Faculty & Staff
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John Schott has taught media production, history and theory at Carleton for 38 years. His teaching interests are in visual culture, new media, and digital photography. He has an extensive professional background as a photographer and filmmaker. His credits include 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 two-volume retrospective of John's photographs, Route 66: 1973-1974 (2014) and Idle Wheels: California Mobile Architecture, 1975-1976 (2016). Every other year John 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. 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 are a study that connects 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 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 the founder of the Sound Studies Special Interest Group in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the American co-editor for the journal Music, Sound, and the Moving Image.
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, MadCat, 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, The Essay Film, Documentary Studies, and other nonfiction production and studies courses in CAMS. A Chilean filmmaker, translator and artist, 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 works, currently distributed by Women Make Movies, have 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 teaches courses in Screenwriting and Writing for Television in CAMS. He has written a half dozen television pilots and over a dozen screenplays, winning 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.
Assistant Dean of Admissions
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.
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