Welcome New Film Faculty: Jennifer Ruth

Dr. Jennifer H. Ruth is Professor of Film Studies. She teaches core and elective courses in the Film major, including film history, theory, and genre. She specializes in the Cold War politics of and in film from the United States, the former Soviet bloc countries, and China. She has written extensively on a range of topics –see, for examples, on China (The Films of Hu Jie), on critical theory (Slavoj Zizek and totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt), on higher education (The Professor Divide ) and on the novel (The Victorian Novel, Dave Eggers). She is the author of Novel Professions (2006) and, with Michael Bérubé, of Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom. She currently serves as the Editor of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom. Professor Ruth holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College (1991) and a Phd from Brown University (1999).


Welcome New Film Faculty: Jungmin Kwon

Dr. Jungmin Kwon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Theater + Film. Her research and teaching interests include film and digital media, gender and sexuality, entertainment industry, fan culture and Korean film and media. Her work has been published in academic journals such as the International Journal of Communication and Journal of Fandom Studies. Her book manuscript, titled FANtasy Changes the World: Korean Female Fans and Their Gay Imagination, is under contract with the University of Iowa Press. During 2016-2017, she teaches Global Social Media Culture, Gender and Sexuality in Global Digital Culture, Film Analysis, Advanced Film Analysis and Contemporary Film Theory. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and both an M.A. and a B.A. from Seoul National University.


Welcome New Film Faculty: Dave Colangelo

Dr. Dave Colangelo is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Portland State University and Director, North America, of the Media Architecture Institute. His writing, research, and practice focuses on massive media (urban screens, media architecture, and public projection) as a means to support critical and creative engagements with the city, the moving image, public art, and information.

He teaches core and elective courses in the Film Major, including film history and theory with an emphasis on video art, digital media, expanded cinema, and the intersections of the moving image and public space.

Colangelo’s writing has appeared in Public Art Dialogue and The Journal of Curatorial Studies. His work as a media artist with Public Visualization Studio, working primarily with large-scale public projections, urban screens, and media architecture, has been presented at the International Symposium for Electronic Art (Istanbul 2011, Sydney 2013, Vancouver 2015), the Media Architecture Biennale (Aarhus 2014, Sydney 2016), the Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen/Hong Kong (2013-14), and in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.

He holds an MA in Cultural Studies and Interactive Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a PhD in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities in Toronto.


New Summer Program in New York

Cinema in New York City is a new study away program to be offered by Portland State Film in Summer 2017. In this program, students will enroll in two courses, for 8 credit hours, and travel to Manhattan for two weeks to study New York film history and culture, and produce their own creative work. Travel dates are June 24 to July 8, 2017. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Prof. Dustin Morrow at morrow4@pdx.edu and he will email you an info packet and application form.


Chantal Akerman Program at the Whitsell

LOOKING, REALLY LOOKING! The Films of Chantal Akerman

Friday, September 23, 7pm 
Whitsell Auditorium
LETTRE DE CINÉASTE, Belgium, 1984, (8mins., digital)
A rose is a rose is a rose, but it’s not an apple.
CHANTAL AKERMAN PAR CHANTAL AKERMAN, Belgium, 1996. (63 mins., digital)
I was born in Brussels and that’s the truth.
AUTOUR DE JEANNE DIELMAN, France, 1975. dir. Sami Frey, (78 mins., digital)
This program presents three films across three decades on the work of artist/filmmaker, Chantal Akerman. Akerman directs two of the films in which she interrogates herself as subject alongside the nature and raison d’etre of cinema itself. In “Lettre de Cinéaste” (1984), Akerman with actor Aurore Clément as a kind of stand-in or proxy asks, What is cinema for? Who is it for? If the Mosaic prohibition on making graven images includes film images, where does that leave a Jewish filmmaker? Akerman turns a commission for “Cinéma, de notre temps” from ARTE, the French German Cultural Channel, into a study of herself in “Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman” (1996) in which she discovers her own feminized sensibility and another way of seeing the world and self through a monologue accompanied by a montage of clips of her films. Edited by Akerman, the final film is Sami Frey’s documentary video “Autour de Jeanne Dielman” (1975) shot on the set of “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” In one scene, Akerman and French actor and film director, Delphine Seyrig, are in the dressing room. In questioning Akerman on how she wants her to comb her hair, a frustrated Seyrig tells Akerman “when you explain something, you find you don’t want to explain it.”
All films in French with English subtitles and directed by Chantal Akerman unless otherwise noted.
UPCOMING: Friday, September 30, 8pm: LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA, 1978, and Saturday, October 1, 7pm: JE, TU, IL, ELLE, 1974. Recommended to be seen together. Before pursuing film, Akerman set out to be a writer. Akerman originally wrote these two films as short stories, rather than as screenplays.
LOOKING, REALLY LOOKING! is co-presented by Zena Zezza and the Northwest Film Center, and is curated by Sandra Percival with Morgen Ruff.
Film Screenings, October through November, Here
BECOME A FRIEND OF ZENA for FREE ADMISSION to all FILMS and PERFORMATIVE events, September 2016 through May 2017. Events soon to be announced.
LOCATION: Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR. nwfilm.org
CHANTAL AKERMAN: ARTIST PROJECT SEASON is a film and performative program which surveys the work of Belgian/French filmmaker Chantal Akerman, placing it within a conceptual, thematic and historical context at the intersection of film and contemporary art, through film screenings, staged performances and performative and discursive events.
Zena Zezza is a project directed by Sandra Percival.

Prof. Morrow Screens Films Over the Summer

This summer, Prof. Morrow’s short film “Dead Mall” was  selected for screening by the North Portland Unknown Film Festival, McMinnville Short Film Festival, Ellensburg Film Festival, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Free State Festival, and Local Sightings at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. The film won 2nd place at The Indie Gathering, one of the country’s longest­running festivals, and had its broadcast premiere in August on OPB’s series ‘Oregon Lens’. His film “Ground London” was recently selected by the Ozark Shorts Film Festival, Ismailia International Film Festival, and Experimental Superstars Film Festival. His film “Treetops” was programmed by the Burnaby Film Forum, Minikino Film Week, and FILE Electronic Language International Festival.

s_orig*Image from “Dead Mall”

Acclaimed Indie Filmmaker to Visit PSU


What: Nerds Reign! Computer Chess with Andrew Bujalski

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Hall Recital Hall, room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Amy Borden, aeborden@pdx.edu, 503-725-4698

Join us to hear acclaimed indie director Andrew Bujalski present his Sundance award-winning comedy Computer Chess (2013), followed by a Q&A session.

Set at a 1980s computer chess tournament, Bujalski’s off-beat consideration of artificial technology creates a filmVariety calls “an endearlingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear.”

This event is hosted by PSU’s School of Theater + Film with funding provided by the Speakers Board.