New Fall 2022 Courses

New Cinema Classes r2 c2Film and Revolution (01:175:377:01) 

MW 3:50PM to 5:10PM

Professor David Fresko, Cinema Studies




New Cinema Classes r2 c4War and Cinema” (01:175:377:04)

Wednesday 12:10PM to 1:30PM and Friday 2:00PM to 3:20PM in AB-4140

Wednesday Night Screening from 5:40PM to 8:50PM in AB-4140

Professor Dominic Leppla

2021 Essay Award Winners!

Congratulations to Stephanie Man, Oakley Mastej, and Priyanka Sarkhel, who have won the 2021 Cinema Studies Essay Award!

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Congratulations to Will Pagdatoon!

The Beaches of Agnès (France, Agnès Varda, 2008)Congratulations to Will Pagdatoon on his receipt of the prestigious Henry Rutgers Scholar Award for his Senior Honors thesis, “Gazing Upon Varda’s Cinécriture: Rewriting Patriarchal Cinema Towards a Feminist Cinema.” Will graduated this May from the School of Arts and Sciences as a Cinema Studies major. Working with Professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis in the English Department as well as the Program in Cinema Studies, Will’s thesis examined the work of filmmaker Agnès Varda (1928-2019). Varda was the sole female filmmaker associated with the French New Wave of the 1960s, and one of the most significant filmmakers in world cinema more generally. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2017 Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and was nominated that same year for Best Documentary for Faces Places (2017).

Read more: Congratulations to Will Pagdatoon!

Cinema Studies 2020 Graduates!

CS Grads

  • Nancy Arana (major)
  • Areg Avetisyan (major)
  • Avery Chang (minor)
  • Anisha Cherian (minor)
  • John DeJesus (minor)
  • Tiffany Dimaculangan (major)
  • Adam Forrest (minor)
  • Jared Gaudreau (major)
  • Zhaoyang Liu (major)
  • Andrew Mazza (minor)
  • William Albert Pagdatoon (major)
  • Aimee Rabino (major)
  • Alana Sackman (minor)
  • Karan Sandhu (major)
  • Kayla Scammacca (minor)
  • Tanner Sutton (minor)
  • Luis Veras (minor)

2019 Essay Award Winners

2019 CS essay award winnersCongratulations to our 2019 Essay Award Winners! Christiane Fischer (L) won the Graduate award for her essay on the aesthetics of touch in Wong Kar-Wai, and Jessica Fitzner (r) won the Undergraduate award for her paper on women's desire and representation in Petzold's film Phoenix.

2019 Cinema Studies Graduates

Hager Selym and Estefany Mendez Recio CS grads 19Congratulations to our wonderful Cinema Studies graduates! Pictured on the left are CS majors Hager Selym and Estefany Mendez-Recio. Below is CS major Martha Ugwu. Also graduating: Majors: Dayna Hagewood, Fran Magen and Xinyue Wang; Minors: Delaney Alton, Sarina Bhutani, John DeJesus, Catherine Gural, Ellen Lee, Felix Ortiz-Cruz, and Marisa Tamini. We are very proud of you, and wish you great success and happiness in your professional and personal endeavors!

Martha Ugwu CS grad 19

Small Grants Program for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

DEADLINE: Monday April 1, 2019

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The Cinema Studies Program is delighted to continue our program in support of graduate and undergraduate student research in the discipline (including scholarly media projects such as film restoration or film essays), and undergraduate filmmaking projects. Applications may be submitted by graduate students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Cinema Studies and who are still eligible for SGS funding, and by undergraduate students who are declared Majors or Minors in Cinema Studies. Awards will be granted based on need, for legitimate reimbursable expenses only, and based on the academic or creative merits of the proposed film/film studies project (please note that we are not able to provide funding for projects that are not focused specifically on film). Reimbursements will generally be applied to term bills. SAS travel and research reimbursement policies will be observed; for more information, please consult:

Awardees are required to submit a one-page report indicating how they used the funds by December 1, 2019; their projects may be featured on the Cinema Studies website.

Graduate students must submit a 250-500 word description of their research project, as well as a budget detailing how they plan to use the funds (for example, travel to archives; acquisition of necessary primary research materials; travel to an academic conference to present a film paper; etc.). Please note that these funds are meant to supplement other sources of graduate student research support provided by Rutgers’ School of Graduate Studies, or by home department or other academic unit funds. Generally, CS grants to graduate students will not exceed $500.

Undergraduate students must submit a 250-500 word description of their research or filmmaking project, as well as a budget detailing how they plan to use the funds (for example, for travel to archives; acquisition of primary research materials; equipment rental; mise-en-scène costs; etc.). Generally, CS grants to undergraduate students will not exceed $250.

All applications will be evaluated by the Cinema Studies Awards Committee.

Please complete the application form on the second page and send it along with the other required application materials, all in one electronic file labeled “CS grants YOUR LAST NAME,” to the Director of Cinema Studies, Professor Susan Martin-Márquez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Congratulations to all of our graduating majors and minors!

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Four of our CS majors braved the pouring rain on May 13 to march with Cinema Studies in the SAS Convocation: l to r: Elorm Ocansey, Tom Evans, Dan Bacsik, and Dak Johnson.

Cinema Studies Program Awards 2018

The Cinema Studies Program held its Awards Lunch on April 26, 2018. We honored two faculty members who are retiring, Professors John Belton and Richard Koszarski. CS students and faculty will miss you!

We also celebrated the tenuring and promotion to Associate Professor of Rhiannon Welch, and presented the Undergraduate Essay Award to Dayna Hagewood and Gabrielle Woods, and the Graduate Essay Award to Chiara Degli Esposti. Several other graduating senior majors were present: Chelsea Lebron, Elorm Ocansey, and Austin Renna—congratulations!

Associate Professor Rhiannon Welch

Retiring professors John Belton and Richard Koszarski (center) with CS students and faculty

Essay Award winners, left to right: Dayna Hagewood (undergraduate); Chiara Degli Esposti (graduate); Gabrielle Woods (undergraduate)

On April 24, 2018 members of the Senior Seminar presented their final projects in a symposium they organized on “Neorealism as Counter Cinema.” Congratulations to the students on a wonderfully stimulating series of talks, and many thanks to Professor Rhiannon Welch for inspiring and mentoring them throughout the semester!

Student presenters, left to right: Thomas Evans; Elorm Ocansey; Dorian Alton; Andrew Schuller; Marcus Grey; Erin Keane; Benjamin Peraria; Anjali Patil; Johanna Morales; Gabrielle Woods; Chelsea Lebron; Bruce Lemyre; Bronwyn Kelly; Molly Burns; Dongshen Cai; and Hector Ayarza

Cuban Filmmaking Today

Cuban Filmmaking Today

December 1, 2017, 4 PM, AB-1180

Please join us for a screening of five short films by young directors working in the new context of independent filmmaking in Cuba. Cuban producer Jesús Hernández Bach will be present for a discussion of these films, which deploy a rich variety of techniques to represent a diversity of life experiences on the island.
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Free and open to the public. All films will be subtitled and our conversation will also be in English.

Co-sponsors: Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Center for Latin American Studies; Rutgers Global

Swan, Black Neck, White Neck/Cisne de cuello negro, cisne de cuello blanco, dir. Marcel Beltrán, 2009; 13 min.|
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Cisne cuello negro, cuello blanco. Dir. Marcel Beltrán 
Cuba, 2009, Spanish with English subtitles, 13 min., B/W


Taken as a madman and excluded by his family, Sergio Abel has an unusual coherence in his speech. A man of the country who loves his people, he tries to transmit a message of hope with his swans--the utopia of a better world.


Marcel Beltrán was born in Moa, Cuba. He earned a BA with highest honors in film studies at the University of the Arts (ISA) and a degree in Documentary at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in San Antono de los Baños, Cuba. He was featured in the 2015 Miami International Film Festival’s Cuban Independent Emerging Film/Video Artist program. On several occasions he received the Best Film and Best Director award at the Cuban Institute of Cinematic Arts and Industry’s Young Filmmakers Festival (ICAIC’s Muestra Joven), and last year he won the Coral Award for Best Short Film at the Havana Film Festival. His documentary Swan Black Neck, White Neck was shown at the 2013 Documentary Fortnight at MoMA in New York. His documentary Parihuela has been screened at several international festivals such as the Busan International Short Film Festival 2011 and Documenta Madrid 11. He participated in the Talent Campus Guadalajara 3, the Kino Off-Courts Trouville 2011, the Encuentro Cinergía in Costa Rica 2014, the Rotterdam Lab 2015 and in the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm) in Mount Forest, Canada.

ABCs/Abecé, dir. Diana Montero, 2013; 15 min.
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Abecé. Dir. Diana Montero
Cuba, 2013, Spanish with English subtitles. 15min, Color


Facing her husband´s authority, Leoneidi, a 12-year-old girl living in Sierra Maestra, Cuba, struggles to combine play with motherhood and her obligations as a wife.


A graduate in Art History from the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana, Diana Montero (Cuba, 1986) is a documentary director who graduated with the 23rd Generation from the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She also studied at Concordia University in Montreal. She has produced and directed several documentary shorts, such as Miracle Worker (2014), ABC’s (2013), Just Like Cats (2013), and He Is You (2012). Her work has been screened in several film festivals and cultural institutions around the world. He Is You was part of the Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York. Miracle Worker was shown at the Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale University. Her documentary ABCs has won several awards, including the UNICEF Award at the 56th Bilbao Film Festival “ZINEBI”; Best Documentary Film at the 34th VGIK International Student Festival, Moscow, 2014, and Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Since 2015 she lives and works in the United States.

Connected/Conectifai, dir. Zoe García, 2016; 16 min.
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Conectifai. Dir. Zoe García.
Cuba, 2016, Spanish with English subtitles. 18min, Color


In 2016, ETECSA – the only telephone company in Cuba – installed Wi-Fi routers in 18 public parks across the country. For many Cubans, this meant being able to go online for the first time. This portrait of one of these parks with Wi-Fi in Havana shows how a new social meeting place is the result, as every day crowds of people with smartphones, tablets and chairs turn up to cluster together around the antennas.

They help each other get online, roam around looking for better reception, and peer down at their screens together. During the day, old ladies turn up and in the evenings there are groups of young people. In the meantime, commerce is also flourishing, with vendors selling internet cards, drinks and snacks (“Pork crackling with Wi-Fi!”). Here, everyone has an opportunity to contact loved ones, explore social media, upload photos and find internet dates – very normal activities that reveal a rapidly-changing Cuba.


Zoe García is a graduate in Mass Communication Studies, specializing in photography, from the University of the Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. Beginning in 2008 she studied documentary filmmaking at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She has directed the following documentaries: Todo tiempo pasado fue mejor, El mundo de Raúl, Retrato, Submission, Solo de Cuica, and El Vientre de la ballena, which is currently in production.

Son of a Dream/El hijo del sueño, dir. Alejandro Alonso, 2016; 9 min.
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El hijo del sueño. Dir: Alejandro Alonso.
Cuba, 2016, Spanish with English subtitles. 9min, Color


Alejandro Alonso’s uncle Julio César went to the US in the Mariel exodus in
1980, due to the tensions surrounding being homosexual in Cuba.
Over the next 15 years he tried unsuccessfully to reunite with the filmmaker’s grandmother, until he contracted HIV and disappeared without a trace. Letters and postcards that served as a bridge between them are now Alejandro Alonso’s compass to find him.


Alejandro Alonso graduated with a degree in Documentary from the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in 2016. He has participated in several Talents of the Future workshops at the New Latin American Cinema Foundation in Havana. He received a scholarship to attend the second Ibero-American Human Rights Documentary Workshop in Bolivia in 2013. His films have been screened in festivals in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, the United States, Indonesia, Holland, Spain, Georgia, Switzerland, Germany, Romania and France. His documentary Crisálida received the Best Short Film Award at the Oaxaca Film Festival and at the New York City Short Film Festival in 2013. The Farewell had its premiere at IDFA and won the Best Film award in the Aciertos category in FICUNAM (Mexico), as well as the Full Frame President’s Award in the US; it also received a special mention at the 44th Sehsüchte in Germany and was the Best Documentary at the Gibara Film Festival in Cuba. Duelo most recently had its world premiere at Cinéma du Réel, and Alonso’s first feature film The Project premiered at Visions du Réel this year. He is the current coordinator for the MA Alternative Cinema program at EICTV in Cuba.

Batería, dir. Damián Sáinz, 2016; 15 min.
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Batería. Dir: Damián Sainz. 
Cuba, 2016, Spanish with English subtitles. 15min, Color


The ruins of an ancient military fortress outside Havana have become a clandestine gay cruising spot. The old walls and the rubble give shelter not only to Cuban male homosexuals, but also to a culture of resistance and socialization.


Damián Sainz graduated from the University of the Arts (ISA), Havana, Cuba in Media Arts and from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in Documentary Direction. He also studied at the Mel Hoppenheim Film School in Montreal (Canada) and in the Cinema Department at HEAD Genève (Switzerland). Sainz has worked as a director, editor and producer of documentary films in Cuba, Canada, Switzerland and Spain and has collaborated with visual art projects like the Galería Continua, the Inventario at the Ludwig Foundation and the online project Docuselfie. His short documentary films have been selected to screen and received awards at several international film festivals such as the Havana Film Festival, the Fribourg in Switzerland, FICUNAM in Mexico and FICU in Uruguay. Sainz teaches documentary cinema at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He lives and works as an independent filmmaker in Havana.