Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Stendal, B.A. '15

Cinema Studies Alum Samantha Stendal

Cinema Studies Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Stendal, B.A. '15

Story By Kylie Elliot, Class of ‘18

Samantha Stendal graduated with a degree in Cinema Studies and a multimedia minor from the University of Oregon in 2015. After graduation, Stendal put her Cinema Studies degree to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) in Burbank, California, where she is working as a layout production assistant on the upcoming animated film, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018). A filmmaker-driven animation studio, WDAS has created everything from 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, Zootopia, Moana, and 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen – the biggest animated film of all time.

Alumni Spotlight: Claire Haines, B.A. '15

Photo of Cinema Studies Alum Claire Haines

Cinema Studies Alumni Spotlight: Claire Haines, B.A. '15

By Kylie Elliot, Class of ‘18 

Claire Haines, a 2015 graduate of the University of Oregon Cinema Studies Department, chose the Cinema Studies major because of her interest in film since high school. After applying to film schools all across the country, Haines says “I chose University of Oregon because not only was [it] a great place to live [and] had a great student culture, but also it had a young and growing program that really interested me.” 

Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Gimenez, B.A. '13

Photo of Cinema Studies Alum Sabrina Gimenez

Cinema Studies Spotlight: Sabrina Gimenez, B.A. '13

Story By Kylie Elliot, Class of '18

Sabrina Gimenez graduated with a degree in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Oregon in 2013. She was originally an English major because the Cinema Studies major was not yet offered when she started at the UO. “When [the major] became available, I was very interested in the production aspect of film and how academic theory can be applied to that process of filmmaking,” so Gimenez ended up doubling in Cinema Studies and English. While at the UO, Gimenez built a strong relationship with Dr. Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, UO professor emerita and founding director of Cinema Studies, whose instruction still impacts Gimenez today. Karlyn “continues to shape my understanding of cinema and television through a critical, analytical and intersectional feminist lens.” Gimenez also became drawn to editing while a sophomore at the UO and from her experiences “began to understand exactly how much control I would have in increasing representation on screen from the editing bay.” 

Congratulations alumni on film festival win!

Waldgeist movie poster

Waldgeist Wins "Best Horror Film" and "Best Supporting Actress" at the Oregon Independent Film Festival

Waldgeist is a horror film that takes place in Portland, Oregon and is based off of the German myth of forest spirits. The team of filmmakers, primarily comprised of UO Cinema Studies alumni, just won its first film festival, winning "Best Horror Film" and "Best Supporting Actress" at the Oregon Independent Film Festival and is also nominated for "Best Picture" at the festival.

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