UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley


Berkeley Film & Media Seminar Archive

  • still of Lossless #3 by Rebecca Baron and Doug Goodwin

    High/Low - Film & Media Graduate Student Conference

    Feb 8, 9:00 amFeb 9, 5:00 pm, 2019

    142 Dwinelle

    Keynote Speakers: Laila Shereen Sakr, University of California, Santa Barbara Rick Prelinger, University of California, Santa Cruz Closing Remarks: Abigail De Kosnik, University of California, Berkeley  -------------------------------------------------- A degraded film strip. A lossy jpeg. A pirated cassette tape. An HBO drama. A Tomatometer rating. An amateur YouTube …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: “We are not worried in the least” - Arts of Critique with Jasmina Metwaly

    Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle

    Jasmina Metwaly

    “We are not worried in the least” Arts of Critique with Jasmina Metwaly, filmmaker, artist, and founder of the Mosireen Collective Jasmina Metwaly is an artist and filmmaker based in Cairo and Berlin, and a member of the Mosireen video collective. She works in video and film, and has recently started drawing again. Rooted in performance, theater, and film, her …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Leon Gurevitch - Digital Workshops of the World: Software, Source Code and Skills Migration in the Global VFX Industries

    Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle

    Leon Gurevitch

    Digital Workshops of the World: Software, Source Code and Skills Migration in the Global VFX Industries Over the last three decades, a network of globally distributed digital visual effects (VFX) companies have arisen from Hollywood’s traditional base in Los Angeles. As Hollywood visual effects production adopted computational practices and technologies, what started out as a branch …


  • PFA Screening for new film by with Film & Media Faculty Jeffrey Skoller

    Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    BAM/PFA, 2155 Center Street

    Jeffrey Skoller

    What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, my ninety-two year old neighbor Joseph Fischer recounts the experience of being on of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony and examination of the photographs he took there are paired here …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Ara Osterweil

    Thu, Oct 25, 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle

    Ara Osterweil

    "The Last Word: Black Fugitivity in Andy Warhol's My Hustler" This talk investigates the brief, unexplained appearance of an African-American woman named Dorothy Dean at the end of Andy Warhol's groundbreaking 1965 film, My Hustler.  All but forgotten now, Dean was  a recognizable figure in the downtown New York art world, as well as one of only a handful of …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: Giorgio Bertellini

    Thu, Sep 13, 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle

    In the forthcoming volume The Divo and the Duce: Promoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America (University of California Press, 2019), I seek to document and analyze an inaugural moment of today’s much discussed convergence of political and celebrity culture. Specifically, I uncover practices of public opinion management that in 1920s America …


  • A Master Class in Silent Film Musical Accompaniment With Donald Sosin

    Mon, Jun 4, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    CNM&T Auditorium, 1750 Arch Street, Berkeley, CA

    For one day only Donald Sosin, renowned composer and musician, will offer a master class in the art of accompanying silent film. A star performer at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Sosin has performed at film festivals around the world, has written more than one thousand film scores, and can be heard on over forty DVDs. An acclaimed teacher, Sosin will work with film clips to …


  • Self, Debra. Blue Night. Ink, watercolor on paper. N.p

    Berkeley Conference on Film and Media: Medium/Environment

    Apr 27Apr 28, 2018

    Berkeley Film & Media’s 4th biennial conference seeks to bring together leading international media theorists working on questions of “environmental media” broadly conceived. In recent years, ecological crises stemming from technological transformations under the force of global capital have fueled an “environmental” turn in the humanities and social …



  • Robert Stam (NYU), "Transmedial Pedagogy and the Remixed Avant-Gardes: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet"

    Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    142 Dwinelle

    Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. He has authored, co-authored and edited some seventeen books on film and cultural theory, national cinema (French and Brazilian), comparative race and postcolonial studies. His books include:  Francois Truffaut and Friends: Modernism, Sexuality, and Adaptation (Rutgers, 2006); Literature through Film (Blackwell, …


  • BFMS Lecture Series: John David Rhodes - Disemboweled Vision: Fascism, Rome and Cinema

    Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Cosponsored by the Department of Italian Studies John David Rhodes, Professor of Film at the University of Cambridge, will be giving a lecture on Thursday, March 22 entitled, "Disembowelled Vision: Fascism, Rome and Cinema."   Abstract: This talk looks at a variety of architectural, urbanist, cinematic, and art historical practices and discourses …


  • 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, …