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Monday, June 19, 2017

EFS 72-Hour Music Video Competition: Call for Filmmakers and Song-makers


From July 13-16, regional filmmakers and musicians will compete to produce the best music video within 72 hours, incorporating a mandated creative element.

Films submitted by deadline will be screened by a jury of media professionals and a public audience on July 22. The film selected “Jury Prize” winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner at the screening event will also receive a $500 cash prize.

This year there are three ways to participate:

  • Musicians are invited to submit as many songs as they like (for a $5 submission fee per song) by July 1.  All songs submitted by deadline (July 1) will be made available as they are received to registered filmmaking teams, who will then select the song they wish to create a video for. Songs must be no longer than 5 minutes, and submissions are being accepted now using the link below.
  • Filmmakers are invited to register and choose a song from the song submission pool by July 6th. Registration fee for filmmaking teams is $20. Once you have registered as a filmmaker, you will receive a link to a private playlist with the available songs. This playlist will be continually updated as more songs submissions are accepted.
  • This year, musicians and filmmakers also have the option to register together as a team for $35. Registration for this option is open now until July 12th.

Register early, as participation is limited to the first 30 filmmaking teams to register.

For more information, competition rules, and to register, please visit the Eugene Film Society website.


Additional support for this event comes from University of Oregon Cinema Studies, Lane Community College Media Arts, IDX Brokers, Ninkasi Brewing Company, and Broadway Metro.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Behind the Lens – Summer 2017

For the Summer 2017 offering of Behind the Lens, we will present a series of films featuring children. These are not stories for children, but, rather, stories about children. Some of the world’s great filmmakers are represented in stories exploring the experiences of children who face challenges, both within their own families as well as in the outside world. 


UO Cinema Studies majors attend for free with valid student ID.

JUN. 27 The Black Stallion (1979) Director: Carroll Ballar, 117 min.

JUL. 11 Zero for Conduct (1933) Director: Jean Vigo, 43 min.

The Red Head (1932) Director: Julien Duvivier, 92 min.

JUL. 18 The River (1951) Director: Jean Renoir, 99 min.

JUL. 25 Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, 95 min.

AUG. 1 The Lord of the Flies (1963) Director: Peter Brook, 92 min.

AUG. 8 Cria Cuervos (1976 ) Director: Carlos Saura, 109 min.

AUG. 15 Fanny and Alexander (1982) Director: Ingmar Bergman, 183 min.

AUG. 22 My Life as a Dog (1985) Director: Lasse Hallstrom, 101 min.

AUG. 29 Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Director: Steven Zaillian, 109 min.

SEP. 5 A Little Princess (1995) Director: Alfonso Cuarón, 97 min.

SEP. 12 Whale Rider (2002) Director: Niki Caro, 101 min.



  • Tuesdays, 7:00–9:30 p.m., June 27–September 12 (no meeting July 4)
  • UO Baker Downtown Center, 325 E. 10th, Eugene, OR

PARKING: Free parking during Behind the Lens screenings is available behind the building in the lot marked “Academic Extension Student Parking.”

REGISTRATION: To register by phone, please call the Registration Office at 541-346-4231. To register in person, visit the UO Academic Extension front desk at the Baker Downtown Center, 975 High Street, Suite 110, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Registration is also available on-site 30 minutes in advance of each program. UO Cinema Studies majors attend for free with valid student ID.


$20 noncredit for entire term (see prorated dates below)

$10 for current Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members for entire term



Through August 1 (fifth meeting), the registration fee is $20. After August 1, the half-season registration rate is $10.

University of Oregon Academic Extension presents the Behind the Lens seminar, in partnership with UO Cinema Studies. The Cinema Studies major at the University of Oregon allows students to study moving image media at the intersection of intellectual study and creative practice. As a comprehensive bachelor of arts degree, the major cultivates an appreciation of the media arts, an ability to communicate ideas using a broad array of media, and a historical understanding of how various cultures tell their stories. Academic Extension provides leadership for the incubation and delivery of special learning opportunities, including professional development workshops, conferences, lifelong learning, online courses, and summer session programs.

Each Behind the Lens seminar is preceded by a brief lecture by Tom Blank, and followed by discussion/Q&A. Films are screened under the Educational Fair Use provision of US Copyright law.

Registration fees for this noncredit seminar support program costs, including staffing and facilities maintenance.

For information about membership in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, please visit 

Maximum seating: 94. Some sessions fill. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Award-winning director, James Ivory ’51, to be keynote speaker at Cinema Studies 2017 commencement ceremony

The University of Oregon Cinema Studies Program is honored to welcome award-winning director and University of Oregon alum, James Ivory ’51, to campus as the keynote speaker of the program’s commencement ceremony Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in Straub Hall 156.

James Ivory graduated in 1951 from the University of Oregon and went on to achieve international success as one of the most influential and respected film directors of his generation.  In 1961, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory formed Merchant Ivory Productions, a film company that created multiple award-winning films including A Room With a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Maurice has been restored in 4K and will be re-released this summer for the film’s 30th anniversary. Most recently, Ivory wrote the feature Call Me By Your Name (2017), which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim.

James Ivory has been an influential UO alum and was recognized with a Pioneer Award in 1993, which is presented to individuals who have been outstanding pioneers in business, philanthropy, communication, politics and the arts. Ivory has also donated many fascinating documents to the UO Special Collections and University Archives, including photos, sketchbooks, scripts, business records, and correspondence with family, friends, and major film stars with whom Ivory has worked, such as Tom Cruise, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Christopher Reeve, and Vanessa Redgrave.

James Ivory visits a cinema studies class
in Special Collections and University Archives.

Photo by: Amanda Garcia. Courtesy: UO Libraries


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Congratulations Asst. Professor Peter Alilunas – 2017 Ersted Award Winner for Specialized Pedagogy

2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Each year, the University of Oregon recognizes a select group of faculty for excellence in teaching. Nominations come from faculty, students, and staff, with the names of the nominees and the award winners kept confidential until announced by the university president in mid-May.  For more information on the Distinguished Teaching Awards, please read here.

Congratulations Peter Alilunas – 2017 Ersted Award Winner for Specialized Pedagogy

Since joining the University of Oregon in 2014, Peter Alilunas has offered courses on a wide range of topics in the area of media studies, including Introduction to Media Studies, Mass Media and Society, and Cinema, Sex, and Censorship in the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). “He is the TED Talk professor of the School of Journalism and Communication!” lauded one colleague. Alilunas’s superb classroom teaching style is dynamic, passionate, knowledgeable, and engaging.  Read more here…




Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fall Term 2017 Course List Now Available!

The Fall Term 2017 Cinema Studies course list is now available!

To see the list of Fall 2017 Cinema Studies courses, please click here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UO Libraries Announce 2017 Digital Wallpaper Design Competition

UO Libraries is pleased to announce the annual contest to design new digital wallpaper for the library’s workstations.

Open to all students – $300 Prize – See your design on 500+ computers throughout UO Libraries

The winning design will be used on more than 500 computers throughout the libraries. The creator of the winning design will receive a $300 prize. The digital design contest is open to all current UO students.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017. Multiple entries per student may be submitted.

For complete specifications, rules, and instructions for submitting entries, please read here:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Comedy Central Summer 2017 Internship Opportunities!

Looking for a summer internship in Los Angeles?

Intern with Comedy Central this summer and gain CINE404 internship credits!

Interns are needed in many areas!

To Apply

  1. Submit the Viacom application here.
  1. Submit this Cinema Studies online form by 8 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017, including uploading a cover letter and resume where indicated in the online form.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Summer 2017 Course List Now Available!

The Summer Term 2017 Cinema Studies course list is now available!

To see the list of Summer 2017 Cinema Studies courses, please click here.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cinema Studies accepting applications for a Social Media Student Assistant

Cinema Studies is currently accepting applications for a Social Media Student Assistant

Deadline to apply is 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The qualified student will have experience in using social media to promote and expand readership for a company, club, or organization. Excellent writing and time management skills, as well as experience managing projects, are required for this position.  Beginning wage: $10.50 – $11.25 per hour, depending on experience.

Duties will include writing and posting events to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites, monitoring and engaging in online conversations, and updating the Cinema Studies Program websites.

This position is 2-4 hours per week in Spring Term 2017 and 10-12 hours per week for the 2017-18 academic year.  For a complete job description, please read the 2017-18 Social Media Student Assistant Job Description.

To apply, please submit the online 2017-18 Social Media Student Assistant Application.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Duck TV is hosting auditions for Spring term!

Whether you want to act in a drama, make people laugh in a comedy, edit/shoot video or help produce television, Duck TV has a place for you!

Duck TV is a variety show produced and entirely run by students at Oregon. Every term, we feature a collection of creative shows along with news and sportscasts.

Spring term auditions for all segments will begin Thursday, April 6th and Friday April 7th from 4-6pm on the 3rd Floor of Allen Hall. If you can’t make it Thursday or Friday, that’s okay! Auditions continue Saturday, April 8th, from 12-2pm on the 3rd floor of Allen Hall. Stop by anytime during those three time blocks for your audition.

There are available positions for all of the following:

– Actors
– Production Assistants
– News/Sports Reporters
– Advertising & Public Relations
– Photographers
– Graphic Designers
– Writers
– Videographers

For more information:

Email with any questions.

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