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Recent News

The Department of Communication, Media and Film would like to congratulate Associate Professor Dr. Charles Tepperman, as his recent book, Amateur Cinema: The Rise of North American Moviemaking, 1923-1960, was shortlisted for a big UK prize, the Kraszna-Krausz prize, in the Best Moving Image Book category.

A description of the book from the University of California Press: 

“From the very beginning of cinema, there have been amateur filmmakers at work. It wasn’t until Kodak introduced 16mm film in 1923, however, that amateur moviemaking became a widespread reality, and by the 1950s, over a million Americans had amateur movie cameras. In Amateur Cinema, Charles Tepperman explores the meaning of the “amateur” in film history and modern visual culture.

In the middle decades of the twentieth century—the period that saw Hollywood’s rise to dominance in the global film industry—a movement of amateur filmmakers created an alternative world of small-scale movie production and circulation. Organized amateur moviemaking was a significant phenomenon that gave rise to dozens of clubs and thousands of participants producing experimental, nonfiction, or short-subject narratives. Rooted in an examination of surviving films, this book traces the contexts of “advanced” amateur cinema and articulates the broad aesthetic and stylistic tendencies of amateur films.”

Learn more about the Kraszna-Krausz prize here:

The Department of Communication, Media and Film is proud to announce that former Limited-Term Instructor Dr. Linda Vennard has accepted the position of Commissioner, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission for Alberta and the Northwest Territories. 

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Student Spotlight

The Department of Communication, Media and Film would like to congratulate our graduate students on the success of their conference in Banff this past weekend. Presentations were of high quality: some detailing accomplished research, some explaining research in progress and some explaining possible future interests and areas of investigation. Their passion for their research was clearly displayed!  

Spectacular Instability Graduate Conference

Sponsored by Communication and Media Studies Graduate Program, University of Calgary

“The theme of our first interdisciplinary graduate student conference is ‘spectacular instability.’ From changes in the practice of journalism, the proliferation of social movements, growing concern over climate change, to the price of oil as a paramount indicator of Canadian prosperity, this inaugural conference seeks to promote discussion regarding the notion of instability in our times. Graduate student papers from all relevant disciplines welcome.”