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The Paper Tigers film poster
November 23, 2021
Cinema and Media Studies is pleased to co-sponsor a discussion with Bao Tran, the director of the acclaimed The Paper Tigers (2020), a martial arts comedy shot in Seattle and Shoreline, and the film’s producer Al'n Duong. Tran and Duong will be joined by the UW scholars Chris Hamm (AL&L) and Yomi Braester (CMS) for a discussion of the film. The event will be streamed live (accessible to UW ID holders). The event is sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Asian Languages... Read more
Charles Mudede leans over a concrete wall, with a red carpet and an Orcas Island Film Festival backdrop in the background.
November 5, 2021
In this quarterly series, acclaimed moviemakers join Warren Etheredgein in candid conversation about the craft (and commerce) of their profession.  In three truthful talks, you'll come to know a favorite of the festival circuit, an indie stalwart, and a box office champ - how they made their marks, how they navigate their process, and how they advise you to pursue your own cinematic ambitions.   Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, filmmaker,... Read more
Frontal shot of Ellen Chang in light blue shirt with white dinosaur print
October 22, 2021
Doctoral student Ellen Chang started her new role as first director of the new Arts and Culture Program at University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program this autumn. The program will offer a variety of public events for local, regional, and national audiences.  The annoucement and additional information about the Program are available on the ... Read more
SQFF  2021 postcard
October 14, 2021
Cinema and Media Studies is proud to be a co-sponsor for the Seattle Queer Film Festival (SQFF) 2021 which runs October14 - 24, 2021. The 26th edition of SQFF is a hybrid festival, with in person screening at theaters and a full virutal program.  The festival is produced by the nonprofit organization Three Dollar Bill Cinema, which promotes queer cinema by providing access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read more
Long Tran photo
October 5, 2021
Our first M.A. student in Cinema & Media Studies, Long Tran completed his graduate degree in Spring 2021. He immediately landed a job teaching media studies at Orting High School in western Washington, where he began teaching this fall. We are so proud of him! And can’t wait to see what he does next. His short film “With Whom Shall We Live?”... Read more
D Ruiz head shot for profile
September 20, 2021
We are very excited to have Professor Diana Flores Ruíz joining us this fall as our new Assistant Professor in Cinema and Media Studies.   Professor Flores Ruíz comes to us from the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in film and media studies.  Her current book project explores the visual technologies (from cartography to biometrics) that have been used to draw and redraw the US-Mexican border, how they work to maintain settler colonial power relations, and how... Read more
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July 15, 2021
University of Washington Provost Mark A. Richards today announced Dianne Harris will become dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, beginning Sept. 1. Featured on UW News 
S Choi headshot
July 6, 2021
Congratulations to graduate student Sarah Choi for winning third place in the Society of Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) student writing competition! Her essay, “Life, Death, or Something in Between: Photographic Taxidermy in Get Out (2017)” explores the relationship between photography and taxidermy in the film as well as in the work of photographer Zoe Leonard. The SCMS student writing award “recognizes graduate students who show outstanding ability in the field of film, television, and... Read more
White lettering "Cinema & Media Studies Class of 2021 Graduation Yearbook" on purple background.
June 11, 2021
While we are unable to come together to celebrate the Class of 2021 in person, the Department of Cinema & Media Studies honors the accomplishments of our graduates in the 2021 CMS graduation yearbook.  Cheers to the Class of 2021! 
Shawn Wong
June 7, 2021
Professor Shawn Wong is the recipient of the Association of University Presses' Stand UP Award this year.  The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) Stand UP Award honors "those who through their words and actions have done extraordinary work to support, defend and celebrate the university press community."  The award was announced during the Association of University Presses' 2021 Annual Meeting, held virtually this year.  Additional information about Professor Wong and the award is... Read more