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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.
In the Film Minor, students will:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Dr. Julie Grossman
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