Film History and Discovery

Program InstructorMr. James Snapko is an award-winning filmmaker and current English faculty member at the University of St. Thomas.  He has produced and directed two feature films (Sucker Lake Park, Further North) and several internationally recognized short films (Per Bianca, The Good Friend, Stella) that have screened at various prestigious film festivals such as Miami, Arizona, Minneapolis/St. Paul International, Cinequest and at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.  He received his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and has also taught film studies at the University of Minnesota and at St. Catherine’s University.  He has been teaching film at St. Thomas since 2002.

Program Information:  Thursdays, October 18 and November 15, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Catholic Eldercare at RiverVillage East, 2919 Randolph Street NE, Minneapolis.  (Note:  These lectures will be taught without a break.)

Program Description: These programs will explore films from the earliest days of cinema to how early films influenced contemporary film making.  Come to one or come to both of the sessions!  Sessions are priced at $15 each and will take place at the beautiful facilities of Catholic Eldercare, 2919 Randolph Street NE, Minneapolis.

Registration fee:  $15.00 per person per session

Link to registration form:  Fall 2012 Registration Form

Link to directions/map to Catholic Eldercare:  ‎  Catholic Eldercare Directions & Map‎    Note that there is limited parking lot space next to the building; however, there is ample street and additional lot parking in the surrounding blocks.

Program Sessions:

October 18

The Birth of an Art Form:  Movies

This program will explore films from the earliest primitive era in cinema.  The main approach of this lecture is two-fold:  an examination of film history and discovery.  You will be introduced to the way cinema began, and be exposed to films that you may not otherwise see.  With this in mind, your only prerequistive for this class is an interest in old movies.  We will look at the first films ever made by August and Louis Lumiere, Thomas Edison, Edwin S. Porter and Georges Melies.

November 15

Silent Films Inspiring Contemporary Movies

"We are always in dialogue with the past."  For this program, we will discuss the recent success of contemporary films like The Artist and Hugo and how they draw inspiration from the silent era.  We will also look at some of the most popular silent era comedies from Hollywood, focusing on the works of filmmakers like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and their legacy in the current film industry.