New & Current Class Opportunities

This page lists visiting instructors and artists, as well as descriptions of new classes. This page is updated every semester. See the current class list for full schedule of courses.

Upcoming Class Highlights

CINE 4024 / ARTF 5024 -- Adv. Research Seminar:

Snapshots, Memoirs, & Home Movies:  Mining the Personal Archive

with Professor Melinda Barlow

black child with tvSpeak, Memory posterpeeping tom movie poster

Vehicles of memory ranging from intriguing to mundane, snapshots, memoirs and home movies are valued for their intimacy and authenticity, but because they reveal and conceal, their relationship to history is multifaceted and their forms, complex. While some memoirs take the form of graphic novels (Fun Home), literary memoirs often draw inspiration from snapshots (Reading Lolita in Tehran, Speak, Memory). Many narrative films and documentaries make use of “real” and “fake” amateur footage (Peeping Tom, Capturing the Friedmans, Tarnation, Grizzly Man), and since the 1950s, American experimental filmmakers like Stan Brakhage, Phil Solomon, Jeanne Liotta, Andrew Busti, and Christin Turner have evoked, incorporated and transformed the conventions of home movies in innovative ways. In this course, theoretical readings on amateur filmmaking, vernacular photography, and personal memoir illuminate an eclectic mix of narrative, documentary, and experimental films that plumb the relationship between history and memory, truth and fiction, the amateur and the avant-garde within a primarily, but not exclusively, American context. Students will write critically and creatively about family and/or found snapshots, home movies and personal artifacts and create albums and artist’s statements about their work. Graduate students in all disciplines and undergraduate BFA students in Cinema Studies will have the opportunity to produce new work exploring themes and issues raised by the course and write about that work in their final projects. 

Please contact instructor with questions and permission to enroll: Melinda.Barlow@Colorado.Edu


Film 3003: Major Film Directors, Section 001: The Cinema of John Carpenter 

With Professor Sabrina Negri 

MajorDirectors 2019

This course offers a close look at the work of director John Carpenter, one of the most underestimated genre filmmakers of the post-classical era. We will watch all of Carpenter’s films, from the sci-fi spoof Dark Star to his most recent work for television, taking a closer look at his most important titles (Halloween, Escape from New York, In the Mouth of Madness). We will approach Carpenter’s work from the perspective of both authorship and genre, and we will read critical texts on his cinema and its cultural context. Finally, we will discuss the films that influenced Carpenter’s work, as well as the films that were influenced by it.

T/Th 11am - 12:15pm, Screenings: Wed. 7pm   

Prof. Sabrina Negri



FILM 4024 / ARTF 5024 - Adv. Research Seminar: Stories We Tell: Dreams/Histories/Narratives

With Professor Melinda Barlow


The stories we tell ourselves in dreams shape our days and take over our nights, driven as they are by our deepest desires. What distinguishes dreams from daydreams? What of lucid dreams, nightmares, fantasies and vision quests? What functions have dreams served in different cultures at different times? And how may we use dreams as a source of creativity? In this course, historical and theoretical readings as well as writings by artists illuminate an eclectic mix of American and international narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films, each exploring the complex relationship between dream and reality, the unconscious and creativity, our stake in given stories, and the virtue of letting them go.  Students will keep dream journals and write critically and creatively about their dreams and/or produce new work inspired by dreams for their final projects.

Please contact instructor with questions and for permission to enroll:  Melinda.Barlow@Colorado.Edu




FILM 4024 / ARTF 5024 – Adv. Research Seminar: Film Archiving and Preservation

With Professor Sabrina Negri

This seminar will teach students the basics of film archiving and preservation. We will tackle issues of theory and ethics of film preservation, and will discuss the case studies of some of the major preservation works done in recent years at film archives in Europe and the United States. Guest lecturers from major archival institutions will introduce the students to the everyday functioning of a film archive, and will share their experience as preservationists, curators, and artists. This course will also have a practical component, as we will do some hands-on preservation work on film prints.

Please contact instructor with questions and for permission to enroll:


FILM 4023/5023:001 SPANISH FILM SINCE 1950

With Professor Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz

Bunuel and amenabar
Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929) and Tesis

This course offers a history and analysis of the major topics, styles, and filmmakers of Spanish cinema since 1950. The historical and thematic evolutions of Spanish cinema reflect national and regional concerns about culture, politics, and society in general. This course constitutes a brief survey of some of those topics and an exploration of their logic and meanings in the context of Spanish history under dictatorship (1936- 1975) and democracy (1980 to the present). Films by Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Víctor Erice, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Isabel Coixet, Guillermo Del Toro, and others.

Open to all majors! Taught in English! Contact:

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Pan’ s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)



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