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Zombies on the Small Screen

A discussion with Prof. Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown), Hannan 108, April 3, 5 p.m.
Since the mid-1980s, US audiences have watched the majority of movies they see on a video platform, be it VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, Video On Demand, or streaming media. Annual video revenues have exceeded box office returns for over twenty-five years. In short, video has become the structuring discourse of US movie culture. For this talk, Caetlin Benson-Allott will discuss the research and development of her recently published book, Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens (California, 2013), which examines how prerecorded video reframes the premises and promises of motion picture spectatorship. The discussion is open to all students, faculty, and staff of The Catholic University of America, and will be held at Hannan Hall on April 3, 2014, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Instead of offering a history of video technology or reception, Benson-Allott analyzes how the movies themselves understand and represent the symbiosis of platform and spectator. Through case studies and close readings that blend industry history with apparatus theory, psychoanalysis with platform studies, and production history with postmodern philosophy, Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens unearths a genealogy of post-cinematic spectatorship in horror movies, thrillers, and other exploitation genres. From Night of the Living Dead (1968) through Paranormal Activity (2009), these movies pursue their spectator from one platform to another, adapting to suit new exhibition norms and cultural concerns in the evolution of the video subject.
Caetlin Benson-Allott is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University and Core Faculty Member in its Film and Media Studies Program. Her work on film and technology, home video, and spectatorship has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, The Journal of Visual Culture, Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, In Media Res, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and multiple anthologies. She is currently working on two book projects, a history of the remote control device (to be published in Bloomsbury Press's Object Lessons series), and comparative study of the political impact of stunt work and digital visual effects that focuses on the automotive spectacles of the 1970s and 2000s US car movie cycles. She teaches courses on film history and theory, histories of new media, gender and technology studies, and the horror genre.

Four MDIA 330 Students Get Work Published!

Four students taking the Media Studies department's Introduction to Journalism class (MDIA330) this fall have had work from the class published online or in a newspaper. As part of the course, students wrote profiles of people running in the Marine Corps Marathon which took place on October 28th. The following students had their work published:

Senior Erin Sullivan, a media studies major from Connecticut, had her article published on the Patch website for Naugatuck, CT.

Senior Sarah Morris, a politics major from Pennsylvania, had her article published by the Daily Local News, a newspaper in West Chester, PA. 

Junior Monique Hamm, a politics major from Virginia, had her article published on the website of The Daily Caller, where she also does freelance work. 

Junior Amanda Pellegrino, an English major from New York, wrote her profile about CUA senior and nursing major Kayleigh Migaleddi. Pellegrino, the editor in chief of the Tower, published the piece in the student newspaper on Nov. 2. 
 

Professor Wholey Interviews President Garvey

Dennis Wholey, host of This is America on PBS and professor of MDIA 338-Art of the Interview, sits down with President Garvey in this video.

 

 

Three Media Studies students to be honored!

The Office of Campus Activities has announced that it will honor three of our department’s students this year as part of the Cardinal Leadership Celebration (CLC). Please join us in congratulating the following students:

Emma Gallagher - Frank Kuntz Award 
Ashley Hopper - Mary J. O’Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award 
Vincent Larach - Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award

Descriptions of these awards are available at http://leadership.cua.edu/clc/awards.cfm

Congratulations to Emma, Ashley, and Vincent! We’re very proud of your accomplishments!

 

Discovery features senior intern, Mr. TJ Cooney

Senior Media Studies student, Mr. TJ Cooney, has been selected by Discovery as the featured intern in the fourth installment of their "Meet the Interns" blog. You can learn about his exciting experience and current work, here. Congratulations!

You can also learn about internship opportunities and requirements here. 
 

Ed McMahon Scholarship Winner: Laura Kinley '13

The Department of Media Studies was pleased to offer for the first time the Ed McMahon Scholarship, which awards an academically outstanding and professionally promising rising Junior with a $2000 tuition award for each of the student's remaining semesters.  This year's winner, unanimously endorsed by the Media Studies faculty, is Laura Kinley, class of 2013.  Congratulations, Laura!  Watch for next year's scholarship competition to be announced in the spring of 2012.


 

Class of 2012 Awards

The Media Studies faculty and staff congratulate all of our 2012 graduates, with special commendation to the following award winners:

The Media Studies Award for overall academic excellence in the field was won by Alexis Fearon

The Facundo Montenegro Award for excellence in media production was won by Esty (Adrian) Foster.

The Best Senior Thesis Award was won by Ellen Pascale, for her research essay entitled "Putting Faith in Search Engine Results: The Rise of ImHalal in the Age of Google"
 

Junior Media Studies Student, Jocelyn Grecko, Named Fox News Channel's Intern of the Week

Ms. Jocelyn Grecko has exceeded her own dream of interning for FOX News by becoming their most recent Intern of the Week. Jocelyn credits her work ethic and positivity, along with the knowledge that she has acquired in the CUA classroom, for her exciting accomplishment. As an intern for the show, "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace," Jocelyn has benefited from journalistic interactions with prominent politicians, former U.S. presidents, celebrities, and seasoned media professionals. She says that working with the Fox News staff has been an incredible learning opportunity and an honor. The unforgettable experiences that Jocelyn has had as a Media Studies intern, and the recognition that she has earned through her diligence, place her even closer to her aspiration of a career in political journalism. Please join us in congratulating Jocelyn!  Jocelyn’s interview as Intern of the Week can be viewed on the Fox Internship website, Fox News Channel University (FNCU):
http://fncu.foxnews.com/2011/04/04/intern-of-the-week-jocelyn-grecko/ 

An example of Jocelyn’s work as an intern reporting on the recent Points of Light Tribute to President George H. W. Bush can also be viewed on Fox’s internship website:
http://fncu.foxnews.com/#/v/4616493/former-presidents-honored-w-jocelyn-grecko/ 
 

Junior Kristen Laubacker Wins NABEF Scholarship and $10,000 Donation to DC Central Kitchen

Congratulations to Junior Kristen Laubacker, whose "Lunch Bag Brigade" entry into the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation "Call to Service" competition won first place--worth a $10,000 scholarship and a matching donation to her partner organization, DC Central Kitchen.  See her video blog entry about it here.
  

Alex Russo's Points on the Dial

 

Associate Professor Alex Russo's book,Points on the Dial: Golden Age Radio beyond the Networks, is out from Duke University Press. In March he presented on "Androids as the New 'Other'. Janelle Monae's Feminist Afrofuturism in The Metropolis Suite" at 2014 conference for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He appeared on C-Span's Book TV. (2010)

Julie Ehrmann's "The Dark Admirer" wins Best Drama in CUA Campus Movie Fest 2010

Senior Julie Ehrmann's short film, "The Dark Admirer," began as a contemporary piece but that soon changed.  

"As the stages of pre-production were set into motion," comments Ehrmann,  "it felt almost natural to alter the story and bring it back to one specific influence--Alfred Hitchcock.  In many ways, our Campus Movie Fest film is a sort of homage to Hitchcock, yet it still is a work of art that solidifies my own sense of style as a director.  I wanted a period piece that was set in the 1950's, and am so lucky to have a screenwriter who was able to provide such a unique story." 

Senior Ashley Young served as director of photography, sound editor, and co-editor seniors Mac McCormick and Judith Guggione also helped in a variety of capacities.  Watch "The Dark Admirer" on YouTube.  

 

The Office of Campus Activities has announced that it will honor three of our department’s students this year as part of the Cardinal Leadership Celebration (CLC). Please join us in congratulating the following students:

               

Cardinal Leadership Celebration Award Winners

Frank Kuntz Award

Emma Gallagher

Mary J. O’Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award

Ashley Hopper

Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award

Vincent Larach

 

Descriptions of these awards are available at http://leadership.cua.edu/clc/awards.cfm

Congratulations to Emma, Ashley, and Vincent! We’re very proud of your accomplishments!

 

 

Four students taking the Media Studies department's Introduction to Journalism class (MDIA330) this fall have had work from the class published online or in a newspaper. As part of the course, students wrote profiles of people running in the Marine Corps Marathon which took place on October 28, 2012. The following students had their work published:

Senior Erin Sullivan, a media studies major from Connecticut, had her article published on the Patch website for Naugatuck, CT.http://bit.ly/WU9q00

Senior Sarah Morris, a politics major from Pennsylvania, had her article published by the Daily Local News, a newspaper in West Chester, PA. http://bit.ly/XKeAxp

Junior Monique Hamm, a politics major from Virginia, had her article published on the website of The Daily Caller, where she also does freelance work. http://bit.ly/Xk26te

Junior Amanda Pellegrino, an English major from New York, wrote her profile about CUA senior and nursing major Kayleigh Migaleddi. Pellegrino, the editor in chief of the Tower, published the piece in the student newspaper on Nov. 2. http://bit.ly/UOYWc9