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John Schott Profile
James Woodward Strong Professor of the Liberal Arts
Off Campus: Winter 2016

John Schott teaches Digital Photography, Site-Specific Media, Graphic Design, Audio Drama, Avant-Garde Film and Culture in the 1950s, and Visual Studies Seminar.  His photographs are included in New Topographics, an exhibition and catalog honoring the work of eight photographers of historical importance.  On the local front, John recently produced The Building Remembers, an exhibition and catalog featuring photographs of the Northfield Middle School before it was transformed into the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton. Every other spring term he leads a popular off-campus studies program exploring New Media practice and theory in Europe or Asia. 

Curriculum Vita

Carol Donelan Profile
Chair of Cinema and Media Studies
Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Carol Donelan teaches Introduction to Cinema & Media Studies, Film Genres, Film History I, Film History II, Film Noir and Cinema Studies Seminar, which focuses on classical and contemporary film theory. Her interests include melodrama and film noir as modes of visual storytelling for popular audiences and archival research on the history of moviegoing and film exhibition. Among her publications is a study connecting local history with national trends in film distribution and exhibition, Electric Theater: The Emergence of Cinema in Northfield, 1896-1917, and essays in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Film History: An International Journal.

Jay Beck Profile
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Jay Beck teaches Film History III, Contemporary Global Cinemas, American Cinema of the 1970s, American Film Comedy, Spanish Cinema, Rock ‘n’ Roll in Cinema, Film Sound Studies, and Sound Design. His research includes work on film sound, interdisciplinary sound studies, popular music studies, American cinema, Spanish cinema, genre studies, the Western, film technology, and radio studies. He has co-edited two book collections, Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound (with Tony Grajeda) and Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre (with Vicente Rodríguez Ortega).  His current book project focuses on changes in film sound practices in the 1960s and 70s.

Laska Jimsen Profile
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Laska Jimsen teaches Digital Foundations, Nonfiction, Fiction, Animation and Advanced Production Workshop.  She works across nonfiction forms from video documentary to artisanal 16mm filmmaking and animation. The people, landscapes, plants, and animals that populate her work include delicate specimens of the genus Dahlia, the horses and riders who inhabit an urban Philadelphia stable, silent bow hunters hidden in a snowy Minnesota arboretum, and an Oregon pioneer who plays the trombone when not trapping coyotes. Her films and videos have screened at festivals including Ann Arbor, Athens, IC Docs, and MadCat, as well as Los Angeles Filmforum and Walker Art Center. Laska was recently awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Media Arts for "Circles & Arrows; Matrices & Trees," an experimental 16mm light study, and a Jerome Foundation Film & Video Grant for “Deer of North America,” a video essay collaboration with filmmaker Jason Coyle that documents the contradictory and mythologized relationships between people and deer in the contemporary United States.

Rini Keagy Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Rini Yun Keagy teaches courses in Digital Foundations, Fiction, Advanced Editing and Advanced Production Workshop. Her short film Yellow has screened in festivals in the United States and Europe and was curated for the film and video art international cable TV station Souvenirs from Earth, broadcast in France and Germany. Ring of Fire, a short hand-painted animation, screened at the Philadelphia and Siouxland film festivals. Her current work-in-progress is Ordinal (SW/NE). In addition to filmmaking, Rini has worked in diverse practices such as cartography, photography and painting.

Paul Hager Profile
Instructor in Cinema and Media Studies

Paul Hager teaches courses in Digital Foundations and Television Studio Production while directing, managing and producing programming for Northfield's community television station (NTV channel 12). A former mayor of Northfield, he has received filmmaking awards from the Minnesota Education Association and the Minnesota Cable Television Association. In 2014, he received an Established Artist grant from the Southwestern Minnesota Arts Council to write Cannon Shoals: A Ten-Episode Screenplay, which will be produced as a cycle of videos for showing on cable and online.

Cecilia Cornejo Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Cecilia Cornejo teaches Digital Foundations. Through the use of written and visual poetry combined with documentary techniques, Cecilia creates works of nonfiction that bring a personal dimension to the documentary tradition. Her work is distributed by Women Make Movies, has shown widely throughout Europe and the Americas, and was part of MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Her latest film Song of the Apprentice was screened at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival in 2013.  Aside from her artistic practice, Cecilia is co-founder of The Nineteenth Step, a collective of artists, teachers, and curators who used cinema as a tool to foster a deeper understanding of Latin American culture.

Michael Elyanow Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Michael Elyanow teaches courses in Screenwriting and Writing for Television. He has written a half dozen television pilots and over a dozen screenplays, winning him awards and nominations from the NY Television Festival, Disney, the Nicolls Fellowship, and the Austin Film Festival. Several of his scripts and pilots have been commissioned, developed or optioned by production companies. Michael also writes for theater and his play The Children recently won the GLAAD award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater.

Staff

Paul Bernhardt Profile
Audio and Visual Technical Director
Marla Erickson
Administrative Assistant in Cinema and Media Studies
Administrative Assistant, Theater and Dance
Elizabeth Schott
CAMS Off-Campus Study Program Assistant

Other Faculty Involved in Cinema and Media Studies

Barbara Allen Profile
Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences
Professor of Political Science

POSC 203. Political Communication: Election Campaign Advertising and Public Opinion

POSC 204. Media and American Politics: Special Election Edition

POSC 220. Politics and Political History in Film

POSC 303. Political Communication: Election Campaign Advertising and Public Opinion

Palmar Alvarez-Blanco Profile
Associate Professor of Spanish
Chair of Spanish

SPAN 244. Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film

SPAN 320. New Spanish Voices

Roger Bechtel Profile
Professor of Theater
Off Campus: Spring 2016

THEA 320. Live Performance and Digital Media

Jorge Brioso Profile
Associate Professor of Spanish

SPAN 250. Spanish Cinema

Lydia Butt Profile
Lecturer in German
Off Campus: Fall 2015

GERM 219. "Good Bye, Lenin!" German Postwar Culture, History and Politics through Film

GERM 263. Alternative Visions: Counter Cinema from New German Cinema to the Berlin School

Scott Carpenter Profile
Professor of French
Director of Cross Cultural Studies

LCST 245. Introduction to Critical Methods: Structure, Gender, Culture

Arnab Chakladar Profile
Associate Professor of English
Coordinator of South Asian Studies
Director of Asian Studies
Off Campus: Winter 2016

ENGL 245. Bollywood Nation

Adriana Estill Profile
Associate Professor of English and American Studies

AMST 226. Latinas in Hollywood

Ross Elfline Profile
Assistant Professor of Art History

ARTH 240: Art Since 1945

ARTS 286. Legacies of the Avant-Garde

Shaohua Guo Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese

CHIN 250: Chinese Popular Culture

CHIN 348: Advanced Chinese: The Mass Media

Pierre Hecker Profile
Associate Professor of English
Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

ENGL 100. Shakespeare on Film

Diane Nemec Ignashev Profile
Chair of German and Russian
Class of 1941 Professor of Russian and the Liberal Arts

CAMS 232. Cinema Directors: Tarkovsky

CAMS 234. Cinema Directors: Sokurov

CAMS 237. Cinemas & Contexts: Russian Film

CAMS 239: Cinemas & Contexts: East European Film

Sarah Jansen Profile
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

PHIL 229. Philosophy of Film and Emotion

Susan Jaret McKinstry Profile
Helen F. Lewis Professor of English

ENGL 362. Narrative Theory

Baird Jarman Profile
Associate Professor of Art History
Chair of Art & Art History

ARTH 171. History of Photography

Cherif Keita Profile
Professor of French

FREN 250. Film and Society in Mali

Michael Kowalewski Profile
Lloyd McBride Professor of English and Environmental Studies

ENGL 247. The American West

ENGL 248. Visions of California

Linda Rossi Profile
Professor of Art

ARTS 140. The Digital Landscape

ARTS 141. Experimental Photography

ARTS 238. Photography I

ARTS 240. Intro to Film and Digital Photo

ARTS 339. Advanced Photo: Digital Imaging

ARTS 340. Advanced Film and Digital Photo

Kofi Owusu Profile
Professor of English

ENGL 243. Text and Film

Ronald Rodman Profile
Dye Family Professor of Music and Director of the Carleton Symphony Band
Off Campus: Winter 2016 through Spring 2016

MUSC 115. Music and Film

CAMS 242. Sound and Music in New Media

Dana Strand Profile
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of French and the Humanities
Off Campus: Fall 2015 through Spring 2016

CAMS 233. The French Cinema

Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Coordinator of East Asian Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2016

JAPN 231. Japanese Cinema