On Display: Robe worn by Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet

This robe is part of the Isabella Rossellini collection in the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, and it was recently on display in the Center for Film Studies for a screening of David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) on the Wesleyan Film Series, February 17, 2012.

Robe worn by Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet on Display for Screening        Students Look at Isabella Rossellini's Robe


Fall 2011 saw the CFS host the Women and Film speaker series, made possible by special support from the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each installment featured a film helmed by a female director, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker herself. Here is chair of the department Jeanine Basinger with two of the series' special guests: Robin Swicord (P '09) and Isabella Rossellini

Jeanine Basinger and Isabella Rossellini at the Women and Film Series

Isabella Rossellini visited on November 10, 2011 and shared her latest directorial effort, Animals Distract Me, a 2011 selection at Sundance and part of The Discovery Channel's Planet Green initiative.

Jeanine Basinger and Robin Swicord P'09 at the Women and Film Series

Writer/Director/Producer Robin Swicord P'09 screened her directorial debut, The Jane Austen Book Club

Commencement WESeminar with Michael Bay '86

Jeanine Basinger and director Michael Bay '86

Award-winning director Michael Bay '86 visited the Center for Film Studies on May 21, 2011 to conduct a WESeminar regarding the film industry and his own personal success in that arena. Accompanying Bay was another special guest: his mother, Harriet. After an introduction by department chair Jeanine Basinger (pictured), Bay fielded audience questions and screened clips from his upcoming release Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Earlier that day, Bay became a recipient of the Wesleyan Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Wesleyan on the West Coast

Professor of Film Studies Lisa Dombrowski '92 was joined by film critics Sam Wasson '04 and Richard Schickel for a showing and discussion of Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961). The event took place on Sunday, March 6, 2011 in Los Angeles at American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. At left they are pictured on panel at the film screening. At right, they are pictured across the street from the Aero at a book signing for Kazan Revisited, edited by Professor Dombrowski.

Sam Wasson '04, Lisa Dombrowski '92, and Richard Schickel discuss Kazan's Splendor in the Grass     Sam Wasson '04, Lisa Dombrowski '92, and Richard Schickel at a book signing for Kazan Revisited, edited by Dombrowski


Jeanine Basinger and Television Director/Producer, Matthew Penn '80

Jeanine Basinger, Chair of Film Studies, with Matthew Penn '80

Emmy-nominated Matthew Penn has worked extensively as a television director and served as the Executive Producer on Law and Order. He was the guest speaker for a WESeminar at the Center for Film Studies on October 23, 2010 entitled "Behind the Scenes On the TV Hit Law and Order."


Jeanine Basinger and Producers Brad Fuller '87 and Andrew Form

Jeanine Basinger with producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller '87 prior to a special screening of their film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) on October 28, 2010.  The film was presented as a part of our AMPAS-sponsored speaker series: "Behind the Scenes."

Scott Higgins Moderates Jon Hoeber's Q&A   Jon Hoeber '93 chats with students after screening of RED

Another installment of our AMPAS "Behind the Scenes" series took place on November 11, 2010: A Conversation on Screenwriting with Jon Hoeber '93, co-writer (with his brother Erich) of the newly released hit RED.

LEFT: Following a surprise screening of RED, Jon Hoeber (seated on right) takes part in a Q&A moderated by Scott Higgins, Associate Professor of Film Studies (seated on left).

RIGHT: Jon Hoeber chats with students after the Q&A.

Jeanine Basinger moderates a Q&A with Phil Abraham '82   Phil Abraham greets a student after the Q&A

On November 18th, 2010, Emmy-award winning cinematographer and television director Phil Abraham '82 returned to campus for the second to last event of the AMPAS "Behind the Scenes" series to present one episode from both The Sopranos and Mad Men. He discussed his work on both series during a Q&A moderated by Jeanine Basinger (shown on left) and greeted individual students afterward (shown on right).