Film and Media Studies Program annual film symposium

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Screenings, panels and speakers

This year's symposium is devoted to "Rhythms in the Canyons: Film Musicals through the Decades"

Presented by Film & Media Studies. All events in William M. Rue ’69 Auditorium (Sweigart 115).


Wednesday, March 6

Faculty Filmmaker
"The Making of a Modern Movie Musical: The Adventures of Paul and Maria," directed by Rider Professor Jay Stern
1:10-4:10 p.m.
Assistant Professor Jay Stern (Department of Communication and Journalism) is a filmmaker who will screen his own feature film musical, The Adventures of Paul and Marian. Stern will speak about the differences between stage and movie musicals (both of which he's directed) in terms of conception, staging, and music recording and also will speak about the process of working with a composer and how that shapes and is shaped by story construction. Several cast and crew members from the film also will be present to talk about the film and to answer questions.

Student presentations:
From Seminar in Cinema Studies
4:30-6 p.m.
Students in ENG/FMS 484 Seminar in Cinema Studies will present their research on an exciting array of movie musicals.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Desiree Garcia
"Everything Old Is New Again: The Musical as Archive"
6:30-8 p.m.
Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth University, Dr. Garcia is, uniquely, both a film musical scholar and a film musical actor. She is author of The Migration of Film Musical: From Ethnic Margins to American Mainstream (2014, Rutgers University Press), and she had the eponymous starring female role in Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), the first feature film of Damien Chazelle, who went on to direct Whiplash and La La Land. Desiree will speak about the contemporary musical, including La La Land, A Star is Born, and The Greatest Showman and some non-American musicals like The Burden and Dancer in the Dark. Desiree also will speak about her work as a musical actor working with Chazelle on his first feature film.

Open to all students and faculty
8 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

Faculty Roundtable:
The Movie Musical in Hollywood and Beyond
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dr. Cynthia Lucia, "The Musical as Genre: A Brief Overview;" Dr. Mary Poteau-Tralie, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (France, 1964); Professor Jay Stern, "Just Imagine" (U.S., 1930); Professor Miriam Mills, "Singin' in the Rain" (U.S., 1952); Dr. Erica Rubine, "Carousel" (U.S., 1956)

Featured speaker: Dr. Margaret Schleissner
"Cabaret: German History & Culture As Seen through '1960s' American Eyes"
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Professor Emeritus Maggie Schleissner, Rider's beloved and recently retired Professor of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Film and Media Studies faculty member, will speak about the iconic musical that continues to resonate —perhaps even more at the current moment than it did when it first hit the Broadway stage in 1966 and then the Hollywood screen in 1972.

Honoring Dr. Schleissner on Her Retirement
7:30-8:15 p.m.

Student screenplays, films and presentation
8:30-10 p.m.

Event Schedule
Date / Time Location
Wednesday, March 06, 2019

1:10pm to 9:00pm

William M. Rue ’69 Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
United States
Thursday, March 07, 2019

11:30am to 1:00pm

Faculty Roundtable: The Movie Musical in Hollywood and Beyond
William M. Rue ’69 Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
United States
Thursday, March 07, 2019

6:30pm to 10:00pm

William M. Rue ’69 Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
United States