Past Events

Women of the West Film Series

Aug. 31 – Sep. 16, 2018 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.), New York

Organized by film studies major, Hannah Greenberg '11, this film series spans almost the entire history of cinema: the earliest film is from 1918 all the way through to a short film from just last year (2017)!

This series includes westerns that focus on a female protagonist (or several), highlighting that women's toughness and heroic feats have been made the subject of films for over a hundred years and foregrounding the importance of women both to the Western genre and to the history of the American West itself.

Many of the films were made by women, another important aspect of the series.

For more information, see the Film Archives Website

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The "Expanded Cinema" Practice

Apr. 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
101 Dwight Hall

Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder present an illustrated history of their "Expanded Cinema” practice, which encompasses expanded cinema performance, gallery/museum based installation work, and public art projects. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the program in Film Studies. Co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Art History Department and the Art Studio Department. 

2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 6 – 7, 2018 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

This year's 2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) theme is Empowerment through Engagement and will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. Keynote speaker(s) are Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, founders of the National Women's March and the keynote event is free and open to the public!

Conference registration fees: Free for all Mount Holyoke College Students, $10 for five college students, faculty and staff, $15.00 for non five college attendees, $8 per person for groups with 10 or more attendees. To take advantage of this group discount, contact or call 413-538-2550.

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Film Screening: "Above the Drowning Sea"

Mar. 29, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hooker Auditorium

The Department of German Studies and the Film Studies and the Jewish Studies Programs present a screening of "Above the Drowning Sea", a documentary film by Nicola Zavaglia and René Balcer, narrated by Julianna Margulies. A short Q&A and reception will follow with René Balcer (Writer-Director, Co-executive Producer) and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer (Co-executive Producer). This event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to alumna Lily Klebanoff Blake '64 for bringing this film to the College. We hope you will join us!

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Soudhamini: “Ready Player One?: Preparing for the Virtual World"

Mar. 29, 2018 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Cleveland Hall L1

Please join us in welcoming filmmaker and writer Soudhamini for a free public lecture. Soudhamini is from Bangalore, India and is the Fulbright Nehru Research Fellow for Academic and Professional Excellence (2017-2018) from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Generous sponsors include the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship Fund, Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

10th Catalan Film Festival

Mar. 26 – 30, 2018 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Catalonia Now

All films screened at UMass, Amherst.

Featured Films:

  • 3/26 Uncertain Glory, dir. Agustí Villaonga--S404 Integrative Learning Center, 6:30pm
  • 3/27 Salvador, dir. Manuel Huerga--S404 Integrative Learning Center, 6:30pm
  • 3/28 The Institutions of Fear, dir. Montse Armengou--137 Isenberg SOM, 7:30pm.  Q&A with the filmmaker; introduced by Prof. Sebastiaan Faber
  • 3/29 General Report II: The New Abduction of Europe, dir. Pere Portabella--Institute for Holocaust , Genocide and Memory Studies @4PM. With talks by Montse Armengou and Prof. Sebastiaan Faber before screening.
  • 3/30 To be Announced--S404 Integrative Learning Center, 6;30pm

All films original versions w/English subtitles.  Some of the movies are rated R.

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Documentary Film Screening-Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Mar. 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Austrian-Jewish actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top stars in the 1940s. Behind the glamour, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.
Discussion with Robin Blaetz, Chair of Film Studies, and Katherine Aidala, Chair of Physics. Moderated by Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies.
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Lakshmi Padmanabhan: "Otherness Machines: Postcolonial Feminist Experiments with the Moving Image"

Feb. 15, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

Key interventions in documentary film and photography have illustrated the complicity of the camera in projects of colonial capture, and the disciplinary function of the image. Please join us in welcoming Lakshmi Padmanabhan from Brown University as she discusses her ongoing research into the understudied archive of feminist documentary photography and experimental video that emerged in India in the 1980s, in a period of rapid political change. This talk chronicles their repurposing of visual technology toward experiments in postcolonial feminist aesthetics. 

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Hannah Goodwin: “Missing, Altered, Cloned, Fragmented: Spectral Bodies of Digitized Women”

Feb. 13, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

From the spectacularly replicated clones in the recent television show, Orphan Black to the hauntingly edited subject of artist Sarah Sweeney’s ongoing digital project “Reimaging Erica,” images of women’s bodies have become sites for exploring some of the fundamental properties of digital information. In this talk, Hannah Goodman from Brown University examines how in each case, the fragmentation, alteration, and deletion of the digitized female body, coupled with its unauthorized reproduction and uncanny persistence, evoke the paradoxically spectral yet hypervisible circulations of digital data.

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 10, 2018 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Considering an artistic career? Wondering how to craft a meaningful lifestyle? Want insider information on finding opportunities and connecting with established professionals? Join a campus-wide dialogue with established and emerging artists!

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Camilo Diaz Pinto: “Animexico: Japanese Animation’s Trajectory to and through Mexico City”

Feb. 7, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

Please join us in welcoming our guest speaker Camilo Diaz Pino from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an excerpt of a larger project examining the role of Mexico City as a site of media importation and redistribution to the wider Latin American diaspora, Pino's talk focuses on the industrial and cultural impact of Japanese animation’s (anime) circulation through the region. It will focus in particular on fannish performances of anime textualities during the Chilean anti-neoliberal protests of 2011. During these demonstrations, students and allies would recreate scenes from the show Dragon Ball Z, (airdate 1997-9), using them to illustrate both the power of collective action in the face of privatization and debt culture. 

Kelsey Cameron: "Corporeal Networks: Digital Media's Marked Bodies"

Feb. 5, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building.

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

When digital technologies were new, they promised users freedom from race, gender, ability, and other markers of bodily difference. While we think about digital media in different terms today, we have not fully escaped this foundational imaginary. Using the police body camera as a case study, our guest speaker Kelsey Cameron from the University of Pittsburgh will unpack the legacy of digital disembodiment and uncovers the networks of human actors that disappear beneath it.

Wazhmah Osman: “Local Knowledge in the Global Village: Thinking through Media Studies, Digital Media, and Human Rights”

Jan. 29, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

The field of media studies is a vast and unruly discipline comprised of multiple disciplines. In this talk, Wazhmah Osman from Temple University will outline the key branches of the field and its latest trends. Osman will advocate for the socio-political, economic, and cultural approaches that aim to have a holistic understanding of media technologies; while cautioning against the narrowly focused technologically deterministic approach. Subsequently, Osman will situate her own work, at the intersection of gender/ sexuality, race, class, and human rights, within media studies.

A Curious Man: The Life and Work of Jay Leyda

Nov. 2, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov. 3, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov. 4, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

Leyda — a scholar, a translator, an artist, an archivist and a teacher — worked across the 20th century in a remarkable array of fields. He left his intellectual mark, in his characteristically understated way, on cinema, photography, music, painting and literature. This symposium brings together scholars from many aspects of Leyda’s life and work in order to spark conversation regarding his influence and legacy.

♿ Free and open to the public. Please register by October 25 to ensure adequate seating for the symposium and lunch on Friday.

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Leyda and His Musical World

Nov. 2, 2017 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium —Pratt Music Hall

As part of a multi-day symposium on the influential 20th century artist and scholar, Jay Leyda, Mount Holyoke College's distinguished music faculty perform works by the composers and poets he wrote about, including Musorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Dickinson, and Whitman.

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2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival

Apr. 5, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 9:30 am – 6:15 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Various locations - see Schedule of Events

The 2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival brings together filmmakers, producers, scholars, and organizers of film festivals from Africa, Europe, and the United States to explore the increasing visibility of African cinema as a form of expression through film screenings, scholarly presentations, and Q&A sessions with African filmmakers. Please see the Five Colleges Website for more information.

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No Más Bebés

Apr. 6, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Small Gamble

Screening of the Documentary Film and a discussion with Elena Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.

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"A Tale of Two Wolves" - Photographer Pete Muller

Mar. 30, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

In conversation with Jon Western, Dean of Faculty. Reception to follow.
Co-sponsored with the Departments of International Relations, Art History, Classics and Italian, English, French, German Studies, History, Politics, Theatre Arts, the Film Studies Program, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

Documentaries, Victims and Reparation: Investigative Journalism as a Tool for Recovering Historical Memory

Mar. 20, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a talk with Investigative Journalist Montserrat Armengou who will discuss why investigative journalist have to step in where the state has failed, in Spain and around the worlld. The work of Catalan investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, Monserrat Armengou, has revealed unknown aspects of the repression of Franco's dictatorship in Spain. Montserrat Armengou is currently the Visiting Chair at the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU.

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An Oscar Debriefing

Feb. 27, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Art Building Lounge

Cast your ballots now! Ballots are on the film studies Bulletin board by the Art office and will be gathered Sunday at noon. Presented by the Film Studies Program Liaisons.

Five College Film Festival

Feb. 24, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College

Free Entry. 

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pratt Hall followed by reception at Rooke Theatre

Join us for the seventh annual Crafting a Life in the Arts. This event brings together accomplished alumnae in the fields of Art Museum, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History, Dance, Film, Music, and Theater to talk to students about their success in crafting a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts. It will conclude with a networking reception and refreshments at the Rooke Theatre. Current students can register in LyonNet.

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Film Screening of BLACK GIRL

Nov. 14, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Mount Holyoke College French Professor Samba Gadjigo will be introducing the film BLACK GIRL at the Amherst Cinema on Monday, November 14th at 7:00pm.

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Film Screening of SEMBENE!

Nov. 10, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Filmmaker and French Professor Samba Gadjigo will be introducing the film SEMBENE! at the Amherst Cinema on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00pm.  

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54 Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour

Oct. 27 – 28, 2016 7:30 pm – 12:00 am
101 Dwight Hall

Award winning and select short films from the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Free Admission. See for more information.

Sponsored by the Digital Program at Mount Holyoke College.

T. Howard Foundation Information Session

Oct. 11, 2016 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Career Development Center

Learn more about this internship program for minority students interested in the multimedia and entertainment industry. Interns are provided with networking opportunities, professional development training, scholarships, mentors and much more! Register in LyonNet.

MHC Student Film Festival

Apr. 27, 2016 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
220 Art Building

Watch films, refreshments will be served. 

Francis Perkins: Fire and Ice, a new film in production

Apr. 26, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke Art Museum - accessible to all

Please Join President Lynn Pasquerella at a screening of never-before-seen footage of secretary of labor Francis Perkins '02 and a discussion with filmmaker Mick Caouette.  American Public Television will broadcast the film on PBS stations nationwide. RSVP by April 20. Parking is available on Lower Lake Road

The Festival of (In) Appropriation #8

Apr. 21, 2016 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
220 Art Building

LA Film Forum presents a showcase of experimental found-footage film and video. Free and open to the public.

Classics of Soviet Cinema: Осенний марафон (1979) / Autumn Marathon

Apr. 13, 2016 7:00 pm
Library 618, Mount Holyoke College

The Oyler House: Richard Nuetras Desert Retreat 2012)

Apr. 5, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 117, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College

Architecture through Film Series
In 1959, a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To his surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last until Neutra's death in 1970. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat tells the story of this house and its stunning desert setting through interviews with Richard Oyler; actress Kelly Lynch; who currently owns the house; Neutra's two sons; and well-known LA real estate agent Crosby Doe.
Discussion to follow. All films are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Metamorphonics — Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra

Apr. 1, 2016 8:00 pm
Apr. 2, 2016 3:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium in Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College

Collaborative concert with students of the MHC Dance Dept. and the Five College Film Program

Explore the vivid ways in which we live our lives with technology through the work of MHC Dance professor Rose Flachs, and the students of Five College Five College Lecturer in Film & Video Bernadine Mellis in this multi-disciplinary production featuring music for orchestra and electronics. Ng Tian Hui conducts. Tickets are $20.00 premium front and center seating; $15.00 regular seating; $10.00 seniors and students and can be ordered online.

Performances are Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 3pm.

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Classics of Soviet Cinema: Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears (1980)

Mar. 23, 2016 7:00 pm
Library 618, Mount Holyoke College

Москва слезам не верит / An enchanting drama of three women struggling to establish themselves in Russia’s huge and often impersonal capital city. (Color, 150 mins)

Film Studies Program Pre-registration Tea

Mar. 23, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
2nd Floor Lounge, Art Building

Pizza will be served. 

Classics of Soviet Cinema: Андрей Рублёв (1969) / Andrei Rublev

Mar. 9, 2016 7:00 pm
Library 618, Mount Holyoke College

Based on the life and work of the great 15th -century icon painter, director Andrei Tarkovky’s film offers a stunning portrait of medieval Russia in all its cruelty and beauty. (B&W, 185 mins)

Five College Student Film and Video Festival

Feb. 26, 2016 7:00 pm
137 Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst

An annual student-organized event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. Prizes will be awarded for best film of the festival, best film in each category and best of each campus. For more information, please see the Five College Film Department.

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Classics of Soviet Cinema: Летят журавли (1957) / The Cranes Are Flying

Feb. 24, 2016 7:00 pm
Library 618, Mount Holyoke College

Director Mikhail Kalatozov’s beautifully crafted account of the cruelty of war and the psychic damage left in its wake. (B&W, 95 mins)

Classics of Soviet Cinema Film Series: Александр Невский (1938)/ Alexander Nevsky

Feb. 10, 2016 7:00 pm
Library 618, Mount Holyoke College

Heroic Russian prince battles invading Teutonic Knights to save his country from foreign domination in director Sergei Eisenstein’s sweeping patriotic epic. Set to a rousing score by composer Sergei Prokofiev. (B&W, 112 mins)

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 6, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pratt Hall followed by reception at Rooke Theatre

The sixth annual Crafting a Life in the Arts will take place in Pratt Hall. This event brings together accomplished alumnae in the fields of Art Museum, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, and Theater to talk to students about their success in crafting a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts. It will conclude with a networking reception and refreshments at the Rooke Theatre. Current students can register in LyonNet.

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Crafting a Life in the Arts Lunch & Learn

Feb. 4, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Blanchard 226

Are you planning to attend Crafting a Life in the Arts? Maybe you have questions about how to network with alumnae and your peers, how to prepare for and what to expect during the event? The Career Development Center is here to help!

Please join the CDC's Ju Hong, Assistant Director, and Dyanne Rousseau, Program Manager for a Lunch and Learn specific to CALA. They'll answer your questions and help you prepare for the afternoon of February 6th. Register in LyonNet.

Leading Woman in the Arts: Patrizia von Brandenstein

Oct. 15, 2015 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

“Translations: From Word to Image to Screen”

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Lalit Vachani's "An Ordinary Election"

Sep. 14, 2015 4:15 pm
305 Kendade, Mount Holyoke College

All are welcome to a screening of An Ordinary Election (2015, Color and B/W, Video:125 min.) in Hindi and English with English Subtitles.  The Story of an Indian election campaign up-close — an intimate ground-up perspective of the anxieties, ambitions, struggles, and intrigues from the electoral background.

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