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Film Studies Program
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610.526.5334

Megan Lasher

CLASS OF 2006

Major: English
Minor: Film Studies

WHAT FILM CLASSES HAVE YOU TAKEN?

Soviet and Eastern European Film of the 1960s, Silent Film: Birth of Film Art, Identification in the Cinema with Homay King, Film Theory, Power and Place in Literature and Film, Exhibition and Inhibition, Cinema and Popular Memory

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?

It's incredible how much even one class raises your awareness of your own media consumption. It's surprising to me how much things I've done in film studies carry over to other aspects of my work. I also think that it is, honestly, the only way I've ever really grasped the size and diversity of the world.

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

My favorite theater nearby is in Narberth. The seating is great, the sound is really good and loud, and it's easy to get to. I love going there to see the big, loud movies like Batman Begins and V for Vendetta. Most of the time though I go to Wayne, which doesn't have stadium seating but it has its own charm.

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

Absolutely. You couldn't make me give it up now. I hope to do graduate work in film and media studies after a year or two of non-academic work. Most people assume that I'm going to be taking up production but I've never been very interested in it.

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

My thesis is about the importance of the physical and social experiences of moviegoing.

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

Everyone should take a film studies class. Even if you don't plan on being a minor, I recommend it. However, if you're going to do it, treat it seriously. Don't just think "cool, we're going to watch movies, this is going to be easy." You're cheating not only yourself but also whomever was lotteried out of the class instead of you.

HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN WITH THE FILM STUDIES PROGRAM AT BRYN MAWR?

Film studies has really been developing since I started here and it's been great watching it grow, it's been really exciting.

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