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February 20, 2008

Student recruitment for documentary film

Shaun Huston, associate professor in geography and film studies at Western Oregon University, is beginning pre-production on a documentary film that will explore Portland, Oregon’s attraction to, particularly, creators and publishers of comics. This is a recruitment notice for students interested in working as crew on the film.

For the past two decades, Portland has been known for Dark Horse Comics. More recently, it has become home to a range of artists and writers, including Brian Michael Bendis and Greg Rucka, and other important publishers, including Oni Press and Top Shelf Productions. The largest comics studio in the U.S., Periscope Studio, is also located in the city. Stores such as Reading Frenzy and people such as author and critic Douglas Wolk and librarian and author Sara Ryan also add to Portland’s comics culture.

The purpose of the documentary will be to give audiences a sense of what makes Portland, Oregon a vibrant “comics town.”

Number of positions: There is room for up to five students to intern as production assistants on the documentary.

Compensation: These positions are unpaid, but students may earn course credit through Western Oregon University for their work.

Responsibilities: Tasks will vary, but may include any or all of the following.

Requirements: No experience is required, but interested students should be:

Application: To apply, provide the following:

Send applications to:

Shaun Huston
Geography and Film Studies
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, Oregon 97361

If you have questions about the project or the positions, e-mail Dr. Huston, or call at 503.838.8296

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Posted by hustons at 1:55 PM

New course for Spring 2008

The following course is a special offering in Film Studies for Spring 2008. Contact the instructor, Julie Perini, if you have questions.

Art History 406: Video: Art, Theory, and Politics
Spring 2008, Tues/Thurs, 3:30pm - 5:20pm, 4 credit hours
Instructor: Julie Perini

This course will provide a selective introduction to the history of artistic experimentation with video imaging technology. In little more than forty years, video is a medium that has moved from small screenings in alternative art spaces to dominance in international exhibitions. The study will include topics such as experimental film’s influence on video art, the role of popular culture and television, social critique and identity politics, relationships between art and technology, video installation, media preservation issues, and new practices in digital media.

For information about other Spring Film Studies courses, contact Shaun Huston or 503.838.8296, or a member of the Film Studies faculty in your major area.

Posted by hustons at 11:37 AM