Cinematic Arts Newsletter

It's in the CAN: Welcome to the Cinematic Arts Newsletter!

Paula AmadWe’re excited to share with you our first e-newsletter from the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa.

Having just had the honor of participating as the Faculty Marshall for the Convocation Ceremony, I couldn’t think of a better time to share the wonderful achievements of all the people who contribute to the Department of Cinematic Arts -- undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. 

The CAN (Cinematic Arts Newsletter) will give you a glimpse into the wide array of talents and accomplishments of our students as well as the rich variety of film-related events we sponsor to help broaden and inspire the creative and intellectual spirit of our department.  These accomplishments include MFA graduate student Carl Elsaesser’s Award from the prestigious Ann Arbor Film Festival and undergraduate student Matthew Smithers’ accepted presentation of a research paper at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference.  On the events schedule, highlights from the past year included packed screenings and talks by experimental film artists like Deborah Stratton as well as conversations with directors like Terry Zwigoff and, via Skype, Fredrick Wiseman.  You’ll also read about how the Department of Cinematic Arts, in partnership with a wonderful group of our own alumni, and the UI Pomerantz Career Center, put on our first Exploring Careers in Cinema Event. For a report on this successful event from the UI IowaNow bulletin, which includes a video interview with some of the invited alumni, please see:

Additionally, you can also view a video of the event made by one of our talented undergraduates Kylie Clark (with the help of Assistant Professor Mike Gibisser) below:

Exploring Careers in Cinema Alumni Event, Spring 2016 from UIOWA Dept. of Cinematic Arts on Vimeo.

As you’ll soon see, it’s been a busy and rewarding year! We hope you will enjoy browsing the CAN and learning more about the vibrant film culture that underpins the commitment to academic and artistic excellence in education and research in the Department of Cinematic Arts at UI.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

And best wishes for the Summer!

Paula Amad,
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts University of Iowa

Other articles in this Newsletter

  • Cinematic Arts undergraduate presents research at prestigious academic conference

    I enjoyed my experience at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference which this year took place at the University of Colorado Boulder, April 14-16. At the conference, I presented research on Frank Brinton and the Brinton Entertaining Company based on the recent acquisition of the Brinton Collection by the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa and on newspaper records. 

  • SCMS Atlanta

    The annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), held in Atlanta between March 30th and April 3rd, 2016 featured a ceremony culminating in our colleague, Professor Emeritus Rick Altman, receiving the Distinguished Career Achievement Award, the society’s highest honor.  In his remarks upon receiving the award, Rick summarized his career teaching film studies at the University of Iowa, and cited the work of many of his former students as a frequent inspiration for his own groundbreaking research.

  • Exploring Careers in Cinema Event, March 2016

    Six University of Iowa alumni from the Department of Cinematic Arts walk into the journalism building. No, it’s not a punchline for a joke, but their reason for returning to Iowa City was equally entertaining. On March 1st, 2016, the cinema department hosted their first-annual “Exploring Careers in Cinema” event. These six alumni held a late-afternoon session in which they explained to current students how to get a job in a cinema-related career after graduation. 

  • Photo still from Vague Images at the Beginning and End of the Day

    View some of the recent awards and achievements of our Graduate Students.

  • Stratman Event

    Film is dynamic and alive in Iowa City, and the proof is in the events! The innovative Headroom Screening Series had another stellar year of programming with sold-out crowds packing into on- and off-campus community venues where fresh faces and long time cinephiles alike came out to get a sense of what is happening in contemporary experimental film, video, and new media.

  • Zwigoff Event

    On April 7, 2016, filmmaker Terry Zwigoff visited Cinematic Arts students as part of his trip to Iowa City under the auspices of the Mission Creek Festival.  Zwigoff, director of Crumb, a documentary portrait of American cartoonist Robert Crumb, and Ghost World, an adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel, shared stories and fielded questions in a crowded classroom.