Keep Up on Spring 2024 Events and Beyond!

FAMS is pleased to offer and share news of events in support of its academic mission, including screenings by established and emerging filmmakers, guest lectures by critical historians and theorists, and workshops/lectures by writers and producers working in film, television, video and new media.

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Upcoming FAMS Events

Congratulations to Professor Amelie Hastie on her new book!

Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder, from Duke University Press

The latest book from Amelie Hastie, Nancy and Douglas D. Abbey '71 Professor of English in Film and Media Studies, debuted in early January. Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder focuses on and offers a close textual analysis of television history via the popular 1970s television series starring Peter Falk.听

The book launch will be hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Film and Media Studies Program on February 28th. Please join us for the CHI Salon "Loving, Reading, and Teaching Columbo" in the Think Tank in the Lyceum Building. Professor Hastie will be sharing from her book and discussing how she included students in the research process. Copies of Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder will be on sale via 小福利导航Books before and after the salon.听

The salon will begin at 4:30 PM on February 28th. All are welcome, and childcare is provided.

Special Screening of "Chuchi and Adaliz" created by Ashley Soto '11.

Thursday, February 22, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

小福利导航alum Ashley Soto '11 is returning to campus in late February for several events, including a screening of her much-awaited web series "Chuchi and Adaliz." She is the creator and writer behind this new series which premiered at SXSW in 2023. Please join the Film and Media Studies Program for this special screening of the pilot, an opportunity to meet Ashley and ask her questions, and pizza. The screening will be in Pruyne Auditorium on Thursday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Students are also invited to register for Ashley's Masterclass -- Building Your Own Table -- which will be held on Friday, February 23, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Please follow if you'd like to register.

Past FAMS events

[The Five-College Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference was held at Smith College

The Undergraduate Conference celebrated film and media studies students on all five campuses.

This undergraduate academic conference is designed to build community among students studying film and media on the five campuses and offer students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills and share insights from their work with a wider audience. Participants gave 15-minute presentations as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students on related themes. The conference was held on the campus of Smith College on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

Everytown for Gun Safety Guest Speaker - Sophie Yan Spoke On Campus

How do you advocate for gun safety and gun violence prevention in entertainment?听
Sophie Yan, Senior Director of Cultural Engagement and Entertainment Advocacy, addressed this question with students, staff, and faculty in October.

Everytown for Gun Safety is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the United States. It works with volunteers 鈥 parents, teachers, students, and other concerned citizens 鈥 both to educate the public about gun safety and to advocate for changes in public policies, both legal and cultural. Since its founding, Everytown for
Gun Safety has also worked closely with creative communities in entertainment industries to harness its power to take the message of gun safety and responsibility to bigger audiences and bring even more Americans into the gun violence prevention movement. They share data and resources with television showrunners, writers, directors, producers, and other creators to inform their storytelling work, calls to action, and media appearances.听Furthermore, members of their Cultural Engagement team are available to collaborate at each stage of their project鈥檚 development, from research and scriptwriting to production, post-production, and final promotion.

Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture Series

Cloud Archives and the Geopolitics of Climate Change by YURIKO FURUHATA

Clouds are one of the most taken-for-granted 鈥渘atural鈥 phenomena. And yet some clouds are not natural, most notably so-called mushroom clouds resulting from the detonation of atomic bombs. For centuries, scientists and amateur cloud observers turned their eyes and cameras to the sky to document and classify various types of clouds. The gold-standard of cloud taxonomy is the听International Cloud Atlas,听a manual that went through multiple editions since the late 19th century and that offers classificatory categories and photographs.听

, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History in the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill University, was the fall 2023 Keyssar Distinguished Lecture Series guest. Her discussion in October examined the categorical ambiguity of anthropogenic or human-made clouds in the history of cloud taxonomy. 听Her goal is to connect the aesthetic history of these cloud imageries to the history of American military鈥檚 nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands and ask how these intertwined histories in the Pacific can help us rethink the politics of anthropogenic climate change.听

Professor Nozomi Nakaganeku Saito moderated the post-talk conversation with Professor Furuhata.听

FAMS Open House & Film Screening

Annual Event

The annual Film and Media Studies welcome-back event took place in Pruyne Lecture Hall on September 12. Returning and prospective majors joined faculty for a screening of Professor Adam Levine's new film and a chance to visit with one another after the summer break.

Celebrating Film and Media Studies鈥 graduating seniors!

Class of 鈥23 FAMS Seniors Celebration at Powerhouse, Tuesday May 2, 5:30-7:30pm

Calling all FAMS majors, prospective majors, friends, family and faculty - please mark your calendars for some festive time together, reveling in the accomplishments of our hard working grads.

5:30pm - gather, eat & drink

6pm - shout outs to seniors

6:30 - a special screening of Annihay Rawlins鈥檚 thesis film followed by a reading of a passage from Eli Maierson鈥檚 thesis work

Cake and dessert to follow!

The 2023 Five College Film Festival Program is Announced!

Saturday, April 1, 2023, Stirn Auditorium, 小福利导航College

The Five College Film Festival鈥檚 mission is to share the stories of students from across the Five Colleges through the medium of film. We encourage all students, regardless of background or experience with filmmaking, to share their stories.听If you have any questions please feel free to email听

Bellwether Series听at 小福利导航Cinema

Professor Rangan is helping coordinate two screenings for the March 2023 at 小福利导航Cinema. Read more about the films and the series at the links below.

(dir. Jordan Lord, 2021, 98 mins) Thursday March 23, 7pm, to be followed by a live-zoom conversation with the filmmaker.听

(dir. Amber Bemak, 2022, 84 mins) Thursday March 30, 7pm, to be followed by an in-person conversation with the filmmaker.听

Documentary Film Screening of Fly So Far, with Director Celina Escher

March 23, 2023
Time and Location tba

Hosted by the Women鈥檚 and Gender Center, and co-sponsored by FAMS, we are pleased to announce an upcoming screening of the documentary film:听Fly So Far,听with director Celina Escher.

Fly So Far focuses on the lives of 17 women in the Ilopango prison in El Salvador and their wrongful incarceration because of miscarriages and stillbirths. These 17 Women were charged with aggravated homicide and sentenced to 30 years in prison. While this documentary focuses on El Salvador鈥檚 strict reproductive laws, it also focuses on the life of Teodora Vasquez, the spokesperson of the 17 accused of aggravated homicide.听

Special Opportunity for FAMS Majors

Two FAMS majors are invited to a dinner with the director prior to the screening. Contact to reserve your space (available on a first come first serve basis).听

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