100 Cult Films? There's an app for that!
Ernest Mathijs “takes film buffs down the rabbit hole.”
Congratulations to Jonathan Cannon, who has been accepted to the PhD program in Screen Studies in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University. Jonathan is a graduate of the MA in Film Studies program at UBC. His master’s thesis was entitled, “Ambivalent Ambulation: Fan Pilgrimage and the Itinerantextual Cult Film.” Best of luck, Jonathan!
Cinephile's latest issue 9.1 Reevaluating Television now available!
The Department of Theatre & Film congratulates Ernest Mathijs on promotion to Full Professor.
IN MEMORIAM, MARK HARRIS. Mark Harris, dedicated UBC Theatre & Film faculty member, dies at 62.
Theatre and Film Teaching Assistantships for 2013/2014 Academic Session.
Theatre and Film Sesional Teaching (Film Studies) for 2013/2014 Academic Session.
Cinephile's latest issue 8.2 Contemporary Extremism now available!
The Centre for Cinema Studies (CCS) at the University of British Columbia has launched an international audience survey on digital cinema.
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Associate Professor Ernest Mathijs Weighs in on Game of Thrones
More at: wire.arts.ubc.ca
Students Seth Soulstein & Peter Lester published in SCOPE
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Congratulations to Jessica Hughes, who has been accepted to the PhD program at the University of Queensland in Australia. Jessica is a graduate of the MA in Film Studies program at UBC. Her master's thesis was entitled, "The Good, the Bad, the Thirsty: De-Mystification in the Postmodern Vampire Film." Congrats Jessica!
Collection Represents a Lifetime of Film Study: The family of retired UBC professor Aristides Gazetas has kindly donated a
collection of 56 film books to the UBC Department of Theatre and Film's film
library in the Visual Resources Centre.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Lisa Coulthard, who has been elected Chair of the Editorial Board and Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies.
Congratulations to UBC Theatre and Film Prof. Ernest Mathijs on the launch of his controversial new book "100 Cult Films".
Film Studies prof Ernest Mathijs interviewed on Zombie love!
"Cowboys and Aliens with Angst". Brent Stang, a former MA Film Studies' student and now a PhD student at SUNY, was interviewed by the Globe and Mail on the Western genre.
Film Studies Professor Brian McIlroy has recently received one of the new SSHRC Insight Development Grants for a project entitled “Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914.”
"Drunk History and Displaced Vocality"
Starting as a web phenomena, making it onto HBO’s Funny or Die Presents and winning the 2010 Jury Prize for Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival, Derek Waters’ and John Konner’s Drunk History highlights the drama of American history, the convergence and transfer between media in our modern age and the hilarious potential of vocal displacement and incongruity.
>>Continue reading Professor Lisa Couthard's newest essay on FlowTV
“Vancouver has a film festival?” Ernest Mathijs and Diane Burgess are asked what they think in the Globe and Mail.
"If film cultism today is only what William Bainbridge and Rodney Stark would call an ‘audience cult’ or ‘client cult’, and what Janet Staiger calls ‘visible fandom’ , if cult cinema’s current impulse is disconnected from the history of cultism, why do cult receptions of television and cinema not lose all of their appeal as a factor of resistance against the mainstreaming of culture?"
>>Continue reading Professor Ernest Mathijs' newest essay on FlowTV
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Film Studies at UBC
Moving pictures dominate today's world. Whether accessed via the internet, home media systems, or the traditional theatre, the reach of the moving picture industry is truly global, and its impacts are felt on every level: locally, nationally, and internationally. The study of moving images provides a major way of thinking about our approach to reality. In this context, it is essential to analyze film forms, theories, aesthetics, receptions, and policies and to thoroughly understand cinema in relation to history and culture.
In our BA in Film Studies and MA in Film Studies programs, our mission is to educate students in the diversity of cinematic practices, and in their historical and contemporary formats. We aim to provide a supportive environment in which students can discuss the role that moving pictures play in various societies, and how they mediate our perceptions of the world. Our aim is to teach students in a liberal arts context that will help to prepare them for a wide range of careers, including teaching, curating, policy-making, programming and distribution, preservation, filmmaking, writing, consulting, and arts administration.
UBC Vancouver is a remarkable place to study film. In addition to the resources of the university, we benefit from the fact that the Vancouver region has the largest film industry activity in Canada, popularly known as "Hollywood North". The city also hosts several high-profile festivals and dedicated institutions that program independent international and Canadian cinema.
The Film Studies Faculty members are renowned experts in the various specialties of film studies. They are actively engaged in researching and publishing on cinema in its diverse forms. They chair academic conferences, and they maintain a public profile as intellectuals concerned with the heritage and future of moving pictures. Their dedication provides a stimulating intellectual environment for students.
The Film Studies faculty founded and operates The Centre for Cinema Studies at UBC, which aims to advance the scholarly study of film and film culture.
Graduate students in the MA in Film Studies Program edit and publish a freeʪournal of film studies, entitled Cinephile.
Our Visual Resources Centre houses over 5,000 film titles in various formats, and is an essential research resource for students and faculty.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities of the world. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, UBC embraces bold new ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty. It is a place where innovative ideas are nurtured in a globally connected research community, providing unparalleled opportunities to learn, discover and contribute in one’s own way. UBC is a place of mind.