Kenworthy University

Kenworthy University is a 6-week seminar designed to foster an appreciation of film & enrich the cinematic experience. Enjoy intimate screenings of films followed by group discussions. Each class will cover a different phase in the history of Hollywood. Participants will have the unique opportunity to enjoy each film screening and discussion in the historic Kenworthy balcony.

Spring Seminar: The New Hollywood 101
Explore the recent history of Hollywood filmmaking and the films that have defined American culture over the past 50 years. How did Hollywood filmmaking help narrate the tumultuous changes of the 60s and 70s? How did a new breed of directors reinvigorate Hollywood storytelling? And how did the industry reinvent itself for the digital age?

“The New Hollywood 101” tells the story of contemporary Hollywood, from the crumbling of the old studio system in the 1950s to the emergence of the high-concept, blockbuster film that dominates today. Tracing the circuitous path of the major American film studios—from their experimentation with art films and exploitation cinema to the rise of CGI-driven international hits—this course examines the radical transformation of the Hollywood studios from relics of legacy media to purveyors of high-tech fantasies.

Each meeting will start by screening a movie from different eras of Hollywood and will be followed by a brief lecture and discussion, held in the historic Kenworthy balcony. The six meetings will cover a different phase in the transformation of Hollywood:

1. The New Hollywood Art Film (1960s & 1970s)
2. Exploitation! (1970s)
3. The New Auteurs (1970s)
4. Return of the Blockbuster (1970s and 1980s)
5. The New Independents (1990s)
6. CGI Fantasies (2000s-present)
Space is limited, so sign up now!

Class Schedule:
February 12, 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM
February 19, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
March 5, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
March 19, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
April 23, 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM
May 7, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Facilitator: The spring seminar has been organized and will be facilitated by University of Idaho professor Russ Meeuf. Russ Meeuf holds a PhD in film studies and teaches media courses at the University of Idaho, where he is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media.  He has published several books on the history of Hollywood. Throughout the seminar there will be guest presenters from both UI and WSU campuses who have a background in cinema studies.

Tuition: $100 per applicant due at time of registration. Space will be limited to 35 registrants.

Registration and tuition payment is due by February 1, 2017.

If a minimum of 20 applications are not received by February 1, the class will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. Applicants who withdraw from the class before February 12 will receive a refund, minus a $25 registration fee.


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