Cinema and Media Studies

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2020-2021 Courses

Fall 2020

CINE217G (Race, Class, Gender…)
THEA2311 Film History 1
THEA2312 Film History 2
LANG 312R National Cinema History French

Spring 2021

CINE217G (Race, Class, Gender…)
THEA2311 Film History 1
THEA2311 Film History 2



Jans Wager 


Dawn Chase
CB 407B


Cinema and Media Studies provides a framework for analyzing film and the screen arts as important cultural productions of the twenty-first century. In Cinema and Media Studies courses, students approach movies as cultural texts and gain an understanding of the social, political, historical, and industrial contexts that produce cinema. The Cinema and Media Studies minor and Integrated Studies emphasis broadens students' knowledge of how these texts shape and are shaped by culture. As an interdisciplinary program, Cinema and Media Studies draws on faculty expertise from various disciplines and includes global and historical perspectives. 


Cinema Studies Minor (18 credits)


Salt Lake Film Society
Sundance Film Festival
New York Times Movie Reviews


This Friday (October 9) from 7 PM MDT – 9 PM MDT,  there will be a screening  of Giving Voice (Sundance 2020 Festival Favorite Award-winner) in partnership with the Utah Film Center at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy. 


Giving Voice

August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Fences, The Piano Lesson, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, is one of America’s preeminent playwrights, chronicling the African American experience with 10 plays, each set in a different decade of the twentieth century. Now, every year, thousands of high school students from across the country gather in New York City to perform one of his monologues in a riveting, high-stakes competition on Broadway. Giving Voice closely follows the lives of six of these vibrant students as they meticulously develop their individual performances with the hopes of embodying Wilson’s legacy.


On Saturday (October 10) from 7 PM MDT – 9 PM MDT, there will be a screening of Save Yourselves! (Sundance 2020 Dramatic Competition) in partnership with the Utah Film Center, also at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.


Save Yourselves!

Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week. Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware when aliens attack the earth. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization—or what’s left of it.


Both events are free, but guests must reserve a ticket on the Utah Film Center's website.