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The Film Studies Center (FSC) is a comprehensive support center for the University of Chicago’s Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) program, providing an ideal site for students and faculty to explore film and other media. Since its establishment in 1992, the FSC’s classrooms, film and video archive, and individual viewing area have played vital roles in fostering serious interdisciplinary film scholarship.
The FSC has strong holdings in Black cinema, including silent and sound-era “race films,” African films, independent productions, and Black subjects in early cinema (from the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection).
The FSC is a teaching and research facility restricted to the use of enrolled students, faculty and staff of the University of Chicago. Outside researchers must apply in writing to the Assistant Director.
The FSC presents a wide array of screenings and events that are open to the public. These include visiting filmmakers, workshops and special lectures, often in collaboration with other University departments or organizations, such as the 1993 series “Black Looks: Constructions, Diversity, Transformations” featuring work by Zeinbu irene Davis, Ayoka Chenzira, and Marlon Riggs, and the new annual Oscar Micheaux Lectures on Race and Media.