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Fires at Sea Italy and the Migration Crisis

Fires at Sea Italy and the Migration Crisis

We invite you to a film and lecture series on Italy and migration which the Italian Program has organized this semester. In addition to MCL, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Global Affairs Program, the Film and Media Studies Program and the Visiting Filmmakers Series are co-sponsors.

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Sept 28: Arts By George, with performance by Audra McDonald

Sept 28: Arts By George, with performance by Audra McDonald

For this fundraiser, Film at Mason students and faculty collaborate with other CVPA students and faculty in performances and exhibits in open studios and rehearsal halls of the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The evening culminates with a performance by Audra McDonald.

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FAMS Courses Fall 2019

FAMS Courses Fall 2019

FAMS courses in Fall 2019 include Business of Film and Video, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror, History of World Cinema, Indian Cinema , Introduction to Anime and Manga, International Mysteries, Introduction to Documentary, Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Silent Cinema and the Archive, and Spanish Language Film and Television.

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FAMS Courses Summer 2019

FAMS Courses Summer 2019

Registration begins March 25. Check out FAMS courses for Summer 2019. Online: Film and Video Forms, Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, Business of Film, Global Horror Film. Classroom courses: Japanese Cinema, Gender, Race & Class in Media, Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights.

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Kauri George, Film and Video Studies

Kauri George, Film and Video Studies

“The whole [Film and Video Studies Program] is like a community that helps each other.” According to Kauri George, the program’s size allows for more genuine heart and talent to come through. NEWS: Kauri's film, Close Call, won a regional 2019 Emmy Award for Best Short Form - Fiction.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: The Unafraid with Heather Courtney

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: The Unafraid with Heather Courtney

Thurs Feb 28, 7:30pm, Johnson Center Cinema The documentary follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. It shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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Film at Mason Fall Showcase

Film at Mason Fall Showcase

The Fall Film Showcase features student work made during the fall semester. The work is made students in intermediate directing (fiction and documentary) and beginning video production, as well as senior thesis films. 12/8 10am-6pm Johnson Center Cinema. Free and open to the public.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2019

FAMS Courses for Spring 2019

FAMS courses offered in Spring 2019 include Global Horror Film, TV and Twitter, Introduction to Spanish-Language Cinema, Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Film & Video Forms, and Cyberpunk.

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A Critic's Point of View: Ann Hornaday and Cynthia Fuchs

A Critic's Point of View: Ann Hornaday and Cynthia Fuchs

Friday, November 30 4:30pm Art and Design Building 1007 Free and open to the public: George Mason's Delta Kappa Alpha invites you to A Critic's Point of View, a conversation with Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Cynthia Fuchs, Film Critic and Director of Film and Media Studies at George Mason University.

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Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily, the popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997 at www.poems.com, has begun the process of moving to George Mason University where it will be published in partnership with the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries. Founders Don Selby and Diane Boller, who are retiring at the end of the year after steering, editing, and growing the web-based journal for more than twenty-one years, will remain on the board of directors of Daily Poetry Association, the nonprofit organization that publishes Poetry Daily. Editors, students, and staff at Mason take on daily production as of January 1, 2019.

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Nov 13: Free screening of More Than a Word

Nov 13: Free screening of More Than a Word

7:30pm Johnson Center Cinema: A film by Kenneth and John Little, More Than a Word takes an objective look at the Washington R*dskins/Mascot controversy, the history of the word and the effects of stereotypes in sports.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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Nov 5: DKA Screening and discussion: Pan's Labyrinth

Nov 5: DKA Screening and discussion: Pan's Labyrinth

4:30pm Johnson Center Cinema From visionary director Guillermo del Toro comes the story of Ofelia, a girl thrown into a realm of mystic fawns, fairies, and pale monsters. Come join us, along with Film and Media Studies director Cynthia Fuchs, for this dark fairy tale.

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News at Mason: Kimberly Reed and Dark Money

News at Mason: Kimberly Reed and Dark Money

"We were somewhat fortunate in that we could tell that story, we could connect a bunch of these dots that typically just don't get connected,” said Kim Reed, who worked with investigative journalists and followed leaked information. Dark Money at GMU Oct 30 4:30pm JCC

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IV Estate: Following the “Dark Money”

IV Estate: Following the “Dark Money”

Kimberly Reed is bring her film, Dark Money, to GMU on Oct 30. She "believes that young people, college students especially, should engage in politics to prevent the corruption that is exposed in “Dark Money.”"

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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WGST Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Amal Amireh will be a featured guest panelist in DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

WGST Affiliate Faculty, Dr. Amal Amireh will be a featured guest panelist in DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

FAMS Courses Fall 2018

FAMS Courses Fall 2018

Our courses for Fall 2018 include Race/Gender/Class/Sports, Intro Film, Intro Documentary, Film and Video Forms, Television Studies, Global Voices: Film and Media of the Middle East, Media Criticism, History of World Cinema, Film and Colonialism, and Global Horror Film.

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The Story told In Lorton’s Darkroom

The Story told In Lorton’s Darkroom

From the history of the Lorton Correctional Complex comes the story of “In Lorton’s Darkroom”, which changed the lives of the inmates living there. GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series conducted a short documentary screening of “In Lorton’s Darkroom” in the Johnson Center Cinema about the life-changing event.

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FAMS Courses Summer 2018

FAMS Courses Summer 2018

Our courses for Summer 2018 include Gender, Race & Class in Media, Intro Film (DL), Film and Video Forms (DL), Media Criticism (DL), History of World Cinema (DL), Global Horror Film, Business of Film, and The Films of Akira Kurosawa.

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FAVS @ 10 May 5

FAVS @ 10 May 5

Saturday, May 5, 2018: A full day of programming celebrating the growth of the program over the last decade and honoring alumni from the FAVS BA, FAMS minor and MAIS concentration in Film and Video. FAVS @ 10 features industry, alumni, and faculty panels on the state of media making today.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2018

FAMS Courses for Spring 2018

A wide range of courses are available in Spring 2018: Cyberpunk, Sports TV, Cinemas of Resistance, Curating & Programming for the Moving Image, Latin American Film, Japanese Cinema, Soviet Film in the Times of Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, Global Horror Film, and more.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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Best of Film at Mason

Best of Film at Mason

9/15 5pm JCC Best of Film at Mason is a showcase of recent notable and award-winning films. From Senior capstone fiction work, to intermediate and beginning level documentary shorts, this program celebrates the diversity of cinematic storytelling in Film and Video Studies.

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Mason Film Festival 2017

Mason Film Festival 2017

Mason Film Festival is back for its 5th year, May 4-6, 2017. All events are free and open to the public. Screenings will take place in the Johnson Center Cinema.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Hans Charles

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Hans Charles

Not a seat in the Johnson Center Cinema was left open. In the back of the room, audience members were left standing just to get a glimpse of the screening session. On Feb. 13, Mason’s Film and Media Studies Program hosted a screening for the Academy Award-nominated documentary “13th” and a Q&A with Mason professor and “13th” cinematographer Hans Charles.

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PopMatters Internship Spring 2017

PopMatters Internship Spring 2017

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

In a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening, brothers Lance and Brandon Kramer shared with students the process of making their first feature film, “City of Trees.” They also discussed their most recent project, “The Messy Truth,” which focuses on starting healthy conversations in the aftermath of a hyper-political election season.

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FAVS Fall Showcase

FAVS Fall Showcase

This year's Showcase includes undergraduate work in Web Series, Music Video Experimentation, and Documentary Directing. We'll screen the capstone works from graduating seniors, including a staged reading of capstone scripts, and exhibit works, papers and panels by graduate MAIS students. All events are free and open to the public and are in the Johnson Center Cinema.

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Journey Into Europe: Film screening, with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Journey Into Europe: Film screening, with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Thurs 10/27 7:30pm: Akbar Ahmed's documentary explores Islam in Europe and the place of Islam in European history and civilization. We hear from presidents and prime ministers, archbishops, chief rabbis, grand muftis, heads of right-wing parties, and everyday people from a variety of backgrounds.

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Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Wendi Manuel-Scott will moderate a dialogue with thought leaders Laurie Robinson, Earl Smith, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Shirley Ginwright on policing and crimes against people of color, including current issues and the national climate, for this semester's President's Freedom and Learning Forum.

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." This film follows what happened next.

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act, brought on by overfishing.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

Courses include Bollywood and Beyond, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror Film, History of World Cinema, International Mysteries, Intro Documentary, Intro Film, Japanese Cinema, Music Video Experimentation, and War and International Film.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

Find new ways to see your world with FAMS Summer courses. Titles include Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights; Film and Video Forms; Film and Video Screenwriting; Intro to Film; Samurai On Screen; Women in Media.

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Alumni Spotlight: Fan Yang's Book Is Here

Alumni Spotlight: Fan Yang's Book Is Here

The program extends its congratulations to alumna Fan Yang whose book Faked in China has been published. The book assesses the challenges faced by China following its accession to the World Trade Organization.

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“Stage Four” director discusses inspiration, filmmaking

“Stage Four” director discusses inspiration, filmmaking

“I don’t know I would say there’s one particular message the film has,” Steger said. “I think when you make a film it should be something that people in the audience … reflect and connect to it in different levels … and all pull something different from it.”

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Visiting Filmmaker Looks at Harlem through a Different Lens

Visiting Filmmaker Looks at Harlem through a Different Lens

Photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah brings his award-winning film, Field Niggas, to Mason on April 5. The film visits a street corner in Harlem, presenting the people there with dignity, respect, and unblinking attention to the brutal honesty of their circumstances.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

Last Monday, photojournalist Louie Palu screened his film “Kandahar Journals” in the Johnson Center Cinema as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series sponsored by GMU's Film and Media Studies. The film focuses on Palu’s experiences as an embedded photojournalist in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010.

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Student Media Content Spotlight

Student Media Content Spotlight

On Thursday, January 7th, President Obama and CNN host Anderson Cooper sat down with a hand-picked audience for a town hall discussion about "Guns in America." The hour-long event was broadcast live from the Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall on Mason's Fairfax campus.

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FAVS Fall Showcase: December 11

FAVS Fall Showcase: December 11

The Fall Showcase Day One features a presentation by Norman Steinberg, founder of the TV Writers' Studio at LIU Brooklyn, and films by documentary students, video production for film students, and fiction film students.

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(T)Error: Free screening and filmmaker Q&A Nov 11 at 4:30pm JCC

(T)Error: Free screening and filmmaker Q&A Nov 11 at 4:30pm JCC

(T)Error is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. It won International Documentary Association's Emerging Filmmakers Award and is nominated for the ABC News VideoSource Award, which recognizes compelling use of news footage in documentary filmmaking.

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FAMS Courses for Spring 2016

FAMS Courses for Spring 2016

New courses this semester include Television Studies, The Middle East and North Africa Through Film: The City and the Subject, and Latin American Film and TV Studies.

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Hisham Aidi discusses "Rebel Music" at Fall for the Book

Hisham Aidi discusses "Rebel Music" at Fall for the Book

On Oct. 1, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Hisham Aidi for a discussion of his latest book, "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture", shedding light on the intersection of Islam with African-American musical traditions and using hiphop in cultural diplomacy.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alison Landsberg's New Book

Faculty Spotlight: Alison Landsberg's New Book

Dr. Alison Landsberg explains her new book, Engaging the Past, and how affective engagement is characteristic of popular historical texts. Learn more about history, visual culture, mass culture, and viewership by reading her full interview.

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Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections In The Media

Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections

In a piece in the Los Angeles Times regarding the “new generation” of late-night television hosts, Robert Lichter, faculty member, Department of Communication and director of Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, discusses the importance of late-night television to political campaigns.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2015

FAMS Courses for Fall 2015

FAMS courses offered in Fall 2015 include Introduction to Documentary, Film & Video Forms, Global Film: Walls and Borders, International Mysteries, and Uncovering the US Past Through Film.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2015

PopMatters Internship Fall 2015

A great chance to gain experience in writing reviews of popular, current film, television, and internet programming for a well respected, daily cultural studies magazine.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2015

FAMS Courses for Summer 2015

FAMS courses offered in Summer 2015 include Introduction to Film, Film & Video Forms, Global Horror Film, Media Criticism (DE), and Samurai On Screen.

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Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 Award Winners

Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 Award Winners

Awards presented for Best of Fest, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, and Best Experimental, as well as for best achievements in technical categories and best pitches. The audience voted on three favorite films, one for each of the three screening blocks on Saturday.

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Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 May 7-8-9 in Johnson Center Cinema

Mason Film Festival Spring 2015 May 7-8-9 in Johnson Center Cinema

The Mason Film Festival is a three-day program in the Johnson Center Cinema, representing Beginning Video, Intermediate directing work in fiction, and Senior Films. Senior films are the culmination and capstone for Film and Video Studies majors in the BA for students with Video Production and Screenwriting Concentrations. Our Senior Program entries are awarded prizes in Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, Production Design, and Best of Fest.

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Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

The Department of History & Art History, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of Military Services, and some off-campus veterans organizations are sponsoring a free screening of Rory Kennedy's 2014 Academy Award-nominated film, "Last Days in Vietnam" on Sunday, March 29th, at 6:30 PM in the JC Cinema.

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Spanish and Latin Film Festival in Fourth Estate

Spanish and Latin Film Festival in Fourth Estate

“I believe students learn more from a movie, rather than a lecture when it comes to exploring different cultures," says Professor Lisa Rabin of the Modern and Classical Languages Department. "There is a growing interest in multilingualism film.”

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“Dear White People”: The Two Sided Debate

“Dear White People”: The Two Sided Debate

“There are different types of characters that represent different intersections of race and people. [Dear White People] showcases a more complex picture that a lot of other movies haven’t been able to do,” said Christina Lee, student liaison for African and African American Studies.

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Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

This Spanish and Latin American film festival features films organized around two related questions: first, how do these Spanish language films reveal new knowledge concerning the lived social and cultural histories of multilingual groups within larger national and transnational contexts; and second, how does the art of these films provide viewers with a critical eye on the connections between language and power, such as the relationship between “national” languages and hegemonic culture and the link of linguistic difference with popular culture “from below.”

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Out in the Night, Part of GMU's Visiting Filmmakers Series, Receives National Praise

Out in the Night, Part of GMU's Visiting Filmmakers Series, Receives National Praise

Out in the Night, an award winning documentary produced by Mason’s Director of Film and Video Studies, was screened at Mason as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series. It has been screened at several film festivals and won multiple awards, including Best Feature at the Queer People of Color Film Festival and the Jury Award for Excellence: Best Documentary at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

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Film and Video Students Ready for Fall Film Showcase

Film and Video Students Ready for Fall Film Showcase

The showcase, which is from 3 to 9:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus, will feature 11 final film projects by senior producing course students, 13 films by documentary directing course students and five films by graduate students of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

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"Robbed of the Good Years": Evolution of a Criminal at GMU

"Robbed of the Good Years": Evolution of a Criminal at GMU

Evolution of a Criminal challenges people to ask questions about society and about how far people are willing to go for their families. Monroe was an average, smart kid with a bright future and everything going for him. Seeing his parents struggle living paycheck to paycheck made him feel like he needed to help out.

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Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Taylor won Best Mystery Short Story for his story "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants," originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for their March/April 2013 issue.

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Out in the Night at GMU 141029

Out in the Night at GMU 141029

On 29 October 2014, GMU’s Film & Media Studies and Film & Video Studies programs hosted a screening of the documentary Out in the Night, followed by a discussion with filmmaker blair dorosh-walther, film producer and FAVS Director Giovanna Chesler, and film subject Renata Hill.

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Middle East Studies Magazine Recognized in New York Times

Middle East Studies Magazine Recognized in New York Times

Jadaliyya, co-founded by the director of Mason’s Middle East Studies Program Bassam Haddad, provides in-depth commentary on current events and culture in the Middle East. It has received high praise from scholars in the field with articles regularly appearing on college class syllabi across the country.

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Film Studies Student Profile: Ashley Blue Headlines

Film Studies Student Profile: Ashley Blue

A recent Mason alum has entered the field with a current job position as an assistant editor for Ventana Productions in Washington, D.C., after graduating with a BA in Film and Video Studies from Mason this spring. Ashley Blue decided to pursue this career path during her senior year of high school after seeing “Slumdog Millionaire” at the theater.

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Professor Profile: Ben Steger Headlines

Professor Profile: Ben Steger

Ben Steger is a documentary filmmaker and a professor for the Film and Video Studies department and Film and Media Studies program here at Mason. His new documentary, “Stage Four: A Love Story,” premiered at the Washington West Film Festival on Oct. 25.

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Films About Filmmaking

Films About Filmmaking

GMU’s Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, Film & Media Studies, and Film & Video Studies present a series of films about filmmaking. All screenings on Wednesdays at 4:30pm in Johnson Center Room A, each followed by a discussion with GMU faculty and Delta Kappa Alpha members.

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College’s Sports Courses Go for Gold

College’s Sports Courses Go for Gold

How would you like to spend a course period talking about sports and getting credit for it? Even better, you will learn more than you thought you could about something you already love.

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Film students expose the complexities of cinema

Film students expose the complexities of cinema

Mason film students are bringing together both film and non-film majors to learn about the production of movies.The Films about Filmmaking series gives students the chance to discuss their love of film with a community that shares their same passion.

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup

The challenge of writing about ISIS is multi-faceted, but rests mainly in the fact that we simply do not have enough corroborated information/knowledge about all aspects of the phenomenon. This collection of articles (in Arabic and English), videos, and events on ISIS is the beginning of an ongoing series of work on ISIS.

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Best of FAVS Showcase Friday, 9/26 7pm JC Cinema

Best of FAVS Showcase Friday, 9/26 7pm JC Cinema

A 90-minute program celebrating the top films in FAVS during the past four years. Many filmmakers will return to campus for the screening, and a reception with food and drink will follow the films in the JC Cinema lobby. All are invited!

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Critiquing Culture Conference 2014

Critiquing Culture Conference 2014

It's time for the 8th Annual Critiquing Culture Conference and YOU ARE INVITED to attend!! There will be a total of 23 paper presentations and one keynote address given at 4:30 by our distinguished speaker, Professor Cindi Katz. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments served!

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Deshmukh Co-Curates WWI Watercolor Postal Card Exhibit

Deshmukh Co-Curates WWI Watercolor Postal Card Exhibit

Marion Deshmukh, Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History, is co-curator of “Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War.” The exhibit will feature about 50 hand-painted watercolor postcards crafted in the trenches by Otto Schubert, a German soldier who fought in World War I.

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A Fragile Trust and Samantha Grant Q&A

A Fragile Trust and Samantha Grant Q&A

Filmmaker Samantha Grant said that a primary motivation for making A Fragile Trust was to “restore faith in journalism” by revealing how Jayson Blair’s case developed from a particular set of circumstances. She emphasized the importance of journalistic institutions even as advancing technologies change the field.

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"On My Way" review by FAMS minor and English major Gina Kim Publications

"On My Way" review by FAMS minor and English major Gina Kim

Despite our desire to invest in in Bette's story (she’s Catherine Deneuve, after all), she remains as undeveloped as the film around her. While the title On My Way implies the start of a journey that might be energetic and fresh, by the film’s end, Bettie doesn’t seem like she’s moved much at all.

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Jason Osder and Let the Fire Burn at GMU

Jason Osder and Let the Fire Burn at GMU

On Wednesday, 19 March 2014, the Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series brought the award-winning Let the Fire Burn and director Jason Osder to the Johnson Center Cinema. The event brought together George Mason University faculty and students, as well as some community members who remembered the history recounted by the documentary.

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DKA and FAMS: Monday Movies 3/24 and 3/31

DKA and FAMS: Monday Movies 3/24 and 3/31

GMU’s Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, and Film & Media Studies are cosponsoring Monday Movies, two Classic Film Screenings and Discussions, on March 24 and March 31. Both events will be at 4:30pm in the Johnson Center Cinema.

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Laverne Cox at Mason!

Laverne Cox at Mason!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, students packed the Hub ballroom to hear Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox deliver her speech, "Ain't I A Woman?"

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The New Black: FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series

The New Black: FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series

On 7 November 2013, George Mason University’s Film & Media Studies Program hosted a screening of the documentary The New Black, followed by a Q&A with director Yoruba Richen. The event was the latest in FAMS' Visiting Filmmakers Series, which brings a new film and artist to campus each semester.

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The New Black at GMU

The New Black at GMU

The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

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Where Soldiers Come From at GMU on 9/11

Where Soldiers Come From at GMU on 9/11

The screening of Where Soldiers Come From and dicussion following served as a fitting conclusion to honor not only those who lost their lives on 9/11, but also those who continue to give their lives in service of their country.

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Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

On Wednesday, 10 April, students, faculty, and visitors to George Mason University attended a screening of the documentary Reportero and a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz. Sponsored by the Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series, the event showcased the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico, as they are targeted by drug cartels and corrupt government officials.

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Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz at GMU

Rescheduled: The Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series is bringing the film Reportero and director Bernardo Ruiz to George Mason University on 10 April 2013, 6pm: Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall (MH D023)

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Invisible War Film Screening and Panel Discussion a Success!

Invisible War Film Screening and Panel Discussion a Success!

March 28, 2013 Women and Gender Studies, in collaboration with WAVES and several local chapters as well as the national office of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosted a screening of the Oscar Nominated documentary The Invisible War followed by a panel discussion.

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Covering Global Conflict

Covering Global Conflict

This interdisciplinary panel brings together scholars and multimedia journalists to examine the issue of reporting, documenting, interpreting, and analyzing some of the most complex and controversial issues of contemporary times.

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Granito screening and discussion

Granito screening and discussion

Granito has won numerous awards, but perhaps the most important element of the film is that some of its footage is being used by state prosecutors in the trial against former guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Mason Hall Meese Room, 4:30-7:00PM. This film screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Pamela yates and producer Paco de Onis!

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The Waiting Room screening and Q&A 11/7

The Waiting Room screening and Q&A 11/7

The Film & Media Studies Visiting Filmmakers Series is bringing the film The Waiting Room, director Peter Nicks, and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday to George Mason University's Johnson Center Cinema on November 7, 2012 at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Film Screening Johnson Center Cinema 11/14

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Film Screening Johnson Center Cinema 11/14

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at the Johnson Center Cinema at 6:30pm on 14 November 2012. Sponsored by the English Department and the Film & Media Studies Program at George Mason University, this event is free and open to the public. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hasan Elahi, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Maryland. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

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More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

A record number of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the stage in grand fashion during their convocations on May 17 and 18, 2012. More than 2,500 graduating students were recognized for their efforts in two distinguished ceremonies.

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Summary of Arts after Atrocity conference

Summary of Arts after Atrocity conference

To better understand how art and artists interface with the processes of transition, the Center for Global Studies organized a day-long conference on “Arts after Atrocity: Global Human Rights and Local Representations of Violence and Resistance.” This international symposium brought together artists, filmmakers, scholars and those affected by violence to discuss how the arts are deployed to represent past violence and reinterpret fundamental understandings about power, truth, and justice.

Better This World at Johnson Center Cinema, 3/20 at 6pm

Better This World at Johnson Center Cinema, 3/20 at 6pm

Better This World follows the dramatic journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23), of Midland Texas, George W. Bush’s hometown, as they are transformed from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists, arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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Spring 2012: New Course: Film and Poetry

Spring 2012: New Course: Film and Poetry

Team taught by Professor Carla Marcantonio (Film & Media studies) and Sally Keith (English/Poetry), the course "Film and Poetry" will juxtapose contemporary projects in poetry and film, examining questions of form and content to enlarge our sense of a particular theme or narrative by considering it in a new context.

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Occupy Archive Featured in Economist

Occupy Archive Featured in Economist

The Economist recently published a feature story about the Center for History and New Media's Occupy Archive, a collection of stories, photos, and other digital materials related to the current Occupy Movement. The archive welcomes public submissions.

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John Carlos and Dave Zirin

John Carlos and Dave Zirin

The documentary Not Just a Game and the book The John Carlos Story look at the relationship of sports and politics. The documentary traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, and showcases rebel athletes who fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The book tells the story of one of these athletes, John Carlos.

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Johnson Center Cinema to Show "Living for 32"

Johnson Center Cinema to Show "Living for 32"

On Thursday April 28th at 4:30 p.m., the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Film and Media Studies program will show "Living for 32" in the Johnson Center Cinema. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the subject of the film, Colin Goddard, and his father, Andy Goddard.

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"Poster Girl" Documentary to Premiere at Mason on April 27

"Poster Girl" Documentary to Premiere at Mason on April 27

Poster Girl, a nominee for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject, premieres April 27 at George Mason University. The showing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, will be followed by a discussion with Sara Nesson, the film's director, and Robynn Murray, who is featured in the film.

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Discussion with Chico Colvard Following Screening of Family Affair

Discussion with Chico Colvard Following Screening of Family Affair

Mason's Film and Media Studies Program will host film director Chico Colvard to meet and discuss his award-winning documentary Family Affair. The director's talk and question and answer session will follow a screening for the Mason Community in the Johnson Center Cinema.

Carla Marcantonio: New Angles on Film

Carla Marcantonio: New Angles on Film

Mason professor Carla Marcantonio, whose dissertation studied acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s work, says his film Broken Embraces is "Very self-reflexive about the process of making movies. The main character is a stand-in for Almodóvar himself, and the film is partly a meditation on what it would be like for the director who depends on the visual to lose his eyesight.”

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Cambridge Press Publishes Winkler’s Latest Book

Cambridge Press Publishes Winkler’s Latest Book

Martin Winkler adds to his impressive list of publications on Classics and cinema with a new study published by Cambridge University Press. Cinema and Classical Texts interprets films as visual texts and provides the first systematic demonstration of the affinities between Greco-Roman literature and the cinema. It examines major themes from classical myth and history such as the question of heroism and patriotism in war and the representation of women like Helen of Troy and Cleopatra as products of male desire and fantasy.

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Post-Socialist Film Series Brings Documentary Filmmakers to Campus

Post-Socialist Film Series Brings Documentary Filmmakers to Campus

During the spring 2009 semester, Mason professors Michael Chang and T. Mills Kelly from the Department of History and Art History created a Post-Socialist Film Series that focused on the end of the Cold War and what has come afterwards. The series featured prominent documentary filmmakers showing their films and then answering questions from students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

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Your Homework Tonight is to IM and YouTube

Your Homework Tonight is to IM and YouTube

In today's age where even presidential campaigns fall flat without a nifty video on YouTube, students taking Char Miller's section of Government 490 have a leg up, gaining hands-on experience linking government studies with the mastery of new media.

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Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

Text and Community to Encourage Discussion on Immigration

The Text and Community Program is an annual semester-long project co-sponsored by George Mason’s English Department and the Mason Project on Immigration. While English courses will examine The Devil’s Highway as an exemplary work of nonfiction, the book also offers a powerful examination of U.S. and Mexican border activities and immigration policies.

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Center for History and New Media Receives $7M Award

Center for History and New Media Receives $7M Award

Mason has been awarded a contract — valued at $7 million if fully funded over five years — by the U.S. Department of Education to create an online National History Education Clearinghouse. The online project, which will be housed in Mason's Center for History and New Media (CHNM), will focus on historical thinking and learning. It will also help K-12 history teachers become more effective educators and show their students why history is relevant to their daily lives.

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