Cinematic Arts Newsletter

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

 Chang-Min Yu. Amos Stailey-Young, Seth Kim, and Paula Amad
Current and former Cinematic Arts Ph.D. students and faculty
at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual
conference in Chicago, March 2017. From L to R: Chang-Min Yu.
Amos Stailey-Young, Seth Kim, and Paula Amad

By: Paula Amad, Associate Professor and Chair
(phone: 319-335-2827; e-mail:

Dear Friends of the Department of Cinematic Arts,

I am pleased to be able to share with you our CAN issue #2 for Summer 2017. It's been another incredibly busy and rewarding year which I hope you will enjoy reading about in the following pages.

We were thrilled to start the year off by welcoming a new faculty member Assistant Professor Chris Goetz to our department. Chris received his Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley (2016), and is a specialist in video games and new media and is building a vital new area of expansion in our department. I am also excited to announce that this Fall we will welcome Associate Professor Christopher Harris to the department as the Head of Film and Video Production. Chris received his M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and is an award-winning experimental filmmaker whose works explore issues of race, the urban landscape, and the medium of film itself.

We are proud to be a Department that is committed to promoting cinema as a bold and innovative art form that makes us think, feel, and act like no other medium can. To that end, this year we hosted a rich array of provocative artist and scholar talks and film screenings through our various forums, including Headroom, Vertical Cinema, the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival and the Department Colloquium. These events not only enrich the experience of our students but also feed the cinema appetites of the broader community who we always welcome to such events (and who turn up in droves!). And speaking of our local community, we were especially pleased this year to help judge the films of a group of Bettendorf Middle Schoolers thanks to our generous student volunteers.

We are also extremely proud of all the student accomplishments of the past year, including prestigious external and internal awards for M.F.A and Ph.D. students. This was also the second year in a row that one of our undergraduate students, Camden Kent, had their research accepted for presentation at the Undergraduate version of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference.

Also, please check out our new Mission Statement on our website which encapsulates our goals and principles as we move ahead as a department dedicated to excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and service in the domain of moving image culture.

And, as always, please feel free to contact me with any feedback or suggestions.

I hope everyone had a great Summer!

Paula Amad

Other articles in this Newsletter

  • Mike Gibisser's World of Facts, (2017)

    This year, the Cinematic Arts Colloquium, a wide-ranging speaker series hosted by the Department of Cinematic Arts, invited a full roster of speakers from a range of disciplines.

  • Headroom

    The Headroom Screening Series finished another successful season of programming, which included fruitful collaborations with the new student-group, Vertical Cinema, as well as the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (IC DOCS). 

  • The Skies the Limit for New Student Organization

    Vertical Cinema's inaugural year was a tremendous success. We started out the first semester by collaborating with the Headroom Screening Series to bring filmmaker Christopher Harris and curator and archivist Ruth Hodgins to campus. 

  • The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival

    The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival returned to Iowa City this spring with 70 films and videos from across the globe screened between FilmScene, Adler Journalism Building, and RADInc, April 20-22.

  • Graduate students in Film Studies at the University of Iowa have an impressive track record earning prestigious grants and awards to support their research, and the past year was no exception. 

  • MFA Students in Film and Video Production in the Department of Cinematic Arts continued to impress us all with their accolades and accomplishments.

  • Director Clay Tweel and producer Mary Rohlich shared their filmmaking expertise with Cinematic Arts students during a Q&A on Friday, August 26, 2016

  • Former faculty and film studies graduates catching up at SCMS. From L to R: Kathy Morrow, Mike Slowik, Steve Choe, Jon Crylen, a

    It was another year of active participation by faculty and graduate students from Cinematic Arts at the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), held in Chicago this March. 

  • Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, was invited to present his recent work on experimental videogames.

  • Students from Bettendorf Middle School, and Mike Gibisser

    This year we were especially happy to participate in a new outreach initiative in which our undergraduate and graduate students judged the short fiction and nonfiction films made by a group of Bettendorf Middle School Students. 

  • On Friday, November 11th, 2016 Camden Kent attended an event entitled "Blazing a Trail West: How Two Iowa Law Grads Became Big Names in California Entertainment Law."