The Film and Media Studies Program is the hub for the study of film and other moving image and sound media at Yale. Deeply invested in scholarship, teaching and film programming, our Program both sustains the traditions of and nurtures the most innovative directions in film and media studies research. With our superb faculty and Yale’s extraordinary library and archival collections, the Program has taken its place as one of the most exciting venues for film and media study in the world.

Genealogies of the Excessive Screen

Genealogies of the Excessive Screen is a project supported by a Mellon Sawyer grant that looks to examine the proliferation and transformation of screens in contemporary culture in a new historical light. The aim is to construct an interdisciplinary genealogical investigation that would recover and rethink an environmental history of screens.

Co-organized by Yale professors Francesco Casetti, Rüdiger Campe, and Craig Buckley, the initiative challenges the idea that the present proliferation of media screens represents an expansion of models derived from the movie screen. Up to the middle of the 19th century, screens denoted a wide range of environmental elements and functions, from furniture that protected against heat, cold, and wind, to spatial partitions, surfaces concealing the presence of observers, legal protections, false architectural facades, the diversionary maneuvers of soldiers, hunting blinds, psychic as well as physical membranes, and more. By the end of the century, screens had primarily come to denote an optical surface associated with projected images. What effect did this consolidation of the optical screen, and the loss of this more diverse environmental gamut of screens, have on our capacity think about screens? The project invites scholars to reconsider the obscured, eccentric, and diverse environmental manifestations of the screen, and asks how recovering this lost environmental history might enable us to rethink the problem of the screen today.

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Rough Cut: Fall Semester schedule

September 29, 4:00 pm, LC 319: Wendy Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Cosponsored by the Theory and Media Studies Colloquium in English

October 13, 4:30 pm,  WLH 309: Lisa Nakamura (Professor of American Cultures and Coordinator of Digital Studies, University of Michigan), Sponsored by WGSS

October 27, 5:30pm, 212 York St: Danny Fairfax, Response by Francesco Casetti

November 10, 5:30pm, 212 York St: Lisa Akervall, Response by Dudley Andrew

December 1, 5:30pm, 212 York St: Bernard Geoghegan, Response by R. John Williams

December 15, 5:30pm, 212 York St: Moira Weigel, Response T.B.D

THELMA & LOUISE (Ridley Scott, 1991) :Wednesday, 11/16 at 7pm in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium.

The Yale Film Colloquium invites you to a special 25th anniversary screening of THELMA & LOUISE (Ridley Scott, 1991) this Wednesday, 11/16 at 7pm in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium. Professor Ronald Gregg (Film & Media Studies, American Studies, LGBT Studies) will deliver introductory remarks. We will be screening the Yale Film Archive’s 35mm print of this iconic film. Immediately following the screening, join us for a reception in the WHC rotunda. This event is free and open to the public.