Film screenings teach students to watch and listen carefully, while following group discussions help students develop the confidence to share their ideas with others.
A major focus is on the development of a workable film vocabulary as well as critical thinking skills so that students can intelligently discuss and analyze influential works of cinema.
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Our passionate film Instructors foster a respectful, welcoming environment in which everyone can appreciate film art from around the world.
Film Studies students may find employment in the arts at film institutions and/or festivals in the form of programming, curating, and producing.
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This course examines selected historical and aesthetic developments in world cinema, with an emphasis placed on learning how to appreciate the medium of film. Students will become familiar with and learn to critique various directorial styles and film genres. The cultural, artistic and political contexts of national cinematic movements will also be examined. A series of foreign and North American feature and documentary films and clips will be screened during class.
UBC FIST 100 (3)
SFU GE 1XX (3)
UVIC AHVS 1XX (1.5)
UNBC ENGL 103 (3)
TRU FILM 1XXX (3)
This course introduces students to the history of Canadian cinema and the study of film as an academic discipline. Students will trace the historical development of Canadian film, beginning with some of the earliest films made in Canada, through the founding of the National Film Board in 1939, and concluding with contemporary Canadian directors. Lectures, discussions, and film viewings will facilitate an understanding of the diverse nature of Canadian cinema. Students will be introduced to theories of national cinema, film genre, and auteurism as they explore a range of fiction films made in Canada by English, French, and Indigenous filmmakers, as well as animated films and documentaries.
SFU CA 1XX (3), Film
UVIC AHVS 1XX (1.5)
UNBC ENGL 104 (3)
Molly received her Master of Arts degree in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2015.
Her thesis explored evocations of Henri Bergson’s philosophy of memory in the notorious AMC series Mad Men.
As a passionate academic interested in historical dramas, child/youth cinema, and literary adaptations, she has been invited to speak on the radio as well as at media studies conferences across North America.
Her first academic article on Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation of the young adult novel by S.E. Hinton, was recently published in Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Katrin Bowen is a passionate teacher, and award-winning filmmaker.
She has taught and continues to teach Career classes for the acting, directing, and writing streams, Advanced Directing and Film History at Langara College, Directing and Acting at In Focus Film School, Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School, and is thrilled to be teaching world cinema at Alexander College.
Katrin directed her first feature film “Amazon Falls”, which went on to great critical success with a world premiere at TIFF, Best Feature Film Award at The Female Eye Festival, and Katrin won the vision award for best direction at the 2011 WIFTV Spotlight Awards. Katrin’s second feature film: “Random Acts of Romance” was nominated for four Leo Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Screenplay, and played at film festivals as diverse as Miami and Cameroon, Africa.
Katrin is an Alumnae of the University of California at Berkeley, The Cannes Producing Intensive, Women in the Director’s Chair, The Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab and The Berlinale Talent Campus.
Elysia is a Vancouver-based film artist and educator. She holds an MA in Comparative Media Arts and a BFA in Film Production from SFU. She also studied at Emily Carr.
In addition to screenwriting and work on local productions, she enjoys making music videos for friends and experimenting with 16mm hand processing. Her research in cinema and media studies has led her to work in haptic visuality (Laura Marks), tableaux vivants (Sergei Parajanov), the shadow archive (Akira Mizuta Lippit), affect theory (Sara Ahmed) and psychogeography (Guy Debord). Elysia's favourite moments at Alexander College have so far included delighting and terrifying her students with a sound study of one particular Iranian horror film.
David Van Der Merwe is a screenwriter and film critic who loves to guide students through the exciting road of writing for film & TV.
Focusing on insight into story principles, he has helped writers strengthen their story structure, sharpen dialogue, and perfect their script format to sell/produce their screenplays.
After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television, David taught at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai, participated as an ongoing judge at screenplay competitions in Hollywood and is currently teaching Film at Alexander College, Metro Vancouver.
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