Check out the latest issue of Girlhood Studies for Dr. Scahill's new essay "Fanfic'ing Film: Queer Youth Cinema Reclaims Pop Culture." The essay is guided by a simple question: if given the means to make their own films, what stories would young queer people today tell about their own lives? To answer this question, Dr. Scahill traveled to Calgary in 2018 to attend the Fairy Tales Film Festival, where festival organizers provided training and resources to young queer filmmake
This week, the makers of the psychological horror film CAM visited UC Denver's campus to screen their breathrough film and hold an exclusive Q&A with our students. Screenwriter Isa Mazzei and director Daniel Goldhaber are Colorado natives, and were excited to talk to young Denver filmmmakers about the contemporary film landscape and how to bring their ideas to the screen. From the producers of Get Out and BlackKklansman, CAM offers a modern perspective on the tech thriller as
Students in Dr. Scahill's upper division "Film Theory" class presented their original research in a conference-style setting on the theme of "Cinema Paranoia" in the Auraria Library. By presenting their works-in-progress in a public forum, students considering graduate study were able to experience a conference format in a supportive environment.
An abbreviated version of their final paper, the students were asked to take an intersectional approach to the study of film by c
It's that time of the semester when students and faculty alike can feel a little stressed, a little run down, and a little isolated. With that in mind, the Film Studies program at CU Denver hosted another Film Studies Happy Hour at Alamo Drafthouse's Barfly lounge. Begun by Professors Sarah Hagelin and Andrew Scahill as an event each semester to create more collegiality among our majors and minors, students were also joined this happy hour by Prof. Michael McLane, film and li
Dr. Scahill was in attendance as a member of the press at this year's Telluride Horror Show, now celebrating its ninth year. Following his work writing on both the horror genre and on the role of the film festival in subcultural communities, Dr. Scahill was excited to take part in the festival's energy and excitement for genre cinema. Telluride provided a beautiful backdrop for the macabre festival, which extended over three days at three separate screening venues. In additio
This year, Prof. Scahill brought his cinematic exepertise to Denver Comic Con 2018, held downtown at the Convention Center. Comic Cons are national events held in every major city which cater to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fans in a variety of mediums, including comic books, cinema, television, and video games. Fans are encouraged to "cosplay" (dress as their favorite characters), meet artists and celebrities in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, shop at hundreds of vendors, and at
Students in Dr. Scahill's "Studies in Censorship" class presented their original research on the very timely topic of art censorship on Wednesday, May 2 in the Auraria Library. By presenting their works-in-progress in a public forum, students considering graduate study were able to experience a conference format in a supportive environment.
The topics included literature as well as film, and the issues concerning political dissent, sexuality, public space, and free speech p
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference will be in Toronto this year. Please come to the workshop I'm chairing on Wednesday, March 14 from 3-4:45pm: "Not Just Kidding Around: On Teaching Children's Media" considers the absence of children's films in film studies curriculum (despite the fact that they carry a 20% market share in the industry). This is a problematic omission for understanding film culture, as children’s films have increased in market share fr
Go West, Young(ish) Man! Big changes are afoot as Dr. Scahill has officially accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Colorado Denver, to begin this fall. He will be teaching film in the English department alongside his exceptional colleague Sarah Hagelin. Scahill has thoroughly enjoyed my time at Salisbury University, and values the many wonderful experiences with my colleagues and students. Salisbury University houses a top-notch film studies program an
Director Anna Rose Holmer answered questions via Skype for Prof. Andrew Scahill's Intro to Film class as they considered the role of art cinema and subjective narrative in filmmaking. Her award-winning film The Fits offers a dreamy, lyrical portrait of young Toni navigating the space between childhood and adolescence as members of her dance troupe are struck by mysterious seizures and fits. In this clip, Holmer discusses the film's unique visual style and the wide range of in
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference will be in Chicago this year. Look for our workshop "Surviving the Adjunct" on contingent labor in media studies on Friday, March 24 at 9am. Today, 66% of college faculty members are non-tenure track, and half of those instructors work part-time at multiple institutions to make ends meet. 66% of those adjunct faculty are currently seeking tenure-track employment, and 38% have been on the market for over five years.
On April 4, Dr. Andrew Scahill was interviewed and his Horror Cinema class filmed for the upcoming documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street. The film explores the curious queer afterlife of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), considered by many to “the gayest horror film ever made.” Part video essay, part historiography, part character investigation, the documentary talks to the filmmakers, fans, and its star, Mark Patton, who was wrestling with h