FAMS is pleased to offer events in support of its academic mission, including screenings by established and burgeoning filmmakers, guest lectures by critical historians and theorists, and workshops/lectures by writers and producers working in film, television, video and new media.

Please note: The FAMS calendar also features film screening opportunities sponsored by other departments on the Amherst College campus. 

Upcoming Events

Today - Mon, Nov 18, 2019

An oil painting depicting two hands clasping each other against an oceanic background. A frame capture from the film Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery

Artful Activism: Why the How of What We Do Matters

How might we move beyond the conventional frame of the NGO model to re-envision community building and reclaim personal narrative? Hear what rhizomes, poetry, and oil paint animation might say about this as David James Savarese discusses the making of the Peabody-award-winning documentary, Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery and his artful activism project Listen2Us.

David James Savarese (Oberlin College ’17) is an artful activist who works to make literacy-based education, communication, and inclusive lives a reality for all nontraditionally speaking people. A 2017-19 OSF Human Rights Initiative Youth Fellow, he is a published poet, essayist and co-producer of the Peabody award-winning documentary film Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery.

This event is sponsored by the Language & Literature Fund and the Eastman Fund at Amherst College. Free and open to the public. Please contact prangan@amherst.edu with any accessibility concerns.

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

"Transit" (Christian Petzold, 2018; 102 min.)

Gripping drama that updates to the present the acclaimed 1943 novel by Anna Seghers about refugees from Nazi Germany. A young man assumes the identity of a deceased writer, hoping to escape Europe through the port of Marseille. Here, he meets the writer’s wife, who – unaware of her husband’s death – involves the man in her own efforts to flee.

"Transit" (Christian Petzold, 2018; 102 min.)

Gripping drama that updates to the present the acclaimed 1943 novel by Anna Seghers about refugees from Nazi Germany. A young man assumes the identity of a deceased writer, hoping to escape Europe through the port of Marseille. Here, he meets the writer’s wife, who – unaware of her husband’s death – involves the man in her own efforts to flee.

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Helene Keyssar Lecture: Melissa Hardie

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

Featured Article

Still from Milagroso Azul (Miracle Blue) by Joyzel Acevedo '15
Still from Milagroso Azul (Miracle Blue) by Joyzel Acevedo '15

Political yet Personal: Student Documentaries Explore Torture and Immigration

A former military police officer attempts to reconcile his love for music with the memory of hearing it used as a weapon while stationed at Guantanamo Bay. An immigrant family from Cuba mourns the loss of their wife/mother/grandmother thousands of miles from the place they know as home. These are the real stories behind two documentaries filmed, edited and produced by Ashley Blasczyk '15 and Joyzel Acevedo '15 as part of their Film and Media Studies senior thesis projects.

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