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"Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second."
Welcome to Film Studies!
Films play a prominent role in our experience of the world today, and the Film Studies Program at Laurier addresses that experience. Our courses are designed to emphasise the study of international film history, the distinctive character of film as a medium, and individual films as texts. We explore questions of film genre, style, theory, and history — always placing film in the context of the liberal arts and in relation to a variety of cultural concerns. Through regular screenings, discussion, and assignments that draw on close textual analysis, our courses provide opportunities for students to write and think critically about film, and to explore issues of aesthetics and representation. Students also investigate the commercial, historical, political, and economic contexts that affect and govern the production of film. We offer three degree options:
The Film Studies Program aims to provide students with:
What can I do with a degree in Film Studies?: Graduates of our program have pursued successful careers in film and TV production, education, library and information science, film restoration and archiving, graduate programs in film and media, sales, advertising, journalism, and entertainment law.
Annual prizes for Film Studies students include the Campbell/Verduyn Prize for Film Studies and the Princess Cinema Award.
Please take the time to explore and learn more about our Film Studies Program.
Summer Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 - 4:00 and Fri. 7:15-12:15
People at Laurier
Dr. Russell Kilbourn specializes in film theory, with a particular interest in memory, the focus of his book, Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema (Routledge 2010). In addition to his publications in film, cultural studies, comparative literature, and on the contemporary German author W.G. Sebald, Dr. Kilbourn is currently co-editing a collection of essays drawn from the highly successful conference on Memory, Mediation, Remediation, held at Laurier in April 2011. His other current project is on the films of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn in the context of transcultural memory. Dr. Kilbourn is also a series editor for the Film and Media Studies series at WLU Press. When not watching films, he enjoys x-country skiing, running, traveling to Italy, and spending time with his wife and daughter.