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Digital Media, New Cinemas and the Global South symposium kicks off April 3

Beginning with a screening of films by Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu and continuing with roundtable discussions, keynote addresses and artist talks at both MSU and UM, this exciting symposium looks hard at emerging trends and new technologies in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and beyond. See the full schedule for complete information and click image for flyer.

Co-sponsored by the MSU Film Studies Program, MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Center for Gender in Global Context, the African Studies Center, the Asian Studies Center, the UM Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the UM African Studies Center.

Full Program

Emeka Ogboh Flyer



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Professor Nieland contributes to NYT Room For Debate

Professor Justus Nieland recently contributed an article on auteurism to the New York Times' Room For Debate series, just in time for this year's Oscars! Great read, Justus!



Professor Nieland named co-editor of book series

Professor Justus Nieland is now the co-editor of the Contemporary Film Directors book series at the University of Illinois press. The first book in the series under his editorship, on celebrated German Director Christian Petzold and authored by Jaimey Fisher, has just been published.


Visiting Producer Christine Vachon public lecture


Friday, 11/22, 5pm | RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall Terrace Level

Christine Vachon is one of the key, contemporary figures of American independent cinema, producing seminal films such as Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There (2007), Far From Heaven (2002), and Safe (1995), John Waters’s A Dirty Shame (2004), Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry (1999), and Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998). Vachon’s influence and achievements are remarkable, not only in terms of the artistic merit of the films she has produced but also instrumentally for the groundbreaking and politically-committed LGBT and feminist work she has supported through her productions.

In addition to her public talk, Vachon will be leading a one-credit pro-seminar with a select group of filmmaking students during her visit to campus.

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Also, click here to hear Vachon's NPR interview with WKAR, aired November 21, 2013. 


The Cinémathèque française Dedicates Festival Screening to Joshua Yumibe's Research


color_feminine.jpgThe Cinémathèque française has dedicated an upcoming screening to Professor Joshua Yumibe’s research, as part of the festival “Toute la mémoire du monde” (December 3–8). One of the festival's topics this year focuses on early color cinema, and the screening regarding Professor Yumibe’s work examines color and gender (“Couleurs & féminité").

For more information, see this overview of the festival (in French) and this program. Professor Yumibe's related essay can be viewed here and his book on the subject is Moving Color: Early Film, Mass Culture, Modernism.


Pete Johnston featured in Lansing City Pulse article on Michigan Independent Films



Academic Specialist and Digital Media/Film Production Manager Pete Johnston was recently featured in a Lansing City Pulse article about the Made in Michigan Film Festival and other independent, Michigan-made films. Pete's film On the Open Road, co-produced with his brother Joe Johnston, was screened at the festival in Frankenmuth on October 19th.



College of Arts and Letters' Global Film Series 2013/2014 Lineup


The College of Arts and Letters' Global Film Series is back in 2013/2014, with an exciting lineup of films and filmmakers.

11/6 - For the 25

For the 25.pngThis first-hand documentary account of a Marine unit's experience in Afghanistan was created by MSU students in WRA 225. A Q&A panel discussion will follow the film, featuring the student film makers and a representative from the MSU Student Veterans of America, as well as a representative from the Michigan Department of Veteran's Affairs.

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11/21 - I'm Not There

Screening as part of the MSU Film Collective and displayed on 35mm film, this unique Bob Dylan biopic will blow you away. The film's producer, Christine Vachon, will be on campus the following day for a public talk as well as a student pro-seminar. Check out her full schedule.

2/20 - Jackie Brown

Quentin Tarentino's follow-up to Pulp Fiction brought together Robert De Niro, Samuel Jackson, Robert Forster, and the legendary Pam Grier. Dan Kneece, Steadicam expert and one of the camera operators on the film, will be present at the screening to answer questions following the film.

3/18 - Red Ant Dream

A feature documentary on the Maoist movement in India, this independent documentary will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sanjay Kak.



Exciting upcoming film events at the Broad MSU Museum

This fall will bring several film events to the Broad Art Museum:

Les Vampires, un film de Louis Feuillade.©1915/1916 Gaumont.

Saturday, September 28 through Friday, October 4—Les Vampires Marathon in conjunction with Michelle Handelman: Irma Vep, the last breath
Runs all day/Free and open to the public – Broad MSU Museum Media Gallery

Louis Feuillade’s classic silent serial film, Les Vampires (1915), will be screened in the media gallery, in conjunction with Michelle Handelman’s multi-channel video work, Irma Vep, the last breath. Les Vampires features a criminal gang named Les Vampires who stalk the streets of Paris at night. Feuillade cast legendary vamp, Musidora, to play Irma Vep, the evasive assassin ringleader in form fitting black body suit and mask. The film has been credited for ushering in certain techniques that influenced such filmmakers as Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang and Luis Buñel. It is one of the longest films ever made and the Broad MSU will be screening all ten episodes daily from open to close (all six and a half hours) beginning Saturday, September 28 through Friday, October 4 (excluding Monday when the museum is closed). 

Wednesday, October 2 at 6 pm, Broad Art Museum MSU, Education Wing
Lecture by Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College, University of Chicago
Introduced by Director of Film Studies in the Department of English Josh Yumibe

Tom Gunning will deliver a lecture on Michelle Handelman’s four channel video installation Irma Vep: the last breath (on view at the Broad Art Museum MSU from September 20, 2013 – January 5, 2014) and its relation to Louis Feuillade’s 1915 Les vampires, screening daily (all day) at the Broad MSU from September 28 - October 4.
Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work (approximately one hundred publications) has concentrated on early cinema (from its origins to World War I) as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose (relating it to still photography, stage melodrama, magic lantern shows, as well as wider cultural concerns such as the tracking of criminals, the World Expositions, and Spiritualism). His influential concept of the "cinema of attractions" relates the development of cinema to forces other than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, and an emerging modern visual culture. His book D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film traces the ways film style interacted with new economic structures in the early American film industry and with new tasks of storytelling. His book on Fritz Lang deals with the systematic nature of the director's oeuvre and the processes of interpretation. He has written on avant-garde film, both in its European pre-World War I manifestations and the American avant-garde film up to the present day. He has also written on genre in Hollywood cinema and on the relation between cinema and technology. The issues of film culture, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and spectator's experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.
Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program and the Department of English, MSU.

Special Screening and Live Musical Performance in conjunction with The Broad MSU Residency, The Land Grant:
The General Line with live musical score by Chicago Based Quartet, Dhalgren
Saturday, November 16 at 7 pm, Minskoff Gallery

The General Line, 1929, Soviet

Sergei Eisenstein’s The General Line (Old and New) started off as a celebration of the collectivization of Soviet agriculture and was created for the purpose of persuading such communities to adapt to modern methods of machinery. Eisenstein’s associative montages and erotic undercurrents prevail as he traces the agrarian customs of the 19th century to the more mechanized ways of the 20th century.





Professor Bill Vincent featured in Spartan Sagas

Professor Bill Vincent has been profiled in Spartan Sagas in a feature that encapsulates his career as a scholar and teacher of film studies, a filmmaker, and a screenwriter, and depicts his recent role in the remake of The Evil Dead; both the original and the remake are the product of Bill's (now famous) former students, Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert.




Professor Ken Harrow releases new book


harrow trash.jpgWe are very pleased to announce that Professor Ken Harrow's new book, Trash: African Cinema from Below, has just been released by Indiana University Press. Highlighting what is melodramatic, flashy, low, and gritty in the characters, images, and plots of African cinema, Professor Harrow uses trash as the unlikely metaphor to show how these films have depicted the globalized world. Rather than focusing on topics such as national liberation and postcolonialism, he employs the disruptive notion of trash to propose a destabilizing aesthetics of African cinema. Harrow argues that the spread of commodity capitalism has bred a culture of materiality and waste that now pervades African film. He posits that a view from below permits a way to understand the tropes of trash present in African cinematic imagery.

You can order the book by filling out an order form or visiting the Indiana University Press online.