Throughout the academic year, there are film festivals and showings sponsored by student groups and academic departments. Visit the Online Calendar of Events for details and information.

Stark Film Studies guest residency brings documentarian and c­­­ivil rights activist Judy­­­­ Richardson to campus

Author, documentarian and c­­­ivil rights activist Judy­­­­ Richardson opened the Fran and Ray Stark Distinguished Guest Residency in Film Studies on April, 2016, with a book talk about “Hands on the Freedom Plow." Screenings of her films and a panel discussion with noted filmmakers also took place during the month. Read the news release. 

Alumna wins Oscar for documentary with personal touch

Never afraid to tackle a difficult subject, Dana Heinz Perry '85 turned the focus of her latest documentary film, "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," to the alarming rate of suicides amongst U.S. military veterans. The powerful film, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent, has received critical acclaim and took home a 2015 Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category. Read the Feb. 2, 2015 news release. 

Oscar-winning alumnus teaches, mentors film studies students

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Sean Fine ’96 and Andrea Nix Fine were in residency in Spring 2014, working closely with film studies students on everything from cinematography to producing and thinking about film as a medium for social change. Read the Feb. 13, 2014 news release. 

Documentary filmmaker Sean Fine ’96 wins Oscar for ‘Inocente’

Sean Fine ’96 and his wife Andrea Nix Fine won an Oscar in 2013 in the best documentary short film category for “Inocente.” At Connecticut College, Fine designed his own major in zoology and filmmaking. After graduating, he directed and shot several films for National Geographic, winning an Emmy in 2000. He and Nix Fine formed the Washington D.C.-based Fine Films in 2003. The Oscar nod for “Inocente” is the couple’s second in five years. Read the Feb. 25, 2013 news release.

An Evening with NY Filmmaker Jennie Livingston

In 2010, the Film Studies Program and the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation sponsored a screening of two films by the program's first guest artist in residence: "Drag and Kink: An Evening with NY Filmmaker Jennie Livingston."

The films, "Paris is Burning" (1991) and "Who's the Top" (2005), raised important and vital questions about issues of gender, sexuality and diversity. The evening began with a reception and was followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker.

An Afternoon with Award-Winning Animator John Canemaker

Also in 2010, the Film Studies Program welcomed to campus animator John Canemaker, who screened several of his short animated works, including "Bottom's Dream" (1984) and "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation" (2005).

A visit with independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt

Director of films "Old Joy" (2006) and "Meek's Cutoff" (2010) Kelly Reichardt screened her award-winning independent film "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), filmed along the railroad tracks that surround an Oregon suburb. The film reveals the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times in a both visually stunning and emotionally moving work.