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SIFF advertisement
April 2, 2021
The 47th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) runs April 8-18 this year.  This year’s virtual Festival will showcase 92 features and 126 shorts from 69 countries. Department of Cinema and Media Studies is proud to be the official sponsor of the following three films that are showing at SIFF this year: Caterpillars, Summer of 85, and ... Read more
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March 20, 2021
The Department of Cinema and Media Studies stands with UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s recent statement on anti-Asian violence and supports the various resources offered by the UW to our community.  In addition to the rise in anti-Asian violence, we must ask UW leadership to speak out against elected officials who inflame the anti-Asian violence under the guise of free speech.  At the March 18, 2021 US House of Representatives hearing on anti-Asian violence and discrimination, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX... Read more
Gopal Abstract
April 7, 2021
Northwest Research Media Commons Presents Dr. Sangita Gopal Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, University of Oregon “Lethal Acts: Bollywood’s New Woman and the Nirbhaya Effect.” April 9, 3:30pm Zoom link: Meeting ID: 995 207 0475 Abstract "Lethal Acts" explores the emergence of the violent femme and the femme ... Read more
BKrystal Milotte Scholarship photo
March 24, 2021
We have received news that doctoral student Barbara Krystal has been awarded $7000 Alfred G. and Elma M. Milotte Scholarship ( for the 2021 academic year.  Wildlife photographers and film makers Alfred and Elma Milotte used artistic communication to educate and inspire the public to the wonders of the natural world. Weaving art and science together illuminates their shared guiding principle of... Read more
March 12, 2021
Now in it its 9th year, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) is online this year.  Partnering with NorthWest Film Forum, SAAFF showcases feature-length and short films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest.  We have several connections to the SAAFF this year. Professor LeiLani Nishime (Adjunct Professor CMS) is one of the organizers, and a short film by CMS graduate student Sarah Choi titled "Bird, Man, Water" is... Read more
CMS 597 Seminar in Color
February 19, 2021
We are delighted to announce  that Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Professor and Director of Film Studies at Seattle University, will offer a special graduate seminar for the CMS curriculum during spring quarter 2021.  The course description is as follows:  “Seminar in Color:  Aesthetics, Technologies, Materialities, and Philosophies”  In recent years, colour studies has emerged as a new interdisciplinary field in the humanities and social sciences  and has been taken up by a number of film and media... Read more
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February 2, 2021
This week at the UW, attend a book launch for "Union by Law," the Critical Issues Lecture Series, and more. Featured on UW News 
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February 1, 2021
Students share their experience with the ART 496 museum guide program, a year-long paid internship at the Henry Art Gallery. Featured on The Daily 
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January 28, 2021
The latest episode of Sound Bite, a podcast network from The Daily of the UW features Professor Eric Ames.  Listen to the January episode of "How Do I Get Your Job" segment featuring Professor Ames here: Cinema Studies with Eric Ames, where we learn a bit... Read more
Shawn Wong
January 28, 2021
Professor Shawn Wong was featured in Sound Bite, a podcast network from The Daily of the UW.  You can listen to the "How Do I Get Your Job" segment featuring Professor Wong from autumn quarter 2020 here: Screenwriting with Shawn Wong (Americanese)  Professor Wong will be teaching CMS 370, a basic screenwriting class... Read more