Christian Keathley

Chair and Associate Professor of Film and Media Culture Department

 Tuesdays 10 to noon, Thursdays 1-3pm and by appointment.


Christian Keathley is Associate Professor in the Film & Media Culture Department at Middlebury College. Professor Keathley received his Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, and his M.F.A. in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English and Film Studies from the University of Florida.

He is the author of Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees (Indiana University Press, 2006), and is currently completing a second book, The Mystery of Otto Preminger (under contract to Indiana University Press).

Professor Keathley teaches a range of film studies courses, including Aesthetics of the Moving Image, French New Wave, Authorship and Cinema (Jean Renoir and Fritz Lang), Film Theory, and International Cinema (Cinema and Memory). In addition, Professor Keathley teaches video production courses.

In addition to his work on cinephilia and Otto Preminger, Professor Keathley's research interest focuses on the presentation of academic scholarship in a multi-media format.



Course List: 

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FMMC 0101 - Aesthetics of the Moving Image      

Aesthetics of the Moving Image
How do films convey meaning, generate emotions, and work as an art form? What aspects of film are shared by television and videogames? This course is designed to improve your ability to watch, reflect on, and write about moving images. The course will be grounded in the analysis of cinema (feature films, documentaries, avant-garde, and animation) with special focus on film style and storytelling techniques. Study will extend to new audio-visual media as well, and will be considered from formal, cultural, and theoretical perspectives. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen ART

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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FMMC 0244 - International Cinema:      

International Cinema
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Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015

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FMMC 0279 - Film & Literature      

Film and Literature
The most common approach to the study of film and literature focuses on cinematic adaptations of literary works, but in this course we will broaden that tack, expanding to more of a comparative approach and considering topics relevant to both forms. We will explore how the cinema developed a formal language equivalent to the novel, as well as how fiction writing has been influenced by film. We will also consider how cinema's position as the equivalent of the novel has been usurped by television. Films screened will include A Day in the Country; Le Plaisir; Blow-Up; the recent BBC series Sherlock; and others. (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0102 or ENAM 0103 or CMLT 0101) (Formerly FMMC 0276) ART EUR LIT

Spring 2014

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FMMC 0334 - Videographic Film Studies      

FMMC 0334 Videographic Film Studies
New technologies of digital video production—movies on DVD, DV cameras, and
non-linear editing programs—now enable film scholars to “write” with the very materials that constitute their object of study: moving images and sounds. But such a change means rethinking the rhetorical modes traditionally used in scholarly writing, and supplementing them with a new concern with aesthetics. In this course we will both study and produce new videographic forms of multi-media criticism, exploring how scholarship can itself adopt cinema’s alluring poetics without abandoning the traditional essay’s knowledge effect. (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0105) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen.

Spring 2014

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FMMC 0346 - Special Topics MediaProduction      

Special Topics in Media Production
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART

Fall 2011

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FMMC 0354 - Film Theory      

Film Theory
This course surveys the issues that have sparked the greatest curiosity among film scholars throughout cinema's first century, such as: What is the specificity of the film image? What constitutes cinema as an art? How is authorship in the cinema to be accounted for? Is the cinema a language, or does it depart significantly from linguistic coordinates? How does one begin to construct a history of the cinema? What constitutes valid or useful film research? Readings will include Epstein, Eisenstein, Bazin, Truffaut, Wollen, Mulvey, Benjamin, Kracauer, and others. (Formerly FMMC 0344) (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0102 or instructor approval) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen. ART

Fall 2014

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FMMC 0507 - Independent Project      

Advanced Independent work in Film and Media Culture
Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the Film & Media Culture web site along with a list of prerequisites.

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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FMMC 0700 - Senior Tutorial      

Film and Media Senior Tutorial
All FMMC majors must complete this course, in which they undertake a critical essay, a screenplay, or a video. The following prerequisite courses are required: for a video project: FMMC 0105, FMMC 0335, FMMC/CRWR 0106; for a screenwriting project: FMMC 0105, FMMC/CRWR 0106, FMMC/CRWR 0341; for a research essay: demonstrated knowledge in the topic of the essay, as determined in consultation with the project advisor, and coursework relevant to the topic as available.

Spring 2015

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FMMC 0707 - Senior Independent Work      

Senior Honors Project in Film and Media Culture
During the first term of their senior year, students with a GPA of A- in film and media culture courses may apply to undertake a senior project (FMMC 0707) for honors, with the project to be completed the last term of the senior year.

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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IGST 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis      

European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2015, Spring 2015

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STLD 1005 - Collaborative Video Production      

Collaborative Video Production
In this course, students will produce four weekly episodes (each five to ten minutes in length) of a situational comedy webseries to be posted on Vimeo prime. Students will be responsible for production at all levels, from the initial writing process to the final edits. While certain roles may be delegated (Head Editor, Director of Photography, Head Writer, etc.), all members of the class will have responsibility and input at every level. A typical week will include filming-intensive days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, editing-heavy days on Thursday and Friday, and weekends devoted to writing the following week’s episode. (Approval Required; Credit/No Credit) WTR

Winter 2012

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Department of Film and Media Culture

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