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Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris: Geographies of Identity

 **Course details are still being finalized. Dates, itinerary, and program fee are subject to change.**

Field Course Title: Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris: Geographies of Identity
Country: France
Faculty: Baba Hillman (Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies)       
Course Number: HACU-288S
Departure Date: June 1, 2014 Return Date: June 17, 2014
Program Fee: $2,400 + airfare (information about additional expenses and financial aid below)

Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris Course Flyer (2013)

Course Summary:
This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory. Theoretical work will concentrate on the role of migration in contemporary transnational film in Paris through a study of language, performance, and visual structure within selected films. Seminars will address such topics as changing cinematic representations of the architecture and urban space of the city, and the politics of film funding, production, and distribution in France. Each student will shoot, process, and edit a short Super 8 film. Students will attend screenings at the Cinématheque Francaise, the Centre Pompidou, the Cinéma Jeune Collectif and other theatres, galleries, and museums throughout the city. The course will include studio visits with independent filmmakers, artists, and curators and community-based workshops in the banlieue outside Paris.


Application Deadline: Thursday, March 6, 2014

All short-term applications are due to the global education office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline. Applications can be found in the global education office or can be downloaded from this page. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (credited to the program cost) will be due March 28 to the GEO in order to reserve your place in the program.

Financial Aid:
Students who receive need-based financial aid from Hampshire College are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the global education office to offset the program fee. Students are expected to cover all additional expenses, including airfare. Awards vary from year to year and are dependent on the number of applicants and the amount of aid available. Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee that aid will be awarded. Please indicate your eligibility and desire to apply on your application form.


Super 8 workshops will be taught by the course director with additional workshops with filmmakers from French film cooperatives. Each student will shoot, process, edit, and project a short Super 8 film. Students will be asked to write a detailed proposal for their projects, with a bibliography of related films and readings. We will use the film library of the Forum des Images, which has the largest collection of films shot in the city of Paris and the surrounding suburbs. We will study works by contemporary filmmakers who are working in hybrid combinations of poetic, fictional and non-fictional forms and in a context of multiple languages and transnational histories. Students will examine closely the relationships between visual, performative and written language, analyzing these languages in the context of the specific histories and social contexts that have shaped them. Students will also participate in collaborative community-based workshops in Seine Saint Denis outside Paris.

Texts for the course will include:
New Spaces for French and Francophone Cinema, James F. Austin
Reframing Difference: Beur and Banlieue Filmmaking in France, Carrie Tarr
An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking, Hamid Naficy

Texts will also include bilingual editions of:
Cité dans le texte, Jean-Phillipe Tessé, Cahiers du Cinéma
Paris, Julian Green

A beginning course in film, video, film criticism/theory, performance, painting, drawing, photography, art history, or creative writing.

Learning Goals
Learn to read and interpret intellectual or artistic works. Develop oral skills in French. Develop creative abilities in expressive modes. Understand multiple cultural perspectives on intellectual or artistic subjects. Effectively present ideas orally. Conceive and complete project-based work.

Program Itinerary  
Arrive Paris/Charles de Gaulle, June 1, travel to Paris
Depart Paris June 17, travel to Charles de Gaulle

Travel Plans
Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from the course.

Housing Arrangements
Students will stay at the MIJE Residence, 6 rue de fourcy, which is two blocks from the Seine and one block from Metro Saint Paul in the Marais.

Program Cost and Additional Expenses 
Hampshire program fee is approximately $2,400. The program fee covers the following for the full 3 weeks of the program: tuition/workshops; all cameras, equipment, and film; film processing and supplies; accommodation; local transportation; some group meals; faculty director expenses; local activities; and orientation costs.

NOT included in the program fee are the following expenses: airfare (approx. $900), additional meals ($300), passport expenses, transportation to and from U.S. airport, and personal expenses. Total additional expenses: approximately $1,500.

Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to Heather St. Germaine in the global education office at or x5542. 

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to Baba Hillman at


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