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Natasha Ngaiza

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture

 work(802) 443-5562
 Fall 2021: Monday and Tuesday 9:00am-10:00am and by appointment
 Axinn Center 207

Natasha Ngaiza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. She is a screenwriter and filmmaker whose short films have screened at a number of acclaimed film festivals and venues including the Palms Spring International Short Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the Huffington Post and Smithsonian Museum’s Art-Lab Film Forum. Her films explore the inner lives of women and mothers of the African Diaspora and are strongly influenced by Black feminist thought, cultural geography and decolonial theory. 

Natasha received her MFA from Temple University in 2012 and regularly teaches Sight and Sound I, African Cinema and Black American Cinema. She is on the steering committee of the Black Studies Program and a contributing member to African Studies. 

Her most recent short film “A Mother” can be seen on Omeleto: and was the winner of ScreenCraft’s competitive 2018 Fall Film Fund.



Course List: 

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FMMC 0105 - Filmmaking      

In this course students will gain a theoretical understanding of the ways moving images and sounds communicate, as well as practical experience creating time-based work. We will study examples of moving images as we use cameras, sound recorders, and non-linear editing software to produce our own series of short works. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the possibilities of the medium through experimentation, analysis, and detailed feedback while exploring different facets of cinematic communication. (FMMC 0101, or FMMC 0102, or approval of instructor) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab ART

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021

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FMMC 0224 / BLST 0224 - African Cinema      

African Cinema
In this course we will examine how films written and directed by African filmmakers address the evolving identities of post-colonial Africans. Students will explore the development of various national cinemas and the film movements that helped define African cinema as a tool for cultural expression and social change. We will pair film studies, post-colonial studies, and African studies readings with a diverse selection of films from across sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal’s 1967 Black Girl (Ousmane Sembene) to the 2018 Netflix-produced Nigerian “Nollywood” film, Lionheart (Genevieve Nnaji). Note to students: this course involves substantial streaming of films for assigned viewing. 3 hours lect./3 hours screen. AAL ART CMP HIS SAF

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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FMMC 0227 / BLST 0227 - Black American Cinema      

Black American Cinema
In this course we will examine various representations of Blackness in American Cinema, from Oscar Micheaux’s early silent films to Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. While we will primarily focus on films written and/or directed by Black Americans, we will also study the social, cultural, and political impact of Hollywood ideas and images of Black people and how they changed over time. Through a framework of both film theory and critical race theory, students will analyze how Black creative expression has manifested itself through film, influencing both form and content. 3 hours lect./3 hours screen AMR ART HIS NOR

Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

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FMMC 0335 - Advanced Filmmaking      

Advanced Filmmaking
In this course students will work in teams to produce several short films, having the opportunity to take turns at fulfilling all the essential crew positions: director, producer, cinematographer, production sound mixer, editor, and sound designer. We will emphasize thorough pre-production planning, scene design, cinematography, working with actors, and post production —including color correction and sound mixing. The critical dialogue established in FMMC 0105 Sight and Sound I will be extended and augmented with readings and screenings of outstanding independently produced work. (FMMC 0105) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. ART

Fall 2019, Spring 2022

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FMMC 0341 / CRWR 0341 - Advanced Screenwriting      

Advanced Screenwriting
Building on the skills acquired in Writing for the Screen I, students will complete the first drafts of their feature-length screenplay, or TV pilot and Bible. Class discussion will focus on feature screenplay structure and theme development using feature films and screenplays. Each participant in the class will practice pitching, writing coverage, and outlining, culminating in a draft of a feature length script or TV pilot and Bible. (FMMC 0106) 3 hrs. sem/3 hrs. screen. ART

Spring 2019

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FMMC 0507 - Independent Project      

Advanced Independent work in Film and Media Culture
Consult with a Film and Media Culture faculty member for guidelines.

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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FMMC 0700 - Senior Tutorial      

Senior Tutorial
All FMMC majors must complete this course in their senior year, during which they undertake the process of devising, researching, and developing the early drafts and materials for an independent project in Film and Media in their choice of medium and format. Students will be poised to produce and complete these projects during Winter Term, via an optional but recommended independent study. Prerequisites for projects in specific formats are outlined on the departmental website.

Spring 2019

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FMMC 0707 - Senior Independent Work      

Senior Independent Work
After completing FMMC 0700, seniors may be approved to complete the project they developed during the previous Fall semester by registering for this independent course during the Winter Term, typically supervised by their faculty member from FMMC 0700. Students will complete an independent project in a choice of medium and format, as outlined on the departmental website. This course does not count toward the required number of credits for majors, but is required to be considered for departmental honors. In exceptional cases, students may petition to complete their projects during Spring semester.

Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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FMMC 1020 - Collaborative Video Projects      

Collaborative Video Projects
In this course groups of students will organize, devise, and produce original video projects concluding with a public screening. Students must request approval from the instructor prior to winter term registration via the application on the FMMC website. Students must do significant preproduction before January. Projects will be self-guided with oversight from the faculty, and subject to peer review. (Pass/Fail; Approval required) WTR

Winter 2020, Winter 2022

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INDE 0800 - Ind Schol Sr Work/Proj/Thesis      

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

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Department of Film and Media Culture

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