Congratulations CINE Students and Faculty Screening Films at PLSFF

Poetic Lens Film Festival

Cinema Studies is pleased to congratulate students and faculty who have been selected to screen their short films and videos at the Poetic Lens Short Film Festival!

Mary Grosswendt (Director), Sheilan Ghomghaleh (Producer) have been selected to screen their short film IONIC. Crewed by students: Logan Nelson, Skyler Kaplan, Natalie Rose Baehrend, Alan Nedellec, Iman Zarlons and Jayde Benesh, and starring student actors: Hazel Prial, Justin Thomas and Kyle Kraft. 

Plus! CINE major Iman Zarlons has been selected to screen her student music video "Momang Mori,” and Cinema Studies Assistant Professor Ari Purnama’s work has been selected to screen at the festival as well. Career Instructor Alissa Phillips will provide introductions.

The PLSFF runs October 13-14, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm at the Art House Theater in Eugene. Film as MOVING VISUAL POETRY is the focus of the festival and showcases a collection of short narrative, documentary, animation, music video and experimental films, created without adherence to conventional form. Visit for more information.

Student Spotlight: Iman Zarlons

Iman Zarlons

Congratulations to Iman Zarlons for winning the top prize of the Asian Studies Award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for her project, “Crazy Indonesia: Examining the Transnational Success of Indonesian Exploitation Film.” Iman is a Cinema Studies major with a double minor in Global Health and Southeast Asian Studies.

Cinema Studies Assoc. Professor Erin Hanna Interviewed by Organization for Transformative Works

OTW Guest Post

Cinema Studies Assoc. Professor Erin Hanna was recently interviewed about her article in Transformative Works and Cultures by OTW, a fan-run nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of fanworks. Erin Hanna is author of the book Only at Comic-Con: Hollywood, Fans, and the Limits of Exclusivity. Her research explores the intersection of media industries and fandom, with a particular emphasis on in-person events, film and television promotion, and historical fan communities.

Folklore and film studies for local tour guide and filmmaker

Kat Sincur Alvarez

From the Cottage Grove Sentinel: 

Daughter of So Latino Soul boutique owners and UofO student offers bilingual tours at Natural and Cultural History Museum

Kat Sincur Alvarez is in her fourth year at the University of Oregon, set to graduate in June with a major in Cinema Studies, and a triple minor in Cultural Anthropology, Folklore, and Latinx Studies. Sincur Alvarez has a strong focus to work hard toward all of life’s rewards, a philosophy and ethic she adopted from her parents, Edgar Sincur and Annie Alvarez, owners of So Latino Soul on Main Street.

The Sincur-Alvarez family's journey to Oregon from Miami, Fla. is a migratory fairytale all on its own. Kat Sincur Alvarez documented their touching story in an engaging short film titled, “Y el amor triunfo (...and love triumphed)” posted on the University of Oregon’s website. Watching Sincur’s film, the narrative is told in Spanish, through the eyes of her parents, her brother Joey, and Sincur Alvarez herself.

Student Spotlight: Fran

Students in Ireland during Summer 2022

Fran–a Cinema Studies and Business Administration major–attended the Ireland Study Abroad Program last summer and recommends the experience to other students.

“This program is a great opportunity to meet people in the major and make connections with students who have the same career interests. Ireland is a beautiful country with a lot of history, nature, and places in and around Dublin to explore. After spending 5 weeks in Dublin, you really get to learn what the city is all about. My favorite moment was definitely the weekend trip to Galway. It was a great chance to really connect with the group and spend more time with everyone.”<--break->


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