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John Schott Profile
James Woodward Strong Professor of the Liberal Arts

John Schott has taught media production, history and theory at Carleton for 30 years.  His current interests are in the rise of new media, digital culture, digital photography, and our rapidly changing communication environment. John has an extensive professional background as a photographer and filmmaker.  His credits include serving as Executive Producer of the national PBS series American Photography, and his photographs have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the International Museum of Photography.  Nazraeli Press recently published a retrospective of John's photographs, Route 66: 1973-1974 (2014), and is preparing a second volume, Idle Wheels: California Mobile Architecture, 1975-1976 (forthcoming 2016). Every other year John 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, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video.  Her most recent essay, "Audubon Screen Tours: The National Audubon Society and the Making of a 16mm Network," is forthcoming in 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 is the author of Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema (Rutgers 2016) and 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). Jay is also the founder of the Sound Studies Special Interest Group in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies as well as the American co-editor for the journal Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. 

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, a Chilean documentary filmmaker, translator and artist, teaches Digital Foundations and other production courses in CAMS. Her film work originates at the intersection where private and public worlds meet, moving fluidly from the very intimate to the openly political.  Through the use of visual poetry, combined with an essay approach, Cecilia creates hybrid works that bring a personal dimension to the documentary tradition. Her work, currently distributed by Women Make Movies, has shown locally and abroad at venues such as MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, Minneapolis-St Paul International Film FEstival, Festival de Cinema Pobre (Cuba), Melbourne Latin American Film Festival (Australia), FIDOCS (Chile), L'Alternativa (Spain), Arsenale (Berline), InVideo (Italy), and 1588 Minutes de Cinema Chilien Documentaire (France).  In addition to 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.


Paul Bernhardt Profile
Audio and Visual Technical Director
Marla Erickson Profile
Administrative Assistant in Cinema and Media Studies
Administrative Assistant, Theater and Dance

Marla Erickson is Administrative Assistant for the Department of Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS).   She has been at Carleton in CAMS since the 2007-2008 academic year.  She facilitates the daily functioning of a busy department and manages a team of student workers.  While at Carleton, Marla has served as Co-Chair of Carleton’s Staff at Carleton Committee and served on the Community, Equity and Diversity Initiative Committee (CEDI). Outside of Carleton, Marla is the co-leader of a Northfield Girl Scout Troop, and volunteers at her church and in the wider community.  She enjoys time with family and friends, running, gardening, baking, crafts and travel. Marla holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University.  Previous to coming to Carleton, Marla worked in finance and manufacturing as a computer programmer, systems analyst, and project leader for various firms in Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota.

Isaac Burns ’14 Profile
Educational Associate for Cinema and Media Studies

Other Faculty Involved in Cinema and Media Studies

Barbara Allen Profile
Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Spring 2016

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
Off Campus: Fall 2016

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

Stacy Beckwith Profile
Chair of Middle Eastern Languages
Director of Judaic Studies
Professor of Hebrew

CAMS 236. Israeli Society in Israeli Cinema

Jorge Brioso Profile
Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Fall 2016 through Winter 2017

SPAN 250. Spanish Cinema

Arnab Chakladar Profile
Associate Professor of English
Coordinator of South Asian Studies
Director of Asian Studies

ENGL 245. Bollywood Nation

Ross Elfline Profile
Assistant Professor of Art History
Off Campus: Winter 2017

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

Sarah Jansen Profile
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Off Campus: Spring 2016

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
Off Campus: Fall 2016 through Spring 2017

ARTH 171. History of Photography

Cherif Keita Profile
William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts

CAMS 219. African Cinema

FREN 250. Film and Society in Mali

Michael Kowalewski Profile
Announcer for Football
Lloyd McBride Professor of English and Environmental Studies

ENGL 247. The American West

ENGL 248. Visions of California

Diane Nemec Ignashev Profile
Class of 1941 Professor of Russian and the Liberal Arts
Off Campus: Spring 2016

CAMS 232. Cinema Directors: Tarkovsky

CAMS 234. Cinema Directors: Sokurov

CAMS 237. Cinemas & Contexts: Russian Film

CAMS 239: Cinemas & Contexts: East European Film

CAMS 240: Adaptation

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

MUSC 115. Music and Film

CAMS 242. Sound and Music in Television and New Media

Linda Rossi Profile
Professor of Art

ARTS 140. The Digital Landscape

ARTS 141. Experimental Photography

ARTS 238. Photography I

ARTS 339. Advanced Photo: Digital Imaging

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

JAPN 231. Japanese Cinema

Cathy Yandell Profile
Chair of French and Francophone Studies
W. I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language & Culture

FREN 233. French Cinema and Culture