Film and Video Studies

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.
This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.

In this minor field, the history, theory,and practice of the moving image are examined as are the forms, thematics, and institutional structures specific to the various practices and conceptualizaitons in the other arts and academic disciplines. Students study the impact of the moving image on aesthetics, politics, culture, and identity through historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives.

The historical approach to film and video considers the development of international cinema from the silent era to its tranformation in video and its future in digital culture, as well as the relation of the images and narratives of cinema and video to those of fine art, literature, architecture, theatre, electornic art, communication, and mass culture.

The theoretical approach reflects on the conceptions of ontology, identity, race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality that are voiced, if not shaped, by cinema and video. Theoretical studies of cinema dialogue with disciplinary discussions in philosophy, psychoanalysis, social and literary theory, visual culture, anthropology, women's studies, and lesbian, bisexual, and gay studies.

The practical approach entails familiarization with the processes of making moving images, from script writing, camera, sound, and lighting to editing, digital transfer, and distribution.

Students who minor in film and video studies must include a faculty member from the field in the Special Committee; complete three courses in film, video or theory approved by the field; and complete a minor "A" exam in the field.

Anindita Banerjee -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: Russian and Indian Cinema; relation of film to older and newer media
Jeremy Braddock -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: documentary film; institutional structures of the film industry; authorship and auteurism; modernism
Timothy Campbell -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: political philosophy and cinema; Italian neo-realism; the American and Italian western; digital media
Brett de Bary -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: Asian cinema; feminist and postcolonial theory
Matthew Evangelista -- Concentrations: Research interests: gender and nationalism; war; Russian and Italian cinema
Cheryl Finley -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: African American cinema; African cinema; Contemporary artists; film & video
Donald Fredericksen -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: narrative and documentary cinema; psychoanalysis; religion and cinema
Arnika Fuhrmann -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests:
Sabine Haenni -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: American film, Film Noir, gender and ethnicity
Ellis Hanson -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: queer cinema; theory; technology; psychoanalysis
Salah Hassan -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: African cinema and art
Patricia Keller -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: Spanish cinema; film theory and criticism
Patrizia McBride -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: 18th to 20th century German literature and culture; visual studies; media studies; literary theory
Timothy Murray -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: American, British, and French cinema; video/digital media; film theory; psychoanalysis; film and performance
Naoki Sakai -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: Asian cinema; visual culture; postcolonial theory
John Sniadecki -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests:
Deborah Starr -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: Egyptian cinema; Arabic literature and film; Israeli literature and film; cosmoplotianism
Amy Villarejo -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: postwar American and British film and television; queer theory; postcolonial film and video
Geoffrey Waite -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: German cinema; visual culture; Marxist theory
John Weiss -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: European cinema; history and film
John Zissovici -- Concentrations: film and video studies; Research interests: electronic imagery; video and architecture

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

David Bathrick -- Concentrations: Research interests: German cinema; film theory; philosophy; film and performance