Cinema Studies Program

Celebrating Longfellow Days Through Film

Cinema studies professor Tricia Welsch is hosting a screening of John Ford’s 1939 classic Young Mr. Lincoln. “Since Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries, born just two years apart, a film about Lincoln’s early manhood brings us closer to Longfellow’s America.”

The Sacred and the Profane: Why Rome is the Ideal 21st Century Horror Movie Setting

Alison Cooper describes how Rome’s richly symbolic history makes it the perfect setting for a gory twenty-first-century horror movie.

Producer Chris Gary Offers Career Advice to Bowdoin Students

Chris Gary, the HBO producer who oversaw Game of the Thrones and True Detective, began his talk at Bowdoin Monday night by looking out at the audience and asking, “What do you want to talk about?” In response to cries such as, “How do I get a job?” Gary discussed his circuitous career path and what it takes to make it in the film industry.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

KeVonté Anderson ’16 to Participate in ‘NeXt Doc’ for Emerging Filmmakers

KeVonté Anderson has been accepted to NeXt Doc, a four-day intensive program in New York of workshops, master classes, and screenings.

Academy Member Dighton Spooner Talks Racism in Hollywood

In the wake of a field of Oscar nominations containing no people of color, we sit down with Dighton Spooner, senior associate director of Bowdoin Career Planning, who is also a member of both the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, to hear his observations gleaned from 30 years in the entertainment industry.

Student Film on Boat Builder Dick Pulsifer ’62 to Air on MPBN

A film that follows wooden boatbuilder Dick Pulsifer ’62 as he works on his 111th boat will be shown on MPBN Oct. 8, at 10:30 p.m., and again on Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m. The film is by three Bowdoin students who graduated last May.

Library Opens Media Commons to Enhance Cinema Studies

The Media Commons reflects Bowdoin’s efforts to centralize and enhance its media services, and to better support cinema studies classes and student video production.

Dance, Film, Music: Creative Students Collaborate

This spring, students studying dance, music and film worked together to make four unique short films.

Filmmaker Rickey Larke ’15 Turns His Lens on Bowdoin, the Ivies, Home

In the movie SurvIvies, a 45-miunute documentary Rickey Larke ’15 shot last year for an independent study at Bowdoin, the suspense mounts.

Seashore Digital Diaries — The Series

Seashore Digital Diaries, a fall semester course taught by visiting filmmaker and Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover ’83, P’17, and cross-listed in three departments — visual arts, environmental studies, and cinema studies — used video production as a tool of inquiry at the seashore.

First-Year Students Complete an Action-Packed First Semester

First-year students are about to home for the holidays with their first college semester under their belts. What have they been learning, exactly? We took a look back at four of this fall’s first-year seminars: Weapons of the Weak, Film Noir, How to Read a Million Books, and Personal Genomes.

Underwater Filmmaker Reveals His Production Secrets

Oscar-winning photographer Nick Caloyianis came to the Bowdoin Marine Lab to give students hands-on training in underwater filming.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

Filming the Sea: David Conover Comes to Bowdoin

Documentary filmmaker David Conover ’83, who will be joining the Bowdoin faculty as Coastal Studies Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year, presents an April 2 lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at 7-9 p.m.

‘Science is Fiction’: The Fanciful Films of Jean Painlevé

Five of Jean Painlevé’s fanciful science films from the 1930s-70s were recently screened at Bowdoin as part of a documentary film course.

Around the World in Seven Days: World Cinema Film Festival Kicks Off

This week Bowdoin presents the World Cinema Film Festival, drawing upon contemporary films from across the globe and international cinema expertise from across the campus.

Sarvis Dance Film Featured at Lincoln Center Festival

The short film “Rooms,” by Bowdoin’s Paul Sarvis, will be screened as part of the 42nd annual “Dance on Camera Festival” at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Student Filmmaker Captures a Summer at Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station

Emily Hochman ’15 spent two months last summer as Artist in Residence at Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station filming her documentary. Back at Bowdoin in the fall with hours of footage, Emily is working with her independent study project director, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies Sarah Childress, to edit her film.

Welsch Gives Film Legend Her Close-Up

Associate Professor of Film Studies Tricia Welsch talks about her book “Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up” with Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Aviva Briefel (director of Bowdoin’s film studies program).