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Film Studies Program
Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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Rachel Wilson

CLASS OF 2011


Major: Film Studies

WHAT FILM CLASSES HAVE YOU TAKEN? |
So many! Intro to Film, History of Narrative Cinema, Film/Video Production 1 & 2, Advanced Video Production at Swat and Bryn Mawr, Politics of Pleasure, Cult Film, New Media Art, Film Theory, Screenwriting, and not to mention the myriad of other courses I have taken that have worked to enrich my film studies major, such as fine arts photography and theatre.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY FILM-RELATED INTERNSHIPS OR SUMMER PROGRAMS? You bet.  The summer after my freshman year I served as the assistant to the film curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Theatre, the next summer I interned at 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, Washington, and this current summer I have been interning at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington.  All absolutely wonderful experiences.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY FILM? WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FILM STUDIES?
Very early on I discovered that film studies courses were often cross-listed within the English Department (My original intended major) and I found that I enjoyed those courses more than any others, and that first internship I had after my freshman year strengthened my resolve about working and studying within the film department.  I love film studies because it is so interdisiplinary, and allows me to build off my creativity in a myriad of interesting ways while seeing and understanding cinema in a way I might never have.

DO YOU ATTEND ANY FILM-RELATED EVENTS ON CAMPUS? OFF-CAMPUS? ANY HIGHLIGHTS?
For the past year I have served on the film Series committee, a position I enjoy very much.  I will continue to serve on the committee this coming year, so come support the film series!  My favorite film-related event off campus are the secret cinema screenings run by Jay Swhartz.  Around Halloween he did a film screening in the Eastern State Penintentiary.  It was super creepy, but ultimately an amazing experience.

ANY THOUGHTS ON WHETHER OR NOT YOUR FUTURE PLANS WILL INVOLVE FILM?
I hope so.  I am looking to going to the Selznick School of Film Restoration and Preservation, a masters program in conjunction with the University of Rochester.

IS/WAS YOUR THESIS FILM-RELATED? WHAT IS IT ABOUT? PLEASE PROVIDE A TITLE IF YOU HAVE ONE.
Well, at this point my thesis is still in the works, but my plans are to combine my love of film and photography, creating a video piece as well as exhibiting a series of photographs.  No title as of yet, but it should be awesome with a long and enticing title.

HAVE YOU MADE ANY FILMS OR VIDEOS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT? PLEASE GIVE A TITLE, DESCRIPTION, AND/OR LINK.
I have made quite a few, each of them different in scope and direction, but my most recent film is entitled "Space, Man."  It is about a stunted individual whose dreams are in space, but his life is unfortunately grounded.

ANYTHING YOU'D WANT TO SAY TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING TAKING A FILM STUDIES CLASS, OR CONSIDERING A MINOR OR INDEPENDENT MAJOR IN FILM STUDIES?
Do it!  It is so rewarding!  And feel free to contact me, as I am the Senior Independent Major Representative.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?
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