Past Events

  • Thursday, Febuary 21, 2013, 6:00 PM - Gamble Auditorium
    Lecture: "Everything Else Has Failed! Don't You Think It's Time for Love? and Other Works", Sharon Hayes
  • Friday, February 22, 7PM - Gamble Auditorium
    Five College Student Film and Video Festival
  • Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:30 PM - Art Building Room 220
    Lecture: "Belief in this World: Bazinian Cinephilia and Malick's The Tree of Life" Robert Sinnerbrink
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 4:30 PM - 108 South College, UMass Amherst
    Lecture: "Stimmung: Exploring the Aesthetics of Mood", UMass Graduate Film Studies Certificate Colloquium
  • Sunday, March 3, 2013, 7 PM - Dwight 101 Screening: The Tree of Life
  • Screening: films by German Filmmaker Ute Aurand and conversation with the filmmaker, November 13, 2012
  • Screening: Wish Me Away, October 30, 2012
  • Lecture: "Women Making Documentary in Lebanon", Stefanie Van de Peer, November 9th, 2012
  • Lecture: Objective Cinema: Gregory Currie Professor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham, April 12, 2012
  • Lecture: Archeology of an Artist, April 28, 2012
  • Student Leadership Luncheon: Forte! Leadership in the Arts, April 28, 2012
  • From Venice to Cannes: Emily Coggins ‘13, June 30, 2011 
  • Film aficionada Emily Coggins ’13 has spent her last two summers working world premieres and press junkets at international film festivals in Italy and France.
  • Screening: New Films by Ute Aurand and Robert Beavers, Screening and Discussion, September 27, 2010
  • Screening: Sonali Gulati, Screening and Discussion, April 19, 2010
  • Lecture: "Film and Mood: A Cognitive Approach", Amy Coplan, March 29th, 2010

H. P. Lovecraft Film Shoot at MHC

September 23, 2009
Filmmakers from the California-based H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society turned the MHC campus into the fictional Miskatonic University for their upcoming film version of Lovecraft's classic tale, "The Whisperer in Darkness."

Screening of Ulrike Ottinger's Joanna D'Arc of Mongolia

Oct. 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm
101 Dwight, Mount Holyoke College
Part of the filmmaker's visit to the Valley on October 17, with a screening and discussion at Amherst Cinema.

Five College Film Studies Major Celebration

October 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Faculty Club Room, Willits-Hallowell,  Mount Holyoke College
Come meet faculty and students from all Five Colleges; refreshments will be served.

MHC Sponsored Event at Anthology Film Archives in New York

Nov. 6-7, 2009; see flyer for times | Event Flyer...
Robin Blaetz will moderate screenings of film programs curated by Peggy Ahwesh, Ericka Beckman, Abigail Child, and Su Friedrich at 6:30 and 8:30. 

Origins, Influences, and Interests: Four Women Filmmakers. In her recent anthology, Women's Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks (Duke University Press, 2007), Robin Blaetz gathered together essays that contextualized the work of fifteen women filmmakers who worked from the 1950s to the present, in relation to the social, political, and artistic trends of their time. In this series of screenings, she has asked four filmmakers who came of age in the late 1970s and 80s to speak more personally about the films that influenced their work and that intrigue them, through a series of screenings and discussions. Peggy Ahwesh, Ericka Beckman, Abigail Child, and Su Friedrich have each curated a program for which (with the exception of Child) they will be present to discuss their selections. In addition, film scholars Melissa Ragona and Vera Dika will be present to discuss Child’s and Beckman’s selections, respectively. Very special thanks to Mount Holyoke College for sponsorship of this program.

Screening: German director Rainer Simon's Jadup and Boel (1981)

Nov. 19, 2008 | Event flyer...
Rainer Simon will be available for questions immediately following the presentation of Jadup and Boel.

Three German Filmmakers, Three Decades of Filmmaking

October 7, 2008 | Event flyer...
This double program of films share qualities of intimacy and tenderness, personal vision and form, intense seriousness, and, at times, an irresistible humor. Conversation with filmmakers will follow screening. Free and open to the public.

Black Frankenstein: The Making of an American Metaphor

Professor Elizabeth Young
October 29, 2008

For all the scholarship devoted to Mary Shelley~Rs English novel, Frankenstein, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to its role in American culture, and virtually none to its racial resonance in the United States. In Black Frankenstein, Elizabeth Young identifies and interprets the figure of a black American Frankenstein monster as it appears with surprising frequency throughout nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. culture, in fiction, film, essays, oratory, painting, and other media, and in works by both whites and African Americans.

This excellent and provocative book offers a compelling lesson in the political and cultural uses of a metaphor organized by design, as well as unconsciously, into a racial paradigm." ~ Eric J. Sundquist, author of trangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America.

The 15th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

African Cities: Conflict and Community presents a "Landscapes of Violence" series film: Promised Paradise

5 March, 7:30 pm
101 Dwight Hall, Mount Holyoke College
All events are free and open to the public.

Director Leonard Retel Helmrich, Netherlands/Indonesia, 52 min, in Bahasan Indonesian w/ English subtitles. Banned at the Jakarta International Film Festival, award-winning director Helmrich's humorous yet provocative film follows Agus, a Muslim puppeteer and troubadour in his efforts to understand terrorism after the 2002 Bali bombings. Looking for answers, Agus seeks out a clairvoyant to speak with the dead bombers and visits a notorious terrorist ringleader in jail to challenge his intolerance.

Co-sponsored by Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College. Introduced by Doreen Lee, Political Science, Amherst College.

Reading and book-signing with Thomas E. Wartenberg, author of Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy

December 3, 7:00 pm | Event flyer... 
“This book is a powerful defense of the view that films can philosophize. Characterized by its clear and lively presentation, and by its intertwining of philosophical argument with detailed discussion of several important films, it will be of interest not just to those studying philosophy and film but to everyone who believes in the importance of film to our cognitive life.” - Berys Gaut, University of St. Andrews, UK

Su Friedrich

November 8, 7:30 pm
Filmmaker Su Friedrich will present a screening of her film, Hide and Seek and discuss her work. Please Join Us! Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program, Gender Studies Department, Amherst College English Department and Hampshire College Film & Video.

"Blind Shots: Reviewing Pedro Almodóvar's Matador"

September 28, 2007 | Event flyer...

Melinda Barlow

September 19, 2007
Melinda Barlow, Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, presented a screening of her work, Lost and Found: Gestures of Rescue and Reincarnation in Contemporary Experimental Works by Women.

2007 Film Festival: MadCat Women's International Film Festival

All events in 101 Dwight Hall at Mount Holyoke College unless indicated otherwise.

Private Eyes
Thursday April 5, at 7 pm

“Private Eyes,” the first program in curator Ariella Ben-Dov’s series, features an eclectic selection of experimental documentaries and animated works from the UK, Czech Republic, Norway and the US. The Intimacy of Strangers, follows a clandestine film crew that prowls the streets, capturing phone conversations. The filmmaker “steals” these intimate moments and explores the ever-shrinking gap between private and public spheres. Deep Woods is a performative video that lures male participants through evocative advertisements. These innovative works reveal the power of modern technologies to upend of notions of privacy.

Works include: Dear Bill Gates by Sarah Christman, Deep Woods by Alison O'Daniel, Winter Return by Chelsea Walton, The Intimacy of Strangers by Eva Weber, Human Nature by Stine Gonsholt, The Carnival of Animals by Micheala Pavlatova, and more.

Film Screening: Peggy Ahwesh

Monday, April 16 at 7:30 pm
Screening and discussion.

Film Screening: Perserverence & How to Develop It

Jenny Perlin
Thursday, February 22 at 7 pm
Filmmaker Jenny Perlin, Mount Holyoke College/Five College Visiting Artist in Film Studies, presents her new book and short film. Perlin offers a journey through obsession and self-help - the historical and cultural cycle of hard work driven by the desire to success, subsequent emotional collapse, and the use of self-help or medication, enabling the return to work. Her book and film are inspired by a 1915 best-seller, but the cycle continues today.

Sponsored by The Odyssey Bookshop, The Village Commons, South Hadley MA 01075

Film Screening: Jennifer Reeves

October 23rd, 7 pm in MHC Gamble Auditorium
Jennifer Reeves will be showing her films at 7:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium as part of a Hampshire College event.

Guest Lecturer: Christian Keathley

November 9 at 4:15 pm in MHC 220 Art Bldg.
Christian Keathley, Asst. Professor of Film Studies at Middlebury College will be lecturing in 220 Art Bldg. at 4:15. He will be discussing his new book, Cinephilia and History.

Film Screening: Robert Beaver

October 12
MHC Gamble Auditorium
Robert Beaver will be showing and discussing several of his rarely screened films at 7:00 in Gamble Auditorium. Beaver's work with the Temenos project in Greece will be discussed at the screening.

Five College Faculty Film Festival: Points of Contact

October 2nd - 5th, 2006
Mount Holyoke College
Screening of films and videos at 5:30-6:30 pm

  • October 2: Bill Brand and Baba Hillman
  • October 3: Patricia Galvis Assmus, Joan Braderman & Penny Lane
  • October 4: Simin Farkhondeh & Abraham Ravett
  • October 5: in Willits Conference Center, MHC

Celebration of the Five College Film Studies Major and Reception

7:00-9:00 pm in Dwight 101, Mount Holyoke College

Screening of Short Films and Videos

By Susan Jahoda, Lucretia Knapp, Kara Lynch, Jenny Perlin, Chris Peryy Abraham Ravett & Weddy Woodson

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers from the entire series.

Screenings programmed by Jenny Perlin, Mount Holyoke/Five College Visiting Artist in Film Studies, Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program and Five Colleges. Inc.