Political yet Personal: Student Documentaries Explore Torture and Immigration

June 16, 2015


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.

Film & Feminism: Amherst Scholar To Deliver Distinguished Lecture at International Women’s Film Festival

May 21, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Ida Lupino
Actress and filmmaker Ida Lupino (1918–1995)

“I am not exaggerating when I say that women have been publicly calling for better roles behind the camera for a hundred years—almost since the inauguration of film itself,” writes Amelie Hastie in the most recent issue of "The Vulnerable Spectator," her recurring column in the academic journal Film Quarterly.

See Amherst Students' Award-Winning Experimental Films

March 18, 2015
By Rachel Rogol


by Miranda Dershimer ’15E


Exposure (Thoughts Occasioned By)
by Jose Rodriguez 15E








At this year’s Five College Student Film and Video Festival, hosted by Hampshire College, Amherst students Miranda Dershimer ’15E and Jose Rodriguez ’15E won awards for short films they wrote, directed, filmed and edited. 

Dershimer won in the Best Experimental category for her visually evocative film Presentiments, and Rodriguez’s Exposure (Thoughts Occasioned By) was named the best submission from Amherst College. Both films were awarded in the “experimental” category, a category previously dominated by Hampshire College students’ films since the festival’s inception in 2007.

New Black-Box Studio Space Creates Exciting Opportunities for Students Studying Film

Submitted on Monday, 12/8/2014, at 10:00 AM

By William Harvey ’18

Black Box
See a Flickr set of photos of the students using the new black-box studio.

A newly constructed “black-box” studio in Fayerweather Hall is specially equipped to provide students with hands-on experience in directing, filming and performing. 

Justice at the Movies: Top Ten Trial Films

Submitted on Monday, 11/24/2014, at 1:55 PM

Charmingly Gruesome

Boy Meets Girl, Russell Style

Reviewed by Josh Bell ’02

[Film] Filmmaker David O. Russell found the biggest acclaim and success of his career by working as a director for hire on 2010’s boxing drama The Fighter, but before that he’d spent his
time focusing on oddball stories about abrasive but endearing outcasts, in movies such as Flirting with Disaster and I ❤ Huck­abees.

Just the Facts, Ma’am

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Angelina Gomez’s summer research was part of a larger effort by Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Schulkind to study gender differences in memory.

"No, I Am Your Father"

Are men more likely than women to accurately recall movie lines? As part of a psychology professor’s research into this question, Angelina Gomez ’14 has scrutinized exactly 635 quotes that Amherst students think they know by heart.