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  • The Lego Batman Movie Cinema Studies grad Ben Murphy ('15) hired as Assistant Editor of Warner Bros. Lego Batman Movie
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  • van John Mcamis’s The Van plays at film festivals this summer 
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  • bicycles Caroline Knight's Visionary wins national award and will play at the Nashville Film Festival. 
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  • Ashley Maynor Ashley Maynor, Digital Humanities Librarian and Affiliated Faculty of the Cinema Studies Program, has recently presented her new web documentary and digital humanities project, The Story of the Stuff, at a number of conferences. 
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  • Criterion Films Criterion Films releases new 4k Blu-ray restoration of Chaplin's The Kid with commentary track by program Chair Chuck Maland
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  • Something, Anything Something, Anything
    Paul Harrill's SOMETHING, ANYTHING named in the top 25 of Best First Features of 2015 by Indiewire's poll of over 200 film critics. 
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  • ALEMÃO Spring Semester Film Series
    A wide range of free movies are available this semester in several film series on campus and in the community, including The Public Cinema series and films from Germany, Brazil, and the Arab world.
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  • Peace Officer Peace Officer
    The award-winning documentary, PEACE OFFICER, played at KMA in November.  Co-director Brad Barber attended.
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  • Ain't It Nowhere Ain't It Nowhere
    UT Grad Scott Murphy's first feature, AIN'T IT NOWHERE, had its campus premier this October
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  • First Cinema Studies Majors Merry Death Collector
    Senior Ben Murphy's documentary film plays at the Nashville Film Festival
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  • First Cinema Studies Majors First Cinema Studies Majors
    Paul Harrill with a group of our first Cinema Studies majors who graduated in May 2015
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  • Maria Stehle wins Jefferson Award Maria Stehle wins Jefferson Award
    Maria Stehle, a core faculty member in Cinema Studies and an Associate Professor in German, was awarded the Jefferson Prize for her outstanding scholarship at the Chancellors Honors Banquet this past spring.
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  • Director/Producer James Johnston Director/Producer James Johnston
    Director/Producer James Johnston talks with Cinema Studies students about the pragmatics of filmmaking and film producing.
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  • Something, Anything Something, Anything
    Paul Harrill's SOMETHING, ANYTHING named in the top 25 of Best First Features of 2015 by Indiewire's poll of over 200 film critics. 
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  • Undefeated Undefeated
    Oscar-winning Producer and UT Grad Rich Middlemas visited campus in October to talk with students about his documentary UNDEFEATED.
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  • The Ultimate Stallone Reader The Ultimate Stallone Reader
    Chris Holmlund's new collection, was published this past April by Wallflower Press.
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  • Chaplin’s The Tramp Chaplin’s The Tramp
    In April, Program Chair Chuck Maland gave the plenary address at a conference, held at the University of Angers in France, marking the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Chaplin’s Tramp character.
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  • Cinema Studies major PROGRAM INFO
    The Cinema Studies major includes both Cinema History/Theory/Aesthetics courses and Production courses in film and/or video. Students may choose a greater emphasis in cinema history and aesthetics or in moving image production, although all majors will take courses in both areas.

The Cinema Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is an interdisciplinary major and minor devoted to studying the artistic, cultural, and political dimensions of motion pictures.

Cinema Studies students take courses with internationally-recognized scholars and filmmakers. Among many other distinctions, our faculty have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won awards at major film festivals (including Sundance), have been elected to leadership roles in the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and have won numerous teaching awards at UTK.

In both the major and minor, students study the history and aesthetics of movies while also undertaking their own productions. In addition to their coursework, many Cinema Studies students pursue internships at one of the many production companies based in Knoxville, while also participating in student filmmaking or cinema appreciation clubs. 

Our graduates go on to work in the film and television industry; study at top-ranked MFA and PhD programs at leading film schools; or pursue broader goals (law school, the Peace Corps, etc.) thanks to the interdisciplinary approach that our program takes.

As a home to three film festivals, and one of the largest film/television production communities in the Southeast, UTK is a wonderful place to study cinema. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the program!


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