Prof. EA Kiss

New Class Examines COVID’s Impact on the Film Industry

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THIS NEW PRINCETON UNIVERSITY COURSE IS DEDICATED TO THE STUDY OF CRITICAL FILM CURATION.

The pandemic brought a total disruption to traditional film production, distribution, curation and canonization. Could this disruption be turned into a creative subversion of the strong industrial and commercial aspect of American filmmaking? The formation of the American film canon is an ongoing struggle between civil rights activism and a Jim Crow system of representation. The responsibility of film studies is to assist this creative struggle with sophisticated and openminded film curation and canon formation. With a readiness to be inspired by the unfamiliar from systemically injured and overlooked groups, this studio course will give students the opportunity to practice these virtues by curating brand new films, some not yet distributed, as well as unacknowledged, undistributed classics.

BIBLIOTÈQUE CINÉMATÈQUE

“Art or Propaganda”

Alain Locke

“The Criteria of Negro Art”

W.E.B. Du Bois

Foreword to Freedom Road

W. E. B. Du Bois

What Is a Classic?

T.S. Eliot

What Is a Classic? A Lecture

J. M. Coetzee

A Small Act of Curation

George E. Lewis

Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers

George E. Lewis

Kanopy

Stream Classic Cinema, Indie Film and Documentaries

“Style and Medium in the Moving Pictures”

Erwin Panofsky

The Devil Finds Work

James Baldwin

The Comet

W. E. B. Du Bois

Princess Steel

W. E. B. Du Bois

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