Cinema Studies Student Spotlight: Alex Tamura, Class of '20

Alex Tamura

Story by Alex Tamura, Class of '20


Hi, everyone! My name is Alex Tamura, and I am currently a junior at the University of Oregon pursuing a double major in Cinema Studies and Journalism: Media Studies. I will be graduating in the spring of 2020. I decided to major in Cinema Studies because, in high school, I spent so much time binge-watching TV shows on Netflix—so much so that my family thought something was wrong with me. Soon enough, I became a walking encyclopedia of TV trivia. When it came time to choose what I wanted to study in college, I figured that I should turn my hobby into my career. I was not so much interested in the production side of film and television, rather I was fascinated with the writing and history aspects. I love that the Cinema Studies major at the UO is a mix of film history, film industry, and film production—a really well-rounded curriculum that is unlike most other film programs at other universities. I am able to learn about the industry and gain production experience at the same time.

Cinema Studies Welcomes Award-Winning Director Chloé Zhao

Poster for the Visiting Filmmaker Series with Chloe Zhao

Cinema Studies is pleased to welcome award–winning director Chloé Zhao as the 2018 visiting filmmaker in the annual “Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment in Cinema Studies.”

Zhao will engage in a two-week university residency during spring term 2018 and will be involved in a variety of campus activities, including teaching workshops and mentoring students in the CINE 408 “Art of Directing” course, as well as participating in public conversations and hosting film screenings.

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.

Apply now for spring term's "CINE 408: The Art of Directing"

Art of Directing Poster

Featuring Guest Lecturer and Award-winning Writer and Director Chloé Zhao

One of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch for 2018!

Apply Now for Spring Term!  Taught by Cinema Studies Instructor Masami Kawai, this spring term course features lectures by Chloé Zhao, director of The Rider (2017) and Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015). 

Applications are now closed.  

Faculty Spotlight: Erin Hanna

Photo of Assistant Professor Erin Hanna at 2017 Comic-Con

“There is such incredible work happening in cinema and media studies all over campus, and I love that as a department, Cinema Studies gets to become a real hub of that kind of cultural production and intellectual work.” 

–Erin Hanna, Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema Studies

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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