Summer 2017 Graduate Courses

Session One

Save Your Stuff: DIY Media Archiving

May 22-July 6
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Marie Lascu & Rufus DeRham

CINE-GT 1809 / c#2402

In a world where individuals are constantly generating digital content for personal and professional use, learning how to organize and save this material is essential for ensuring its long-term accessibility. This introductory course will impart practical skills from the world of archiving to help students take control of the media they store at home, in the studio, or online. Students will learn to identify legacy analog and digital formats, assess a filmmaker's collection for a digitization project, and plan for the ongoing care of their media.  Designed for anyone who wants to save their digital content, this course is especially well-suited for students, scholars, artists, filmmakers, musicians, activists, bloggers, and journalists. Emphasis will be placed on preserving audiovisual and photographic materials, with additional consideration of documents and social media.

NOTE: In addition to tuition, there are Media & Production fees totaling $80 for this course.

Pedro Almodóvar

May 22-June 8

Chris Straayer

CINE-GT 2220 / c#5480

Please note this class runs: 5/22 to 5/25, 5/30 to 6/01, and 6/5 to 6/8.

Pedro Almodóvar is the most notorious Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel, and, like Buñuel, he rapidly gained international acclaim. This course will attend to Almodóvar’s appealing body of work (What Have I Done to Deserve This, Matador, Law of Desire, Tie Me Up Tie Me Down, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education, Volver, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Skin I Live In, among others) in relation to: national political history; international film exhibition; intertextual popular culture; comedy-thriller-melodrama genre mixing; convoluted narrative structures; theatrical uses of color, music, acting, and scale; interrelated themes of family, desire, and identity; and an aesthetics of excess. Finally we will consider the “outstanding” Almodóvar within a context of “influence.”

NOTE: In addition to tuition, there are Media & Production fees totaling $80 for this course.


June 12-June 29

William Simon

CINE-GT 2202 / c#5488

The films of Stanley Kubrick constitute one of the most innovative bodies of work in the commercial cinema. This course investigates Kubrick’s films in detail with emphasis on their narrative conceptions and structures. The course will explore the uses of irony and voiceover, the representation of the relationship between humans and technology, the centrality of the topic of war, and the relationship of his films to issues of genre.

NOTE: In addition to tuition, there are Media & Production fees totaling $80 for this course.

Session Two

Maternal Horrors: Rosemary's Baby and Its Offspring

July 3-August 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Michael Bowen

CINE-GT 2121 / #6564

This course will examine the history and significance of the maternal horror film, focusing especially on the early work of director Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion) and its diverse progeny. Topics covered will include the history and development of horror as a genre; late-Twentieth century anxieties about reproduction, spirituality, and the family; and the politics and aesthetics of adaption and remakes. In addition to a focused engagement with Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and some of its more recent offspring, screenings will include other “evil offspring” classics such as The Omen (1976), Carrie (1976) and Alien (1979). Screenings will be buttressed with a limited amount of fiction reading and film theoretical writing.

NOTE: In addition to tuition, there are Media & Production fees totaling $80 for this course.