Communications, Media & Film

Film series to explore political issues

Cinema Politica will host a series of film screenings this semester, presenting works that feature under-represented characters and tell stories which challenge conventional fiction and documentary narratives.

Admission is by donation; all screenings take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays in room 108, Odette Building.

Film shoot seeking extras

Have you always thought you ought to be in pictures? You may get your chance this weekend, as a University of Windsor graduate is seeking volunteers to act as extras in her first feature-length film.

Sarah Manschot (BA Communication Studies 2004) is shooting a scene in Erie Hall in the afternoon of Saturday, January 14. She is looking for people to fill the background. It is set in a film festival, so adults of all ages are welcome, but no children.

Student skills development test focus of $30,000 pilot study

A test of critical thinking and communication skills widely in use in the U.S. will be getting a Canadian workout at UWindsor over the next few months through a $30,000 grant from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).

A team of researchers, including:

CTL's Alan Wright gets nod for another five-year term

Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Leo Groarke has announced the reappointment of Dr. Alan Wright to another five-year term as Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.

 “Windsor has earned a reputation as a university at the forefront of teaching and learning practices and research,” Dr. Groarke says. “The credit belongs to Dr. Wright and his colleagues in CTL.”

Students get chance to screen films at WIFF

As a young boy, Josh Mellanby recalls being glued to the television, fascinated by the old episodes of The Twilight Zone that his mother had turned him on to.

“It was one of the biggest influences in my life,” the 30-year-old filmmaker says of the old Rod Serling-directed mind-bending science fiction television series. “I loved the twists of fate and the way they could craft these complex stories in such a short amount of time.”

Prof's potentially controversial documentary to screen at film festival

If the role of a documentary filmmaker is to focus the lens on provocative and potentially incendiary subject matter, then Kim Nelson perfectly fits the part.

However, rather than imposing her own personal opinions on the controversial topics of immigration and multicultural assimilation in Germany, she takes a back seat in her film Berliner, allowing instead for the characters’ own personal stories to define the fundamental conflict there.

Grad student helps launch drop-in centre for homeless youth

Tamara Kowalska was working downtown at the Milk Coffee Bar when a young girl came in and requested a glass of water, and then asked if there would be a charge for it. Kowalska quenched her thirst for free, and later that day while watching a documentary on homeless teens in the area, she recognized the girl was one of the subjects in the film.

Filmmaker headed to Reel Asian festival

After getting several rejection letters from festival organizers, Tony Lau was beginning to second guess his ability as a filmmaker.

“As an artist, you work so hard to make a film and you want it to have an audience,” said Lau, a sessional instructor in Communications, Media and Film and director of a short documentary called Left Behind Woman. “You don’t just want your friends and family watching it. You want to bring awareness to your topic.”

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