Event Announcement: Introduction to Film Studies (Evening Program)


Event Announcement: Introduction to Film Studies (Evening Program)

August 11, 2014

Event Annoucement: Introduction to Film Studies (Evening Program)

Monday August 18 – Friday August 22, 2014

Columbia Global Centers | Africa and Columbia University School of the Arts are pleased to present Introduction to Film Studies. The course and screenings are presented  by Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Evening Program: A Panorama of Hollywood Cinema

The five film panorama will present key works in the development of the American film industry, beginning with the arrival of synchronized sound in early ‘30s and concluding with the emergence of the so-called “New Hollywood” in the ‘70s. Along with comments on the individual films, among the topics he will discuss in lectures will be the impact of World War 2 on the industry, censorship, the impact of the decline of audiences both at home and abroad, the importance of genre in American cinema, and changes in the structure and finance of the American film industry.


Film screening schedule:

Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm


1. Date: Monday August 18,2014


Venue – Alliance Francaise


2. Date: Tuesday August 19, 2014

THE BIG SLEEP, 1946, Howard Hawks

Venue: Kenya Cultural Centre


3. Date: Wednesday August 20, 2014

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, 1953, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

Venue: Kenya Cultural Centre


4. Date: Thursday August 21, 2014

THE SEARCHERS, 1956,  John Ford

Venue: Pawa254


5. Date: Friday August 22, 2014

MEAN STREETS, 1973, Martin Scorsese

Venue: Pawa254


For additional information, or to register, please email info@cgcafrica.org or call +254 708 440 612 and +254 786 440 612.

For the day program, please click here

Richard Peña has been at Columbia University since 1989, becoming full time in 1996 and being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003. From 2006-2009, he was a Visiting Professor in Spanish at Princeton University. Professor Peña has also served as the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988-2013. At the Film Society, he has organized retrospectives of many greats of the film world, as well as major film series devoted to African, Chinese, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Arab, Korean, Japanese, Soviet and Argentine cinema. He is also currently the co-host of TV Channel 13’s weekly film program, Reel 13.