Past Events

Call for Papers: World Cinema and Television in French

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00am
University of Cincinnati

Call for Papers:
World Cinema and Television in French
September 9-10, 2016 ∙ University of Cincinnati, USA

Sponsored by Contemporary French Civilization, The University of Cincinnati & The University of Rhode Island

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Bill Marshall (University of Stirling)

Confirmed Roundtable Participants: Joseph Mai (Clemson University), Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam), Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University), Thibaut Schilt (College of the Holy Cross)

GSFC Annual Film Symposium: The Postman Always Rings Twice - A History of Textual Obsession

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:30am
St. Mary's Hall

The Graduate School Field Committee and the Undergraduate Program in Film Studies invites you to a conference dedicated to the cinematic adaptations and remakes - the insistence and influence in cinema - of James M. Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934). The conference will gather specialists of film, literature, and comparative media and will focus on the various versions of The Postman story in order to explore the reasons this story has so often been turned into a "textual opportunity" for filmmakers, writers, and critics in a diverse set of geographical locations.

Pre-Screening & Meet-and-Greet with Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 3:45pm
0320 Tawes Hall

Please join Film Studies at UMD on Friday, March 25th at 4:45pm for a pre-screening and meet-and-greet with the cast of Richard Linklater’s newest film, Everybody Wants Some.

A “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused set in the world of 1980 college life, Everybody Wants Some is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Screening & Conversation with Peter Garofalo, UMD Film Studies Alum

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
0320 Tawes Hall

Please join Film Studies at UMD for a conversation with Peter Garofalo, a UMD Film Studies Alum, on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:00pm in 0320 Tawes Hall. There will also be a screening of multiple episodes of Peter’s self-produced show, “A Man Walks Into A Bar.” This event is free and open to the public.

Screening of "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" and Q&A with Cast Members

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 5:15pm
0320 Tawes Hall

Join Film Studies at UMD for a conversation with cast members from the new FOX television series, “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” on Wednesday, February 3rd @ 5:15pm. Doors will open at 4:45pm.

In addition to discussing the series and having a Q&A with the cast, we will also be screening the first two episodes.

This event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you RSVP to

2016 Graduate Colloquium on Cinema and Theory: Post-Cinema

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 2:00pm
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
3132 Tawes Hall

The colloquium will address theorizations of the current state of cinema as a medium. Among the topics that we will discuss are: the advent of the digital and the question of medium specificity, the supposed death of cinema and its afterlife, and the rise of globalized filmic forms.

A Discussion with Norm Steinberg: The Long Island University TV Writers Workshop

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 2:30pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes)

Norm Steinberg, founder of the TV Writers Workshop at Long Island University, will be in Ulrich Recital Hall on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 2:30 to 4 pm.

He will be talking about his MFA program at LIU-Brooklyn, which prepares people for a working career in television and film. Read about the course here (and watch the video):

Falls Lecture with Tom Conley

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 3:00pm
2115 Tawes Hall

This year's Falls Lecture will be delivered by Professor Tom Conley of Harvard University, who will be speaking on "French Film Theory and the événement-cinéma."

Conley will discuss how, for Deleuze, events themselves are conditions which generate a series of other events, and in film (Conley cites Godard as an important example) a series of counterpoised images—e.g., sound and visual—which plays the role of differentiator that subverts identity, or that causes this identity to change.

A Conversation with Fred Kuwornu

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 4:00pm
TLF 2110

Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian documentary filmmaker. His film, 18 Jus Soli offers an important perspective on the situation of immigrants in Southern Europe and Italy in particular. His Inside Buffalo focuses on the experience of World War Two Buffalo Soldiers in Italy, and his current project, Blaxploitation, which is still in post production, analyzes the often neglected and marginalized presence of actors of color in the first 100 years of Italian cinema.