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STUDENTS WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Congratulations to Ryan Cole for winning the 2015 Louis B. Sudler Prize.  The prize goes to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Letters who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of the performing and creative arts, including the fine arts, music, creative writing, theatre, and electronic/photographic arts, and who also shows promise of future achievement. Ryan Cole is a senior Film Studies major, and intends to use the Sudler Award to create a short film exploring ideas of immortality and the representation of women in the photographic image.

Another winner was Connor Yeck. Connor is a double major in history and English, with a creative writing concentration.

Great work, students!


NEW FACULTY PUBLICATIONS

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Professor Swarnavel Pillai has just published Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015), a crucial new book that documents the history of Tamil cinema, one of the most colossal film industries in the world, and studies the major studios of Madras, the largest outside classical Hollywood in the private sector.

Also, Professor Joshua Yumibe has published with Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, Jonathon Rosen the book, Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), with a foreword by Martin Scorsese. He also co-organized the conference "The Color Fantastic" in Amsterdam at the EYE Film Institute on March 28–30 where the book was launched. See Yumibe's interview on these projects. A video teaser for the book is available here.

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TAIWAN FILM FESTIVAL COMING MARCH 30-APRIL 20

The Film Studies program is proud to co-sponsor the Taiwan Film Festival with the Asian Studies Center, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Linguistics and Languages, and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Comprised of 5 different film screenings and a lecture event, it promises to be an exciting and engaging series of Taiwanese films. 

Click the image to download the flyer.

 

 

 


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PROFESSOR'S NEW FILM TO SCREEN AT LA PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Professor Jeff Wray will be screening his newest feature film, The Evolution of Bert, at the LA Pan-African Film Festival this month. See the writeup on MSUToday. Congratulations, Jeff!

 

 


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JOAN NEUBERGER (HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN): "THIS THING OF DARKNESS: EISENSTEIN'SIVAN THE TERRIBLE IN STALIN'S RUSSIA"

Wednesday, October 22, 4:00 - 5:15, Old Hort 255

Prof. Neuberger is a historian of modern Russia. Her talk will examine the film "Ivan the Terrible, commissioned in January 1941 by Stalin from the great Soviet director, Sergei Eisenstein. How do you make a movie about a murderous tyrant in a country ruled by a murderous tyrant? Critics and viewers long believed that Eisenstein suppressed all political critique so that he could experiment with film aesthetics, but his extensive production notebooks show that he decided to confront questions of power -- and its excesses -- head on. The result is one of the most important explorations of modern power and violence to come out of the Soviet Union.

Prof. Neuberger's talk is sponsored by the Jack and Margaret Sweet Professorship in History, the Department of English/Film Studies, and the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at MSU.


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FACULTY DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE AT WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM AND TV CONFERENCE

Professors Swarnavel Pillai and Salah Hassan's documentary Migrations of Islam to screen today in at Falmouth University in Falmouth, England, at the World Documentary Film & TV Conference.


STUDENTS, FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

In July 2014, MSU Film students and faculty traveled to Traverse City MI for the Traverse City Film Festival, marking the first official occasion MSU has partnered with the fest. Students in both the Fiction and Documentary Filmmaking Specializations had their films screened before an audience of filmgoers, about which Michael Moore had this to say:

Faculty member Jeff Wray also held a successful lecture about Black Cinema and Theatre faculty members Mark Colson and Alison Dobbins held a workshop about green screen compositing in the TCFF Film School, while Film/Digital Media specialist Pete Johnston moderated Q&A sessions after some films. Altogether, the partnership between Film at State and the Traverse City Film Festival is off to a great start!