Cinema Studies Events - Spring 2020

  • Screening: Ask for Jane (2018)

    A feature film based on the story of the activists who formed the Jane Collective in 1969 to help women obtain safe abortions before Roe v. Wade. Post-screening discussion: Director RACHEL CAREY, Producer CAIT CORTELYOU, New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director CYNTHIA LOPEZ, and SARAH K. COWAN (Sociology).

  • Screening: The Night of Counting the Years (Al Mummia) 1969

    Set in 1881, on the eve of British colonial rule, this stately, poetic film directed by Shadi Abdel Salam tells the true story of an Egyptian clan that has been robbing tombs for three thousand years. When Antiquities Service officials find mummies on sale in Cairo’s open market, mayhem ensues.


    Join us for a screening of queer British gothic horror The Vampire Lovers (1970, 91 mins), Roy Ward Baker’s bloodthirsty, deadly adaptation of the J. Sheridan Le Fanu novella Carmilla. Come for the commentary provided by Brooklyn legend Miss Malice, stay for Ingrid Pitt and the “customary heavy breathing, lusty fangs, and […] exposed nipple or two to support the lesbian angle,” as so graciously written by BFI’s Monthly Film Bulletin upon the film’s release.

  • a f t e r [ l i v e s ]

    NYU Cinema Studies' Annual Student Conference will be taking place Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th. Join us for a weekend of conversation! Keynote lecture by Dr. Mona Kareem (Assistant Professor, University of Maryland)

  • Messing with Archives: An Afrosurrealist Approach to Research

    Inspired by Amiri Baraka’s idea of Afro-Surreal Expressionism, my videographic criticism explores the affective and methodological boundaries of traditional research on historical documents of the Black image. “Joséphine Baker Watches Herself” is a seven-minute videographic essay in which I have manipulated footage of Baker’s famous banana dance and other materials in order to position Baker as a commentator of her own work as she reflects on her career. The material is arranged in a way that implies that the older Baker of the 1970s watches the younger Baker of the 1920s. In my video, Baker becomes her own authoritative audience, watching and analyzing her work. In this way “Josephine Baker Watches Herself” reframes Baker as both spectacle and spectator. The American-born Parisian entertainer made a career of being a spectacle, particularly in the 1920s, when she performed at the Folies Bergère in a skirt of bananas. Yet, how often have we considered Baker as a spectator, as a thinker?

  • 2020 MIAP Thesis Week

    Students in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program will present their M.A. thesis projects, covering a wide range of topics such as hip hop's metadata, sports archives, and the broader landscape of digital preservation.

  • Orphan Film Symposium 2020: Water, Climate, and Migration

    The Orphan Film Symposium devoted to Water, Climate, and Migration is migrating to an online edition.