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Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies at Oakland University is the interdisciplinary investigation of the ways in which motion pictures are created, experienced and valued in our culture and around the world. Students in Cinema Studies will work closely with OU faculty to gain a thorough understanding of film history, become acquainted with various critical approaches to the study of film and receive instruction in elements of film production. This wide-ranging and intensive program will provide Cinema Studies majors and minors with the critical-thinking and communication skills to enter careers within the film industry and a variety of other professions.  For more information about OU Cinema Studies, please contact Professor Andrea Eis at


Cinema Studies Advising Program

The OU Cinema Studies program offers a unique one-on-one advising and mentoring program, in which majors meet periodically with a Cinema Studies faculty member to discuss their academic and professional goals and their progress toward graduation.

Kresge Library Cinema Studies Resources

The OU Library features an extensive collection of books, academic journals, DVDs, and microfilm collections, as well as online access to film and media studies databases of use for Cinema Studies research projects. Visit this page for more information on library resources of relevance to Cinema Studies students.

Media History Digital Library

Extensive repository of digitized, searchable and downloadable film industry trade periodicals, fan magazines, and other publications from the 1910s through the 1980s. Visit

& Careers

The job market for graduates of the OU Cinema Studies program is quite broad due to students’ acquired skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, and creative practices. Cinema Studies majors are also encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities. Junior and senior majors can receive credit for certain internships by enrolling in CIN485 Field Internship in Cinema Studies. Contact: Professor Adam Gould (

Students can also join student organizations, such as the OU Filmmakers Guild, that directly relate to their goals and interests.  A list of cinema-related student organizations can be found on the "Get Involved" tab on this page. In addition to the wide array of jobs in film production and distribution, Cinema Studies graduates pursue careers in secondary education, film festival programming, media criticism and other fields. They are also well-prepared for graduate course work in film studies, library and information science, film archiving and preservation, law and business. Speak with a Cinema Studies faculty member, College of Arts & Sciences adviser, or an OU Career Services consultant for additional information. The Career Services website is also a valuable source of information on internships and career preparation such as writing resumes and cover letters, as well as interview preparation.


OU Cinema Studies students are strongly encouraged to participate in the wide variety of extracurricular opportunities available to them throughout the year. Doing so not only enriches students’ college experiences, but also enables them to develop valuable technical, interpersonal, and professional skills outside of the classroom. ‘Getting involved’ includes attending on-campus Cinema Studies events, applying for internship opportunities, and becoming a member of one or more of the student organizations listed below.

OU Cinema Studies offers a number of venues through which students may share their creative work and film criticism with a broader audience. These include the Screen Culture Journal, Grizzdance Film Festival, Cinema Studies Creative Showcase, Cinema Studies Writing Awards, and the Golden Grizzly 24-Hour Film Challenge.


Screen Culture Journal Editorial Board

Biannual publication showcasing the film criticism of Oakland University undergraduate students. Screen Culture editorial board members review, select, and edit the articles that appear in each issue. Web site: Contact: Professor Brendan Kredell (

OU Filmmakers Guild

Develops, produces, edits, and exhibits original films throughout the academic year. All levels of experience are welcome.  Contact: Professor Adam Gould (

Classical Hollywood Club

Celebrates the history of Hollywood through monthly group meetings, periodic public film screenings, and other special events.  Contact: Professor Kyle Edwards (

Grizzdance Film Festival Executive Board

Plans and runs the OU Grizzdance Film Festival, founded in 2004 to showcase the creative talents of OU students via a short film contest. Grizzdance committee members also host film-related events such as scavenger hunts and commercial movie screenings. Contact: Professor Courtney Brannon Donoghue (

OU Screenwriters’ Guild

Venue for screenwriters to pitch, develop, and workshop short and feature-length screenplays. Contact: Professor David Shaerf (




Cinema Studies Professionalization Workshop

This fall event offers the opportunity for Cinema Studies majors and minors to learn about the broad array of professional opportunities available through the Cinema Studies BA, as well as the key skills and training needed to excel in these fields. The evening includes guest speakers and a networking mixer. Contact: Professor Kyle Edwards (

Cinema Studies Filmmaking Workshops

Intimate workshops that give attendees the chance to gain valuable experience in specialized areas of digital video production and post-production through close interaction with faculty and industry professionals. Contact: Professor Andrea Eis ( 

Cinema Studies Creative Showcase

End-of-year celebration showcasing the creativity of Cinema Studies students and honoring graduating seniors and recent alumni. Contact: Professor Adam Gould ( 

Grizzdance Film Festival

This on-campus film festival includes public screenings of student-produced short films, guest speakers, and a red carpet awards ceremony. Film entries are judged by a panel of OU faculty and students. Contact: Professor Courtney Brannon Donoghue (

Golden Grizzly 24-Hour Film Challenge

Showcase your creative skills and test your endurance in this around-the-clock filmmaking project, in which teams of students and alumni will shoot and edit an original short film in 24 hours. The event, timed to coincide with OU homecoming weekend each fall, concludes with a video showcase and awards ceremony. Contact: Professor Kyle Edwards (

Cinema Studies Honors Graduates

2014-2015 --

Bradley Cooper

Erinn Gustafsen

Melina Lescoe

Cooper Nicholas

Steve Swetich

Rocco Tenaglia 

Cinema Studies Writing Awards Winners

2014-2015 --

Film Criticism: Morgan Dean, ‘The Darkness Within: A Look Into the Post-War Persona Shift of James Stewart’

Screenwriting, Short-Form: Michael Mendola, ‘Kiss The Sky’

Screenwriting, Feature-Length: Morgan Dean, Tempus Avenue

Golden Grizzly 24-Hour Film Challenge Award Winners

2014-2015 --

Grand Prize and Audience Award: ‘Saints and Sinners’ (Reed Cunningham, Dan Gordon, Javontae Jones, Amber Stankoff)

Screenwriting Award: ‘The Heist’ (Zakary Hallett, Michael Johnston, Nick Naseef)

In the Editing Award: ‘The Tower’ (Bradley Cooper, Kelsey Kobylarek, Matt McCormick, Danny Santos)

Filmmakers-in-Residence (2015-2016)

Benoit Decaillon (Director, Cinematographer, VFX)

Julien Dacaillon (Director, Cinematographer, VFX)

Michael Manasseri (Producer, Director, Actor)

Production Partner

Flux Capacitor Studies

Visiting Scholars and Film Professionals

Jon Goldstein (The Maple Theater)

Paula Guthat (Cinema Detroit)

Mark Horowitz (Producer, H2O Motion Pictures

Kris Kelly (CBS Detroit)

Barry Levy (Screenwriter)

Katharine Mahalic (Documentary Filmmaker)

Alex Craig Mann (Director, Actor)

Louie Psihoyos (Documentary Filmmaker)

Christina Varotsis (Producer)

Jerry White Jr (Director, Actor)