The Master’s Program in Film Studies takes up the evolution of cinema as an art, an institution, an object of philosophical study and an international socio-cultural phenomenon. It is designed to consider current theoretical approaches and to look historiographically at trends such as the transition from film to digital media. The program is uniquely situated adjacent to the MFA programs in screenwriting/directing and creative producing, reminding students of the importance of filmmaking practices. The many courses offered in Columbia University Arts and Sciences departments create opportunities to individualize the course of study. Students are encouraged to take electives in national cinemas, cultural theory, economics, art history, literary studies and philosophy.
MA students are afforded the advantages of research in New York area film and television archives and libraries (New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, The Paley Center for Media), internships at cultural institutions (Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Paley Center for Media). Students gain experience in academic symposia planning by participating in the yearly conference.
The Women Film Pioneers Project has launched! The project, published by Columbia’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) in collaboration with Columbia’s School of the Arts and Columbia Libraries, is a free, online database that highlights the role of women in the early film industry through essays, archival materials, and still and moving images. more→
The Women Film Pioneers Project is now on Twitter! Follow @WFPProject to learn more about all of the amazing women who worked behind-the-scenes in the silent film era!
A roundup of recent articles and film reviews by both current MA students and alumni:
Neta Alexander ('12) reviewedMr. Turner (2014) for Haaretz.
James Hansen ('09) wrote about experimental filmmaker Sylvia Schedelbauer for the most recent issue of cléo.
Peter Labuza ('14) discussed the Criterion release of Les Blank: Always For Pleasure (2014) for The Film Stage. He also reviewedHere's to the Future! (2014).
Steven Mears ('12) interviewed Mike Binder for Film Comment.
Emma Myers ('13) recently discussed the new documentary Regarding Susan Sontag (2014) for Indiewire.
Tarini Sridharan ('12) recently wrote an article on transnational adaptation and Sita Sings the Blues (2008) for UCLA's journal Mediascape.