New Fall 2012 offerings

Renowned Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan will be teaching Cinemas of Resistance on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 p.m. This course will be in an depth journey through the 40 year praxis of the Indian documentary filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan ( While focusing on Anand’s theory and practice of film it will take a sideways look at the various influences that pushed him onto and then sustained him on the path of activist filmmaking engaged in the larger project of human rights. While these influences will not constitute an encyclopaedic offering on the cinema of resistance, they will be historic signposts that mark the journey so far. In the second half of the semester, students will form groups of 3 to make their own digital productions, applying what they have gathered during the course to focus on the issues before them today. Screenings and lectures in class will continue through this period, but will share time with practical and production related issues. The last two weeks will be reserved for viewing and critiquing student productions. Anand Patwardhan has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades pursuing diverse and controversial issues that are at the crux of social and political life in India. Many of his films were at one time or another banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan who successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court. Prerequisite: MCST 128 Film Analysis & Visual Culture, or by permission of instructor. You can learn more here at his website.

We are offering Experimental Film/Video, taught by Geneieve Yue, Tuesdays and Thursday, 1:20 - 4:00. This course addresses the range of practices that make up experimental media in two chief ways. The first explores experimental film in its cultural contexts, examining the ways isssues of industry, art, and institutional power are routed differently in relation to Hollywood and visual art. The second addresses a historic and contemporary avant-garde impulse to locate, in film, video, and digital media, a space of aesthetic possibility, personal expression, and political resistance. To both ends, the course surveys a broad range of experimental and often non-narrative media, including artist films, activist cinema, experimental documentary, diary or first-person film, found footage compilations, hand-painted film, expanded cinema, video art, and moving image installation.

Texts and Power will be taught by Brad Stiffler, a PhD candidate in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society with a minor in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota. He studies and teaches on postwar US history, critical cultural theory, documentary film, feminist theory, and marginal media practices and is currently working on a dissertation analyzing how some American subcultures utilized cable access television in the late 70s and early 80s.


Spring 2013 Senior Seminar, Advanced Topics Seminar: Visual Representations of Nation/Culture/Race/Gender/Community Taught by Professor Michael Griffin, this capstone seminar will provide class members an opportunity to pursue in-depth analyses of visual representations of nation/culture/race/gender/community across various media and formats--in entertainment, advertising, political communication, journalism, infotainment, and online video and multimedia sites that circulate images of people and events.