Overview of major developments in Hollywood, US Independent, and global cinema during the period 1989-2012, including new forms of realism, transnational trends, the conscious revision of cinematic traditions, the function of trauma and memory in film, and the role of international film festivals. During the first six weeks of class we will view, read essays about, and discuss twelve key films from this period; you will also write reviews of three of these films. (You may watch these films either in class on Mondays and Wednesdays, or on instant streaming.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will discuss the films and readings. During the last four weeks of the quarter, there will be no class. Instead, students will attend pre-screenings and screenings in the Seattle International Film Festival and will write reviews of five of the films seen; they will also write a short final reflexive essay on SIFF as a film festival. Texts: Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong, Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2011; Amresh Sinha and Terence McSweeney, eds. Millenial Cinema: Memory in Global Film. London: Walllower Press, 2012; and additional essays available through Catalyst. Films: Do the Right Thing, The Piano, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, City of God, Moolaadé, Memento, Mulholland Drive, The Namesake, Pan’s Labyrinth, In the Mood for Love, Oldboy, and The Kids are All Right.