What can you do with a Film Studies minor? Ask Thomas Horton ’14!

While the Film Studies Program has had a lot of success stories in the past, we think Thomas Horton has a compelling story to tell–one that says a lot about what you can do with a FMST minor!

After graduating in 2014, Thomas enrolled in the Film Production Masters Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He says that while the program focused exclusively on production, his Film Studies minor gave him an advantage over his fellow MFA students “who had never learned to think or write critically about film.” After graduating with his MFA, he chose to stay in Los Angeles and break into the industry. While he knew that getting somewhere was not going to be easy, he had faith not only in his newly-earned MFA, but in the skills supplemented by his Film Studies minor which carried over so well into his graduate studies. Sure enough, he got a job as a Casting and Talent Assistant at CBS Television in Studio City, California. “Now, working in casting in Los Angeles,” Thomas says, “I regularly draw on the critical thinking I developed at CofC to discuss casting and character choices.”

Read his interview here!

Schedule of Fall 2019 film courses – revised

Here’s a revised list of courses offered this Fall 2019 that will count toward FMST credit. Please check back frequently for updates/changes. Click highlighted text for course description (if available).

ENGL 212
Cinema: History & Criticism*
Prof. Bruns
TR 10:50-12:05
RSS 251
ENGL 212
Cinema: History & Criticism*
Prof. Bruns
TR 12:15-1:30
RSS 251
ENGL 390
Special Topics
in Film: American
Cinema of the 1970s
Prof. Bruns
TR 1:40-2:55
RSS 251

IIAS 304
Special Topics: Exploring Irish Culture
through Film and Television**
Matthew Garrison
MWF 10:00-10:50
MYBK 206
LTGR 270
Studies in German
Film: Thirty Years
of German Cinema
Prof. Nenno
TR 3:05-4:20

LTIT 370
Studies in Italian Cinema:
Mafia and the Movies**
Prof. De Luca
TR 1:40-2:55
BELL 412
LTPO 270
Studies in Brazilian Film**
Prof. Moreira
MW 2:00-3:15
LONG 336
WGST 320/PHIL 298
Queer Looks: Lesbian,
Gay, and Transgender
Portrayals in Cinema
Prof. Nunan
MW 3:25-4:40
Th 3:05-5:15 (screening time)
MYBK 206
THTR 350
Selected Topics in
Communication Production:
Rodney Rodgers
TR 9:25-10:40
SCFA 221

* meets the requirement for Cluster 1 of the FMST minor
** meets the requirement for Cluster 2 of the FMST minor
*** meets the requirement for Cluster 3 of the FMST minor


Congratulations, Film Minors of the Class of ’19!

On behalf of all the faculty affiliated with the Film Studies program, I’d like to congratulate our graduating FMST minors! Each of you has demonstrated, time and again, your passion for film and your understanding of its potential to enrich our lives by opening our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to the world and others in it. Now it’s time to take the next step. And to quote Federico Fellini, “There is no end, there is no beginning. Only the infinite passion of life.”

In alphabetical order, our graduating FMST minors are:

Liza Ballinger
William Best
Andrew Brennan
Austin Darby
Mydrick Hall
Daniel Kestenbaum
Brett Korona
Jesse Kunze
Kevin Luongo
Sarah Catherine Swinford
Hannah Terry

And our graduating FMST minors for Summer ’19:

Erin Blakeney
Alexis Chamoun

“Razzle Dazzle!

Graduation Day scene from Stripes

Images from this year’s SCMS-U conference at Muhlenberg College, courtesy of FMST minor Lindsey Scott

Here are some photos from the SCMS-U conference at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, courtesy of Lindsey Scott. Lindsey presented a paper, entitled “Gendered Spaces in The Color Purple,” which she wrote for Dr. Tim Carens’s English course, “Iconic Heroines in Literature and Film.” The conference, held April 11-13, was sponsored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and by Muhlenberg College’s Media & Communication Department and Program in Film Studies. SCMS-U is an extremely competitive undergraduate conference. International in scope, the conference showcases strong undergraduate research in the areas of film and media studies. Congratulations to Lindsey! It looks like it was a blast (an informative blast!).

Lindsey Scott, second from left





Sign up now for the Film Equipment Workshop, Friday, April 19, 3-7pm.

If you are interested in getting hands-on training to use start of the art digital filmmaking equipment, sign up now for the 2nd Film Equipment Workshop. The workshop is in Addlestone Library, room 127, from 3-7 pm open Friday, April 19. This is a great opportunity not only to get hands on experience with film equipment, but to become certified by the Film Club and Addlestone Library for future equipment use. The link RSVP form is here.

Congratulations to the winners at this year’s Student Film Festival!

It was a terrific turnout yesterday for the 14th Annual Spring Student Films Festival. The audience was treated to an impressive program of film shorts, making it difficult for the judges to determine Best Film. Ultimately, the award for Best Film went to TimeTable, directed by Anthony and Sean Parenti of Trident Technical College. The first runner up for Best Film was The Match, by Dan Colella and Eli Saliba. The second runner-up was Unloaded, by Dan Colella, Eli Saliba, and Noah Goodman.

In addition, Sullivan Hamilton won Best Actress for her role in Max Croft, Anthony Parenti won Best Actor for his role in TimeTable, Edward Thompson won Best Editor for his work on Antico as well as Best Cinematography for his work on Max Croft. Sean and Anthony Parenti also took home the Best Writing and Best Direction awards for TimeTable.

We can’t wait for next year!

Sean and Anthony Parenti — winners, Best Film

Dan Colella and Eli Saliba — first runner-up, Best Film


The 14th Annual Student Film Festival is Saturday, April 6!

The 14th Annual Student Film Festival is April 6 from 4-7pm in the Education Center Building (ECTR), room 118. The College of Charleston’s Student Film Festival is the longest running film festival in the region, and this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. Awards, with prizes and certificates, will be given in the following categories: Best Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Film (including First Runner Up and Second Runner Up). Check out the entries here!

The Student Film Festival is coming soon!

The 14th Annual Student Film Festival is April 6 from 4-7pm in the Education Center Building (ECTR), room 118. The College of Charleston’s Student Film Festival is the longest running film festival in the region, and this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. It’s not too late to submit a film, though! The deadline for submissions is midnight, March 22. For info on submissions, just email <collegeofcharlestonfilmclub@gmail.com>.

The festival is free and open to the public, and food and drinks will be provided.

Giovanna De Luca, Associate Professor of Film Studies, honored at Founder’s Day

Giovanna De Luca, Associate Professor of Italian and Film Studies at the College of Charleston, was among six women honored by the Trident Literacy Association’s Founder’s Day Awards. The event, held at Charles Towne Landing today, marks the occasion of International Women’s Month and honors outstanding women leaders of our community. Dr. De Luca was honored in part for her role as Founder and Artistic Director of the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival.

Complimenti, congratulazioni, brava!

Congratulations to Lindsey Scott who was accepted to this year’s SCMS-U

Lindsey Scott, an English major and Film Studies minor, has been accepted to this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference (SCMS-U). This is a very competitive conference, with only 30% of submissions accepted. Lindsey is the second College of Charleston student to be accepted to SCMS-U since its inception in 2013. This year’s conference takes place at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, April 11-13. Lindsey plans to present a paper entitled “Overcoming Patriarchal Power and Gendered Spaces in The Color Purple,” and it is based on the work she did for a course on iconic heroines in film and literature taught by the English department’s Dr. Tim Carens. Congratulations, Lindsey!