Past News & Events

2016-17 NEWS & EVENTS

April 20, 2017 | SCMS-U Presentation
Congratulations, Seline and Jen!
Film Studies Honors students Jen Martin-Cannon and Seline Boer will present research papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference at the University of Minnesota April 21-22, 2017. SCMS-U is a conference featuring students from North America and around the world presenting their scholarly work on cinema and media. A panel composed of University of Minnesota faculty selected thirty proposals for the fifth annual conference.


March 30, 2017 | Wolf Performance Hall
The Western Undergraduate Film Festival
Join us for our annual Undergraduate short festival. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at Fitzray's right after the festival.


March 11, 2017 | IGAB Atrium
March Break Open House
Join us for March Break Open House to meet with our faculty, staff and students and learn more about Film Studies at Western.


March 4, 11 & 18, 2017 | London Public Library
Japanese Food: A Documentary Film Series
Through beautiful images and heartwarming personal stories, Michael Raine presents a film series that traces the origins of food in Japan and how it is understood, from the medieval period to the present day. By tracing the development of characteristic foods we can understand how the Japanese culture relates to its natural environment and how some food preferences are still connected to its history and ecology. In Drops of Heaven we are introduced to Yoshiko TATSUMI's "Soup of Life" that is the basis of her teaching on natural food in Japan. Dashi & Shoyu uncovers the history of those most characteristic flavors in Japanese home cooking. Finally, The Birth of Sake shows us the dedicated workers in a small family brewery as they prepare a new batch of Japan's representative alcoholic drink. All films have English subtitles.


February 2, 2017 | Western News
Alumunus finds his calling behind the camera It was during-and after–an elective first-year Film Studies class he pinpoints as the actual ‘pivotal’ moment when he knew he made the right choice to come to university as a mature student.


February 1, 2017 | The Grand Theatre
Silent Film Series
Robert Bruce and Peter Karle present a 4-day Silent Film Series at The Grand Theatre. From February 1st-4th, a unique silent film will be projected with the live musical compositions from Canadian composer Robert Bruce. The films being aired in this series are: Feb 1st, Silent Comedy Shorts: A program of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Harry Langdon. Feb 2nd, It - starring Clara Bow Feb 3rd, Safety Last - starring Harold Lloyd Feb 4th, The General - starring Buster Keaton.


November 17, 2016 | The Gazette
Twelve Angry Men, one groundbreaking show
Directed by Film 1022 student Jack Phoenix, Theatre Western delivers a transcendent experience.


November 9, 2016 | Western News
Film festival fills gap in local arts scene
Regional film festivals – such as the inaugural Forest City Film Festival, taking place Nov. 11-13 at the London Public Library’s Wolf Performance Hall – are an important opportunity for local cinephiles and filmmakers to get involved and share their work, said Constanza Burucua, who teaches in the Film Studies and Modern Language and Literature departments at Western.


2015-16 NEWS & EVENTS

August 28-31, 2016 | The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Japanese Musical Films at the Revue Cinema
The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents three Japanese musical films in 35mm at the historic Revue Cinema! This eclectic selection comprises a modern masterpiece of Technicolor tragedy (Memories of Matsuko - Aug 21), an avant garde yakuza comedy (Oh! Bomb - Aug 28), and a bad boy drummer trying to make it big in the glamourous nightclubs of Ginza (The Stormy Man - Aug 28). All films are in Japanese with English subtitles. Free admission.


April 14, 2016 | The SCMS Undergraduate Hub

Film Studies student presents at SCMS Undergraduate Conference
Honors student Geoffrey Williams represented the Department of Film Studies at the Fourth Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference at The University of Colorado, Boulder. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. This annual undergraduate conference, held in a different location every year, provides young scholars an opportunity to convene as professional colleagues and to present research.


April 8, 2016 | ScreenAnarchy
Essential Series: "Japan Sings! The Japanese Musical Film" Delights and Illuminates
Film critic Christopher Bourne reviews "Japan Sings - The Japanese Musical Film" at Japan Society, New York curated by Michael Raine.


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April 6, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
The Surprising Story of Japanese Movie Musicals
The Wall Street Journal reviews "Japan Sings - The Japanese Musical Film" at Japan Society, New York curated by Michael Raine.


March 23, 2016
Norwegian Horror: Rethinking Landscape and Gender through Contemporary Norwegian Cinema
Presented by Gunnar Iversen, Norweigian University of Science and Technology


March 23, 2016
"Girls will be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema: 1908-1934"
Presented by Laura Horak, Carleton University | Co-sponsored with the Department of English & Writing Studies, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, and the Western Undergraduate Film Society


March 13, 2016 | Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa
IFCO Introduces Filmmaker EH!
IFCO (The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa Inc.) introduces Filmmaker EH! Canada’s Only National Mobile App for Emulsion Filmmakers.


February 9, 2016
Film Screening: Howl's Moving Castle


January 21, 2016 | The Globe and Mail
#OscarsSoWhite: Why diversity at the movies matters
Cameron Bailey, BA'87, Artistic Director of TIFF, comments on the current #OscarsSoWhite movement in The Globe and Mail.


January 14, 2016
Film Screening: Lady Snowblood
Presented by WUFS


December 13, 2015
4 Short Silent Comedies
Aeolian Hall Website Composer/pianist Robert Bruce plays his live original scores to four classic short silent comedy films.


December 8, 2015
Community Service Learning Film Festival
6 documentary shorts. 14 emerging student filmmakers. Recording reality, desiring the real. Contemporary documentary and community engagement. Western University’s Film Studies course Service Learning Experience fosters creative learning with hands-on experience as emerging filmmakers work with local, not-for-profit organizations. With an emphasis on activism, humanitarianism and volunteerism, visual records are created collaboratively as films give voice to marginalized identities and stories.


December 2, 2015
The Film Festival Circuit
The Department of Film Studies presents Dina Iordanova, Professor of Film Studies and Director of the Institute for Global Cinema and Creative Cultures at St. Andrews. She has authored and edited multiple books, including Cinema of the Other Europe (2003), Digital Disruption (2012) and Film Festivals and the Middle East (2014).


November 19, 2015
Tug of War
Film Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, The Japan Foundation and the Japanese Student Association present a special screening of Tug of War during Western's International Week festivities.


November 15, 2015 | Aeolian Hall
Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. (1924) plus Neighbors (1921) and The Balloonatic (1923) with live, original piano score
Aeolian Hall Website Composer/pianist Robert Bruce plays his live original scores to three classic Buster Keaton short silent comedy films about love and romance. Nobody gets the girl in more hilarious and ingenious ways than comedy legend, film pioneer and "master of the mechanical gag" Buster Keaton. Approximately 90 minutes.


October 6, 2015 | Western News
Ferguson and Halbedl: Film looks to add visibility for trans kids
Limina, the latest film by Florian Halbedl, BA’09 (Film Studies, Medical Sciences), left, and Joshua M. Ferguson, BA’09 (Film Studies), centres on an intuitive gender-fluid child named Alessandra.


September 17, 2015
The General performed with live, original score
Composer/pianist Robert Bruce performs his live original score to the 1926 classic silent film "The General" starring Buster Keaton. Composer/pianist Robert Bruce's live score for "The General" follows the story and action pretty closely, weaving in and out of a variety of musical moods and styles ranging from the "Jazz Age" sounds and cinema chase scenes popular in the 20s to more reflective and descriptive neo-classical pieces which have become his own musical trademark.


September 3, 2015 | Montreal Film Festival
Film students take top prize
Western Film students take Best Short Documentary at Montreal Film Festival. Jayne Clarke, director, and classmates Sam McGuinness, Travis Pulchinski, Brad Capstick, and Angela Clemente won the prize for their film "Posted", a snapshot of Instagram celebrity Mina Gerges. View on vimeo >>

2014-15 NEWS & EVENTS

July 23, 2015 | Kadokawa/University of Tokyo Media Content Research Project
“Mediated Worlds: Sociality, Publicness and Celebrity”
Professor Michael Raine presented a lecture at a two-week summer program sponsored by the Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project in conjunction with the University of Tokyo. The annual summer program focuses on various aspects of Japanese popular media culture.


June 2015
Small Cinemas at a Crossroads
Size matters – this is how one could capture in a slogan the ongoing research undertaken by several Film Studies faculty members, who focus on the opportunities and challenges faced by cinemas in small nations across the globe. But when is a nation or a cinema “small”? The cinema of small nations, says Professor Tobias Nagl, is usually understood as the film production of independent states with a population so small that their domestic market hardly supports the development of a homegrown film industry, making filmmakers either dependent on state funding, transnational co-production strategies or creative guerilla tactics.

After an international conference at Western in 2010 that explored these issues, Janina Falkowska, Tobias Nagl and Janelle Blankenship have now published two anthologies on the topic. Small Cinemas in Global Markets: Genres, Identities, Narratives, edited by Lenuta Giukin Janina Falkowska, David Desser, addresses aspects such as identity, revisiting the past, internationalized genres, new forms of experimental cinema, markets and production, as well as technological developments of alternative small screens. This anthology addresses the need to analyze the impact of small industries at local, regional, and global levels.

European Visions. Small Cinemas in Transition, edited by Janelle Blankenship and Tobias Nagl, examines the challenges cinemas in small European countries have faced since 1989. The volume explores how notions of scale and small cinemas relate to questions of territory, transnational media flows and globalization. Employing a variety of approaches from industry analysis to Deleuze & Guattari’s concept of the "minor," contributions address the relationship of small cinemas to Hollywood, the role of history and memory, and the politics of place in post-Socialist cinemas. A prominent film critic in Germany has written that the “global reach of the editors and contributors” of European Visions is “impressive..


March 19, 2015
Film Screening with Janina Falkowska
Western University Film Society presents a screening of "Joanna", an Oscar-nominated film by Polish director Aneta Kopacz, and a collection of Austrian short films.


March 18, 2015
Regional TV: Affective Media Geographies
Thomas Lamarre, Professor in East Asian Studies, Art History, and Communication Studies at McGill University, discussed the transnational and transmedial movement of the Japanese anime series Hana yori dango (Boys Before Flowers) and Captain Tsubasa within the context of contemporary "Asianism." This event was sponsored by The Visual Cultures Research Group.


March 16, 2015 | The Gazette
Big Screen Dreams: Western Undergraduate Film Festival
Film lovers and filmgoers can look forward to Western Undergraduate Film Society’s annual Film Festival on Friday, March 27. The festival will be playing student made short films and awarding them for their efforts.


October 30, 2014 | Western News
The World Cup, post-Wall cinema and the re-rebranding of Berlin
As our plane from Copenhagen was approaching the flat Berlin skyline on a sunny afternoon in July, we did not yet know the flight of the victorious German soccer team was scheduled to arrive from Brazil only a few minutes later. Once we had picked up our suitcases with clothes, baby toys and books for our sabbatical and entered the arrival hall of Tegel airport, the signs of athletic – and national – pride could hardly be missed: flags everywhere, children with painted faces, cheering girls in soccer tricots and a few men who already had one too many beers, waiting behind the barriers in eager anticipation of their heroes.

2013-14 NEWS & EVENTS

May 17, 2014 | The Gazette
Faces of Western: Western student interns at Cannes
A Western student has landed a job working as an intern at the biggest film festival in the world. Alissa Chater, a fourth-year film studies student, will be bumping shoulders with at the Cannes International Film Festival this month.


April 3, 2014 | The Gazette
From film critic to festival director
Western graduate, Gazette alumnus and current director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Cameron Bailey, delivered a lecture on the development of a global brand for TIFF. It has been a long journey for Bailey, who started writing movie reviews for the Gazette in the 1980s. Bailey remembers the experience at The Gazette and how it got him where he is today.


March 5, 2014 | The Gazette
Lights! Cameras! Zombies! Action!
Have you been hearing about zombies seemingly everywhere lately? Well, good news, you aren’t going crazy — it’s actually happening.Zombies, who you may recognize as the mindless walking dead creatures who occasionally feast on humans, have penetrated popular culture to such an extent that they now garner university courses dedicated to them — even at Western.


Screening and Benshi Performance: Yasujiro Ozu’s Passing Fancy (1933) and Yasujiro Ozu’s Dragnet (1933)
A Public Lecture and Performance by Japanese Benshi Ichiro Kataoka. Ichiro Kataoka also gave a master class in benshi history and performance. (Events co-sponsored with Performance Studies and Modern Languages and Literatures).

2012-13 NEWS & EVENTS

August 6, 2013 | Western News
New documentary looks to collect games, memories
Video games have come a long way since Nintendo first dominated the market in the 1980s. Three decades later, Rob McCallum has plans to go a long way to document the Nintendo saga, all the while hunting for its classic games.


2013
Jagiellonian University honors Professor Falkowska with Habilitation Degree
Janina Falkowska, Professor in Film Studies, has been involved in international projects with Poland and other European countries for the past 15 years. She has participated in international conferences dealing with Europe and the European unification project and has developed a steady research relationship with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the oldest university in Poland. With the participation of the Jagiellonian University, she has organized conferences and workshops in Poland and Canada.

Her research interests involve not only cinemas in Poland and other European countries but also small cinemas in other geographical regions. Along this line, she has been involved in the organization of three international conferences on small cinemas in Canada, the United States and Romania. Together with David Desser and Lenuta Giukin, she has most recently edited a book Small Cinemas in Global Markets. Genres, Identities, Narratives.

To honor her great contributions to the promotion of Polish cinema abroad and to recognize her Full Professorship in Europe, in 2013 Professor Falkowska was awarded a habilitation degree by the Jagiellonian University at a lavish ceremony in the university’s oldest Great Hall. The photograph depicts this medieval ceremony.


Film Screening: Treasures from the Far Fur Country (1920)
Screening of rare archival footage documenting the Hudson’s Bay Company and First Nations and Inuit communities in Northern Canada.


“From Western to Hollywood”
Student Career Workshop with Film Studies Alumnus Jason Olin.

2011-12 NEWS & EVENTS

May 24, 2012 | Western News
Film class turns camera onto community
Nicole Cheese didn’t know what she would discover when she looked through her camera’s viewfinder. What she captured amazed even her. Offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities for the first time last semester, the third-year course Special Topics in Film Studies: Service Learning took students out of the classroom and into the community where they spent nearly four months at a number of community-based organizations.


April 12, 2012 | Western News
Filmmaker stands 'Alone' atop festival
Social media, the very tool that's brought the world together, is likewise responsible for worldwide alienation, according to one Western student.

2010-11 NEWS & EVENTS

“The Paradoxes of Cinematic Rear-Projection: An Outmoded Technology and its Place in the Work of Mark Lewis”
A public lecture by Laura Mulvey, Professor of Film & Media Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, Co-Sponsored with Visual Arts.


Screening and Q&A: Dust (2001)
Screening and production workshop with internationally acclaimed director Milcho Manchevski. Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films BEFORE THE RAIN (1994), DUST (2001), SHADOWS (2007) and MOTHERS (2011). BEFORE THE RAIN won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc. The New York Times included BEFORE THE RAIN on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made. Please click on the screen to view excerpts from this discussion.


Screening and Q&A: Tierra sublevada: Oro impuro (2009) and Social Genocide (2004)
Film screening with internationally acclaimed director Fernando Solanas.


”From neo-colonialism to globalization: just a matter of semantics”
Faculty Seminar with internationally acclaimed director Fernando Solanas.


”Representational and discursive strategies then and now”
Faculty Seminar with internationally acclaimed director Fernando Solanas.

World acclaimed political filmmaker Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas visited the Film Studies department in February 2011. During his three-day visit, he worked with undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring four different short films. He participated in two seminars with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, debating matters of globalization, culture and representation and two of his most recent documentaries were screened to a full auditorium, followed by a Q&A session. Fernando Solanas is the director (with Octavio Getino) of the canonical film The Hour of the Furnaces (1968). Also with Getino, he wrote the equally influential manifesto “Toward a Third Cinema”. Currently a member of Argentina’s National Congress, his more recent work as a filmmaker includes the documentaries Memoria del saqueo / Social Genocide (2004) and Tierra sublevada: Oro Impuro (2009). Please click on the screen to view excerpts of the exclusive interview that Solanas did with us.

2009-10 NEWS & EVENTS

Screening: Katyn (Andrzej Wajda, 2007)


“The Art of Diddling: Slapstick, Science, and Anti-Modernism in the Films of Charlie Bowers”
Guest Lecture by Rob King, Cinema Studies, University of Toronto. Co-sponsored with the Centre for Theory & Criticism.


Screening: “The Films of Jamelie Hassan”
Curated by Miriam Jordan and Julian Jason Haladyn.


“Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy”
Guest Lecture by Matthew Fox, Department of Classics, University of Glasgow.


Screening and Q&A: Media City Film Festival, Experimental Program
Curated by Jeremy Rigsby and Oona Mosna.


Textures of Time:Films of Michael Snow Film
Retrospective and Panel Discussion co-sponsored by Film Studies, Martin Walsh Film Library, McIntosh Art Gallery, Visual Arts.


Screening and Q&A: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Screening with internationally acclaimed director Alanis Obomsawin. Co-sponsored with English.


Screening: Film/Spricht/Viele/Sprachen (Gustav Deutsch, Austria 1995) and film screening and artist Q&A: When you are Blind (Mansoor Behnam, Iran 2001);The Well (Mansoor Behnam, Iran 2000) and Adam’s Apple (Mansoor Behnam, Iran 2002)
Co-sponsored with Visual Arts, ArtLab.


“European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition”
International conference, hosted by the Department of Film Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

2008-09 NEWS & EVENTS

“Visible and Invisible: Media and Disappearance”
Guest Lecture by Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Cinema Studies, The University of Chicago


“Intensifying Life: Cinema of the Berlin School”
Guest Lecture by Marco Abel, University of Nebraska, English (co-sponsored with the Centre for Theory and Criticism).


Screening and Q&A, Grass (1999) and Know Your Mushrooms (2008)


Screening and Q&A with acclaimed director Ron Mann. Co-Sponsored with Western Film)


Guest Lecture: Kent Monkman Lecture given as part of the Speakers in the Arts Series, co-sponsored with Visual Arts


Film Screening and Q&A: Oliver Hussain Screening of video shorts with award-winning, experimental film director Oliver Husain (Toronto)

2007-08 NEWS & EVENTS

“Contraband Cinema: Piracy, Titanic and the Middle East”
Guest Lecture by Barbara Klinger, Professor, Film and Media Studies at Indiana University.


Screening and Q&A: Bon Cop Bad Cop (Kevin Tierney, 2006)


Screening with Kevin Tierney, producer and co-writer of BON COP BAD COP, the highest grossing movie in the history of Canadian cinema.

2006-07 NEWS & EVENTS

Workshop with Bob Munroe, President and Co-founder of C.O.R.E Digital Pictures


Screening: Sharkwater (Rob Stewart, 2007) Screening: Palestine Trilogy: Documentations in History (b.h. Yael, 2006)


Screening with director b.h. Yael, Professor of Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design

2005-06 NEWS & EVENTS

Guest lecture: Thomas Elsaesser Guest lecture by Thomas Elsaesser, Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam

2004-05 NEWS & EVENTS

“Is a Cinema Studies the New MBA”


Guest lecture: Barry Keith Grant
Guest lecture by Barry Keith Grant, Professor, Film Studies and Popular Culture, Brock University.


Guest lecture: Ella Shohat
Guest lecture by Ella Shohat Professor, Art and Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies, New York University.


Workshop with Canadian director John Greyson (co-sponsored with the London Canadian Film Festival)


“Paradoxes of Citizenship: Environments, Exclusions, Equity”
Annual Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) conference, held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, on May 29-31, 2005.


Gorin and Me

Gorin and Me is an experimental documentary that adheres to minimalist and guerilla principles of production to recollect Jean-Pierre Gorin's 1974 appearance at the University of Western Ontario. Working from the original analogue audio recording, a collective of undergrads, graduate students and staff translated the event into a visual record with animated hand drawn illustrations. The project was mentored of Fernando Solanas during his visit to Western University in 2011.

The title is a reference to a chapter in Martin Walsh's book "The Brechtian Aspect of Radical Cinema" from 1981.

40 Years Ago – The Founding of the Martin Walsh Film Library

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"Western Alloted $75,000 to buy films" Bill Webster, The London Free Press, February 26, 1977.

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"UWO film research centre receives grant" Western News, July 15, 1976.