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Carol Donelan
Carol Donelan Profile
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, Film History: An International Journal, and The Moving Image.

Jay Beck
Jay Beck Profile
Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Chair of Cinema and Media Studies

Jay Beck teaches Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies, Film History III, American Cinema of the 1970s, Spanish Cinema, Chile and Argentine Cinema and Culture, 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). He 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 Workshops. 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. She received 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, and which recently screened at the Walker Art Center.

Catherine Licata Profile
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Catherine Licata teaches Digital Foundations, Fiction, Digital Editing, and Junior/Senior Production Workshops. 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, The Maryland Film Festival, and the New Hampshire Film Festival.

Paul Hager
Paul Hager Profile
Lecturer in Cinema and Media Studies

Paul Hager teaches 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 film and media production 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.

Michael Elyanow Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Michael Elyanow teaches Screenwriting and Writing for Television. As a screenwriter, Michael has written over a dozen TV pilots and screenplays, having developed projects with Acme Productions, Tagline Pictures, Mandalay TV and more. Also a playwright, Michael has had work produced at theaters from Boston Court to B Street to Open Fist to Naked Eye. He has been commissioned by Hartford Stage, was a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award, and a finalist for The O'Neill. His published plays can be found at Samuel French, Playscripts, and on Amazon and iTunes.

Dimitrios Pavlounis Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Dimitri Pavlounis is currently teaching Film History I, Film History II, Cinema Studies Seminar, Digital Cinema Culture, and Video Games and Identity. Dimitri is a comparative media scholar whose teaching and research emphasizes film and media historiography, the history and politics of technology, and the relationship between technology and identity formation. He is working on a book project entitled Sound Evidence: The Cultural Production of Audio Surveillance. Combining textual analysis and archival research, the project examines how sound recording technologies in detective narratives have played a crucial role in shaping the public's understanding of surveillance technologies. Separate from this work, he has published several journal articles on various topics, and has an essay forthcoming in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television on producing the academy awards as a live television broadcast.

Emeriti Faculty

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

John Schott taught film and media production, history, and theory at Carleton for 38 years, specializing in visual culture, new media, graphic design, and digital photography. Countless students will remember his popular off-campus studies program exploring new media in Europe and Asia. John has an extensive professional background as a producer, filmmaker, photographer, and designer. Among his credits are Executive Producer of the national PBS series American Photography. His photographs have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the International Museum of Photography, and published by Nazraeli Press in a two-volume retrospective, Route 66: 1973-1974 (2014) and Idle Wheels: California Mobile Architecture, 1975-1976 (2016).

 

Staff

Paul Bernhardt
Paul Bernhardt Profile
Audio and Visual Technical Director

Paul Bernhardt is the Audio and Video Technical Director of the Weitz Center for Creativity and Technical Director in Cinema and Media Studies. He is often involved in designing and installing media installations throughout the Weitz. He runs the CAMS Production Office, located in 139 Weitz, and manages the video and audio studios, located on the lower level of the Weitz. First week every term, he holds an orientation to projecting in the cinema for student projectionists and their supervisors. Second week every term he offers orientations to the Weitz Audio Recording Studio. Third weekend Winter and Spring terms, Paul and his team produce CAMS Comps Symposium as an event.

Farrah Pribyl
Administrative Assistant in Cinema and Media Studies

Farrah Pribyl provides administrative support to faculty and students in the Cinema & Media Studies department, ranging from scheduling events to  booking speakers, monitoring the budget, coordinating comps review meetings, and ordering pizzas. Farrah graduated from the University of North Dakota with a major in psychology and minor in office administration.

Veronica Garcia ’16 Profile
Educational Associate for Cinema and Media Studies

Veronica Garcia, a 2016 Carleton alum and filmmaker who majored in Cinema & Media Studies, supports students with their production projects while managing equipment checkouts and upkeep in the CAMS Production Office. She is currently submitting her senior comps film "Casa, Home, Leaving" to film festivals and formulating ideas for her next film.