The Global Teenager: A film seminar for high school students, July 15-19

Summer Enrichment: Teens focus on films and filmmaking
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(PR NewsChannel) / June 14, 2013 / NASHVILLE, Tenn. 

music_cityThe Belcourt Theatre presents The Global Teenager: A Film Seminar for High School Students, July 15-19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, the seminar gives students the opportunity to watch films and participate in film discussions led and facilitated by four leading film professors from Vanderbilt University, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, and Sewanee University. The screening selections—titles to be announced soon—will include foreign films with teen-related themes. In addition, participants will learn about the art of screenwriting. The five-day seminar costs $75 per student ($50 for Belcourt members) and includes boxed lunches for participants (seminar may only be purchased as a package). Information and registration is available at Need-based scholarship opportunities to attend the seminar are available. More information on scholarships can be obtained by sending an email to: [email protected].

“We are pleased to present this mission-driven seminar as part of the Belcourt Theatre’s Education and Engagement Program,” says Stephanie Silverman, executive director. “The Global Teenager seminar nurtures an enriched and informed conversation among teens, while also giving them insight into filmmaking and visual literacy.”

“Each country and generation, every community and individual has a unique story to tell about adolescence,” notes Jennifer Fay, director of the Film Studies Program at Vanderbilt University, and one of four film professors participating in the Global Teenager. “In this seminar, we want to use film to explore representations of teenage life, especially as this transition into adulthood coincides with political, historical and social independence.”

The Global Teenager seminar’s film professors include:

Jennifer Fay is director of the Film Studies Program and associate professor of Film Studies and English at Vanderbilt University, with teaching and research interests that focus on the intersection of political culture and cinema. She is the author of “Theaters of Occupation: Hollywood and the Re-education of Postwar Germany” and “Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernity and The Cultures of Globalization,” co-authored with Justus Nieland. Fay’s essays have appeared in journals including Film History, Cinema Journal, Cultural Critique, Modernism/Modernity, and Discourse. She is currently writing a book on film theory, environmental studies, and the cinema of ecological displacement. Fay received her Ph.D. in film studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001.

Chuck Stephens, film instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, has been teaching film studies since 1988. A freelance writer, film critic and specialist in Japanese and other Asian cinemas, Stephens is a member of the National Society of Film Critics. A contributing editor to Film Comment magazine, former West Coast editor of Filmmaker magazine, and a former columnist for Kinema Junpo—Japan’s oldest and leading film periodical—Stephens has written for Village Voice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Interview, Cinema Scope, New York Daily News and publications around the world. He is also a frequent contributor to and has authored numerous essays for laser discs and DVDs in “The Criterion Collection.” Stephens received his B.F.A. in visual arts: filmmaking, from the University of Maryland in 1984, and his M.A. in cinema studies from New York University in 1987.

Jonathan Waters, senior lecturer of the Film Studies Program at Vanderbilt University, is a multifaceted filmmaker and artist who has created work in a variety of different filmmaking modes, including fiction, non-fiction and other hybrid forms; as well as using film, video and still photography as his creative media. He has experience in the technical fields of cinematography, editing, writing, directing and more, with much of his personal work exploring questions of identity construction, social awareness, and issues of race, class and ethnicity. Waters received his B.A. from Webster University and his M.F.A. in filmmaking from Syracuse University.

Wei Yang is assistant professor of Chinese language, literature and cinema at Sewanee: The University of the South, where she teaches and researches broadly on Chinese and Asian cinemas in a global context, with specific interest in post-colonial theory and film genre. Her articles have been published in journals including Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and Science Fiction Studies. Yang is currently completing a book manuscript on film space and subjectivities in contemporary Chinese cinema. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming. Housed in Nashville’s only historic neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt presents the best of independent, documentary, world, and repertory cinema 365 days a year, while promoting visual literacy and providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience the power of film. First opened in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-35. Since the re-opening of the theatre as a nonprofit art house in 1999, over a half million people have visited the Belcourt to see more than 1,000 films from every corner of the globe.

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