Featurette Spring 2021 Staff

A Legacy Laserdisc for CMS: Tom Gunning’s Commentary Track for Sansho the Bailiff

A few years ago, Daniel Morgan mentioned a long-time hidden treasure for cinephiles to Ben Ruder (Film Studies Center Manager, Film and Technical Operations). That treasure was a 1991 commentary track done by Tom Gunning for the Criterion Collection laserdisc of Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954). Laserdiscs were used as an audio-visual storage medium […]

Interviews Spring 2021 Staff

Ben Ruder, Film Studies Center Manager, Film and Technical Operations, on Revealing the Magic of Film Projection

Ben Ruder, Manager, Film and Technical Operations at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center (FSC), has had a busy lockdown year. Besides the immense technical support and digitization efforts he provides for Cinema and Media Studies department remote screenings, he also has been hard at work on his own project, Enjoy the Film. As Ruder […]

Interviews Staff Winter 2021

Shekinah Thornton on Cultivating Community in CMS, Chicago, and Abroad

By Amy Skjerseth / CMS PhD Candidate Shekinah Thornton, department assistant for both Cinema and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, began working at UChicago in June 2019. She enjoys seeing the wide range of faculty and student research and events across two very different departments. Thornton handles many technical, behind-the-scenes procedures for […]

Autumn 2020 Interviews Staff

Telling South Side Stories: Elizabeth Myles on Her Work at Film Festivals and the Logan Center Production Institute

By Amy Skjerseth / CMS PhD Candidate If you attended Film Studies Center events over the past four years, you likely saw Elizabeth Myles (BA, ’20) filming artist talks and running screenings. “When projecting for CMS courses, I loved to see what they screened,” Myles reflects, “like James Rosenow’s pairing of Daisies and Clueless for Intro to Film.” But […]