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Carol Donelan
Carol Donelan Profile
Chair of Cinema and Media Studies
Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Off Campus: Winter 2018 through Spring 2018

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
Jay Beck Profile
Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Off Campus: Fall 2017

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
Laska Jimsen Profile
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Laska Jimsen teaches Digital Foundations, Nonfiction, Animation, Experimental Film and Video, and Junior/Senior Production Workshop. She works across nonfiction forms from video documentary to 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 and venues 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.

Catherine Licata Profile
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Catherine Licata teaches Digital Foundations, Fiction, Editing Workshop, and Junior/Senior Production Workshop. Her narrative films are primarily naturalistic character-driven dramas that deal with themes around familial and romantic conflict, and play with audience expectations about traditional gender roles in relationships. Catherine's films have screened at festivals such as SXSW, IFF Boston, the Maryland Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the London International Documentary Festival, and the Warsaw Film Festival. Her most recent film, Pet Friendly, is currently on the festival circuit, and has recently screened at the Dallas International Film Festival and The Maryland Film Festival. 

Paul Hager
Paul Hager Profile
Lecturer 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
Cecilia Cornejo Profile
Instructor in Cinema and Media Studies
Program Instructor - Off Campus Programs

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.

Dimitrios Pavlounis Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Michael Elyanow Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Emeriti Faculty

John Schott
John Schott Profile
James Woodward Strong Professor of the Liberal Arts, Emeritus

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. 

Curriculum Vita


Paul Bernhardt
Paul Bernhardt Profile
Audio and Visual Technical Director
Farrah Pribyl
Administrative Assistant in Cinema and Media Studies
Veronica Garcia ’16 Profile
Educational Associate for Cinema and Media Studies