Cinematic Arts Newsletter

The University of Iowa At SCMS

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

By Associate Professor and Head of Film Studies Corey Creekmur

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. The Department is an Institutional Member of SCMS, and the conference is the most prominent professional meeting in the field: it's a great place to learn about current research, network with scholars with related interests, and catch up with friends, former students, and former teachers.

Cinematic Arts faculty members Paula Amad, Corey Creekmur, and Steven Ungar all presented work on panels, as did affiliated faculty Garrett Stewart (English) and Kathleen Newman (Spanish and Portuguese). Current graduate students who presented work at the conference included Amos Stailey-Young, Matthew Hipps, Chang-Min Yu, and Leah Vonderheide.

As usual, a great many more of our former students, or scholars with Iowa connections, presented their current research in Chicago this year. Indeed, every year, generations of film and media scholars with links to Iowa attend this conference, and many of these have served as elected SCMS officers and been the recipients of the organization's prestigious awards. This year, an informal gathering of current and former Iowa faculty and graduates was arranged in collaboration with the Department of Communication Studies at the conference, we hope to continue this tradition at future meetings of the society.  

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  • Headroom

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  • 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

  • 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. 

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