American Cinema: A Walk Through Film History


Program Description:

What does YouTube have in common with the earliest forms of American cinema? Find an answer to this and many other questions by attending an illustrated lecture examining the origins and development of American film from its beginnings through the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and ‘40s. Witness the transformation of movies from peep-show attraction to fully developed artistic, social and economic force by viewing short films from the early period and a variety of archival images of movie theaters and movie audiences. Note: This lecture requires an LCD projector (that can be connected to the speaker’s laptop computer), Internet connection (via Ethernet cable or wireless), and the ability to play or project DVDs and VHS tapes. This program runs 90-120 minutes.


Jeff Klenotic

Jeffrey Klenotic is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the University of New Hampshire. He is a past winner of his College’s Teaching Excellence Award and is passionate about working with students and the public to promote the study of media, culture and society. He has also won two UNH Faculty Scholars Awards for his pioneering digital humanities project, Mapping Movies, which uses Geographic Information System technology to create interactive, web-based maps that allow users to explore the connections between cinema, everyday life and social history. A founding member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG) and the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception (HoMER) project, he has given invited lectures and research presentations to students and scholars in many countries around the world. His essays on cinema history have been published in journals such as Senses of Cinema, Film History, Communication Review and The Velvet Light Trap, as well as in numerous books and encyclopedias.

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