyze the play and politics of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Portal 2, The Sims 3, Afro Samurai, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto 4, Left 4 Dead, and Bioshock.   Sponsored by the Smith College Film Studies Program; presented by the students of Film Studies 251 at Smith and English 393 at UMass.

 

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Symposium: Women, Social Justice, Documentary

Saturday, March 31st through Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Film Studies Program at Smith College invites you to a two-day symposium bringing together some of the major women practitioners of documentary whose aim is social justice. This weekend of panel discussions, talks, and screenings is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Smith College Film Studies Program.  Co-sponsored by the Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund, the Dorius/Spofford Fund, the Film Studies Motion Picture Fund, the Departments of Government, the Leanna Brown Fund, Philosophy, and Spanish and Portuguese, the Programs in American Studies, the Study of Women and Gender, the Kixie Denison Fieldman Endowed Lecture Fund, the Office of Residence Life, the Five College Lecture Fund, Five College Film Council, Women's Studies Research Center, the Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program, the Hampshire College Community-Based Learning Program, Film/Photo/Video Program, and the Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, and Nexus in Journalism, Media & Public Discourse.

 

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Wake Up: Documentary Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Jonas Elrod

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 7:00 p.m. Seelye Hall 201

Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day with the ability to see angels, demons, and ghosts.  Wake Up follows Elrod, who, with his loving but skeptical girlfriend by his side, crisscrosses the country as he searches for answers and delves into the world of the phenomenal and spiritual.  The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and includes interviews with many renowned scientists, teachers and spiritual leaders.  For more information about the film and watch the trailer, visit  http://thewhitefoxstudio.com/Wake_Up/index_Northampton.html

This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Smith College Film Studies Program with support from the Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Philosophy Department.  

 

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Graduate Study Informational Session

Interested in Graduate Study in Film?  (MA/PhD/or MFA)  Attend an informational session on Thursday, October 13, 4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201, hosted by Smith’s Film Studies Program.  Open to all Five College students.

The informational session will be presented by Alexandra Keller ( Director of Film Studies at Smith), Jennifer Malkowski (McPherson Post-doctoral Fellow in Film and New Media at Smith), and Bernadine Mellis (Five College Visiting Artist in Film Studies).  The session will provide a basic overview of grad school: why you might choose to go or not to go, what kind of experience you should expect, the types of background and application materials good programs might require, and the financial aspects of graduate education.  The goal of this session is to help you make informed choices about if/when, where, and how to apply for a program.  Please bring any questions you have and we will allow time to discuss them. 

 

 

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A Talk by Caetlin Benson-Allott Paranormal Spectatorship: Faux Footage Horror and the War on Piracy

Thursday, September 22, 2011 4:30 p.m. Seelye Hall 201

A Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she teaches US film history, new media theory, and gender and sexuality studies will deliver a talk titled "Paranormal Spectatorship: Faux Footage Horror and the War on Piracy". Building on the found footage conceit of The Blair Witch Project, recent horror movies like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity teach their spectator to fear underground media distribution and finding movies through P2P networks. The MPAA member studios' support of this subgenre thus extends the organization's war on piracy into films themselves.

Sponsored by the Smith College Connections Fund and the Smith College Film Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

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Dominique Cabrera - L'Autre côté de la mer

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 7 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

French/Algerian filmmaker Dominique Cabrera will present her 1997 film L'Autre côté de la mer (The Other Shore) and answer questions from the audience following the screening. The film offers a reflection on the relationship between France and Algeria in the decades following the Algerian War of Independence, focusing on two men of North African and French descent in contemporary France. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

 

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Film Editor Chris Seward

Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 7p.m., Seelye Hall 201

 

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Chris Seward got his start editing shows for television, working with such clients as NBC, PBS and the History Channel. Nominated by the American Cinema Editors guild for Best Documentary Editor of the Year for Fahrenheit 9/11, he won the award in 2008 for Sicko.

 

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COOKING HISTORY

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 7p.m., Weinstein Auditorium Wright Hall

 

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival presents: Cooking History. War as you've never seen it: through the eyes of military cooks.

 

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