Professor Jeffrey Ruoff at EPOS International Festival of Art Films

As a juror of the Israeli film competition, Jeffrey Ruoff was invited to the 6th EPOS International Festival of Art Films at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel from March 11-14, 2015.  (Ruoff's documentary Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty was shown at EPOS in 2013).  Together with fellow jurors from the Louvre Museum and Tel Aviv University, Ruoff watched a selection of 6 Israeli films, about experimental theater companies, graphic novelists, pop music, as well as performance artists addressing the Holocaust, among other topics.  

Tracking Sabra Field (Valley News)

Professor Bill Phillips discusses his documentary about the life and work of Barnard artist Sabra Field, whom he has known since the 1960s. 

"[Field] appreciates the time that Phillips put in, not only while filming, but while persuading Field in the first place to let him shadow and quiz her on everything from her creative process to the life experiences, some traumatic, that influenced and continue to inform her art."

Read more in the 11/28/14 Valley News (Registration may be required)

Students screen final projects (The Dartmouth)

Students in Jeffrey Ruoff's Documentary Videomaking and Found Footage classes will screen their final projects in Loew Auditorium.

"There are a lot of different skills that go into the creation of a film, like editing and sound design, and students learn what they need to know as they reach each new step in the process,” Ruoff said.

Read the full story, published 11/12/14 in The Dartmouth.

Game Changer

An excerpt from an article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine about professor Mary Flanagan, printed in the Nov-Dec 2014 issue:

"First, let’s get something out of the way. Mary Flanagan, Dartmouth’s digital humanities chair and founder of the game design and research lab Tiltfactor, could expound for hours on the history of games and the psychology and design of them, whether it’s Tic-Tac-Toe or Angry Birds, but she is not interested in yet another conversation about violence in video games. 'It’s the first question the media has asked me in my entire career,' she says. 'And I think it’s a little weird.' (For the record, this reporter waited until at least 40 minutes into the interview.) 'I suppose that if games can be used as a tool for good, one could argue that they could also be a tool for the not-so-good,' she adds. 'But I’ll leave that for other folks to spend time on.'"

Read more from the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine here.

Reality Show

An excerpt from the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine article about professor Jeffery Ruoff printed in the Nov-Dec 2014 issue:

"In the dark Loew Auditorium, a sold-out crowd of more than 200 people has settled into its seats. Local stand-up comic Cindy Pierce appears on the wide screen, launching into her somewhat raunchy act: “Twice in my life I’ve gotten poison ivy in my crotch,” she announces. As she describes going grocery shopping while wearing adult diapers full of oatmeal porridge to soothe her itching, the laughter of moviegoers echoes that of Pierce fans on screen."

Read more from the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine here.

A Dash of Whimsy, With Leftover Stars

An excerpt from an article published by The New York Times about assistant professor Jodie Mack:

"'Dusty Stacks of Mom cycles through catchy songs, shifting visuals between Ms. Marney’s posed antics in the warehouse and recursive floods of photographic materials,' writes The New York Times in a story about Dartmouth’s Jodie Mack and her new 'musical stop-motion show,' which she’ll perform next week at The JCC in Manhattan as part of the Rooftop Film series. (Sharon Marney is Mack’s mother.)

To create the piece, Mack, an assistant professor of film and media studies and an experimental filmmaker, used images from the business her parents ran when she was growing up. They supplied music retailers and others with posters of celebrities until the rise of the Internet caused the decline of the family business. All the leftover posters and other material were 'a bonanza' for Mack, writes the Times.

New Film Course Will Remake Sitcom

An excerpt from an article published by The Dartmouth about Peter Ciardelli:

"In a film course offered for the first time, 16 students have tackled television production this summer, working on promotional sports clips and preparing to recreate an episode of a popular sitcom. The course, titled 'Topics in Videomaking,' allows students to practice camera, sound and editing techniques in addition to production.

Advances in technology and the construction of the Black Family Visual Arts Center have helped make the course possible, film professor and audio visual specialist Peter Ciardelli, who teaches the course, said. Many of the pieces of equipment necessary for television production had previously been too expensive, he said, but the advent of software-based technology has made a crucial difference." 

Read more at The Dartmouth here.

The Classroom as Arcade

An excerpt from an opinion piece published by Inside Higher Ed written by professor Mary Flanagan:

"'Clearly, the lure of the laptop is too compelling to resist,' writes Dartmouth’s Mary Flanagan in an Inside Higher Ed opinion piece.

Some students habitually engage with their Facebook pages or play video games during class, to their own detriment and to the detriment of their classmates, writes Flanagan, a professor of film and media studies and the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities.

'Multitasking makes us poor learners, studies show,' Flanagan writes. 'It not only hurts the perpetrator by splitting their focus and attention, but it hurts those sitting around the multitasker and lowers everyone’s overall performance on each task. While millennials may think they have better multitasking chops than older generations, data show this assumption to be false.'"

Read the full opinion piece, published 6/6/14 by Inside Higher Ed.

Jodie Mack: 25 New Faces of Independent Film

An excerpt from a profile of assistant professor Jodie Mack published by Filmmaker Magazine:

"What does Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon' mean to you?

A faded black T-shirt with that prism logo, and the hazily remembered times you had while wearing it? Or maybe the 'ka-ching' of 'Money' blasting from your dad’s car radio on the way back from the beach. Perhaps your playlists contain not Floyd but remixes and remakes by The Orb or the Flaming Lips. Or just possibly your grandfather who had dementia came to live with you when you were in seventh grade, and you’d play the record every afternoon in your den because that’s where the stereo was, and one day, after your granddad hadn’t said a word for months, he lifted his head and muttered, under his breath, 'this is such very strange music,' and, suddenly realizing that there was someone still in there, your young head exploded with dark forebodings too."

Read more at Filmmaker Magazine here.