Study film in Florence, Italy! Check out this Fall 2020 Study Abroad program…

The Center of International Education’s many Study Abroad programs include a semester in Florence, Italy. In addition to its focus on the Slow Food movement, which was founded by the Italian activist Carlo Petrini, the Florence program is offering students the opportunity to study Film and Communication. The 12-hour program includes two courses offered by Dr. Colleen Glenn (English & Film Studies) and three courses offered by Dr. Celeste Lacroix (Communication). This is an amazing program in an amazing city: Florence is the hub of the New York Film Academy in Europe and is the home of the Firenze Film Festival (which runs in early September). Plus, you’re only a short train ride from Rome, home of the most famous movie studio in Europe, Cinecittà! For more information, see the flyers included below.

The Student Film Club’s first meeting of the semester is Wednesday, Jan. 15

From Student Film Club President, Dan Colella:

Hello all,

I hope you all had a great winter break and are refreshed and ready for the spring semester! I am excited for my last semester as president of the Film Club. There is a lot planned and I am looking forward to it!

With every new semester, if you have graduated or no longer wish to receive emails from the club then please let me know so I can remove you from the list. If I do not hear from you then I assume you still want to receive emails.

For those that are current or new members, our first meeting will be this Wednesday, 1/15, at 7pm in Maybank 100. I hope to see a lot of you there! We will discuss our new film screening system, production for our upcoming short film, and some exciting news about the Spring Student Film Festival.

Below you will find a tentative schedule for this semester and some more information on the club. If you have any questions, please let me know!


The RiverRun International Film Festival’s Pitch Fest & Panel, March 28

The RiverRun International Film Festival, which is March 26 – April 5, will be hosting the 9th Annual Pitch Fest & Panel on Saturday, March 28. The festival is held in Winston-Salem, NC, and boasts its excellence in programming, which earned it official recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in two categories: Documentary Shorts and Animated Shorts. Students are invited to attend the Pitch Fest & Panel, during which they will pitch their ideas for a documentary before a panel of expert judges. Cash prizes are given to the 1st and 2nd place winners, and all participants will receive feedback. Pitch Fest is free to attend. For more information, contact Caroline McMahon.


Congratulations to the winners of this year’s screenwriting competition!

Congratulations are in order for three College of Charleston students who submitted screenplays to the 2nd Annual Screenwriting Competition. A panel of faculty judges scored each entry and it was determined that 3rd place goes to Tristan Turner for his screenplay, “VR Script,” and that 2nd place goes to Mollie Bowman, for her screenplay, “Sharing is Caring.” The winner of this year’s screenwriting competition is Noah Goodman, for his screenplay “Can I Call You Back Later?”

Noah’s screenplay will be produced by the College of Charleston Student Film Club and will be automatically entered into the 15th Annual Student Film Club next Spring. Thank you to our judges, and congratulations to all who submitted entries–and to our winners!

Some images from the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival

Just a few images from the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival opening reception, Thursday, November 7. The festival wrapped up on Sunday, November 10. It was a fabulous four days of films, with a roster of terrific featured guests. Congratulations to Edoardo De Angelis, whose film The Vice of Hope was the Jury Award Winner. See you next year!

Sign up for the next digital filmmaking workshop in Addlestone Library, November 15

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, November 15. 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 RSVP form is here.

Photos from the February 23rd workshop, courtesy of Colleen Glenn:


The Student Film Club premieres its latest film, Memories

The College of Charleston Student Film Club will be screening the premiere of its film Memories on Wednesday, November 13, at 7pm in Stern Center room 206 (the poster image gives the date for their YouTube premiere, which is Friday, November 15). The screening will be followed by a Q&A. Hope you can join us for this extra special event!

Schedule of Spring 2020 film courses

Here’s a preliminary list of courses offered Spring 2020 that will count toward FMST credit. Please check back frequently for updates/changes. Click highlighted text for course description (if available).

ENGL 212.01
Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Glenn
ENGL 212.02
Cinema: History & Criticism*
Prof. Glenn
ENGL 212.03
Cinema: History & Criticism
Dr. Bruns
TR 12:15 – 1:30
RSS 251

ENGL 212.04
Cinema: History & Criticism
Dr. Bruns
TR 1:40 – 2:55
RSS 251
ENGL 351: Studies in
American Flim*
Dr. Glenn
ENGL 463: Senior Seminar: Lit in Hist
1900-Pres: Literature and Film
of the Vietnam War***
MW 2:00 – 3:15
Dr. Farrell
MYBK 119

LTAR 270
Studies in Arab Cinema**
TR 12:15 – 1:30
Ghassan Nasr
BELL 404
LTGR 270
Transnational German Cinema
MW 2:00 – 3:15
Dr. Tovey
MYBK 222
LTIT 270
Introduction to Italian Cinema**
Dr. De Luca
TR 12:15 – 1:30
BELL 403

THTR 350
Selected Topics in
Communication Production:
Screenwriting I***
Rodney Rogers
MWF 10:00 – 10:50
SCFA 221

THTR 488
Selected Topics in
Lit & Criticism: Screenwriting II***
Rodney Rogers
TR 10:50 – 12:05
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

Film Screening: America Street, by Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Friday, November 1

Join us on Friday, November 1, 7:00 PM at the CofC School of Science and Mathematics Auditorium, 202 Calhoun Street for a screening of the documentary film America Street, directed by Idrissou Mora-Kpai. “On America Street in Charleston’s East Side neighborhood, Joe is the owner of a small corner store, the heart of an old but slowly disappearing black community. Almost half of all African Americans trace their origins back to Charleston, a city that is still haunted by its slave owning past. In the face of the multiple challenges that African Americans face, Joe is determined to stay hopeful and to resist losing his neighborhood to the rising forces of gentrification. My film captures three months during 2015 of Joe’s daily struggles set against the backdrop of racist violence in the city, from the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer to the Emanuel Church massacre by a young white supremacist. I was inspired to make the film when I moved to South Carolina in 2013. I am a West African immigrant and I was, and still am, trying to navigate a country that feels, in many ways, increasingly unwelcoming towards black bodies. Through the character of Joe, my film examines how African Americans feel marginalized in a once predominantly black city like Charleston and how white supremacy is becoming more pervasive and insidious in America.” – Idrissou Mora-Kpai