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FILM 350 Film Genre 

SPECIAL TOPIC: Cult Films

Fall 2019 | Fridays 2:00-4:30 | Holly Wilson

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DO YOU LOVE MOVIES?

Film Studies prepares students for a variety of careers and further educational opportunities by providing foundational instruction in the analysis of visual culture. As a Film Studies student, you'll assess the medium of film in interdisciplinary courses. You'll learn methods of film analysis that take into account the history and conventions of filmmaking. You'll learn about the social impact of film — its uses for reflecting, shaping, and critiquing culture — while improving your ability to express interpretations of this important and influential medium. You'll emerge with the ability to critically view and interpret films, becoming a discerning cinema analyst.

Dozens of career fields rely on knowledge of digital media and visual narratives — including fields in the Arts, Business, Journalism, Writing, Education, and many more. Do you want to write about moving images, make them, market them, or teach them? If you want to develop your ability to analyze visual language and visual narrative, you may find that a Film Studies major or minor is the right fit for you and your goals.

Of course, you may want to take Film Studies courses out of pure love for the movies, which is just fine by us.

WHAT WILL I DO IN FILM STUDIES COURSES?

  • ANALYZE a range of cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and genre trends.
  • ASSESS the historical development of film and related types of media as evolving art forms.
  • APPLY the specialized vocabularies and methodologies used in media studies fields.
  • INTERPRET visual narratives, and clearly express interpretations in conversation and writing.
  • IDENTIFY the processes through which people, practices, and institutions collaborate to produce visual narratives.
  • EVALUATE the ways in which representations of culture reflect or respond to questions of ethics and social justice.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A FILM STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR?

Here are some careers within which you can use your knowledge of cinema and other visual narrative media, either in the film business directly or in any of hundreds of intersecting and related fields.

Careers

HOW DO I DECLARE THE FILM STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR?

Talk to your advisor and fill out the form to add or change your major or minor. You can also make an appointment with the Film Studies Coordinator, Donald Jellerson, to sign the form. Feel free to get in touch with us to plan your courses, talk about which courses are available, or discuss what Film Studies can do for you.

HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MAJOR WORK?

  Download a 2019 Film Studies Major Checklist HERE: MAJOR CHECKLIST

HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MINOR WORK?

  Download a 2019 Film Studies Minor Checklist HERE: MINOR CHECKLIST

FILM 110: Visual Culture in America 

Explores the history and enduring significance of visual culture in America. Themes will include the role of technology in visual culture, the dawn of modern consumerism, the emergence of film, and the postmodern digital collage of 21st century visual culture.

HISTRY 110: History through Film 

A variable-topics course introducing students to selected historical themes depicted by popular film. Students will watch and deconstruct popular historical films within the larger context of scholarly analysis of a particular historic period or event.

ARTHIST 203: Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art 

A thematic approach to the study of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Course material will explore the art, artists, and theory related to modern and contemporary art.

JOURNLSM 224: Media Criticism 

An introduction to critical and analytical approaches to writing about narrative performative and media texts, such as film, television, stage plays, and digital/online texts.

COMM 236: Introduction to Cinema 

Focuses on understanding and appreciating film as a unique visual communication experience. Includes an introduction to the understanding of film language and different theories of film aesthetics and criticism.

COMM 249: Great Moments in Cinema 

A survey overview of the history of cinema from its inception to today, covering the technological developments of filmmaking, the historical development of various countries’ film industries, cinema’s aesthetic developments, and the relationship between cinema and society throughout history.

FILM 266: Gender and Film 

Considers films from the Classical Hollywood Cinema era to better understand how such films take up cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and repackage them for viewers. Learn a set of terms and techniques for interpreting film and another set of terms and techniques for analyzing gender and sexuality.

FILM 272: Critical Writing in Multimedia Contexts 

Learn to conceptualize, structure, and produce analytical writing in multiple forms within digital contexts. Since such contexts are often multi-modal — layered with visual images as well as sound — instruction will include the analysis and appropriation of the visual and auditory in critical writing.

SOCIOLGY 344: Race, Ethnicity and Film 

Sociologically analyze racial and ethnic patterns in American films. Discuss how decision-makers shape the public imagination. Examine how race intersects with other identities in ways that lead to specific trends in Hollywood, highlighting the relationship between media, culture and the economy.

COMM 346: Sound and Image 

Explore the ways in which sound design and music have been used in conjunction with images in diverse media including films, video games, video art, cartoons, music videos, television, and live performance.

FILM 350: Film Genre 

Examines the conventions, development, and cultural contexts of a rotating selection of film genres, with a focus on the stylistic innovations, recurrent themes, and varying interpretations of representative films and/or filmmakers. Repeatable with change of instructor.

FILM 352: Literature on Film 

Examines the complex cultural work of adapting literature to film. Through critical analysis of narrative fiction and the films they inspire, investigate the history, narrative conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of literary adaptations to film. Repeatable with change of instructor.

FILM 354: Stage Plays on Film 

Students study stage plays as well as the ways in which screenwriters and filmmakers adapt those plays for the big screen.

FILM 356: Text and Image 

A theoretical and practical study of story-based visual media and how audiences understand what they see. Introduces principles of narrative and traces how these have changed (or not changed) through the evolution of both the media we consume and the nature of our media consumption. Primary materials include comics, tv, film, and video games.

FILM 358: Topics in Film Studies

Subjects offered will be of particular social and academic importance, and the course will emphasize the careful analysis of film criticism as well as films themselves. Repeatable with change of instructor.

FILM 374: Queer Cinema

Students deploy analyses of gender and sexuality that respond to the possibilities and limitations of the medium. Appropriate for any student who wishes to learn how to apply complex theories of gender representation and sexual identity to the analysis of visual narratives.

FILM 376: Screenwriting

Gain practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on creative, theoretical, and critical processes.

FILM 483: Cinema Auteurs

Learn to analyze film in international contexts. The course will either focus on a director whose work crosses national and language boundaries or compare two established film directors, one working in English and one working in another language. Repeatable with a change of topic.

FILM 485: Film Theory

Study the work of major film theorists and analyze specific films using theoretical lenses. Broaden your knowledge of terms and concepts in film analysis, using established theoretical lenses such as feminism, Marxism, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. Topics will vary. 

FILM 498: Independent Study

A student may wish to substitute an individually designed research or writing project for another course in the Film Studies program. Such a student may plan an independent study course in collaboration with a faculty member. The student and faculty member can propose the independent study using this form: INDEPENDENT STUDY PROPOSAL.

MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM

During the summer of 2013, Nathan Anderson worked with Dr. Jellerson to write and publish a peer-reviewed, scholarly essay on the Howard Hawks film, His Girl Friday (1940). You can read the published essay here: Gender and Ideology in His Girl Friday.

Anderson"The greatest thing about the McNair program is the freedom it allows. So often class assignments frame a student's research or a word count limits a student's inquiry. But McNair allowed me to find a topic that interested me and explore it in more depth. It also allowed scholars the chance to form new or better relationships with faculty members, forming a better network and providing better support for graduate school." — Nathan Anderson

Find out more about the McNair Scholars Program here: http://www.uww.edu/acadsupport/mcnair


SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (SURF)

Deanna MooreResearcher: Deanna Moore
Mentor: Dr. Donald Jellerson 
Research: Film Methodology and Queer Theory  
"The Film Studies minor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a new and growing program which invites students to join the conversation of cinema studies, a field of which involves a unique vocabulary and set of tools for scholarly discussion and writing. To aid with such endeavors, myself and Film Studies Coordinator, Dr. Donald Jellerson, created an online Film Studies Analysis Guide—which includes a downloadable glossary, film clips, still pictures, and concept definitions—as a tailored resource for the UW-Whitewater Film Studies program. The guide will be available for students starting in the fall of 2014. I also assisted Dr. Jellerson in research for his academic book on the cinema of mid-century director Max Ophüls. I contributed an annotated bibliography to be appended to the completed text." — Deanna Moore

Find out more about the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship here: http://www.uww.edu/urp/funding-opportunities


Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UW-Whitewater

For those wishing to excel in scholarly and creative enterprises outside of their classes, this is the right university. UW-Whitewater has a national reputation in undergraduate research, mainly for two reasons: 1) we have terrific student researchers; 2) we are committed to providing them with first- rate opportunities. In particular, we provide strong financial support of undergraduate researchers and we support top quality mentoring. If you would like additional information, please visit us here, http://www.uww.edu/urp/, or contact us by email at urp@uww.edu.

The mission of The Whitewater Film Society is to further academic discussion on cinema, creating an open environment for cinephiles to discuss, critique and appreciate film.

 

 




The UW-Whitewater Film Making Club is a collection of students dedicated to the creation of content in the medium of film. From documentaries to skits and even short films, the UW-Whitewater Film Making club is committed to teaching students how to hone their skills through collaboration and creativity. Every idea is welcome.

 





The purpose of the Japanese Anime Cultural Society is to come to an understanding of a foreign culture in non-linear ways. The Society seeks to enlighten its members through the various means of entertainment Japan has to offer, from traditional food and ceremonies to more modern elements such as music, film, and television.

FILM STUDIES COORDINATOR

Donald JellersonDonald Jellerson 
3217 Laurentide
jellersd@uww.edu
FILM 272: Critical Writing Multimedia
FILM 483: Cinema Auteurs
FILM 485: Film Theory


FACULTY TEACHING IN FILM STUDIES

Karl BrownKarl Brown
5240 Laurentide
brownk@uww.edu
FILM 350: Film Genre
HISTRY 110: History Through Film

Deborah FratzDeborah Fratz
3257 Laurentide
fratzd@uww.edu
FILM 352: Literature on Film

Anna HajdikAnna Hajdik
3261 Laurentide
hajdika@uww.edu
FILM 110: Visual Culture in America
ENGLISH 266: Gender and Film

Jeff HerriottJeff Herriott
104A McGraw
herriotj@uww.edu
COMM 346: Sound and Image 
MUSC 346: Sound and Image

John McGuiganJohn McGuigan
3235 Laurentide
mcguigaj@uww.edu
ENGLISH 376: Screenwriting
FILM 352: Literature on Film

Janine TobeckJanine Tobeck
3260 Laurentide
tobeckj@uww.edu
FILM 272: Critical Writing Multimedia
FILM 356: Text and Image

Chandra WaringChandra Waring
2127 Laurentide
waringc@uww.edu
SOCIOLGY 344: Race, Ethnicity & Film

Deborah WilkDeborah Wilk
CA 2037
wilkd@uww.edu
ARTHIST 203: Intro to Modern and Contemporary Art

Holly WilsonHolly Wilson
3219 Laurentide
wilsonh@uww.edu
ENGLISH 376: Screenwriting
FILM 350: Film Genre

Resources

LOCAL FILM FESTIVALS

Wisconsin Film Festival—http://www.wifilmfest.org
The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arts Institute in association with the Communication Arts Film Studies Program. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents 150 films in seven theaters over eight days in April.

Milwaukee Film Festival—http://mkefilm.org
Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic. And it's at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film's mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee. We seek to create a film festival in Milwaukee that is locally beloved, internationally acclaimed, and a true forum for our diverse community; to offer year-round education programs for all ages, teaching the role and power of film in the modern media landscape; to provide strategic support to filmmakers and projects; and to do our part to make better the city that has made us better. [Note: the Milwaukee Film Festival takes place in September–October.]

Chicago International Film Festival—http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com
Across countries, languages and cultures, film opens a window onto new worlds, demonstrates the promise of new possibilities, and gives expression to different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. In 2012, we presented 127 feature films, including 21 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Many of these films participated in competitive sections, where the highest honor is the Gold Hugo - a standard of excellence in the world of film and a true symbol of discovery. [Note: the Chicago International Film Festival takes place in October.]


LOCAL FILM ORGANIZATIONS

Film Wisconsin—http://www.filmwisconsin.net
Film Wisconsin is a unique non-profit organization and public/private partnership working to create thriving Motion Picture, Television Production, and Video Game industries in the state. Wisconsin has no state film commission or official state liaison to the entertainment or gaming industries so Film Wisconsin was formed to advocate for the industry with Wisconsin’s state and local leaders, provide information and resources for the industry as well as technical assistance for individuals and organizations engaged in all aspects of film and motion production including video gaming and new media.

Northwest Chicago Film Society—http://www.northwestchicagofilmsociety.org/about-us
The Northwest Chicago Film Society exists to promote the preservation of film in context. Films capture the past uniquely. They hold the stories told by feature films, but also the stories of the industries that produced them, the places where they were exhibited, and the people who watched them. We believe that all of this history—not just of film, but of 20th century industry, labor, recreation, and culture—is more intelligible when it’s grounded in unsimulated experience: seeing a film in a theater, with an audience, and projected from film stock.


NATIONAL FILM ORGANIZATIONS

Society for Cinema and Media Studies—http://www.cmstudies.org
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition.

American Film Institute—http://www.afi.com
AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

Writers Guild of America—http://www.wga.org
The Writers Guild Foundation was established in 1966 as a non-profit charitable corporation by a group of television and motion picture writers, members of the Writers Guild of America, West. The founding president was James. R. Webb, and early programs included the Watts Writing Workshops, tribute events and a small library of awarded-nominated screenplays and television scripts. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the community of writers and for writers to serve the community: “Through our events, outreach programs, library and archive we strive to educate and inspire as well as to promote and preserve excellence in writing and the work of writers.”




Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madisonhttps://commarts.wisc.edu/graduate/film
UW Madison offers master's (MA) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in both Film Studies and Media and Cultural Studies through their Department of Communication Arts.  “The PhD in Film prepares students for a future scholarly career. It is designed to train students to conduct research and to disseminate knowledge in the classroom and in other professional settings. Reflecting this overall aim, the program integrates course work, research, and teaching experience.”

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeehttps://uwm.edu/english/graduate/graduate-plans/media-cinema-and-digital-studies/
Students in UW-Milwaukee's Media, Cinema and Digital Studies program can build their own graduate curriculum at the MA and PhD levels, drawing from courses in film studies, television, media theory, cultural studies, critical theory, multimedia writing, art history, alternative textual production, digital studies, gaming, technology theory, history and more. A concentration in UW-Milwaukee  English graduate program, MCDS offers a flexible and individuated course of study for students interested in film studies, media, digital studies or popular culture. Students are encouraged to combine theory, history, analysis or digital textualities with explorations of new and developing global cultural practices, shifts in industry structures and technology, and developments in narrative and formal conventions.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeehttps://www4.uwm.edu/psoa/film/mfa/
The Graduate Program (MFA) in Film, Video, Animation & New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee is interdisciplinary, hands-on, and non-commercial in spirit with a commitment to the intensive and rigorous production of creative time-based art. We have a dedicated, internationally recognized faculty for a small and mutually supportive group of 10-14 graduate students. We encourage works which demonstrate a personal commitment to the art of media making, projects marked not so much by any particular style but rather by the questions they explore. It is the goal of the program to assist each graduate student in completing a number of accomplished works rooted in a developed sense of community, culture, and self.


Illinois

Columbia College Chicagohttp://www.colum.edu/academics/media-arts/cinema-art-and-science/graduate-programs.html
Cinema Directing (MFA). To realize their unique visions onscreen, the best directors need equal mastery of leadership, storytelling and production skills. Candidates in Columbia’s 52-credit Master of Fine Art in Cinema Directing program learn to craft character-driven narratives, work with producers, and create diverse and authentic films grounded in the human experience. Creative Producing (MFA). Creative producers drive the cinema, television and interactive industries. Columbia’s intensive 50-credit Master of Fine Art in Creative Producing program will train you to find great material, navigate the marketplace, hire talent, juggle financial and legal issues, and deliver high-quality entertainment to enthusiastic audiences. For your thesis, you’ll produce a short film and package a long-form narrative project developed during your final year of study.

DePaul Universityhttp://www.cdm.depaul.edu/academics/Pages/MFA-in-Cinema.aspx
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cinema is the terminal degree in digital filmmaking. The MFA program is designed for aspiring filmmakers who seek to become visual storytellers. Graduates of the program have the skills necessary to work in the professional film industry. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level. The MFA program is a highly selective program that culminates in the successful completion of the MFA thesis project, a public presentation of the thesis project, and a defense of the thesis to the student's MFA committee.”

Governors State Universityhttp://www.govst.edu/mfa/
GSU’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Independent Film and Digital Imaging is an interdisciplinary program that forges a relationship between applied sequences in digital filmmaking (Communications) and digital photography (Art). MFA students on the Independent Film track will conceive, produce, direct, edit, and deliver digital documentaries and dramatic projects. Students on the Digital Imaging track will undertake the development of gallery-worthy art. All graduates will hold terminal degrees in the applied arts, giving them the opportunity to compete for work in higher education.

Loyola Universityhttp://www.luc.edu/soc/graduate/digitalstorytelling/
The master's (MC) degree in Digital Media and Storytelling at Loyola is designed for post-baccalaureate students whose intentions are to enter professional markets with current and relevant skills putting stories into compelling narrative form through new and digital means. Our program gives you the opportunity to develop technical expertise while exploring different communications streams such as journalism, advertising, public relations, and documentary filmmaking.

Northern Illinois Universityhttp://www.engl.niu.edu/graduate/MA_programs/film-lit.shtml
The Department of English offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree with a special focus in Literature and Film—a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of the relationships between traditional literary study and the cinema. The focus is designed for students from a wide variety of undergraduate degrees (Communication, Education, English, Film, Theater, etc.); for teachers in the broad range of language skills and art; and for professionals in the media. Its purpose is to study how the cinema engages, appropriates, and extends the forms, philosophies, and values of literature.

Northwestern Universityhttp://www.communication.northwestern.edu/programs/phd_screen_cultures/
The Screen Cultures program at Northwestern is a leading doctoral (PhD) program that conducts and mentors innovative research in the history, theory, and critical analysis of film and media. Integrating interdisciplinary opportunities both within Radio, Television and Film and University-wide, Screen Cultures provides you with an exceptional humanities-based course of study in film, television, and digital media.”

University of Chicagohttp://cms.uchicago.edu/content/graduate-program
The Department of Cinema and Media Studies offers a doctoral (PhD) program that focuses on the history, theory, and criticism of film and related media. Faculty are drawn from a wide range of departments and disciplines primarily in the humanities. In addition to offering its own doctoral degree, the Department offers courses and guidance to students who specialize in film and related media within departmental graduate programs or might be pursuing a joint degree.


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