UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley


Berkeley Film &Amp; Media Seminar Archive

  • Can American Cinema be Saved? A Lecture by James Schamus

    Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle

    Many people worry about the future of the cinema. I have discovered what the future of the cinema is. For one day only, I will share my knowledge of the future of cinema, but solely with those who attend my talk.   This event is free and open to the public. ---------------------------- James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Pooja Rangan - Voice as Documentary Audibility: Two Scenes of Accent Neutralization

    Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    188 Dwinelle Hall

    In the field of documentary, voice, rather than point of view, is the prevailing metaphor for a filmmaker’s unique perspective, signaling the documentary genre’s textual emphasis on spoken words, as well as its social ethic of “giving voice.” Rangan’s talk will unpack the humanitarian resonances of this metaphor, as elaborated in her book Immediations: The …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Geneviève Sellier -
    Popular cinema and the mass audience in postwar France, 1945-1958

    Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    French film studies has traditionally restricted itself to aesthetic approaches to the « seventh art » and to the study of film-makers considered, according to a tradition of cinephilia, to be « auteurs. » This tradition has left aside the popular dimensions of French film, including the study of genre and of reception. In this talk, I present my …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Lana Lin - Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects

    Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture   For this presentation I will discuss my soon to be released book, which examines the vulnerability of the human body and asks how human beings contend with loss. Employing psychoanalytic theory and literary analysis, Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects tracks three exemplary figures, psychoanalyst …


  • Talking TV: a conversation between Julie Andem and Mark Sandberg

    Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    Julie Andem is a Norwegian screenwriter, director, and television producer. She is best known as the creator, screenwriter, director, and showrunner for the acclaimed young adult internet/television series SKAM.   Mark Sandberg is Professor and Chair of Film & Media and Professor of Scandinavian. His research has centered on pre-cinematic visual culture, silent film history, …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Rielle Navitski -
    Public Violence and Visual Culture: Cinema's Emergence in Brazil

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    Films that restaged public spectacles of real-life violence became the first popular successes of narrative cinema in Brazil, a tendency that finds echoes in the early film cultures of Bolivia, Colombia, and Mexico. These films took part in a sensational visual culture that spans the moving image and the illustrated press, a visual culture uniquely revealing of the constitutive role of …


  • FORGETTING VIETNAM a film by Prof. Trinh T. Minh-ha

    Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    MLK, Jr. Student Union Building, UC Berkeley (Location is wheelchair accessible. Event organized by the CRG Arts & Humanities Initiative.)

    Discussion Moderator: Prof. Khatharya Um Ethnic Studies

    Center for Race & Gender Special Film Presentation FORGETTING VIETNAM a film by Prof. Trinh T. Minh-ha Gender & Women’s Studies and Rhetoric Discussion Moderator: Prof. Khatharya Um Ethnic Studies Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 5:00 pm Multicultural Community Center MLK, Jr. Student Union Building, UC Berkeley (Location is wheelchair accessible. Event organized …


  • BFMS Lecture and French/Film/Theory Conference

    Apr 13Apr 14, 2017

    142 Dwinelle Hall and French Library

    Luc Vancheri

    Join us for two upcoming events in the department of Film & Media!   April 13, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm 142 Dwinelle Hall   "From Renoir's Imaginary Museum to his Christian Imagination: On La Grande Illusion (1937)" ​ Luc Vancheri Professor of Film Studies Université Lyon 2   Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion is one of the most …


  • Oliver Gaycken - "A Cinema of Living Facts"

    Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    A Cinema of Living Facts: The Encyclopaedia Cinematographica's Archives of Movement A signature achievement of the Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) was its Encyclopaedia Cinematographica (EC) project, which was active from 1952 until the early 1990s. Divided into three section dedicated to biology, ethnology, and the technical sciences, the EC was conceived as a …


  • Sebastian Franklin - Cleverness and Drive, or the Cybernetic Fantasy of Value

    Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    470 Stephens Hall

    In January 1951, R.S. Hunt—a British technical editor and former chemist without any university degree or diploma—sent a manuscript titled “Two Kinds of Work” to the mathematician Norbert Wiener, who did not read it. Hunt’s manuscript promises to “put metaphysics within the scope of physics.” And it claims to do so by making “such quantities as …


  • BFMS Lecture - John Peters

    Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    John Lilly, Dolphin Voices, and the Tape Medium John Lilly, who made dolphins famous as cosmic minds in the water, was obsessed with their bioacoustic practices, including hearing and phonation. Lilly sits at the crossroads of many vectors in postwar America: the birth of the counterculture from the spirit of Cold War militarized science, the cybernetic dream of bridging animal, human, …


  • BFMS Lecture - Amy Villarejo

    Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    Save the date! Amy Villarejo, professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, will be one of our visiting lecturers this fall.  Title and abstract to follow!


  • & Media - Film & Media Graduate Student Conference

    Sep 22Sep 24, 2016

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Kristopher Fallon, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis Jenny Odell, Digital Media Artist CLOSING REMARKS Weihong Bao, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley “& Media” –– a label affixed to film organizations, cinema departments, and conferences across the country –– is becoming the center of …


  • Commencement 2016

    Wed, May 18, 2016, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Zellerbach Hall, Lower Sproul Plaza

    Congratulations, graduates of Film & Media! This year's commencement ceremony was held Wednesday, May 18th, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in Zellerbach Hall. 


  • Noa Steimatsky - Roland Barthes Looks at the Stars

    Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle Hall

    Co-sponsored by the departments of French and Italian Studies This talk explores Roland Barthes’s several texts of the early 1950s concerning the face in film and in visual culture, high and low. Most intriguing in this regard is the little known “Visages et figures” — possibly Barthes’s most extensive, and friendliest, discussion of the moving image. Largely …