Faculty and Staff
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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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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