It's in the CAN: Welcome to the Cinematic Arts Newsletter!
We’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:
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!
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts University of Iowa