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February 14, 2019
Major: Cinema & Media Studies Class of 2019 Hometown: Vashon, WA Favorite Film: Baby Driver / The Incredibles 2 / Call Me By Your Name When did you know that you wanted to major in CMS?I first discovered the CMS major when I took a course on music in cinema. I have always loved the role that sound plays in film, but I wanted to learn how to talk about it analytically, and also to see how I could use the content of CMS courses in my own sonic work... Read more
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February 12, 2019
Professor Stephen Groening’s Seattle Television History Project will be greatly aided by University of Washington Libraries, Special Collection's acquisition of KIRO-7’s news library.  Special Collections received an Allen Signature Award to hire a project archivist to inventory and... Read more
January 30, 2019
Double Major: Cinema & Media Studies and Psychology Class of 2019 Hometown: Seattle Next step: Graduate study in Culture and Communication at Waseda University, Tokyo When did you know that you wanted to major in CMS? I grew up with an interest in cinema, so as soon as CMS became a UW major I jumped on board. What do you like most about the program? My favorite thing is the media library at Suzzallo. Only once have I encountered a movie they didn’t own,... Read more
ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier
January 30, 2019
A new publication edited by doctoral student Mimi Nielsen's is now available.  The book titled ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier was published by Edinburgh University Press. Danish director Susanne Bier has become increasingly known for her generic innovations and industrial fluidity, moving confidently between cinema and television at a time where the scarcity of women directors has... Read more
Elephant Man
January 29, 2019
Professor José Alaniz will explore the cultural, social and cinematic influences that went into David Lynch’s The Elephant Man (1980) – a problematic yet ground-breaking representation of disability in film in SIFF Cinema's Cinema DNA class. This class first examines the history and key issues in representing disabled people in movies, with a combination of lecture and clips of relevant works, including Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), William Wyler's The Best Years of Our... Read more
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November 30, 2018
Ben Burr-Kirven, a Cinema Studies major in his senior year, was recently named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Burr-Kirven is a linebacker for the Washington Huskies football team.  His 155 total tackles for the current season was the most by any Husky over an entire season since 2011.  Every Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each of the Pac-12's... Read more
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November 20, 2018
The Cinema and Media Studies major that was launched in autumn 2017 just marked its first anniversary!  Check out the write up 'Cinema and media studies major celebrates its first year as an established major at the UW' in The Daily
Metoo film event flyer
November 8, 2018
One year ago, the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s serial harassment and sexual assault of women exposed Hollywood’s dirty secret and propelled a movement. What has been the fallout for women in the film and media industries?  What is going on now in Hollywood and beyond to transform the toxic culture of the entertainment industry?   The Seattle University Film Studies and University Core Programs, in collaboration with the University of Washington Cinema and Media Studies Department, have... Read more
Battleship Potemkin
October 30, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Seattle Center SIFF Film Center 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109 Join facilitator José Alaniz for an audience-fueled exploration of Sergei Eisenstein's staggering masterpiece which revolutionized the language of cinema. ABOUT CINEMA DISSECTIONCinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a... Read more
Romanian Film Festival in Seattle 5th edition poster
October 24, 2018
 The American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) has organized the 5th edition of the Romanian Film Festival, One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying.  ARCS, co-founded by one of our alumni Ileana Marin (Ph.D. 2011), is a non-profit that promotes traditions and culture of Eastern Europe, focusing on the American Romanian cultural heritage in the Seattle area.  The films were selected with this year’s theme Uncanny Worlds.  The film festival will be held November 2-4 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. ... Read more