Film Studies

The College of Film and the Moving Image (CFILM) incorporates the Department of Film Studies, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, and the Ogden and Mary Louise Reid Cinema Archives.

Founded on Wesleyan’s liberal-arts tradition, CFILM fosters the study AND practice of visual storytelling. The Department offers a major and minor in film studies, hosts screenings and events, and supports initiatives like the first-and-second-year Film Workshop and the Elementary School Outreach program. Students and faculty approach the moving image in a collaborative manner that combines historical, formal, and cultural analysis with filmmaking at beginning and advanced levels. Film Studies courses emphasize aesthetics, genre, authorship, industry, and technology.

The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies is home to the Rick Nicita Gallery, two state-of-the-art cinemas, and the student-run Wesleyan Film Series, which provides four nights of eclectic programming every week during the semester. As the hub of moving-image culture on campus, the Center draws over 14,000 visitors to our events each year.

The Reid Cinema Archives collects a wide range of primary historical documents reflecting a variety of fields, and is the main repository for documentation from the careers of such historical luminaries as Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, Ingrid Bergman, Raoul Walsh, Gene Tierney, and Kay Francis, among others. Students have access to these materials, which are also used by scholars from around the world, by biographers, and by media experts.


Semester Endgame

Avengers Endgame opens this week!!!! That might not seem immediately pertinent to the CFILM BLOG, despite the importance of certain Wesleyan Alumni to earlier installments in the franchise, but trust me – it is a LEARNING MOMENT! This latest Marvel/Disney behemoth comes during the final weeks of the Cinema of Adventure and Action class where ... Read more

The CFILM Podcast! Wesleyan at the AFI

  This week’s CFILM podcast is all about Wes at AFI. AFI Professor Ed Decter (’79) is here to introduce the program and tell us what it’s about with help from program alum Onitra Johnson (’19). They talk about their experience in Hollywood, the professionals they met, and what the program teaches Wes students. Wesleyan ... Read more
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