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    Housed within the Department of English, the Film Minor is an interdisciplinary course of study involving collaboration among a number of departments and programs. With courses that treat films as texts and examine the cultural and historical contexts in which films are produced, the Film Minor is open to all students at Le Moyne regardless of their major.

    At Le Moyne, film minors consider the aesthetic and entertaining dimensions of films, as well as the ability of film to engage with philosophy, psychology, and society. By paying attention to the relation of film to the humanities, arts, and social sciences, film minors will pursue interdisciplinary inquiry that contributes to an understanding of the technological, narrative, documentary, and experimental nature of film.

    Student Learning Goals

    In the Film Minor, students will:

    1. learn to watch films closely and pay attention to detail
    2. gain a technical vocabulary for talking and writing about films
    3. acquire an understanding of film rhetoric and respond to films as artistic productions
    4. learn film history
    5. analyze films from varying critical perspectives

    Syracuse International Film Festival

    Le Moyne’s Film Program is a major sponsor of the Syracuse International Film Festival. For more than ten years, Le Moyne has collaborated with the Festival on a number of projects of interest to Le Moyne’s students and the wider community. In addition to bringing numerous independent filmmakers to campus, the Film Program has hosted forums on such topics as Politics, Economics, and Film and filmmaking in Africa.

    Other annual events include the Social Justice and Cinema Showcase, which features films and appearances by filmmakers engaging social issues of national and international concern (such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and gay activism within the church) and the annual Silent Film with Live Music at Syracuse’s Palace Theater, for which the Film Program commissions a score performed live for a classic film from the silent era.

    Film Talks

    The Le Moyne College Film Program collaborates with the Syracuse International Film Festival to sponsor an annual series called Film Talks. Occurring on campus and at venues throughout Syracuse, Film Talks brings prominent figures from the movie industry to speak to the Le Moyne and Syracuse community about their art and careers. Recent speakers include:

    • renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami
    • well-known actors Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Weller, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan
    • celebrated composer Thomas Newman
    • award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

    Our Next Film Talk

    Wednesday, February 8th

    Ava Duvernay's acclaimed documentary "13TH"
    Sponsored by the Film Program, Multicultural Affairs, Political Science and Legal Studies, the Assistant to the Provost for Diversity, the History Department’s "Ripped from the Headlines" series, and the Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College
    Science Center Addition, Room 100, 7:00pm

    Questions, contact Julie Grossman (

    FILM TALK Series

    Film Screenings and Talks by invited guests

    Sponsored by the Film Studies Program. For more information, contact
    Julie Grossman (
    Film Talks are hosted in the Science Center Addition (Room 100), Campus Center (James Commons), and the Performing Arts Center throughout the semester.

    Wednesday, February 8th

    Ava Duvernay's acclaimed documentary "13TH"
    about the prison system and race in America.
    Sponsored by the Film Program, Multicultural Affairs, Political Science and Legal Studies, the Assistant to the Provost for Diversity, the History Department’s "Ripped from the Headlines" series, and the Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College
    Food and beverages will be served!
    Science Center Addition, Room 100, 7:00pm


    Tuesday, March 14th

    BROOKLYN, a viewing of the 2015 film starring Saoirse Ronin, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, and directed by John Crowley.
    Co-sponsored with the Irish Studies program, Le Moyne College.
    Science Center Addition, Room 100, 5:30pm


    Sunday, March 19th

    A documentary film about the founding and history of Project Children.
    Directed by Des Henderson and narrated by Liam Neeson.
    Sponsored by the Irish Studies Program, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Film Program, Le Moyne College.
    Q and A with the founder of the organization, Denis Mulcahy, in attendance. Reception to follow!
    James Commons, Campus Center, 1:30pm


    Tuesday, April 11th

    Co-Presentation with Le Moyne College Music Program.

    Described by film critic Leonard Maltin as "The top of the line of film pianists," veteran silent film composer Donald Sosin will be joined by vocalist Joanna Seaton for an evening of silent film and live music.  The evening will include a screening of Buster Keaton’s hilarious short film One Week with live music, opportunities for audience interaction, and a Q&A with the artists!
    Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm

    Wednesday, April 19th

    FILMTALK: an evening with celebrated screenwriter and director Paul Schrader
    (screenwriter for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and many other films, and directed Affliction, Auto Focus, American Gigolo, and many other films). Mr. Schrader will talk about his experiences as a filmmaker and answer questions from the audience.
    Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm

    Visit by Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan

     Le Moyne College’s Film Program and Irish Studies Program, in collaboration with the Syracuse International Film Festival, hosted a talk by acclaimed Irish writer/director/producer Jim Sheridan. Sheridan, whose award winning work (Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for writing and directing; international awards too numerous to list) includes My Left Foot (for which Daniel Day Lewis won the first of his Academy Awards as best actor), The Field (for which Richard Harris was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy Award), In the Name of the Father (which received seven Academy Award nominations), The Boxer (which was nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for best director), and many others. Sheridan’s adaptation of Sebatian Barry’s The Secret Scripture—starring Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Theo James, and Eric Bana—is in post-production and set for a 2016 release. He has just finished writing a play about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

    Film Studies Minor

    The Film Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program that not only leads students to explore the many relations among visual media and humanities disciplines but also encourages students to hone and apply their critical thinking and writing skills. Film minors will be invited to participate in the annual Syracuse International Film and Video Festival, an exciting community event held in the fall at venues throughout Syracuse, including Le Moyne.

    For more information about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Film minor, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Program Director:

    Dr. Julie Grossman


    (315) 445-6221


    Contact the Program:

    Reilly Hall 240
    Film Studies Program
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4100


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