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Video Essayist Kevin B. Lee

"Beyond Filmsplaining: Exploring Gender Dynamics in the Video Essay"

Monday, March 19, 2018, 4:30 pm

Graham Hall, Hillyer


In the age of YouTube and social media, video essays play an important role in shaping today's film culture and discourse. But an overwhelming majority of these videos are produced by young cis white males, and videos by and about women and gender minorities are often subject to greater scrutiny due to underlying gender biases. Several key case studies will be presented to offer critical considerations about the dynamics of gender and authority in these audiovisual performances of cultural knowledge.





2018 Five College Film Festival

Friday, Friday, February 23, 2018, 7 pm

Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

CALL for SUBMISSIONS - Entries due February 15, 2018, by 3 p.m.


For more info and to submit, visit: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/film/festival





Gaming Representation: A Symposium on

Video Games and Identity

Friday, October 27, 2017, 1-6:30 pm

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall



This one-day symposium features scholarship on video games and identity - an urgent topic in the gaming industry and culture - from contributors to the new book, Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. with presentations from panelists TreaAndrea M. Russworm, Soraya Murray and Bonnie Ruberg, followed at 3:15 p.m. by a moderated conversation among panelists about the state of identity and games today, and concludes with a 4:30 p.m. keynote lecture from Lisa Nakamura, one of the foremost scholars researching on race and digital media. Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible.




An Afternoon with Christine Vachon

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:00 pm

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall



Christine Vachon is the founder of Killer Films and a pioneer in independent filmmaking. She has produced all of Todd Haynes’ films, and, recently, produced Carol and Still Alice. Her vision has transformed the independent filmmaking landscape, enlarging it especially for women and LGBTQ stories and artists. She will be talking about her career and current and future projects.



Congratulations to Emma Hathaway ('17)! Her student film, Seeking Mirror (2017), has been included in the Toronto Bi Arts Festival this year.






Hosted by Smith College Film & Media Studies Program
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Seelye Hall 201

Event Details

  • A one-day conference to be held at Smith College on Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Organized by Alex Keller (akeller@smith.edu) and Jen Malkowski (jmalkows@smith.edu), of Smith's Program in Film and Media Studies, on behalf of the Five College Film Council.


The 5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference is designed to build community among students studying film and media on each of the five campuses, to give our most engaged students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills, and to allow them to share insights from their work with a wider audience. Participants will each give a 15-minute presentation as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students working on related themes (the organizers will assemble these panels). Each panel will include time at the end for questions and discussion. This is a standard format for academic conferences in the Humanities and Social Sciences, so the experience will offer an additional benefit for participants who might be considering graduate school. Although we are using a formal structure, the conference will be focused on providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere for sharing ideas and meeting colleagues across the Five Colleges.





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"AWOL" Screening with Director Deb Shoval

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:30pm

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall



The Film: Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Mistress America) shines as Joey, an aimless high school graduate searching for a way out of Pennsylvania coal country. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide a path, but a chance encounter with magnetic Rayna (UnReal’s Breeda Wool), a slyly seductive housewife and mother neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, changes Joey’s trajectory irrevocably. As Joey falls ever more deeply in love with Rayna, clouded judgment leads her down a path she can’t turn back from. With winning lead performances from Kirke and Wool and a strong supporting cast, director Deb Shoval’s muscular feature film debut is a splendid and brooding meditation on the boundless possibilities of first love constricted by the trials of rural poverty.


Deb Shoval was raised by her Israeli father and American mother in a small Pennsylvania coal town. Her first feature, AWOL, starring Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Mistress America) and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) premiered in competition at Tribeca ‘16, and will be distributed by The Orchard in 2017. AWOL began as a short film, premiering at Sundance ‘11 and winning awards from Kodak, Technicolor, and Women in Film. Grants and fellowships include The Jerome Foundation, IFP, Frameline, Film Independent, US-in-Progress, Tribeca Film Institute/IWC, Columbia University Faculty Selects, and Women In Film/Tiffany’s. Shoval has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in Sustainable Agriculture from Hampshire College.





“Black Radical Imagination”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7pm

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall


The second of two screenings organized in collaboration with the Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program, “Black Radical Imagination” is a touring program of film and video shorts focusing on new stories and expressions within the African diaspora. The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color in the realm of the cinematic. Building upon the aesthetic traditions of Afro-futurism and Afro-surrealism, works in the program utilize a diversity of styles and modes ranging from experimental cinema to video art to new media. Artists in the program contribute their own visions of post-modern society refracted through the lens of current black culture.


Preceded on Tuesday night at 7pm by “Parallel Worlds,” a program of films by Ephraim Asili screening at Amherst College’s Keefe Campus Center Theater. The screening at Smith (approx. 1 hr. total running time) will be followed by a conversation with co-curator Amir George and featured filmmakers Ephraim Asili and Ja’Tovia Gary.





Speaker: Linda Williams
"The Elephant of Melodrama"

Thursday October 20, 2016 at 5pm

Graham Hall, Hillyer



Linda Williams is Professor Emerita in Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the leading scholars in Film & Media Studies, she wrote the field’s pioneering work on pornography, Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible" (1989). Her subsequent books cover race and melodrama (Playing the Race Card, 2001), the history of sex in cinema (Screening Sex, 2008), and the acclaimed television series The Wire (On the Wire, 2014).





1st Annual OUTFEST On The Road Film Festival
September 16-18, 2016



The Program for the Study of Women and Gender and Outfest present Outfest on the Road, the first festival to bring Outfest film programming to a collegiate community. This inaugural festival offers cutting-edge films that screened at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, alongside queer film classics from the Outfest archive. We will screen two exciting short film programs, as well as Margarita with a Straw, a feature film about queer love and disability, Major!, an award-winning documentary about trans icon Miss Major, the digitally remastered 20th anniversary version of The Watermelon Woman, and host a panel with the masterful independent filmmakers of Margarita with a Straw and The Watermelon Woman. A student run pop-up art space will be ongoing throughout the festival weekend in the Nolan Art Lounge in the campus center.


To access the full program, descriptions of each event, and details about the festival please visit our website: http://sophia.smith.edu/outfestontheroad and our Facebook Page: Outfest On The Road: Smith College






Past Events



Presentation of the Smith College

Film Studies Minor and

Five College Film Studies Major


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

12:00 p.m.

Seelye Hall 207


Pizza lunch provided!

Come and learn about the exciting

opportunities as a film studies major or minor.



30th Anniversary Screening of
Kiss of the Spider Woman

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 5 p.m.





The Smith College Film Studies Program and the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival present a special 30th anniversary screening of Kiss of the Spider Woman, an Oscar-winning independent film, a landmark film in LGBTQ culture, and an important text in the mainstreaming of Latin American politics into U.S. cultural consciousness. David Weisman, the film's producer, will introduce the screening and hold a Q&A afterward. During his visit to campus, Weisman will also do class visits and conduct a faculty seminar at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.







Hosted by Smith College

April 24–25, 2015

SCMS-U Conference





2015 Five College Film Festival



              SUBMIT ONLINE: fivecolleges.edu/film/festival

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