The Committee for Film Studies, under the general direction of the Humanities Council, encourages the interdisciplinary study of film and video by aggregating curricular information, advocating for technical and classroom support, and advising on archival collections. It also organizes the visits of filmmakers and film scholars under the auspices of the John Sacret Young and Eberhard Faber funds, respectively.
The Committee’s website is positioned as a nucleus of information for the wide variety of courses and public events related to the analysis and appreciation of cinema. In any given semester, upwards of twenty classes that focus on the study and practice of film are offered across the Humanities Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the School of Architecture, and other academic units. A minimum of three major and long-standing annual film screening series, including the Film Forum and the Slavic Film Series, are open to the campus community and to the public. And Princeton’s local non-profit Garden Theatre is increasingly expanding its programming in cooperation with University faculty.
In 2018-19, the Committee launches the second year of the major lecture series, “Thinking Cinema,” which brings to campus a number of leading figures in the study of cinema and media.