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Fall 2013
Oct 04,2022
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This courses examines the powerful force of contemporary film in terms of its cultural, aesthetic, entertainment, economic, technological, and political influences, with particular focus on the way sin which the globalization of media production and distribution has changed the media landscape. A key aspect of this course will be involving students in conceiving, researching, organizing, curating and promoting special film programs in both on-campus venues, such as the Communication Arts Cinematheque, and also in the larger community, acquainting students with knowledge of the expanding non-traditional and alternative venues in which films/media are screened and studied for both education, activist, and entertainment purposes. One of the dominant art forms of the 20th Century, its power as a cultural and aesthetic force cannot be separated from nor fully comprehended without consideration of the cultural industrial, economic, technological, and ideological context that have shaped its evolution. This course will also examine the important changes in the structure of the film industry that occurred during the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century, with specific attention to the ways in which these changes in funding, production, distribution, and exhibition of films have resulted in a significant change in the "content" of films, e.g., in the film "texts" themselves. The most important of these elements has been the expanding global and international character of the film industry; this has resulted both in global and international co-productions generating films set in a wider range of cultural and national contexts and also wider distribution of films across national borders. At the other end are micro cinema filmmakers (the new "independents") and international political grassroots organizations (e.g., the Zapastistas in Mexico) that produce on a shoestring and distribute through the Internet and alternative community venues and networks, seeking both to strengthen local communities and to develop international support networks.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar, Studio

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

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Must be enrolled in one of the following Classifications:     

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