University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts

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I really like to see the continued support and information about the cinematic arts! It reminded me of a trailer I recently watched for the film, Ruby In Paradise! This film is shaping up to be a cinematic marvel! Originally released in 1993, this film will prove its timelessness as writer/director Victor Nunez invites audiences into the world of Ruby, a young woman who travels to a small town in Florida to seek independence and self-discovery. Traditionally known as a party town, Ruby will quickly learn that this town is not such a paradise, as she must struggle with various situations that threaten her stability and personal growth. It will be interesting to see how Ruby deals with these situations, and uses them to mature and grow as a young adult! I think Nunez knew exactly what he was doing, as this story will address issues that many young adults still face! I am excited to see the direction this film takes in the next couple of days, and recommend watching the trailer on YouTube!
"In his mid-30s, he enrolled in the film program at the University of Iowa. He didn’t realize then that Native material would figure so heavily in his work. 'I was into (Quentin) Tarantino and (Martin) Scorsese and (Stanley) Kubrick,' he says. 'That also has to do with the fact that there weren’t a ton of Native filmmakers in the industry.' [...] "The film [ “N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear.” ] premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy as part of the “American Masters” series. It also broke new ground in indigenous filmmaking, says Bird Runningwater, director of the Sundance Institute’s indigenous film program."
I love finding pages that are passionate about film and converse about the benefits and impact a film can have. To further this conversation about impactful films, I wanted to discuss an upcoming Netflix documentary I read about in People magazine. “Kiss the Ground” is the latest movie from activists and directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell that presents a motivational and uplifting message about reversing the effects of climate change through regenerative agriculture. This film has Woody Harrelson as the narrator and features many celebrity activists such as Patricia Arquette and Ian Somerhalder. I am so excited for this film because I really think this film’s uplifting tone will impact so many people. The film releases on September 22nd and there will be a virtual watch party and Q&A! I would love to know what you think after seeing the trailer!
It’s so cool to see such a passionate community of film lovers! It is a shame that corona virus has limited our access to the film community, but I believe there is a way for the cinema culture to keep in touch. The platform is called Film Festival Flix, I read about it on an article that ranked some of the best virtual film festivals of 2020, including the Ashland Independent Film Festival that was being housed on Film Festival Flix. It is a great website that has curated channels and independent films that cater to all audiences. I love using Film Festival Flix as it allows me to watch films that I can’t find elsewhere as well as allows me to virtually attend festivals that otherwise would have been too far to travel to. If you find any other films that spark your interest on Film Festival Flix please reach out and let me know.
I like how this department screens and discusses a lot of great films! I just watched a movie that doesn’t have too big of a following, and wanted to see if anyone would like to watch it and have a discussion about it. It’s called Empathy, Inc.; it’s a sci-fi thriller about extreme virtual reality. It has a completely monochromatic color palette throughout the movie, and it has a lot of interesting camera movements that really add to the movie’s suspense. It’s on Amazon if you’d like to discuss it with me!
I heard that there was a cinema school in Iowa and never new. I study films that convey an art style such as the film Empathy Inc. I recently just saw the film. It's a modern day sci film shot in black and white embracing film noir. Really cool. I'm going to look for films from University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts. cool
I have a growing children's theater company in the western suburbs of Des Moines. We are currently looking for staff to teach week long summer camps. Our Facebook link is below. Last year we offered a pop star camp, an action movie camp, and sports broadcasting camp. We are expanding our offerings this summer. We will include the above plus more. We are looking for actors, singers, videographers, screen writers, musicians etc to teach classes. Message me through Wagner Summer Theater if interested or if you know of anyone.
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Don't miss THE MAN WHO WASN'T HERE in Interrobang Film Festival!!
A short film noir from Iran, starring Humphrey Bogart .
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This page will show news and events pertinent to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa.

Welcome to the page for the Department of Cinematic Arts! We'll be posting news about our current and former students, events, opportunities, and academic information relevant to undergraduate and graduate students in the Cinema program at the University of Iowa.

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10/25/2021

‘Daughter Sun’, a film by former student Skyler Knutzen, was selected for the Cinequest Film Festival.
Click the link to learn more about Skyler’s achievement https://www.creatics.org/cinejoy/moviepage/165137#!%23pills-all

‘Daughter Sun’, a film by former student Skyler Knutzen, was selected for the Cinequest Film Festival.
Click the link to learn more about Skyler’s achievement https://www.creatics.org/cinejoy/moviepage/165137#!%23pills-all

Paula Amad 10/15/2021

Paula Amad

Associate Professor Paula Amad will be giving two invited lectures this fall. On November 18-19, she will give a talk linked to her book project on aerial vision at the Center for Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, entitled “Cin-aereal attractions: F.W. Brinton and the Technical and Fantastical Correspondences between Early Aviation and Cinema."

https://cvc.wisc.edu/programs/paula-amad/

Professor Amad will also be giving a keynote lecture at the annual symposium of the research network Archive/Counter Archive: Activating Canada's Moving-Image Heritage on December 9-10.

https://counterarchive.ca

Paula Amad LECTURE “Cin-aereal attractions: F.W. Brinton and the Technical and Fantastical Correspondences between Early Aviation and Cinema” Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:00 PM CST Zoom Webinar Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/98636336072 — WORKSHOP “‘Shadow Sites’: Clouded Vision in the Archives...

Desire After Dark 10/08/2021

Desire After Dark

Congratulations to Andy Owens on the recent publication of his book, Desire After Dark: Contemporary Q***r Cultures and Occultly Marvelous Media. You can read the description of the book and find out more at the Indiana University Press website.

https://iupress.org/9780253053824/desire-after-dark/

Desire After Dark Since the 1960s, the occult in film and television has responded to and reflected society's crises surrounding gender and sexuality.In Desire After Dark, And...

10/06/2021

Mellon Sawyer Seminar at the University of Iowa | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | The University of Iowa

Congratulations to Corey Creekmur for receiving a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to co-organize a Sawyer Seminar next year on the topic of "Racial Reckoning and Social Justice through Comics."

You can read about the fellowship and the project here:

https://clas.uiowa.edu/deos/mailing/october-06-2021/mellon-sawyer-seminar-university-iowa

Mellon Sawyer Seminar at the University of Iowa | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | The University of Iowa Please review the following public annoucement. The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies in the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the award of a grant totaling $225,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to host a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Racial...

Daniel Humphrey: Art House of the Rejected: The New Q***r Cinema" - Cinematic Arts Lecture Series 10/06/2021

Daniel Humphrey: Art House of the Rejected: The New Q***r Cinema" - Cinematic Arts Lecture Series

Daniel Humphrey: Art House of the Rejected: The New Q***r Cinema" - Cinematic Arts Lecture Series Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at

59th New York Film Festival Currents Announced 08/26/2021

59th New York Film Festival Currents Announced

Associate Professor Chris Harris will screen his film Dreams Under Confinement, at the New York Film Festival in their Currents Shorts program. University of Iowa MFA alumnus (2018) Carl Elsaesser's 2021 film Home When You Return will have its world premiere in the same section of the festival.

59th New York Film Festival Currents Announced Film at Lincoln Center announces Currents for the 59th New York Film Festival (September 24 – October 10, 2021).

MFA Student Hao Zhou film project receives Greenlight Grant 07/13/2021

MFA Student Hao Zhou film project receives Greenlight Grant

Hao Zhou’s forthcoming feature film has been awarded a Greenlight Grant. Zhou will direct and act in the film, which he also cowrote. The project’s producer and cowriter, Tyler Hill, won the $50,000 grant to help fund the film’s production in 2022.

MFA Student Hao Zhou film project receives Greenlight Grant Hao Zhou’s forthcoming feature film has been awarded a Greenlight Grant. Zhou will direct and act in the film, which he also cowrote. The project’s producer and cowriter, Tyler Hill, won the $50,000 grant to help fund the film’s production in 2022.

THE WATER IS MY SKY 07/06/2021

THE WATER IS MY SKY

Brian Tremml graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Cinema and Comparative Literature. His film, The Water is My Sky, will be screened at FilmScene at 6pm on Sunday, July 11th!

Get tickets here: icfilmscene.org/film/the-water-is-my-sky

THE WATER IS MY SKY Learn about FilmScene's comfort and safety policies here!Every four years, swimming is thrust into the international spotlight as the most popular sport in the Olympics. In the years between, thousands of American swimmers train relentlessly outside of the public's eye, chasing the elusive dream of....

05/13/2021
UI professor’s short film presented in final ‘Black Lives on Screen’ event 05/10/2021

UI professor’s short film presented in final ‘Black Lives on Screen’ event

UI professor’s short film presented in final ‘Black Lives on Screen’ event Health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic prevented University of Iowa Poetry Professor Tracie Morris from going to Black Lives Matter protests this summer. When she was commissioned by the UI Cinematic Arts Department last semester, she said she saw a great opportunity to support those causes th...

Congratulations to Associate Professor Christopher Harris on being named F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in Cinematic Arts! 05/03/2021

Congratulations to Associate Professor Christopher Harris on being named F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in Cinematic Arts!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Christopher Harris on being named F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in Cinematic Arts!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Christopher Harris on being named F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in Cinematic Arts! In recognition of his outstanding work and his global reputation as a leading figure of experimental film and African American cinema, Associate Professor Christopher Harris has been awarded an F. Wendell Miller Professorship, one of the highest honors bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sci...

05/03/2021

For the final week of Black Lives on Screen (https://events.uiowa.edu/40057), Tracie Morris (Iowa Writers' Workshop) will present a short filmic work with performance voice-over. "Black Spring (in 5 parts)" is cultural theory, cinema, poetry, protest art, and elegy.
Read more from the Obermann Center here: https://obermann.uiowa.edu/news/black-spring-tracie-morris-asks-how-did-we-get-here-and-where-do-we-go-here

For the final week of Black Lives on Screen (https://events.uiowa.edu/40057), Tracie Morris (Iowa Writers' Workshop) will present a short filmic work with performance voice-over. "Black Spring (in 5 parts)" is cultural theory, cinema, poetry, protest art, and elegy.
Read more from the Obermann Center here: https://obermann.uiowa.edu/news/black-spring-tracie-morris-asks-how-did-we-get-here-and-where-do-we-go-here

04/19/2021

This Thursday: This program gathers the avant-garde short films of Christopher Harris with works by three other experimental Black filmmakers: Sahal Hassan, Dagmawi Yimer and Kevin Jerome Everson. Taken together, they offer ecstatic, mournful, necessary disruptions of space and time. They are reminders that cartographies are layered but ephemeral, maps are also temporal structures and “History” is an admixture of the remembered and the forgotten. These films expose how tourism and colonialism are yoked, confronting the continuum between slavery and modern surveillance, as well as the difficulty of grieving those who have been structured to be disposable. Registering serenity and catastrophe, they offer dreamscapes which suggest how Blackness can re-grid space and reorient time. https://events.uiowa.edu/40054

This Thursday: This program gathers the avant-garde short films of Christopher Harris with works by three other experimental Black filmmakers: Sahal Hassan, Dagmawi Yimer and Kevin Jerome Everson. Taken together, they offer ecstatic, mournful, necessary disruptions of space and time. They are reminders that cartographies are layered but ephemeral, maps are also temporal structures and “History” is an admixture of the remembered and the forgotten. These films expose how tourism and colonialism are yoked, confronting the continuum between slavery and modern surveillance, as well as the difficulty of grieving those who have been structured to be disposable. Registering serenity and catastrophe, they offer dreamscapes which suggest how Blackness can re-grid space and reorient time. https://events.uiowa.edu/40054

04/14/2021

The ICDOCS 2021 program is up now at https://icdocs.wordpress.com/ !

ICDOCS is April 29-May 1. We can't wait to share these amazing films, on our website and at https://www.twitch.tv/icdocs

04/12/2021

This Thursday: Cauleen Smith screens her experimental short film Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (1992) alongside a group of shorts by other Black filmmakers. Selected by Smith and film scholar Michael B. Gillespie, the program is organized around Blackness as a critical and aesthetic practice. The title comes from a line by James Baldwin in The Devil Finds Work, “[T]he church and the theater are carried within us and it is we who create them, out of our need and out of an impulse more mysterious than our desire.”

https://cinematicarts.uiowa.edu/black-lives-on-screen

This Thursday: Cauleen Smith screens her experimental short film Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (1992) alongside a group of shorts by other Black filmmakers. Selected by Smith and film scholar Michael B. Gillespie, the program is organized around Blackness as a critical and aesthetic practice. The title comes from a line by James Baldwin in The Devil Finds Work, “[T]he church and the theater are carried within us and it is we who create them, out of our need and out of an impulse more mysterious than our desire.”

https://cinematicarts.uiowa.edu/black-lives-on-screen

04/05/2021

In addition to the Thursday screening of this wonderful program of African American Home Movies from the Smithsonian (https://events.uiowa.edu/40036) for the UI community, we will have a special lecture by Racquel Gates on Friday at 3:30 CST (https://events.uiowa.edu/40208).

The Friday lecture is open to the public!

In addition to the Thursday screening of this wonderful program of African American Home Movies from the Smithsonian (https://events.uiowa.edu/40036) for the UI community, we will have a special lecture by Racquel Gates on Friday at 3:30 CST (https://events.uiowa.edu/40208).

The Friday lecture is open to the public!

03/24/2021

Congratulations to Cinematic Arts PhD Candidate Chris Wei, for receiving the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Council on Teaching!

Wei double-majored in Psychology and Philosophy during his undergraduate studies, then worked in the mental health industry for several years before returning to school and earning an M.F.A. in Film Studies at Boston University.

As an educator, cinephile, and film scholar, he is most interested in the intersections between time, death, bodies, and storytelling—and in the personal, political, and spiritual ramifications of those intersections. He has written extensively about the cinematic apparatus’ resurrection of the dead through CGI (e.g. the discourse surrounding Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old); about doppelgängers and duplication generally; about liberation theology in Breaking Bad; and about the treatment of consciousness and temporality in the films of the experimental animator Don Hertzfeldt.

Congratulations to Cinematic Arts PhD Candidate Chris Wei, for receiving the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Council on Teaching!

Wei double-majored in Psychology and Philosophy during his undergraduate studies, then worked in the mental health industry for several years before returning to school and earning an M.F.A. in Film Studies at Boston University.

As an educator, cinephile, and film scholar, he is most interested in the intersections between time, death, bodies, and storytelling—and in the personal, political, and spiritual ramifications of those intersections. He has written extensively about the cinematic apparatus’ resurrection of the dead through CGI (e.g. the discourse surrounding Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old); about doppelgängers and duplication generally; about liberation theology in Breaking Bad; and about the treatment of consciousness and temporality in the films of the experimental animator Don Hertzfeldt.

03/24/2021

It’s One Day for Iowa, the University of Iowa’s 24-hour online giving day! Hawkeyes are leveling-up their support today through limited-time challenges and matches. Give now! 🥇💛 https://1dayforiowa.org/fa-cinematicarts21 #1DayForIowa

It’s One Day for Iowa, the University of Iowa’s 24-hour online giving day! Hawkeyes are leveling-up their support today through limited-time challenges and matches. Give now! 🥇💛 https://1dayforiowa.org/fa-cinematicarts21 #1DayForIowa

03/22/2021

In addition to this Thursday's screening and discussion (https://events.uiowa.edu/40035), we will have a special panel on Friday titled "Black Womxn and Film (https://events.uiowa.edu/41079)

In addition to this Thursday's screening and discussion (https://events.uiowa.edu/40035), we will have a special panel on Friday titled "Black Womxn and Film (https://events.uiowa.edu/41079)

03/15/2021

This Thursday marks the 5th week in our Black Lives on Screen series, with a screening of Marlon Riggs' "Tongues Untied" followed by a discussion with Cinematic Arts' own Andrew Owens and University of Iowa- Department of Communication Studies' Alfred L. Martin, Jr.!

This Thursday marks the 5th week in our Black Lives on Screen series, with a screening of Marlon Riggs' "Tongues Untied" followed by a discussion with Cinematic Arts' own Andrew Owens and University of Iowa- Department of Communication Studies' Alfred L. Martin, Jr.!

03/08/2021

Join us this Thursday for the fourth week in our Black Lives on Screen series! We'll be screening Illusions (1982) and The Watermelon Woman (1996) followed by a discussion with Associate Professor Allyson Nadia Field (UChicago). https://events.uiowa.edu/40029

Join us this Thursday for the fourth week in our Black Lives on Screen series! We'll be screening Illusions (1982) and The Watermelon Woman (1996) followed by a discussion with Associate Professor Allyson Nadia Field (UChicago). https://events.uiowa.edu/40029

University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts updated their website address. 03/01/2021

University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts updated their website address.

University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts updated their website address.

Photos from University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts's post 02/22/2021

This Thursday, Cinematic Arts' Black Lives on Screen has partnered with UI Afro House for a student panel discussing Black Panther. Be sure to watch the film (available through the UI Library for students, faculty and staff) prior to the event!
One lucky audience member will also win this spectacular piece of artwork by Jamal Nelson
https://events.uiowa.edu/40023

Black Lives on Screen: Cinematic Arts Offers Semester-Long Series | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies 02/09/2021

Black Lives on Screen: Cinematic Arts Offers Semester-Long Series | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

"This spring semester, the Department of Cinematic Arts is hosting an online screening series, Black Lives on Screen, featuring the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars. Intended to promote and celebrate the rich history and future of Black cinematic expression, the events will give UI classes, as well as individual students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to experience films ranging from the birth of cinema to the most recent documentaries, experimental shorts to mainstream blockbusters, and classic to marginalized or lost films."

Black Lives on Screen: Cinematic Arts Offers Semester-Long Series | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies This spring semester, the Department of Cinematic Arts is hosting an online screening series, Black Lives on Screen, featuring the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars. Intended to promote and celebrate the rich history and future of Black...

Black Lives on Screen 02/03/2021

Black Lives on Screen

Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community.

Open to University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff. Register now at: https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1GJACLW8RTuo4rlTpdD74Q

Black Lives on Screen Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an incl

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