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The School of Writing, Literature, and Film offers courses in critical studies in film and screenwriting. The film portal serves as a clearinghouse and information resource for term by term of credit-bearing cinema courses and film events for OSU campus and community. If you wish to list a course or cinema event here, please contact Jon Lewis (email@example.com) or webmaster Felicia Phillips (Felicia.Phillips@oregonstate.edu).
Film in English at OSU has a distinguished history. From 2002 to 2007 OSU/English was home to the Cinema Journal, edited by School of Writing, Literature, and Film faculty member Jon Lewis, representing the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, a professional organization of film and television scholars with more than 3,000 members throughout the world.
Interdisciplinary in approach, film has evolved as a co-discipline of literary studies and as a focused field of study which lends itself to OSU’s aspiration to become a truly global university. In baccalaureate core courses in film, students learn to recognize the genres, traditions, and forms of cinematic expression and the cultural contexts in which they have evolved. Building on new literacies and technologies, they learn skills of critical thinking, writing, and research. Advanced film courses contribute to the Literature and Culture area of the MA in English and to interdisciplinary MAIS programs in CLA. Elective courses in critical film studies are popular elective choices for students majoring or minoring in arts, women’s and ethnic studies, arts, foreign languages, anthropology, theater, and English.
Work Critically and Creatively in Contemporary Irish Cinema
AHA International, a study abroad organization housed at the University of Oregon, is hosting a study abroad program designed specifically for students interested in immersive critical and creative cinema studies. Professor Michael Aronson of the University of Oregon will lead a team of students to Dublin, Ireland, in summer 2014 to take part in courses on contemporary Irish and digital cinema, in addition to attending a film festival in Galway. More information about this opportunity, including dates, fees, curriculum, and housing options, can be found here.
Many Oregon State University students take part in AHA-sponsored study abroad trips each year; this trip is likewise not exclusive to University of Oregon students.
We are pleased to announce two recent book-length publications by faculty affiliated with the film studies program at the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.
Nabil Boudraa, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, co-wrote Francophone Cultures through Film with Cécile Accilien. The book serves students in advanced French language and culture classes by closely analyzing films from Francophone countries, including Haiti, Vietnam, and Algeria. The book is published by Focus Publishing, and more information can be found here.
Another exciting faculty publication is East German Cinema: DEFA and Film History by Sebastian Heiduschke, Assistant Professor of German at Oregon State. Published by Palgrave MacMillian, the book makes a much-needed contribution to scholarship of East Germany’s film monopoly, DEFA, which produced a wide range of films stretching from Soviet occupation to German reunification. More information on Heiduschke’s book can be found here.
Congratulations to Professors Boudraa and Heiduschke on their new books!
Make Movies. Change the World.
Actuality Media coordinates summer programs for current students and recent graduates interested in video, journalism, new media, social entrepreneurship or telling stories that matter. In each program students travel to a developing international community and learn how to produce a short documentary film about a social entrepreneur, nonprofit organization or other changemaker working there. We are now accepting applications for our 2014 documentary outreaches, heading to Ecuador, Kenya and Cambodia.
For more information, please visit the Actuality Media website here.
Go on a filmmaking assignment to New Orleans!
Every nomad has a story. And we believe that those stories are worth sharing with the world.
This year, our 2013 Travel Film Scholarship is off to New Orleans to experience one of the most unique and rich cultures in the U.S. This assignment is about really finding out what makes this melting pot of a city tick - from exploring Mardi Gras traditions to delving into the vibrant music and food scenes that the Big Easy can claim as their very own.
You’ll spend 10 days in New Orleans under the mentorship of filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey. In that time you will be producing 3-5 three-minute travel-themed videos that we will share with the world!
Deadline to apply: November 6, 2013
Participate in the 3rd Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival which will be held on Sunday, October 6, at 7:00 PM, at the Gallery Theater in McMinnville. This year, proceeds will go to McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity so participating will help raise money for a great organization as well as provide an outlet to budding filmmakers!
Entries can be of any genre but must not be more than 15 minutes in total length. There is no age category for applicants.
Categories for the film festival are broken down as follows:
- Documentary and/or Informational
- Animated and/or Stop-Motion
- Music Videos
- Fiction: Comedy and/or Action and/or Musical
- Fiction: Drama and/or Suspense and/or Horror
- Build Local, Build Community (films are specifically focused on Habitat for Humanity)
Depending on how many entries we get, we may break down the two Fiction categories to their own individual genres but for now if you have a Comedy, it will fall under the first Fiction category above. If you have a Horror, it will fall under the second Fiction category. If you have a genre not listed (i.e. Sci-fi), you can still enter. Make it fit in one of the categories above. When you apply, there will be a sub-category where you can enter the specific genre.
The deadline to enter a film is September 16, 2013. There is a $20 entry fee per film but no limit to the number of films a filmmaker can submit.
Each category will offer a $100 top prize to the winner! McMinnville’s Sunrise Rotary is adding a prize for “Emerging Artists”. Sunrise Rotary supports the artistic skills and talents that continually emerge in the student community. In the past, awards have been presented for work in the fine arts and graphic arts. With this award, the Rotary Club of McMinnville begins its program to expand recognition of artistic accomplishments by talented students to include the genres of film, theater, and music.
For more information, please visit http://www.mcminnvillefilmfest.org/ShortFilm/.