Film Studies Program to Offer Video Production Courses

Starting this fall, Mount Holyoke students will no longer have to leave campus to learn video production. According to MHC film studies program chair Tom Wartenberg, the Five College film studies program has hired two new video production professors, each of whom will teach on two of the Five College campuses. Elisabeth Subrin, who is currently teaching at the Art Institute of Chicago, will teach at Mount Holyoke and Amherst College. Crystal Griffith, now teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will teach at UMass and Smith College. Hampshire College already has faculty offering video production courses.

Each of the new professors will offer two courses: Introduction to Video Production and an advanced video production course. At MHC, the advanced course (Technology and Desire: Gender Identity in an Era of New Machines) is scheduled for fall 1997; the introductory course will follow in spring 1998. At Amherst, the introductory course will be taught first. In each course, one-third of the spaces will be reserved for Five College students from other campuses; MHC women will have preference for the courses at Amherst College.

The new film production courses come during the film studies program's first year as an official minor at Mount Holyoke. Wartenberg noted that "the new courses will enhance students' options and give them a chance to have a production component in their minor."

The new courses, and other aspects of film studies, will be discussed at an April 7 reception for students interested in film studies. (See calendar section for details.)