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.
Congratulations Corey Creekmur (Film Studies), Chris Harris (Film and Video Production) and Anna Morrison (Screenwriting) for their successful grant proposals this spring. All three received Arts & Humanities Initiative grants to pursue innovative work.
You can read about their individual projects here: https://research.uiowa.edu/impact/news/six-researchers-and-scholars-receive-arts-and-humanities-initiative-grants-ovpr.
Join us in congratulating one of our very own, Hao Zhou! Zhou was just awarded the Graduate Research Excellence Award for his distinguished work as a M.F.A. student. He is one of only four graduate students to be honored, and is the only M.F.A. recipient.
On December 9, 2021, Paula Amad is the keynote lecturer for the inter-university project “Archive/Counter-Archive”. Paula will present online via Zoom, and registration is required for this free event. Follow the link below to sign up:
‘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
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."
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.
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...
Congratulations to Andy Owens on the recent publication of his book, Desire After Dark: Contemporary Queer Cultures and Occultly Marvelous Media. You can read the description of the book and find out more at the Indiana University Press website.
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...
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:
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 Queer 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
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).
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.
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....
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!
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...
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
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: 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.”
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!
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.
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
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.!
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
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
"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...
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
Congratulations to Rebecca Fons of FilmScene on being named to this prestigious position! Fons earned her undergraduate degree in Cinema and Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa in 2004.
Gene Siskel Film Center names Rebecca Fons director of programming Rebecca Fons, former Chicago International Film Festival education head and Iowa City programmer, moves to Gene Siskel Film Center in key curatorial role.
We are very sad to report that Professor Jane Feuer passed away earlier today: Jane earned her PhD at the University of Iowa in 1978, writing a dissertation on the Hollywood musical under the supervision of Professor Rick Altman: her book on the genre, The Hollywood Musical (Indiana University Press, 1982; second edition, BFI, 1993) preceded his The American Film Musical (1987), and both are commonly viewed as groundbreaking approaches to understanding the form, function, and significance of the quintessential Hollywood genre. (Professor Altman often characterized their simultaneous research, which involved careful viewing of film prints before video copies were widely available, as the work of peers rather than of teacher and student.) Soon thereafter, Jane was a pioneering scholar of television, as represented by her study Seeing Through the Eighties: Television and Reaganism (Duke University Press, 1995) and her earlier anthology MTM: Quality Television (BFI, 1985): she was also a founding member of Console-ing Passions, the conference dedicated to the relations between feminism, television, video and new media.
Jane taught at the University of Pittsburgh for many years, until her retirement in 2017. She will be buried alongside her longtime partner Kathie, who passed away earlier this year, and the ashes of two of her beloved pets will be buried with Jane.
Memorials for Jane are being planned, and we will provide updates on those when they are available.
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