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Film Studies Program
Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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Katie Hall

CLASS OF 2008

Major: English
Minor: Film Studies

WHAT FILM CLASSES HAVE YOU TAKEN?

Italy at War: 20th Century Italian Literature & Cinema, Soviet & Eastern European Cinema of the 1960's, Intro, Silent Film: International Film to 1930, History of Narrative Cinema, Topics in Contemporary Art: Video Art, Theories of Authorship in the Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock, Women, Sport, and Film, Masterpieces of Russian and Soviet Cinema.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY FILM-RELATED INTERNSHIPS OR SUMMER PROGRAMS?

No.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A FILM STUDIES MINOR? WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FILM STUDIES?

My favorite part of the Film Studies minor is the fact that it has exposed me to so many different aspects of so many different cultures. In studying film, I've also indirectly studied history, anthropology, literature, etc. The path I've taken in the English major has become much more contemporary than I ever thought it would be, and I've been very pleased with that.

DO YOU ATTEND ANY FILM-RELATED EVENTS ON CAMPUS? OFF-CAMPUS? ANY HIGHLIGHTS?

We took a tour of BMFI that was really interesting, and seeing Tenure being filmed right outside of my window was pretty cool as well.

ANY THOUGHTS ON WHETHER OR NOT YOUR FUTURE PLANS WILL INVOLVE FILM?

At this point, no, but I would absolutely love it if things ended up that way.

IS YOUR THESIS FILM-RELATED? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Yes. My thesis is about Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter and Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me as two examples of the cinema's unique ability to represent the overlap between life and death through image and sound.

ANYTHING YOU'D WANT TO SAY TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING TAKING A FILM STUDIES CLASS, OR CONSIDERING A MINOR IN FILM STUDIES?

It's been great; I kind of stumbled into it by accident during my freshman year - after being lotteried out of another class, I enrolled in Silent Film - but I'm so glad I did. The classes are getting more and more interesting every year as the program grows, and it almost makes me wish I could stick around.

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