SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Section: 003 Amateur Cinema
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Lab Fee:
50
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Shaky images of crying babies, wedding ceremonies and funny faces – is there more to amateur films? Yes, there is. After a long period of neglect, amateur films have recently gained attention by academics, filmmakers and archivists. In this course we will examine the new ways in which amateur films are being studied, and map this emerging, interdisciplinary field of research. Central questions will be: How can we decipher the ‘private’ messages of amateur films and attribute meaning to them? How can we define the particular aesthetic properties of amateur films and how do those properties relate to the filmic conventions that we know from fictional and other non-fictional formats? What do amateur films tell us about the hidden world of amateur filmmaking and what can they - mostly unwittingly – reveal about public historic events? To answer these questions we will look closely at a variety of film material from international archives as well as fiction films and documentaries that integrate amateur film material in various ways. The readings come from an interdisciplinary field, including film studies, anthropology, and performance studies. Requirements include: active class participation and attendance at all classes and screenings; reading of class material; weekly response papers; mid term exam and term paper.

SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
19097
Open
5
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
 
19098
Open
5
 
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Tu 7:00PM - 9:30PM
003 (LEC)
P
21193
Open
26
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (LAB)
 
21194
Open
26
 
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Tu 7:00PM - 9:30PM
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