Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Section 2

Best Films of 2016 and the Great Films That Influenced Them (2 units, LG)

Professor Abigail De Kosnik
Friday 2:00-4:00, B51 Hildebrand Hall, Class number: 46140

In this seminar, we will watch the top 10+ movies of 2016 (according to my personal, subjective ranking) in conjunction with great films of the past that influenced them. Every week, a 2016 film will be paired with an earlier film that bears some relation to it. For instance, we will watch Moonlight in conjunction with Daughters of the Dust, The Handmaiden together with Bound, Arrival alongside Gravity, and so on. Watching recent films with older films will allow us to identify the cinematic vocabularies, and the techniques in audiovisual storytelling, that characterize excellence in filmmaking and persist over time.

Instructor Bio

Abigail De Kosnik is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM, bcnm.berkeley.edu) and in the Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies (TDPS, tdps.berkeley.edu). Her book on digital archives is forthcoming from MIT Press in 2016. She has published articles on media fandom, popular digital culture, and performance studies in Cinema Journal, The International Journal of Communication, Modern Drama, Transformative Works and Cultures and elsewhere. She is the co-editor, with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington, of the edited essay collection The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). She and Sam Ford also wrote the annotated bibliography on “Soap Operas” for Oxford Bilbliographies Online (OBO).

Faculty web site: http://tdps.berkeley.edu/people/abigail-de-kosnik/